Michael Sarbanes named executive director of CPHA

January 15, 2003|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Michael Sarbanes, former deputy chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, has been named executive director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

Sarbanes will start in March as head of the 62-year-old nonprofit group, which aims to find regional solutions to such problems as transportation, housing and drug addiction.

"Michael has a stellar academic and public-policy background on a wide range of issues, from public safety to housing," said Al Barry, president of the board of the organization.

The 24-member board voted Thursday to approve Sarbanes, who is the son of U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. He will replace Terri Turner, an attorney and former board member who is stepping down after three years.

"My focus will be: How do you make communities healthy places for families to live, and for children to grow up and live a full life?" said Sarbanes, 37, of Southwest Baltimore.

He was looking for a job after Townsend lost the gubernatorial election. Before serving as her deputy chief of staff, Sarbanes was director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention for three years. And before that, he ran a community program under then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, and was an attorney with the Community Law Center.

CPHA, at 218 W. Saratoga St., has 30 employees and a budget of $2 million from government and private sources.

It started as a civic organization devoted to combating slum housing in Baltimore.

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