Butler, Carrion, Pearson and Warnock elected to BCF board of trustees

May 19, 2014

The Baltimore Community Foundation has elected Calvin G. Butler, Jr. of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Walton D. Pearson of Brown Capital Management, and David L. Warnock of Camden Partners to its board of trustees. 

“These four accomplished individuals bring a wealth of talent and deep community experience to the board,” said BCF Chair Raymond L. Bank. “They will continue a strong tradition of trustee leadership at BCF." 

The Baltimore Community Foundation was established by community leaders in 1972 to provide a way for individual philanthropists to pool resources and work together to improve this region, and to create a permanent endowment to serve Baltimore’s changing needs for generations to come. 

Calvin G. Butler Jr. became chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on March 1, 2014. Mr. Butler previously served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. He also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions within Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd. Mr. Butler currently serves on the board of directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore) and chair of the American Heart Walk 2014. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was recognized by Uptown Professional Magazine as one of the top “100 Executives in America.” He was also named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” emerging leaders in 2008. In 2006, Mr. Butler was honored with a Career Focus Eagle award from the National Eagle Leadership Institute. He received a Chicago Tribune and YMCA African-American and Hispanic Leadership Award in 2003, and a Mahogany Foundation Award for Black Achievers in 2002. Butler earned a B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.

Audrey J.S. Carrion took office as an associate judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in November 1999 after serving as district court judge for 3 years, and was assigned to the Business and Technology Case Management Program in April 2010. From November 2003 through December 2009 she was the judge in charge of the Family Division Domestic. Judge Carrion is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, a member of the board of the Caroline Center, the State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, and the chair of the Judiciary's Committee on Court Interpretation and Translation Services. She was a volunteer with the East Baltimore Latino Organization (1992 to 1998), a member of the Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Affairs (1995 to 1998), and a member of the University of Baltimore School of Law Advisory Council (2000 to 2008). Judge Carrion attended Colegio Espiritu Santo in Puerto Rico, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1984. She is a fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation and the Baltimore City Bar Association Foundation and a member of the American College of Business Judges.

Walton D. Pearson is a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Brown Capital Management, where he has been since 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Pearson was a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Putnam Investments and a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at Alliance Bernstein Capital Management. He has been in the industry since 1983. Mr. Pearson earned an M.B.A. in finance from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a B.S. in management at St. Francis College, and is a 2006 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program. He is a member of the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mr. Pearson is a former board member of Center for Urban Families, Baltimore School for the Arts, Garrison Forest School Investment Committee, the Park School Investment Committee, and the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In addition, he was a board member for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for over 10 years. He was one of the founding members of the National Association of Securities Professionals’ Boston chapter, and was voted its first president.

David L. Warnock is a senior partner with Camden Partners and co-founded the firm in 1995. He has over 25 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors. He serves as the chairman of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc. and Calvert Education Services, LLC. In addition, he is a director of National American University, Primo Water Corporation, Questar Assessment, Inc., Towne Park, Ltd., Triumph Higher Education Group, and Ranir, LLC. He formerly served on the board of American Public Education, Inc. and Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. both of which are Camden Partners portfolio companies. Mr. Warnock was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates from 1983-1995. He served as president of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners I & II as well as co-manager of the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. Mr. Warnock started his career at Welch and Forbes, Boston-based private trustees.
He is also involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He is the chairman of the Center for Urban Families as well as the Warnock Foundation. He is a founder and trustee of the Green Street Academy in Baltimore City. He also serves on the board of the Greater Baltimore Committee and is a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. 
Mr. Warnock earned a B.A. from the University of Delaware and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

ABOUT THE BALTIMORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Baltimore Community Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization created by Baltimoreans to serve the current and future needs of the Baltimore region. Representing the common interests of a diverse pool of donors who care about Baltimore, BCF deploys grants, initiatives and advocacy to address issues facing the region today, while building a civic endowment to address the needs of future generations. BCF also offers donors customized support for their individual philanthropic goals, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together. 

Quick facts: The Baltimore Community Foundation distributed $19 million in 2013 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore region and beyond. BCF comprises more than 700 different charitable funds created by a diverse group of individuals, families and corporations. 
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