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Donald C. Fry


fry-donaldDonald C. Fry has led the Greater Baltimore Committee as its president and CEO since 2002. The GBC is the region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders.

Prior to his work with the GBC, Fry had a private law practice in Harford County and served in the House of Delegates from 1991 to 1997 and in the Maryland Senate in 1997 to 1998. He then became GBC’s executive vice president and general counsel until assuming the top leadership position.

During his tenure, the GBC has started several programs, including Bridging the Gap, which recognizes minority- and women-owned businesses, and the Bal-timore Women’s Advisory Board, which provides assistance and resources to women interested in being leaders in business.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Very early in my legal career, someone told me that it was always important to keep in mind that no matter how thin you slice something it will always have two sides. Great lesson to make sure that you listen and engage all parties.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I enjoy reading political biographies that focus on leadership, courage of political leaders, and particularly the Founding Fathers and the dynamics involved in creating our nation. I also enjoy attending sporting events at both the college and professional level. Golf is a great escape, but I need to work more on my game.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.