Members of the Board

  • Members of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners are appointed jointly by the governor of Maryland and the mayor of Baltimore City. They serve three-year terms. Meet the current members below.

    Cheryl Casciani Chair Cheryl A. Casciani's interest in public education was nurtured by her father, who was a teacher for 37 years. Prior to receiving a master's degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management in 1988, she earned bachelor's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania... more
    Peter Kannam Vice Chair Peter Kannam has worked in the field of education for 20 years. Prior to receiving a master's degree in Administration from the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Kannam earned a bachelor's degree in History from Bates College... more
     Muriel Berkeley Muriel Berkeley was the founding president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) which operates three Baltimore City charter schools that serve every family in their zoned neighborhoods... more
    Michelle Harris Bondima Michelle Harris Bondima is statewide coordinator of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University. Prior to assuming this position, she worked for 32 years at Baltimore City Community College... more
    Linda CHinnia

    Linda M. Chinnia was born and raised in Baltimore City and is a graduate of Baltimore City Public Schools. In her 38-year career at City Schools, she served as an early childhood teacher... more

    Marnell Cooper Marnell Cooper is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm Palmer, Cooper & Hopkins, LLC, where he represents both individuals and companies in civil litigation and international business... more
     Andrew "Andy" Frank Andrew "Andy" Frank joined The Johns Hopkins University in June 2010 as the first special adviser to the president on economic development... more
    Tina Hike-Hubbard Tina Hike-Hubbard began her education career when she was selected as a Teach for America corps member in 1994. She taught at West Baltimore Middle School for three years... more
    Martha James-Hassan Martha James-Hassan is a researcher, teacher, and leader with 20 years of experience in urban education as a teacher and administrator, both overseas and in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2012 Dr. James-Hassan joined the faculty at Towson University as an assistant professor... more
    Ashley Peña, student commissioner