Steven Gondol knows cities can succeed. As Executive Director, he coordinates a multi-faceted marketing strategy coupled with day-to-day management of the organization’s budget and operations. His goal is to attract new residents to the city while retaining the incredible neighbors we currently have. He leads the organization into its 18th year of operation, a success story in of itself, and is constantly developing new ways to get out of the office and into all of Baltimore’s 277+ neighborhoods!
A native of the Youngstown, Ohio area, Steven is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Urban Planning degree. He, his wife, and two children reside in the Patterson Park Neighborhood. You can find Steve with his dog Ferris enjoying the park just outside his door or buzzing around town on his Genuine Stella.
He previously served as the organization’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Relocation Manager and most recently as the Business Relationship Manager. His responsibilities focused on coordinating the relocation activities and marketing campaign for personnel coming from New Jersey and Northern Virginia to Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade respectively.
As Business Relationship Manager he coordinated our real estate agents and business partners to achieve our mission to grow Baltimore City. He actively recruited new partners as well as integrating the services our partners provide to meet the needs of our customers.
Steven’s background in urban planning and interest in city life includes living in cities such as Cleveland, Amsterdam, and Washington DC. He currently serves on the board of the Southeast CDC, is active in the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association, and previously volunteered as a Big Brother with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Maryland.
Director of Operations
Julie joined Live Baltimore’s staff as the Director of Operations in April, 2012. She manages the day-to-day operations, financial transactions, and human resources and assists with fundraising. She is thrilled to be back at Live Baltimore, having previously served as the City Living Resource Specialist before taking an 18-month hiatus from the organization.
A native of Baltimore, Julie is a graduate of Vassar College in New York where she received her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. She came back to Baltimore to work in the nonprofit field and to be close to her family. She enjoys living in her rowhome in Riverside and walking all around the neighborhood. She loves animals and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House cooking pancakes for kids and their families. You can find Julie at the Druid Hill Park Farmer’s Market every week in the summer picking up local bread, delicious cookies, fresh fruits, and the occasional vegetable.
Employer outreach MANAGER
Liz joined the Live Baltimore staff in September of 2013 as the Employer Outreach Manager. She works with the local business community and Baltimore’s anchor institutions to encourage their employees to live and stay in the city that she loves.
Liz is a native of Baltimore who graduated from UMBC with a degree in Political Science and prior to that is very proud to say she attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly). During middle school and the beginning of high school Liz lived abroad with her military family and had the privilege to travel extensively. While she still loves to travel, she always knows when it’s time to come home. Previously, Liz worked for the City of Baltimore as the Mayor’s Director of Scheduling.
Liz enjoys living in her third generation family row house in South Baltimore and circulating everywhere that she can. On the weekends you can find her exploring the city and going to different events or just sitting at the dog park watching her terrier mix Tovi have the time of his life. Liz serves on the Audience Committee for the Board of Directors at the Walters Art Museum and volunteers as a mentor for the Baltimore Leadership Academy for Young Women.
Annie joined the Live Baltimore team as Marketing Director in October, 2013. She coordinates and manages marketing outreach for the organization, including oversight of LiveBaltimore.com, traditional and social media, public relations, and creative production.
Annie returned to Baltimore after completing her bachelor's degree in Advertising and Graphic Design from Columbus College of Art & Design, in Ohio. She has since earned her master’s in Communications Management and Strategic Public Relations from Towson University. Her previous advertising account work includes The Maryland Lottery, The National Aquarium in Baltimore, The Maryland SPCA, E-ZPass Maryland, Marriott International, US Airways, and more. She has also taught as an adjunct communications professor at Towson University.
Annie loves living in her 1929 Arcadia home with her husband, daughter, and dog. (She previously lived in Ednor Gardens for more than 10 years.) In her spare time, Annie enjoys admiring Baltimore architecture, running marathons, and relaxing with her family.
Resident Outreach Manager
Kim joined the Live Baltimore team as Resident Outreach Manager in September of 2015. She assists current city residents, especially those with children, with their residential needs.
Kim graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS in Business Administration. Though she initially used her degree to work with a major bank in SEC Compliance, she always wanted to work in education. Kim has often volunteered with organizations that help with children of all ages. She is especially interested in public zoned schools and believes that when everyone attends their neighborhood school, the school and the neighborhood become better.
Before working at Live Baltimore, the organization helped Kim find her perfect neighborhood, Patterson Park, when she moved to the city from Howard County. In her spare time, Kim loves finding good, cheap places to eat in the city, cooking for friends and neighbors, and walking in her 137 acre yard, Patterson Park.
Customer Outreach & Event MANAGER
As the Customer Outreach and Event Manager, Ross is responsible for educating customers on the home buying incentive programs and planning many of Live Baltimore’s exciting events.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Ross graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a BA in Urban Studies and Sociology. He was drawn to Baltimore after graduation because the lynchpin of his work in school was analyzing and understanding post-industrial cities. His experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Neighborhood Design Center served as his introduction to the city of Baltimore.
During his AmeriCorps year, Ross quickly fell in love with Baltimore and was eager to stay after the program’s completion. He currently shares a rowhome with roommates in Charles Village and he enjoys the neighborhood’s proximity to numerous live music venues.