Chief Executive Office

The Chief Executive Office supports the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief of staff, who lead the district's strategic planning in collaboration with the Board of School Commissioners, oversee its performance, represent the district to community stakeholders, and promote the district's institutional advancement. 

Contact information

200 E. North Avenue
Room 405
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone 443-984-2000
Fax 410-396-8898



Leads the district's strategic planning and implementation, oversees its performance, represents the district to community stakeholders, promotes the district's institutional advancement, and establishes protocols and processes to support district office efficiencies.

Key staff
Alison Perkins-Cohen, chief of staff (email)
J.D. Merrill, executive assistant (email)


Develops and implements a comprehensive, strategic communications plan; handles internal and external communications, media relations, public information requests, print and online publications, and crisis communications; and manages the district's websites, cable television channel, parent notification system, and social media.

Key staff
Anne Fullerton, executive director (email)
Edie House Foster, public information manager (email)


Implements and supports district policies, practices, and opportunities that enable families and community partners to engage with schools; mobilizes and aligns public, private, and philanthropic resources within identified neighborhoods and school communities; helps coordinate responses to the community around issues and concerns; provides ombudsman services for resolving concerns and complaints.

Key staff
Sabrina Sutton, interim executive director (email)
Karen Lawrence, CEO ombudsman (email)
Carletta Sweeney, executive assistant (email)

New Initiatives

Manages the district's portfolio of schools to provide students and families access to high-quality school programs citywide, overseeing new school creation, the performance review of charter and contract schools, and the annual portfolio review.

Key staff 
Angela Alvarez, executive director (email)

21st-Century School Buildings

Works to implement the 21st Century School Buildings Plan.

Key staff
Mignon Anthony, executive director (email)
Michael McBride, director, design (email)
Nicole Price, director, community and public relations (email)
Jessica Wilson, director, strategy and compliance (email)

Sonja Brookins Santelises, Ed.D., chief executive officer (email)

Jennie Wu, special assistant (email)