Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With two staff members, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
11 1/2 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Executive Director

Johns W. Hopkins
hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org | 410-332-9992

Johns Hopkins on 100 block of North Howard Street, West Side Walking TourJohns Hopkins has been the executive director of Baltimore Heritage since 2003. Before that, Johns worked for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development developing and implementing smart growth and neighborhood revitalization programs. Johns holds degrees from Yale University, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Director of Preservation & Outreach

Eli Pousson
pousson@baltimoreheritage.org | 301-204-3337

Eli Pousson walking through Harlem Park on the West Baltimore Squares Spring WalkEli Pousson started at Baltimore Heritage in October 2009 as a Field Officer in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is now the Director of Preservation & Outreach. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Eli worked for the DC Office of Historic Preservation and completed graduate work in anthropology and historic preservation at the University of Maryland College Park. Eli continues to work with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project and other heritage organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Tour Coordinator

Marsha Wight Wise
wise@baltimoreheritage.org | 443-306-3369

Marsha Wise has been the tour coordinator of Baltimore Heritage since February 2011. Before that, Marsha worked in the association management industry for 15 years. She is also the author of four books on local history. Marsha holds a degree in corporate communications from the University of Baltimore. In 2012, she earned the Certified Tourism Ambassador designation.


Baltimore Heritage, Inc. has an active and dedicated leadership team.


  • Katherine A. Hearn - President
  • Jean Rambo Hankey – 1st Vice President
  • Professor John R. Breihan – 2nd Vice President
  • Elise A. Butler – Treasurer
  • Stephen Sattler – Recording Secretary
  • Mary Beth Lennon – Membership Secretary
  • Will Backstrom - Past President

Find our full board list here.