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Management Consultant Firm Strengthens Team with Addition of Industry Leader

(BALTIMORE - February 24, 2010) – Urban Policy Development (UPD), a Baltimore based public sector management consulting firm, named Otis Rolley as Senior Manager with areas of concentration in planning and zoning, community and economic development, public administration and organizational development.

Prior to joining the UPD team, Rolley was the founding President and CEO of Central Maryland Transportation Alliance (CMTA), the region’s only sole-purpose transportation advocacy organization. Formed by a coalition of Greater Baltimore Area business, civic, environmental and philanthropic leaders, CMTA hired Rolley as its first president in 2007.

“We knew if we were going to go from a good idea to a relevant and respected organization, we needed the right leadership. Otis provided that leadership. We hate to lose him, but we will continue building on Otis’ work and moving the organization forward,” said CMTA Board Chair, James Shea.

In a down economy, with statewide cuts, CMTA’s advocacy helped to secure a 13% increase in Maryland’s transit spending. In addition to successfully advocating for changes in state law that improved transportation policy, prioritization, and funding, CMTA also published an award-winning strategic action plan for Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The TOD Strategic Plan pulled together regional public and nonprofit resources that had not worked together in a comprehensive way in the past. “It was great to work with such a distinguished board and dedicated staff. I am fortunate to be going from one great team to another,” said Rolley.

UPD, which has a strong national footing in the education sector, is bringing on Rolley to head its urban redevelopment and local governmental reform sectors. “UPD is thrilled to have Otis join our team. While we have focused our work over the last couple of years on K-12 education consulting, one of our continuing growth sectors is urban redevelopment and local governmental reform. Otis will be leading our efforts in that arena going forward, and he comes with incredible bona fides. There’s clearly no learning curve with him,” said Douglass Austin, President of Urban Policy Development.

For more than 10-years, Rolley’s public-sector career in the City of Baltimore has involved spearheading transformative strategies and initiatives. Rolley has a track record of success that will add value to UPD’s all-star team. As the Director of Planning, Rolley drafted Baltimore’s first citywide comprehensive master plan in over 39 years. As the First Deputy Housing Commissioner, Rolley implemented HousingStat at the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, and developed a regional model one-stop construction and development permitting center. And recently, serving Baltimore’s 48th Mayor as Chief of Staff, Rolley co-directed a successful transition and assisted in establishing her initial programs, policies, agenda, and cabinet.

Otis Rolley has a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master in City Planning, with a concentration in housing, community economic development from M.I.T. He resides in Baltimore with his wife and two children.


About Urban Policy Development

UPD is a Baltimore-based, minority-owned public sector management consulting firm that specializes in organizational transformation, performance management and accountability, and education data use. UPD Consulting applies a simple guiding principle to the most complex problems: Measure: Manage: Perform: Transform. To learn more, visit

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