Raymond A. Skinner is president and CEO of East Baltimore Development Inc., a not for profit community development corporation organized to manage and facilitate redevelopment of an 88 acre community adjacent to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in east Baltimore, MD. Previously he served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development from 1998 – 2003, and from 2007 – 2014. In that position he managed the states’ housing finance, mortgage insurance, community development, and building code programs, and oversaw an annual budget of over $300 million. Mr. Skinners’ professional career spans close to 40 years and has allowed him to gain extensive knowledge and expertise in local, state, and federal housing and community development policies and programs. He has held a number of appointed public sector positions including Director of the Prince George’s County, MD Department of Housing and Community Development and Executive Director of the District of Columbia Office of Business and Economic Development.
Mr. Skinner has been an active leader in the housing and community economic development field, having served as a Trustee of the National Housing Conference, on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and as President of the Council of State Community Development Agencies. He also served two terms as a member of the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and is currently President of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and a Director of The Reinvestment Fund.
Mr. Skinner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a certificate in Real Estate Development from Harvard University and also completed its’ Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.