Meet the BDC Leadership Team

Colin Tarbert, CEcD

President and CEO

Colin Tarbert 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.

Under his leadership, Tarbert recently championed the $250 million public-private partnership to renovate the CFG Bank Arena and redevelopment of the historic Lexington Market. He also led the economic recovery post-pandemic with the disbursement of approximately $30 million in aid to small businesses.

Prior to his BDC appointment, Tarbert served in various leadership roles for nearly a decade at the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City during three administrations, including the roles of Deputy Chief of Strategic Alliances and Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development.

In addition, Tarbert is active on numerous civic and non-profit boards, including chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, chair of the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation and a member of the boards of the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund and East Baltimore Development Inc. In 2013, Tarbert was named as a 40 under 40 honoree by the Baltimore Business Journal. He earned his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential from the International Economic Development Council in 2024.

Previous to the role of President & CEO and his tenure in the Mayor’s Office, Tarbert was a Senior Economic Development Officer for the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC). He graduated with a B.S. in Architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland, where he subsequently earned his Master of Architecture degree.

A native of the Baltimore area, Tarbert lives in Baltimore City with his wife, Bonnie and their daughter.

Kimberly A. Clark

Executive Vice President

Kimberly “Kim” Clark is the Executive Vice President of the City of Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC). In her capacity as EVP, she oversees neighborhood development, business development, real estate development, capital budgeting, small and minority-owned business initiative, innovation development, marketing, research, and analytics.

Among her achievements at BDC, Clark helped structure public-private partnership financing of various major redevelopment projects, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects; Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS) for several major developments; and the financing of grocery store projects.  She was instrumental in the retention of a number of businesses and assisted smaller businesses with expansions. Clark represented the City in the development of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the redevelopment of Inner Harbor East and Belvedere Square as well as other projects.

Clark is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Economic Development Association; Governance Chair of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore Council; Board member of the Emerging Technology Centers, Small Business Resource Center, Leadership Maryland, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., & the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts; and is a member of the International Economic Development Council. In 2016, she was named by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, received the Mayor’s Medal for Meritorious Service, and was honored by Mercy High School with the Sister M. Joannes Clifford Distinguished Alumni award.  Clark graduated Leadership MD in 2009 and is a Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 2007 graduate.

Jeff Pillas,

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

Chavel Dixon,