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Michael Hankin


hankin-michaelMichael Hankin has been president and CEO of Brown Advisory since it became independent from Bankers Trust/Alex, Brown & Sons in 1998.

In the two decades leading the company, he helped build an investment firm that is responsible for about $85 billion in client assets.

He credited the company’s employees with its success.

“The most important key to my success has been building a team of dedicated and talented professionals who are all owners of Brown Advisory equity,” Hankin said in 2018.

A former partner with the Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) law firm, Hankin has been involved with many projects in the community.

He served as the chairman of the Baltimore Health Harbor Project and was one of the primary drivers for the pledge of a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor by 2020. While that wasn’t reached, partly because some projects dealing with sewage overflows in the Baltimore region are behind schedule, Hankin has said it’s a project he’s proud of.

“It’s been one of the most exciting parts of my life,” he told the Baltimore Sun in 2020. “To show that we could do something, that government and the private sector could work together so well and even watch young people develop a career around (cleaning up the harbor).”

He’s also worked with Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab. He’s been a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, National Steeplechase Association and Associated Black Charities.

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.