About Glenn L. Ross

"Breaking the disconnects by changing the game"


Glenn L. Ross is running for the 45th District State Delegate seat as a Green Party candidate. Glenn has been serving the community for nearly 40 years as a community leader, from his home office at 509 N. Milton Avenue. Glenn is a fearless and tireless advocate for environmental and social justice. 

Life-Long Resident of East Baltimore

  • Originally from the Fort Worthington community (also known as Berea and the Eastside Neighborhood), Glenn grew up learning the importance of family values, spiritual guidance and community pride. 

  • Moved to McElderry Park in 1980, gutted and rehabbed his house, and joined the neighborhood association.

  • Raised two young daughters as a single parent.

Community Leadership

  • Served as President of McElderry Park for a total of 7 terms. Under his leadership, the association was awarded nearly $1,000,000.00 from Obama's Department of Justice. These funds were used to create job-training programs and other community-support programs to help the neediest people in the community. 

  • Directed CPHA's Neighborhood Resource Bank. Expanded it to the Resource Bank of Maryland, a state-wide program. 

  • While serving on the board of SECO (Southeast Community Organization) as vice-president, created the Southeast Stakeholders coalition that included all of the neighborhood associations and other community stakeholders in southeast Baltimore. 

  • Voted the “Best Community Activist” by the Baltimore City Paper readers (2001).

Advocate for Urban Environmental Justice

  • Worked with Civic Works to tap into EPA Superfund Brownfields funding and start the “B-More Green Project”, which trained and certified residents to do environmental clean-up jobs.

  • Developed the “Urban Environmental Toxic Tour” to inform the public about environmental health hazards and environmental racism in East Baltimore.

  • Worked with MICA students and other community leaders to create an exhibit: “Investigating the Creation of the Ghetto, and how it is connected to the prison-industrial complex” (2006). Voted “Best Exhibit” by the Baltimore City Paper (2007).

A Record of "game-changing" Leadership

  • Profiled in "My Baltimore" book as an influential community activist and leader.

  • First African-American director of a CPHA program. Under his directorship, Glenn formed city-wide coalitions, such as the Coalition for Beautiful Neighborhoods, which sued the city over illegal billboards that advertised alcohol and tobacco in predominantly black and poor neighborhoods. These efforts led to the creation of the Liquor Board Coalition and the Community Law Center, founded by Ann Blumenberg.

  • Started historical walking tours of East Baltimore in 1990. These led to the creation of Johns Hopkins University Source, whose mission it is to engage the JHU professional schools and Baltimore communities in mutually beneficial partnerships that promote health and social justice.

  • Serves as a community consultant for JHU Source and MICA Place, giving tours and lectures.

  • Ran for City Council as a Green Party candidate in 2004. To ensure transparency and good government, the Ross team filed a suit that went to the MD Court of Appeals over Paula Johnson Branch's failure to file campaign finance reports. This led to the resignation of Paula Johnson Branch from the Baltimore City Council.
  • Served as the Community Liaison for Councilman Warren Branch. Working with the Councilman, Glenn investigated and exposed the hiring practices of EBDI, and their failure to hire East Baltimore general contractors and residents.

  • Exposed the Monument Street sinkholes that were really JHU utility tunnels that caved in, and were repaired with taxpayer dollars.

Glenn Ross is running as a Green Party candidate again in 2018 to win a seat in the Maryland State House of Delegate. Glenn will continue to “break the disconnects” by forming coalitions and by advocating for solutions that will change business as usual politics in East Baltimore and beyond.


Articles about Glenn 

Glenn Ross gives ‘toxic tours’ of neighborhoods you’ve seen in ‘The Wire’
Grist Magazine, February 2013

The Toxic Truth: Glenn Ross educates residents one smelly site at a time.
Baltimore Magazine, December 2008

Environmental Racism: Baltimore's Toxic Tour by Urban Environmentalist Glenn Ross
Ziger/Snead, August 2008

Take a Toxic Tour of Baltimore’s Scariest Environmental Problems 
Baltimore Fishbowl, April 2013

The Creation of the Ghetto: An Interview with Glenn Ross
IndyReader, April 2006

Walking in Butchers Hill and Middle East
City Paper,June 2016