Sworn in as mayor of Baltimore in 2020, Brandon M. Scott has focused his administration on working to end gun violence, restoring the public’s trust in government and change Charm City for the better.
A lifelong city resident, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland graduate is a community leader and public servant. In 2011, at the age of 27, he became one of the youngest ever elected to the Baltimore City Council. In 2019, he was elected president of the council by his colleagues.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
I’d say my proudest accomplishment is, without a doubt, being elected as mayor of our great city. Growing up as a young Black man in Park Heights and not seeing elected officials that look like me in office, I knew that I wanted to go into public service. As the saying goes, be the change you want to see in the world. I care about the people of Baltimore, especially our youth, and I know that our city can become a safe and vibrant place to live if we do the right things. I love being mayor.
What’s is the most important life lesson you learned?
Numbers don’t lie. Data are the cornerstone of good government. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. I am determined that progress can and should be measured. I have been a consistent champion of improving how we use data to inform day-to-day operations and long-term, decision-making processes. That is why I have been pushing the city to better track and display data from DHCD’s Codemap to our first-of-its-kind Gun Portal and our Action Plan Tracker.