Ricky Smith

A welcome reception was held for new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, Ricky Dorell Smith on August 5, 2021 at Motor House in Baltimore. Smith took his position on June 25, 2021. Courtesy Photo/GBUL

The Greater Baltimore Urban League has appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Ricky D. Smith, as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Smith has served on the board of director for the last four years and took his position on June 25, 2021.

“The Urban League has been a source of inspiration for me since childhood. It is one of my greatest honors to serve an organization that I have revered for so long while serving the community most dear to my heart.”

“I am humbled and inspired to serve as the new chair of the Greater Baltimore Urban League and hope to meet the leadership expectations of the board, Tiffany Majors and her team and, most importantly, the public that this great organization serves,” said Smith.

Ricky Dorell Smith has been serving as the Executive Director/CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) since July 10, 2015. He is responsible for the management and operations of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), Martin State Airport, and regional aviation activities throughout the State of Maryland. Overseeing major facilities expansions of the airports, enhanced the terminal concessions program, and expanded domestic air service.

In 2017, the LaunchPad program was started to enable minority-owned micro-businesses the opportunity to participate in BWI Marshall’s thriving food and retail program without barriers to entry.

In 2015, he launched the BWI Marshall Summer Youth Initiative aimed at introducing youth in Baltimore City to careers in aviation and transportation. To date, over 100 youths have participated in this program.

These efforts led to BWI Marshall recently receiving the Airports Council International-North America Diversity Inclusion Award for Large Hub Airports.

Smith holds an Accounting degree from Howard University and an Executive MBA from Loyola University in Maryland.

He is a graduate of several leadership programs, including the Greater Baltimore Committee and Leadership Cleveland.

He is active on several national and local boards and industry associations including the Airport Minority Advisory Council, American Association of Airport Executives, the Washington Board of Trade, the BWI Business Partnership, World Trade Center Institute, Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, and the Morgan State University School of Communications Board of Advisors.