Former state official to head city's minority business office

Samuel Lloyd to oversee awarding of contracts to underrepresented groups

September 15, 2004|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to announce today that he has picked Samuel J. Lloyd - a veteran economic development official in Maryland - to be director of the city's minority business development office.

O'Malley is slated to announce Lloyd's appointment today during a City Hall news conference at which he will also introduce a new program to help minorities and women win more city contracts by teaching them how to navigate Baltimore's bidding process.

The Mayor's Office for Minority Business Development carries out one of O'Malley's most important policies - awarding more city contracts to minorities and women. The program aims to rectify past discrimination that typically left such companies out of competition for public work.

The mayor's goal is to award 35 percent of all city contracts approved by the Board of Estimates to companies owned by minorities and women. Last year, 28 percent of all board-approved contracts went to such firms, totaling $79 million, according to statistics provided by the city.

This year, the Board of Estimates has awarded $54 million to those firms, which is $7 million more than at the same time last year.

Lloyd, 58, said the new job affords him the opportunity to draw on his decades of experience in the public and private sectors.

"This is really the kind of work I want to do for the remainder of my work life," he said.

Lloyd graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Morgan State University. He earned a law degree from Catholic University before landing a job as a lawyer with the Rouse Co. in 1973.

From 1975 to 1977, Lloyd worked for Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management Inc., the downtown development agency when William Donald Schaefer was mayor. The agency began the Inner Harbor's revitalization.

In January 1977, Gov. Marvin Mandel appointed Lloyd executive director for Maryland's Human Relations Commission, which helped establish the commission's public hearing process for cases of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, according to a city news release.

In May 1978, Gov. Blair Lee III appointed Lloyd, then 32, as Maryland's assistant secretary for economic development. He served in the position for five years.

Lloyd then entered the private sector, working for several cable companies on the West Coast. He worked as a vice president for AT&T's government markets organization.

Most recently, he spent two years as a senior vice president at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. He worked as chief of staff for former college President Carolynn Reid-Wallace.

The position of director for the minority business development office has been vacant since December, when Owen M. Tonkins - who earned $93,700 - retired to pursue other interests. Andrea Garris has been serving as interim director.

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