Donald C. Fry
President and CEO
Greater Baltimore Committee
As the second-longest serving chief executive of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Donald C. Fry has dedicated his time to improving the lives and opportunities of those living in the region.
During an earlier stint as state delegate and state senator in the Maryland General Assembly, Fry helped push the Maryland state gas tax legislation to ensure adequate funding for the Transportation Trust Fund, and he led to plan light-rail solutions in Baltimore City to increase transportation access to major job hubs.
In 2015, after the unrest in Baltimore City, he developed the Reconnecting Baltimore program to address social and economic dynamics, opening up business opportunities for small, local minority businesses. As a result, another program, Coalition for a Second Chance, was launched to encourage businesses to employ those returning to society from incarceration.
Fry also founded the Greater Baltimore Committee’s “Bridging the Gap” program, which provides learning and mentoring opportunities for small, women and minority-owned company executives.
“The business community better understands the increasing and vital role that minority and women-owned businesses have on economic growth and prosperity,” Fry says.
Fry serves on a number of boards, including the College Bound Foundation, Baltimore’s Promise, University of Baltimore Foundation Board, Towson University’s Board of Visitors, and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, among many others.
He believes that in order to be successful, one must be thoughtful and thorough in strategic planning but nimble enough to adjust to rapid changes in the business environment. He also believes collaboration is key.
“For the first time, through collaboration with economic development and business leaders, a true emphasis was placed on business competitiveness and what characteristics make up a competitive business climate. As a result of my leadership, these have been defined, articulated, and advocated,” Fry says.