(BALTIMORE – November 4, 2018) – Be sure to RSVP for the National Black Wall Street Summit this Thursday, November 8, 2018 (10 am to 2 pm) at the Greater Baltimore Urban League located at 512 Orchard Street. RSVP to https://nationalblackwallstreetsummit.eventbrite.com. The business event will feature four panel discussions, a keynote address by the Honorable Kweisi Mfume, and the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards. Honorees include Adrienne Barnes.
Who is Adrienne?
Adrienne Barnes has worked with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation as the Chief of Communications since October 2001 until July 2018. Adrienne developed and organized the public information office for the Department of Transportation after it branched out to become a separate agency. Ms. Barnes is responsible for the creation of the slogan and logo which is affixed on all transportation equipment and official documents, as well as establishing the website. She produces information and material for five divisions under the Department and handles all public information inquiries as well as coordination of services to the community. The Department is responsible for all Transportation infrastructures within 91 square miles of the city limits and employs over 1500 employees consisting of engineers, technicians, enforcement officers, and clerical. The Department operates from an executive operating budget of 130 million and a capital program of 83 million.
Adrienne has been a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) since 2005. She became 2nd Vice President in 2006 and then moved on to first Vice President. She was then elected to President in 2008 and served two terms. Under her leadership the chapter has developed the Annual COMTO Leadership and Economic Development luncheon which has celebrated great success in its last two years and has increased the organization financial standing by 80 percent. The Chapter also started quarterly newsletters called “COMTO Connections.” The Chapter stands among the top 5 out of 39 Chapters nationally. In addition to serving as President, Adrienne became the co-chair of COMTO’s National Industry Awards Committee and a member of Nationals Succession Planning Committee. Ms. Barnes has since become Chairperson of the National Industry Awards where she currently serves in this capacity.
Adrienne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. She is active as mentor and regularly speaks at various local schools to young people about career opportunities. Adrienne is also a member of several other organizations and boards, such as the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Public relations Society of America, University College of Women, and the Glenwood Life Board, just to name a few.