About Me

My name is Charles E. Sydnor III, and I am a Democrat running for the House of Delegates in newly constituted district 44B. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I am a married, father of three, a resident of Catonsville, member of Community Baptist Church and an attorney.

I am a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins University, where I earned an A-course diploma and B.A., respectively. While a student at Hopkins, I tutored students at Garrison middle school and worked with rising high school freshman at the former Southwestern High School (Baltimore City) as a summer school teacher in the Teach Baltimore program preparing my students for their Maryland Functional Math Tests. This experience with my students solidified my interest in primary and secondary school education policymaking.

After graduating from Hopkins, I enrolled in the University of Maryland Baltimore County Graduate School’s Policy Sciences program. My focus in graduate school was educational policymaking. The following year, I also enrolled in the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where my studies provided me a legal framework to understand, among many other things, the state’s obligations to afford all Maryland students a “thorough and efficient” free public school system. My studies at both of these schools fostered my interest in the field of community and economic development. While attending UMBC and the Carey School of Law, I had my first experience in the economic and community development industry working part-time with a public charity striving to rebuild communities in East Baltimore.

After graduating from graduate and law school in May 2000, I served as a law clerk at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City for a year. Thereafter, I was blessed with the opportunity to work at the Columbia-based public charity. Today, I am a senior attorney and support the company’s mission to create opportunity for low- and moderate income people through affordable housing. My work has been rewarding because it affords me the opportunity to use my skills to help to provide affordable housing to communities across the United States on a daily basis.

Given the importance of service in my life, I have constantly sought opportunities outside of my professional career to volunteer and to grow and enhance my leadership skills to continue in service to our community. I have and continue to volunteer, providing my time and skills, with a variety of organizations which are concerned about the welfare of others. This includes, but is not limited to the Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Constitution Society, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., the Clarence “Du” Burns Memorial Fund, Community Law Center, the Ellicott Mills Homeowners Association, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services, and the West Hills Community Association. I also recently completed my service representing the citizens of Maryland as a representative on the Chesapeake Executive Council Citizens Advisory Committee, the Maryland Consumer Council, and the Maryland Red Line Citizens’ Advisory Council.

Additionally, I have participated and completed programs designed to enhance my leadership skills. These programs, the Black-Jewish Forum of Baltimore’s Leadership Initiative (Class of 2006), the Associated Black Charities’ Board Pipeline (Class of 2010), and the Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business’s Leadership Essentials (Class of 2013) have, in their own way, provided me certain insights into service.

Clearly, service has always been an important aspect of my life. For my service, I have been honored by the Daily Record (2012 Leadership in Law), the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (2000 Public Service Award) and Johns Hopkins University (1996 Student Excellence Award for Leadership and Service).