Room 400, City Hall
Bernard C. “Jack” Young, President of the City Council, was unanimously elected on February 8, 2010 to fill the remaining term of former Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who is serving as Mayor. He has made his mark in city government with a reputation for strong and fast constituent service. Mr. Young has spent all of his time on the City Council aggressively representing the interests of the citizens of Baltimore.
A native East Baltimorean, Mr. Young served as chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety and Health Committees from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Young, a 14-year veteran of the City Council, has played a major role in passing legislation that has increased funding for education, crime prevention and development.
Mr. Young played an instrumental role in turning the former American Brewery facility, located at Federal and Gay Streets, into the headquarters for Humanim, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides job training and clinical support for children and adults with developmental and behavioral disabilities. The project will bring more than 300 jobs to Baltimore.
A long proponent of mixed-use development, Mr. Young was among a team of city leaders who helped secure the Albemarle Square development at Exeter and Baltimore Streets. The development, which includes thousands of square feet of residential and retail office space, will provide additional jobs for City residents.
Mr. Young has been a steadfast champion of mixed-income communities that allow city residents, from all economic backgrounds, a chance at homeownership. With help from Council President Young, construction will begin in spring 2010 on the Barclay Neighborhood Redevelopment Project. The development will transform long-vacant houses into 322 affordable units.
Mr. Young got his start in politics as a former special assistant to then-City Council President Mary Pat Clarke. He has served on a number of boards, from the Task force to eliminate Illegal Billboards to the Johns Hopkins alcoholic and other Drug Dependency Advisory Board. Council President Young is the co-founder of the Broadway Development Organization. In 1995 Mr. Young established the Bernard C. Young Scholarship Award at Dunbar Senior High School.
Council President Young is a graduate of Baltimore’s Northern High School.