Staff & Board

Bonnie Crockett, Director

Bonnie Crockett, who recently worked for Maryland Capital Enterprises providing micro-loans to new and emerging small businesses, is now the first small business lender to be hired by Baltimore Community Lending in its history! 

Bonnie began her professional career as an attorney in the field of banking and commercial law, eventually becoming General Counsel and Vice-President of Loyola Federal Savings Bank. “A love of persuasive writing and challenging debate drew me to the law,” she said, “but it wasn’t until I started volunteering with local community and business associations that I found my passion.” So in 2000, she embarked on a new venture in community and economic development. 

Bonnie was one of the initial organizers and then Executive Director of Federal Hill Main Street, Inc., which, under her direction, grew to be one of the foremost Main Street programs in the country, winning the Greatest American Main Street Award in 2008. Looking for new challenges, she took the position of Director of Westport Community Partnerships for Turner Development Group, where she developed and implemented a comprehensive community revitalization program. 

Bonnie has been director, professor, counselor, advocate, lender, and mentor to startups and long-established companies, business associations and community development corporations, banks and CDFIs. And in her “spare” time, Bonnie teaches entrepreneurship and business planning to undergraduate and graduate students at MICA.

BBL Board of Directors

  Nichole Doye Battle (Board Chair) 

Chief Executive Officer 

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation 

1010 East 33rd Street, Terrace Level 

Baltimore, Maryland 21218 

Phone: (410) 433-2442 ext. 13 

Fax: 410-433-4834 


Paul Taylor (Vice Chair) 


Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Development

City Hall

100 Holliday Street 

Baltimore, Maryland 21202 

Phone: (410) 396-3818


William F. Ariano, Jr. (Secretary) 

President and CEO 

Baltimore Community Lending, Inc. 

875 Hollins Street, Suite 301 

Baltimore, Maryland 21201 

Phone: (410) 727-8590 

Cell: (410) 935-6643 

Fax: (410) 319-0734 


Christopher Rockey 

Greater MD Marketing Manager/ 

Community Development Banking 

PNC Bank 

1 East Pratt Street 

Baltimore, Maryland 21202 

Phone: (410) 667-3906 

Fax: (410) 237-5299 


Gerard Joab 

Executive Director 

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center 

321 East 25th Street  

Baltimore, MD 21218 

Phone: (410) 366-8550 x 2121  

Fax: 410-366-8795 


Andrea Garris Jackson
DPN Group, LLC
516 N. Charles Street, Suite 303
Baltimore, MD  21201
Phone: (410) 347-7558