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Brenda McKenzie( Erin Kirkland, Baltimore Sun photo / June 25, 2013 )
46. President and CEO, Baltimore Development Corp.
She has been in Baltimore just six months, but Brenda McKenzie has shot to the top tier of Charm City's influencers. Only the second person to head the city's economic development agency, her philosophy is "embrace growth." That's easy for her to convey. She has already sparred with Councilman Carl Stokes over the $1 billion Harbor Point development. McKenzie loves to pitch Baltimore's "indy spirit" to investors. She also likes to make sure they know about the culinary gems here: "I just think it's a great food town. ... We've been all over, eating our way through the city."
-- Steve Kilar