By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member
msayles@afro.com

Recently, Mayor Brandon Scott selected two Black women to take charge of critical roles in city government. Chichi Nyagah-Nash, who previously served as the director of the Department of General Services (DGS), took over for Daniel Ramos as the new deputy city administrator. Ebony Thompson, a Baltimore native, was chosen to become the new deputy city solicitor for the Baltimore City Law Department. 

Both women said they were honored to be chosen for these positions, and they look forward to working in the Scott Administration. 

“I want to merge my passions for the law, real estate and finance to join the Scott administration in combating vacant housing, equitable resource allocation and public safety,” said Ebony Thomspon. “I am looking forward to working with an administration that is committed to the growth and development of Baltimore City.” 

Thompson, who attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, most recently worked as an associate and counsel at Venable LLP, an American law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

During her time there, she worked in various legal proceedings surrounding contract disputes, regulatory litigation, employment law, product liability action and other commercial issues. Thompson practiced in state, federal and bankruptcy courts representing national and international companies throughout litigation. 

In her new role, Thompson will advise and counsel the mayor, City Council and city administrator, as well as department directors and employees. She will also assist City Solicitor James L. Shea in the operation and administration of the law department. 

Nyagah-Nash has worked in various positions for city government since 2012. She served as director of special projects at the Department of Housing and Community Development and as assistant deputy director at the Department of Human Resources. 

Most recently, she was the director of DGS, which supplies support services for city department and mayoral offices in fleet management, facilities maintenance, capital construction and energy. 

As deputy city administrator, Nyagah-Nash will assist City Administrator Chris Shorter in managing the day-to-day operations of Baltimore. 

“The work of running a government is incredibly complicated, with an ever-increasing number of balls in the air at any given time as both long-term strategic planning and complex day-to-day operations are carried out,” said Chichi Nyagah-Nash. “Baltimore is fortunate to have consummate and competent leaders serving on the mayor’s cabinet. I am very fortunate to be able to assist in coordinating their work, removing barriers and advocating for their needs to allow them to deliver as best they can for the residents of our city.”

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