Ken Ulman is the President of Margrave Strategies, an innovative strategic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and other groups throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic. The firm’s principal initial client is the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where Ulman serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development.
Ulman previously served two terms as Howard County Executive, where he earned a reputation for a leadership style that blends innovation and common sense, with a goal of providing the most efficient and effective government services possible. During his time in public office, Ulman took Maryland’s sixth-largest jurisdiction to new heights in education, healthcare, environmental protection and economic development.
Under Ken’s leadership, Howard County became one of the first communities in the nation to offer affordable access to healthcare for uninsured residents, through the Healthy Howard Access Plan. He launched the largest food-scrap composting program in the state, created Maryland’s first Office of Environmental Sustainability, and placed Howard County at the forefront of the cyber-security industry and 3D manufacturing.
Ken has won numerous awards, and was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver by Government Technology Magazine and a Regional Visionary by the Greater Baltimore Committee for his leadership to bring broadband technology to Maryland, enabling the state to become one of the most wired in the country.
Ken served as president of the Maryland Association of Counties and as chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, taking leadership roles in transportation, health care and fiscal affairs throughout Central Maryland. He lives in Columbia, with his wife, Jaki (also a proud Terp), and their daughters Maddie and Lily.
William H. “Bill” Cole IV, a partner in Margrave Strategies, has spent his career helping private businesses develop and implement visionary plans that benefit communities and neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Margrave, Cole served as president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s economic development agency, since 2014, working to bring growth and jobs to neighborhoods, commercial areas and business districts in Maryland’s largest city. His leadership paved the way for development projects across Baltimore and added thousands of new residential units to a city with one of the nation’s fastest growing millennial populations in the United States.
During his tenure at BDC, Cole managed the public approval process for the 200-plus-acre Port Covington redevelopment project; and has led the city’s efforts to expand and renovate the Baltimore Convention Center complex. In addition, Cole has overseen the redevelopment of the Pimlico Racecourse property to retain the Preakness Stakes, while supporting economic development in the Park Heights neighborhood. He accelerated the disposition of city-owned real estate in Baltimore’s downtown west-side and supported anchor institution-led development projects around the University of Maryland-Baltimore and Morgan State University.
During his time at BDC, the organization has provided millions of dollars in grants and loans to support business and job growth in Baltimore. In addition to its lending portfolio, Cole was responsible for nearly 50 employees at BDC and enterprises like the Emerging Technology Centers, Made in Baltimore, and Foreign Trade Zone #74. He also created the nation’s first dedicated Opportunity Zone coordinator in an urban market, supporting Baltimore’s 42 opportunity zones.
Before joining the BDC, Cole was a member of the Baltimore City Council from 2007 to 2014, and served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the University of Baltimore for more than a decade. His public service also includes a term as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1998 to 2002, and six years as a Special Assistant to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings.
Tom serves as Margrave Strategies’ Vice President and has been with the company since 2017. Parker has nearly a decade of design and construction, property management and procurement experience. He previously served as a project manager within the University of Maryland’s Real Estate Office where he was responsible for procuring design teams and contractors, managing the overall schedule and budget of a project, and navigating the State’s approval process. Projects of note include Tawes Theater Renovation ($15.9mil, 2016 ABC Excellence in Construction Award), Cambridge Hall Renovation ($15.1mil) and Physical Sciences Complex ($100mil, Asst. PM).
In his current capacity, Parker actively manages projects on behalf of the Terrapin Development Company and serves as the primary liaison between the University and private and public partners at Towson University and Salisbury University. Parker earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland
Katie Gerbes is the Manager of University Projects for Margrave Strategies. In this role, her primary responsibilities are the execution of economic development and revitalization strategies with Margrave's university and other anchor clients. Through this role she also serves as a Development Manager for the Terrapin Development Company, providing project management and day to day operations support.
Gerbes has experience working on a wide range of planning and real estate related projects, including performing economic development analyses, negotiating development agreements, writing and executing sustainability plans, and completing multi-modal transportation assessments and writing grants and managing their procurement.
Prior to joining Margrave Strategies, Gerbes worked as the City Planner for the City of Hyattsville, Maryland focusing on planning, economic development and community development projects. In that role, she was largely responsible for small business and placemaking efforts resulting in the revitalization of Hyattsville's Gateway Arts District. She also worked from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, within the Community Planning Division of the Prince George's County Planning Department.
Gerbes holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Mary Washington. She is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Gerbes serves on the board her condominium association, and is active in the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.
Jordann Montoya is a Development Manager with Margrave Strategies. Jordann has a Commercial Construction background with the Maryland based General Contractor, CK Commercial. While serving with CK Commercial, Jordann was a Senior Construction Professional and held a position on the company’s Leadership Team, where she helped shape the success and culture of the company. She has a breadth of knowledge in all thing’s commercial real estate and construction; with a focus in procurement, estimating, design, and construction. Jordann has built award winning projects in both Project 1019.01 (ABC Excellence in Construction Award, 2018) and Cybrary (ABC Excellence in Construction, 2019).
As Development Manager, Jordann can adapt to each clients specific and individual complexities and nuances by helping to set and dominate each engagements’ goals. Jordann manages all objectives and helps navigate the process of community engagement, lease and space negotiations, acquisitions, and management of the design and construction processes. Jordann’s role is to aide each client in making smart decisions within budgetary and timeline constraints.
Jordann has a bachelors degree in Family at Human Services (Family Studies) with a focus in Human Studies in the Non-Profit Sector from Towson University. She is also a member of the Baltimore chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).
Founded in 2017, CLD Partners is a real estate investment, development, and asset management firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. CLD acquires and develops commercial property, taking advantage of unique opportunities while realizing the highest risk adjusted return for their investors.
As the Managing Partner of CLD Partners, Christopher Mfume is responsible for leading all development and investment activities and guiding the firm’s projects through inception to completion. Prior to founding CLD, Chris worked for Beatty Development Group where he had active roles in over $400 million in completed real estate investment and development. His projects included the $1.8 Billion Harbor Point Project, as well as leading the development and master planning of the $1 Billion Oldtown Mall/Perkins/Somerset project.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University and serves on the board of several non-profits including the Baltimore Tree Trust, and the Baltimore Hotel Corporation. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and Thread, a volunteer-driven mentor program.