People On The Move


December 16, 2005

Rouse fund hires Mobley as director

Michael A. Mobley of Ellicott City has been hired as executive director of the Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund, replacing Mary E. Becker, who retired Dec. 9 after seven years with the fund.

The private, not-for-profit funding source for Howard County start-ups works through strategic partners to offer loans, business advising, planning and education to small and emerging companies. The organization, at the Howard County Economic Development Authority's Center for Business and Technology Development, also administers federal Community Development Block Grant funds for economic development in Howard County.

Mobley is on hiatus from his company, Obsidian Management, a four-year-old firm offering strategic planning, business development and financial analysis to small businesses.

Mobley is a member of the investment committee of TRF Urban Growth Partners, a fund that provides venture capital and supports job creation for Baltimore businesses. He is a lifetime member and past chairman of the board of the National Black MBA Association.

A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, he was named 2000 Eagle Leadership Award winner by the National Eagle Leadership Institute. The award recognizes outstanding leadership by African-American and Hispanic executives.

Learning Inc. elects Saltzman, Cordish

Oren Saltzman of the Ellicott City law firm Saltzman and Jablon LLC and Suzi Cordish, board chairwoman for Maryland Art Place and a member of the board of Maryland Institute College of Art, have been elected to two-year terms on the board of trustees of Learning Inc. in Baltimore, a Hampden nonprofit that operates programs to help students.

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