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Biography - Kirby Fowler


Kirby Fowler is President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., and the Executive Director of the Downtown Management Authority. Both are inter-related nonprofit corporations working with the public and private sectors to make Downtown Baltimore a great place for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors.

Prior to joining The Partnership, Kirby was Of Counsel to Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, where he represented clients in litigation and non-litigation matters involving land use, zoning, permitting, economic development, employment law, administrative law, and contracts. He was also previously a partner in the law firm of Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore.

Between his stints at Ober Kaler and Ballard Spahr, Kirby served as Special Assistant for Economic and Neighborhood Development under Mayor Martin O’Malley. There, he helped to bring to fruition a number of significant projects for Baltimore, including: The Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the renaissance of Belvedere Square, the completion of renovations to Hopkins Plaza, the installation of new infrastructure in Harbor Point and Fells Point, the retention of existing businesses such as Phillips Seafood, the disposition of City-owned properties such as the Railway Express Building, the promotion of Baltimore to members of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the creation of arts & entertainment districts.

In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as Chair of the Maryland State Lottery Commission. Kirby also served on Mayor Sheila Dixon’s Transition Team in 2006, chairing the subcommittee that identified goals for the Baltimore Development Corporation. He is also on the Board of Directors for Baltimore Homeless Services (previously Chair), Baltimore Hotel Corporation, Central Baltimore Partnership, Charles Street Development Corporation, The Economic Alliance Advisory Board (currently Chair), Healthcare for the Homeless, Mount Vernon Cultural District, Public Markets Corporation, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., Street Entertainers Licensing, and The Westside Renaissance.

Kirby has received several awards, including being named “Influential Marylander 2008” by The Daily Record, “Forty under Forty” by Baltimore Business Journal, “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association, Maryland Chapter, and “2008 Breaking Boundaries” honoree by the International Interior Design Association.

Kirby is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law. He is married to Carmina Perez-Fowler, and has two daughters, Victoria and Maya.