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Daniel Ramos to Be Deputy CAO; Sunny Schnitzer to Be Deputy Mayor for Public Safety

(BALTIMORE – December 14, 2020) — This morning, Mayor Brandon M. Scott is announcing another round of top Mayor’s Office officials who will serve in important posts in his administration: Daniel Ramos, who will be Baltimore’s first Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, and Sunny Schnitzer, who will be Deputy Mayor for Public Safety.

Both will work closely with the Mayor and City Administrator to ensure city government functions efficiently, transparently, and equitably.

“Daniel and Sunny are dedicated public servants committed to building a city government that works for Baltimore residents, from a functioning water billing system to safer neighborhoods,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Their expertise will be critical as we work to break out of silos and better coordinate our efforts, all while transforming the way we operate as a city.”

Daniel Ramos most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office. In that role he was the lead advisor on all budget, operational, and policy issues related to transportation, performance management, and internal operations. In his short time in the role he has created cash assistance and small business rebate programs to provide relief to vulnerable residents and businesses. He has been a leader on the City’s COVID-19 response, managing emergency procurement, FEMA reimbursement, and CARES Act funding. His leadership in the City’s building consolidation initiative and surplus building strategy has eliminated a $100 million capital backlog, while improving facilities.

Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Ramos was the Deputy Budget Director at the Baltimore City Finance Department’s Bureau of the Budget and Management Research (BBMR). There, he oversaw the development and execution of the City of Baltimore’s $2.9 billion operating budget. In that role, he restarted the City’s Innovation Fund and co-designed the City’s first ever Data Fellows program. Previously, Ramos was the Budget Operations Manager at BBMR. His work included modernizing the City’s legacy financial systems, managing the City’s $800 million in fixed costs, and putting together the City’s annual budget book.

Ramos is also the former Assistant Director of the Office of the Innovation at the Baltimore City Department Social Services (BCDSS) and Operations Research Analyst for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD).

He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he was a student athlete and recipient of the Aitchison Public Service in Government Fellowship. He is currently pursuing his MBA from the Carey School of Business at John Hopkins.

Sunny Schnitzer currently oversees the ongoing activation of Baltimore City’s emergency operations center. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety in the Mayor’s Office, where she oversaw the City’s public safety and health agencies. In this role, Schnitzer established the City’s first occupational health and safety program focused on infection control to keep employees and residents seeking city services safe.

Schnitzer also facilitated an inter-agency intelligence sharing and coordination approach, currently being piloted in the Eastern, Western, and South West police districts. This model includes participation from police, civilian analysts, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and community liaisons, and will soon be integrated into the city’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy.

Previously, Schnitzer served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where she oversaw a large portfolio of evidence-based public safety and victim service programs.

Schnitzer is also Senior Manager of Intervention and Implementation at Everytown for Gun Safety. In this role she created a first-of-its-kind interactive website to help local leaders develop strategic plans for violence reduction and provided technical assistance to support local governments with using data to inform gun violence reduction strategies.

Prior to working in city government, Schnitzer was a program manager and research associate focused on preprocedural justice, community policing, and improving the police response to violence against women.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Master of Science in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.

This announcement follows Mayor Scott’s announcements last week of his picks for City AdministratorChief of Staff, and Government Relations Director.