Waterfront Partnership Board Chair Recognized for Commitment to Inner Harbor

(Baltimore, MD) — Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore has recognized Michael Hankin with the inaugural Harbor Hero Award. Hankin was honored for his ongoing commitment to the health of the Inner Harbor and vitality of Baltimore’s Waterfront. The award was announced during Waterfront Partnership’s 10th anniversary celebration on April 16, 2015.

“Mike Hankin’s support of our organization and particularly the Healthy Harbor initiative has been immeasurable. As Chairman, he has been committed to our cause, dedicated to assisting behind the scenes, and willing to spend the time carrying out Board business,” said Laurie Schwartz, President of Waterfront Partnership. “Very few organizations are fortunate to have a leader as committed to making sure the mission is fulfilled, let alone a leader who has dedicated more than 10 years.”

Since the introduction of Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor initiative, a roadmap for cleaning up Baltimore’s waterways, Hankin has led the charge to make the Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020, once pledging to be the first person to jump in.

His contributions include raising funds for the construction of the Inner Harbor Water Wheel and encouraging his staff to volunteer their time to raise oysters in the Harbor as a part of the Great Oyster Project. In addition, he has published op-eds in support of the plan and rallied city leaders and business leaders.

In addition to chairing Waterfront Partnership’s board, Hankin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Advisory, a position he has held since 1998. He has spent over 30 years assisting a wide range of individuals and institutions on their investment and financial matters. He was formerly a partner with the law firm of Piper & Marbury (now “DLA Piper”) headquartered in Baltimore, MD.

Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and Waterfront. We’re lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore’s Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions, the managers of our beautiful parks and the leaders of environmental restoration. We encourage investment in Baltimore’s most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serves as a place of pride and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visit www.waterfrontpartnership.org.