Kirby Fowler is President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. (“DPOB”), and
the Executive Director of the Downtown Management Authority – nonprofit organizations
working with the public and private sectors to make Downtown Baltimore a great place
for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors. Downtown Baltimore is the fastestgrowing
neighborhood in the City, and it ranks 8th in the country in terms of residential
density and 12th in the country in employment density.
DPOB employs approximately 140 people dedicated to: cleaning sidewalks and streets;
maintaining a hospitable environment; overseeing park spaces and greening initiatives;
promoting economic development; monitoring infrastructure projects; reducing traffic
congestion; providing business networking opportunities; and marketing Downtown
Prior to joining DPOB, Kirby was Of Counsel to Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP,
and was also a partner in the law firm of Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver.
Previously, Kirby served as Special Assistant for Economic and Neighborhood
Development under Mayor Martin O’Malley. In that position, he worked on such projects
as The Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the renaissance of
Belvedere Square, and the retention of existing businesses such as Phillips Seafood.
From 2001 through 2006, Kirby led the creation of the Station North Arts & Entertainment
District. During that time period, more than 108 new artists moved into Station North,
more than 14 establishments opened (including MICA’s Studio Center, Area 405, Load of
Fun, and Joe Squared), and two significant residential projects – Railway Express and
Station North Townhomes – were launched. In addition, special signage was installed, a
map guide was developed, and celebrations such as “Gotta Have Art” were held to
promote the district. In 2005, Kirby created the non-profit organization and hired the first
full-time Executive Director of Station North.
From 2009 to 2012, on appointment by Governor Martin O’Malley, Kirby served as
Chair of the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Commission, overseeing the lottery as well
as the licensing and operation of the new slots facilities in Maryland. During Kirby’s
tenure, the Commission drafted the first-ever regulations for slots facilities and table
games; granted licenses to the first five casinos to open in Maryland; and oversaw three
consecutive record-breaking years in revenue generation for the lottery.
In 2010, Kirby was asked to participate on an Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel,
providing advice to the City of Chicago on redevelopment of the Navy Pier.
Kirby also served on the Transition Teams for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and
Mayor Sheila Dixon.
He currently serves on several boards, including Baltimore Homeless Services (previously
Chair), Central Baltimore Partnership, Charles Street Development Corporation, The
Economic Alliance Advisory Board (previously Chair), Healthcare for the Homeless, Mount
Vernon Cultural District, Public Markets Corporation, and Station North Arts &
Entertainment, Inc. (previously Chair).
Kirby has been named “Influential Marylander” by The Daily Record; a “Leader We
Admire” by SmartCEO Magazine; “Baltimore Icon” by 89.7 WTMD; “Forty under Forty”
by Baltimore Business Journal; “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association,
Maryland Chapter; “Breaking Boundaries” honoree by the International Interior Design
Association; Fullwood Foundation Valued Hours Award recipient; and The Daily Record
“Innovator of the Year” for the Charm City Circulator and “Operation: Storefront”. During
his tenure, The Partnership has also won awards from the International Downtown
Association for its Kids Month promotion (2010) and “Operation: Storefront” (2011), as
well as the Spencer Ellis Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for
stewardship of the local environment.
Kirby is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. He is
married to Carmina Perez-Fowler, and has two wonderful daughters.
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore