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Power Moves: Gary Bonner is no longer with PCs for People

Plus, Baltimore City's top economic developer officer resigns and the Greater Baltimore Committee is looking for a new CEO.

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Gary Bonner vacates PCs for People’s top Maryland post

Gary Bonner and PCs for People, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing free or low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet have parted ways.

Bonner is an East Baltimore native who was instrumental in bringing a storefront, at which local businesses can recycle old computers and laptops to be refurbished for low-income families, to 2901 E. Biddle Street. Despite Bonner’s departure, the  PCs for People’s national office assured that the org would continue supporting digital equity in Baltimore as it searches for a new executive director for its Maryland branch.

“The departure of Gary Bonner is unfortunate, as he was one of the driving forces to bring PCs for People to Baltimore,” Allison Coleman, the nonprofit’s national marketing manager, told via email. “He led our Maryland team to provide thousands of people with access to technology that otherwise would not have had the opportunity, and we are grateful for his contributions. PCs for People Maryland will continue our work in Baltimore and beyond to achieve digital equity for all. The PCs for People national leadership team is supporting our local Maryland team leaders to navigate this transition.”

The role has been open since  Aug. 16. Bonner has not yet been able to be reached for comment. PCs for People declined to explain Bonner’s departure.

Greater Baltimore Committee is looking for a CEO

With the economic development groups Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) and the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) in the middle of merging under the GBC’s name, it’s finally time to find a leader.

The org has launched a national search for a new CEO to lead this new merger. It hopes to use its predecessors’ combined might to be a powerful voice in the business community.

The GBC’s previous president and CEO for the past 20 years, former Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland State Senate member Donald C. Fry, is consulting for the organization in his leadership role until the end of the year when he’s set to retire.

Deputy Mayor resigns

Ted Carter officially resigned from his position as the City of Baltimore’s deputy mayor for economic development yesterday. His departure from the job, through which he oversaw 14 agencies with a combined $1 billion budget, was effective immediately.

Carter resigned after what, according to The Baltimore Banner, was a suspension of at least 10 days starting in mid-August.  The Banner also quoted city officials describing carter as an  “HR nightmare,” Before his time in Baltimore, Carter served as the economic and business initiatives chief for Cuyahoga County in Ohio. He left that position after having been investigated in a corruption probe, in which Ohio state officials did not find him guilty of any wrongdoing. The investigation noted that he was reimbursed for a conference he didn’t attend and paid Cuyahoga county back the funds he received.

This adds another departure to a long list of resignations in Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration. For instance, there was Jason Hardbeck’s departure from the Office of Broadband and Digital Equity. In addition, Scott’s Chief of Staff Michael Huber is moving on to Johns Hopkins. At the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Brew reported a mass exodus that included a deputy communications director, a founding director of the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, the deputy of public safety and the city’s first deputy city administrator.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Companies: PCs for People / Greater Baltimore Committee / City of Baltimore
Series: Power Moves

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