Daily Record Staff//July 28, 2022
//July 28, 2022
As president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Shelonda Stokes is responsible for running a nonprofit corporation that works with businesses and governments to strengthen the economic vitality of downtown Baltimore.
On the organization’s website, however, she describes her job in more lighthearted terms: “I’m the conductor of an amazing orchestra of team members working together to help keep Downtown clean, safe, and vibrant!”
Stokes took over as the fourth president of the Downtown Partnership in June 2020 – just as the pandemic was taking hold.
“Like other businesses, the partnership is facing one of the most challenging times in its over 35-year history,” she said at the time. “As we face this global pandemic and economic crisis, we will work together to recalibrate ourselves and address our dynamic environment and the changing needs of our community.”
Before being named to her current job, Stokes was president and CEO of greiBO Media, a marketing and production studio based in Baltimore. She also served on the partnership’s board, including as chairperson, and ran the organization as interim president for a couple of months after the former president, Kirby Fowler, left to head the Maryland Zoo.
A Baltimore native, Stokes earned a degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University.
She is a regent at Morgan State, a member of the National Women’s Business Council and has served as co-chairperson of the mayor’s Small Business Recovery Taskforce.0