Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter
he Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) is the first of six regional chapters established under the MDHCC’s bylaws in order to carry out and advance the MDHCC’s strategic objectives and activities within their geographic boundaries.
This structure increases direct member benefit and value by providing a local and responsive platform to address local business issues; providing access through established local government relations to decision makers and policy influencers; and providing access to the entire MDHCC membership comprised of other regional and local chapters throughout the State.
At the heart of the GBRC is the BAM! Program, which will be piloted on a smaller scale before its statewide rollout. BAM! will assign corporate partners and seasoned professionals to provide access to procurement opportunities and mentorship for the MDHCC’s small business members.
GBRC Leadership Team
Corina’s passion for helping people is reflected in all her efforts and is fueled by the desire to support those in need. She supports the local community with a small business and a non-profit, BmoreLatina, which helps disadvantaged women and children build economic independence and empowerment through understanding how to navigate the paths to the success achieved by upward mobility of the American Dream. A Los Angeles native with a Harford County, MD upbringing, her business in construction cleaning is built upon her blue-collar roots.
As a compassionate business owner, she understands the success of building a business is achieved by demonstrating leadership and support for her employees and the communities they represent. In 2016, she won the title “Woman of the Year” for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in a victorious fundraising effort to support baby Brielle and her grandfather’s legacy.
Community Affairs Liaison
Under Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s leadership, Marcie serves as the Business & Community Development Manager for Project C.O.R.E (Creating Opportunities for Renewal & Enterprise) and small business development, an economic and revitalization initiative to eliminate blight in Baltimore City, expand business and community growth, provide new green space, affordable housing, mixed- use development, encourage investment through attractive financing and other incentives, generate jobs and strengthen the partnership between Baltimore and the State of Maryland.
Marcie has a Corporate Retail background, having done PR & marketing work for Destination Maternity Corporation’s celebrity clientele, and JCPenney Corporation, Inc. She also has experience with strategic planning and fundraising with corporate sponsors for various Latino non-profits in Maryland & Pennsylvania.
As an active and engaged member in the Maryland business community, Marcie is on the Community Affairs Committee for the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is a committee member for the Sister States of Maryland, Inc. Piura-Maryland Commerce Committee through the Secretary of State’s Office of Maryland in partnership with the Peruvian Consulate. She also volunteers her time as a Board member of Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore as their State Representative, and is a volunteer Greek Life advisor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Marcie graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA holding a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in Corporate Public Relations & Marketing, and a double minor in Sociology/Anthropology. She is currently becoming a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council.
GBRC Vice President
Daniel Ramos is the Assistant Director of the Office of the Innovation for the Baltimore City Department Social Services (BCDSS). During Ramos’s time at BCDSS he recruited and trained a team of analysts to start the Office of Innovation. He led the transition to new modern analytic tools to conduct exploratory analysis of the children and families in Baltimore served by the Agency. Ramos has also spearheaded the use of Lean/Six-Sigma at BCDSS and dramatically increased the efficiency of internal operations.
Ramos came to BCDSS from the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). At BCFD Ramos worked within a tradition-bound agency to prove the value of data analysis and the tangible benefits of process improvement. He created the staffing and fleet replacement models, metrics, and budgets for BCFD’s proposal to restructure the EMS Division to put an additional 8 medic units in-service during peak times, without increasing the operating budget. Prior to that Ramos was a Mayoral Fellow with the City of Baltimore working to improve EMS availability by reducing time spent at hospitals. Ramos 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.
GBRC Membership Director
Ms. Rivera’s goal is to assist as many individuals as possible to achieve economic self-sufficiency and live a life of freedom. Dinette Rivera is a Certified Financial Coach and Entrepreneurial Training Specialist with over thirty years business development experience. In her role as Chief Empowerment Officer of the Rivera Business Development Group, Ms. Rivera leads her team in ethnic outreach, international business development and entrepreneurial training. Ms. Rivera is the creator of the Opportunity Training™ Program and the author of two books: The Business Plan Survival Guide and the Opportunity Training for Empowered Youth. Ms. Rivera has lived in Puerto Rico, the United States and Europe and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
GBRC Committee Members:
Cely Argueta, BNG Professional Consulting Services, LLC
Adam Zimmerman, ACZ-Law
If you would like to get involved in the GBRC Committee, contact us at GBRC@MDHCC.org.