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 in 2019, Cole served as president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s economic development agency for five years, working to bring growth and jobs to neighborhoods, industrial 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.
Under his leadership, BDC provided millions of dollars in grants and loans to support business and job growth in Baltimore and helped hundreds of businesses reopen after the civil unrest in 2015. 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.
Prior to 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.
Cole is the Chairman of Cecil Bank and Cecil Bancorp, Inc., and a board member of the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, Innovation Works, the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, and board member immediate past chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, and the Volo Kids Foundation. He is a 2018 Rose Center Fellow in Equitable Economic Development, a partnership with Urban Land Institute and the National League of Cities.
Tom Parker is Vice President of Margrave Strategies where he focuses on all aspects of the real estate development process including concept, execution, and management. In this role, Parker actively manages the redevelopment of strategic assets on behalf of the Terrapin Development Company at the University of Maryland, including the negotiation of development agreements, financial analyses, and oversight of projects under construction. Notable projects include (total dev. cost, key partners): Union on Knox ($138M, Greystar), The Aster College Park ($165M, Bozzuto), College Park City Hall ($45M, TDC/UMD/City of College Park), The Hotel at UMD ($185M, Southern Management). Additionally, Parker oversees the day-to-day asset management, property management and leasing of assets that are completed and operational, as well as the company’s core operations such as managing operating budgets, financial reporting, and supervising the accounting and insurance teams.
Parker is proud to work with other anchor institutions such as Bowie State University, Saint Agnes Hospital, Towson University, and Salisbury University to comprehensively plan and execute a variety of real estate initiatives alongside institutional leadership.
Prior to joining Margrave Strategies, Parker served as a Project Manager with the University of Maryland’s Real Estate Office and Facilities Management-Capital Projects Department, 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 ($15.9M, 2016 ABC Excellence in Construction Award), Cambridge Hall Renovation ($15.1M) and the Physical Sciences Complex ($100M). Previously, Parker also managed construction projects for a roofing and masonry restoration contractor, Simpson of Maryland Inc. in the Baltimore-Washington region.
He holds a Master of Real Estate Development and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, both of which were earned at the University of Maryland. He lives in Annapolis with his wife, Celia, and their two kids Edgar and Isolde.
Jordann Montoya is a Vice President with Margrave Strategies where she supports all types of clients in an array of verticals; including higher education, local government, quasi government, development firms, and other anchor institutional work.
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 things' commercial real estate and construction; with a focus in project management, solicitation management and deliverable management. She is experienced in the procurement, estimating, design, and construction processes as well. 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 a Vice President with a deep knowledge of project management, 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 bachelor’s degree in Family at Human Services (Family Studies) with a focus in Human Studies in the Non-Profit Sector from Towson University. Jordann is a Howard County native, but a current and longtime resident of Baltimore City with her fiancé, Patrick.
Tylen Perpall is a Project Manager on the Margrave Strategies team. For an array of clients, she focuses on all facets of strategic real estate initiatives and economic development projects. She coordinates all objectives and assists in navigating the process of community engagement, negotiations for leases and spaces, acquisitions, and supports the design and building processes.
She is an innovative developer and designer whose work is centered around the user experience, community development, placemaking, and strategic planning. She represents a new generation of development and design thinking and its influence on the site context, economy, and culture.
Tylen holds a BFA in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia and Lacoste, France. She has over 4 years of experience working in the design-build industry and has had the chance to work in a variety of market sectors including healthcare, mixed-use developments, hospitality, residential, and education in cities throughout the South-East of the United States and the Caribbean.
With the passion for the overall industry, and the goal of being immersed in projects from inception to disposition, Tylen embarked on a pursuit to gain insight in all aspects of real estate development, project management, business, leadership, and technology applications. She holds a of Master of Real Estate Development from Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech).
Originally from the Bahamas, an island girl at heart, Tylen enjoys living in and experiencing the DMV, especially while working on continuous community development
Daniel Cohen, is the newest addition to the Margrave team. He is currently in the role of Associate, helping with both technical and operational projects. Daniel coordinates administrative and logistical deliverables for Margrave, aiding other team members in ensuring that there is clear communication between our partners and clients.
Daniel has a background in public policy and governmental affairs and utilizes his experience with public-private partnerships to better serve our clients and coordinate project-specific tasks.
Daniel has experience working on state and local political campaigns in Maryland. Most recently, as an intern with Scarlet Oak Strategies, a Public Affairs firm with clients spanning the entire U.S., in various sectors. During his time there, Daniel conducted stakeholder outreach to elected officials, business leaders, and community organizations on behalf of clients consisting of a diverse group of private sector companies, social enterprises, trade associations, and coalitions.
As a Maryland native who has lived in the metropolitan area his entire life, Daniel has seen, first-hand the effects of economic development in his community and found a passion for the work through the public-private overlap of his education. Daniel is equipped to help further realize the vision of Margrave Strategies and our clients.
Daniel recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Government and Politics. During his studies, Daniel worked in retail serving in a leadership capacity for his team.
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.