William H. Cole IV
President and CEO
William H. Cole is the President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for Baltimore City. It is responsible for growing the city by retaining and attracting businesses, expanding job opportunities for city residents, and increasing investment in city neighborhoods.
Prior to his appointment at BDC, Cole was the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the University of Baltimore for more than a decade and was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 2007 and 2011. His public service also includes a term as a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1998 to 2002 and as a Special Assistant to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings from 1996 to 2003.
In addition, Cole is active on more than a dozen civic and non-profit boards, including chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, and a member of the boards of the Downtown Partnership, Visit Baltimore, and the Waterfront Partnership. He also served as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Opportunity Collaborative: the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development which issued its final report in 2015. He earned a B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland College Park, and M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore.
A native Marylander, Cole has lived in downtown Baltimore for more than 30 years. He and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of three Baltimore City public school students.