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 410-396-8803
       Fax 410-396-8898

    Chief Executive Officer
    Sonja Brookins Santelises (email)

    Key staff:
    Jennie Wu, special assistant (email)
    Christy Lewis, executive assistant (email)

    To request a meeting or Dr. Santelises' attendance at an event, email Niya Spencer, executive scheduler



    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)
           Jim Brennan, executive assistant (email)
           Melissa Broome, director of policy and legislative affairs (email)
           Sarah Heaton, director of strategy and continuous improvement (email)
           Cleo Hirsch, special 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. (See also information on website accessibility and how to file a complaint.)

    • Phone: 410-545-1870 (members of the media, please call 410-545-7296)
    • 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

    • Phone: 410-545-1870 or 443-984-2020
    • Key staff:
           Sabrina Sutton, interim executive director (email)
           Karen Lawrence, CEO ombudsman (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

    • Phone: 443-642-3828
    • Key staff:  Angela Alvarez, executive director (email)

    21st-Century School Buildings

    Works to implement the 21st Century School Buildings Plan

    • Phone 443-642-4600
    • Key staff:
           Cheri Vincent, interim executive director (email)
           Michael McBride, director, design (email)
           Nicole Price, director, community and public relations (email)