As a fourth-generation Baltimorean, William “Bill” King has a passion for rebuilding the city. Affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Downtown,” King, at the young age of 28, has worked tirelessly to restore Baltimore’s central business district.
In 2016, King founded the City Center Residents Association with the purpose of “awakening the silently growing population in Baltimore’s Central Business District.” As the organization notes, “Baltimore’s City Center is now a vibrant, growing mixed-use community of residents, businesses, recreational and cultural amenities.” Because of the success of the organization, King was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore — of which he is the youngest board member. He also sits on the boards of the Market Center Merchants Association, the Historic Charles Street Association and Baltimore’s Community Law Center.
“Like many East Coast cities, Baltimore is steeped in a long, rich and often complicated history. My parents, grandparents and great grandparents have all lived their lives in Baltimore,” he said. “As I now work in Baltimore, live in Baltimore and walk the streets of Baltimore on a daily basis — often tracing the same paths they have walked over the past two centuries — I am struck by the importance of taking care of this place that we have all shared.”