Shannon C. Landwehr | WYPR

Shannon C. Landwehr

Host, Why Baltimore

Shannon Landwehr is President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB). The EAGB is a not-for-profit economic development organization led by a partnership of regional business executives, elected government officials and leaders from higher education focused on fostering business retention and development, job creation, workforce development and new investment throughout the Greater Baltimore region.

Prior to joining the EAGB in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Shannon served as an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. In this role, she was the Baltimore General Manager, and a Global Client Relationship Manager in Morgan Stanley’s Workforce Strategy Division, where she led operations and advanced the firm’s workforce and outsourcing strategy, while managing the operational infrastructure of the Baltimore office and its 1100 employees.

Shannon has over 15 years of experience in finance, non-profits, marketing and consulting. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2011, Shannon was the Chief Operating Officer at the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore 2006-2011.

Shannon earned her Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management.

She is a proud resident of Baltimore City.

  While consumer and business needs change, regions with such storied histories as the Greater Baltimore region often benefit from established, multigenerational companies. Greater Baltimore is seeing growth in many industries but one of the most significant has been the construction industry due to the growth in commercial and residential development.

  In the last decade, the Baltimore region has quietly emerged as a hub for marketing and creative agencies developing a reputation for branding and digital marketing not only for many local businesses but for national and global brands.

While not a fashion mecca like New York or LA, Baltimore has been named a top shopping city and designer Christian Siriano is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Baltimore’s proximity to New York makes it an ideal location for emerging fashion designers and boutiques.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Christopher Schafer, proprietor of Christopher Schafer Clothier, a custom tailor based in Harbor East, and founder of Sharp Dressed Man, a non-profit that provides local men with recycled suits.

According to the Maryland State Arts Council, our state's arts organizations have an economic impact of more than $1 billion.  In Greater Baltimore, there are more than 9,500 full time equivalent jobs in the arts, double the median number found in similar-sized regions. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Julia-Marciari Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum.

The Northeast corridor is the nation's busiest passenger rail line and this region has access to three of the nation's top 30 airports. The Port of Baltimore is one of the most efficient ports in the country and ranks first nationally in roll-on, roll-off cargo. It is one of only two US ports capable of handling the world's largest ships. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Michael Moore, CEO of Tradepoint Atlantic.

  The craft beer industry is rapidly growing in the Baltimore region with more than 60 breweries including new breweries like Manor Hill Brewing and Waverly Brewing Company joining long-time favorites like The Brewer’s Art and Heavy Seas Beer. Today, the state ranks 21st nationally for the production of craft beer and has an economic impact of $652 million. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Adam Benesch, founder of Union Craft Brewing.

Baltimore ranks 8th among top US metros for the growth of young professionals. And this region has seen a 22% increase in young professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher, a rate competitive with Seattle, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Ed Brake, Managing Director of Ellin & Tucker, a top-10 mid-Atlantic accounting firm headquartered in Baltimore for 70 years.

Baltimore is increasingly being recognized for its innovation community. Inc Magazine featured Baltimore as a surprising hub for tech startups and recently, Fast Company named Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab one of the world’s most innovative healthcare companies. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Jay Steinmetz, CEO of Barcoding, a technology company founded in 1998 that provides supply chain solutions for businesses of all sizes.

  Advanced manufacturing which includes prototype development, fabrication and testing, for all sorts of industries including aerospace and biohealth, is an emerging technology-based growth industry for Greater Baltimore. Medical devices are extremely important in this market, and since 2010, 135 Medical Device patents have been awarded in Maryland. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Mike Adelstein, President & CEO of Potomac Photonics, a medical device manufacturing, and biotech and electronics fabrication company founded in 1982.

In the last 5 years, the number of 25-to-34 year old Baltimore residents with master and doctorate degrees has grown 30%. And, recently, Forbes named Baltimore one of 20 happiest cities to work. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Joe Mechlinski, CEO of entreQuest, a management consulting firm, founder of SHIFT, a local network of executives and entrepreneurs, and author of New York Times bestseller Grow Regardless.

Entrepreneur Magazine named Baltimore a top city for edtech firms and the Baltimore region consistently ranks in the top 10 for tech jobs, wages and start-ups with nearly 50% of our regional job openings requiring STEM skills. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Rick Geritz, CEO of LifeJourney, an edtech firm that provides an online experience to empower students to test-drive STEM careers.

Zagat ranked Baltimore 2nd as a top food city. In addition to maker spaces that encourage design and manufacturing, the Baltimore region is home to a growing number of food incubators and commercial teaching kitchens like B-More Kitchen and Baltimore Food Hub, that are providing jobs and helping to grow new businesses. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Greg Vetter, Oldest Brother and co-founder of Tessemae’s All Natural, producer of dressings, marinades and spreads made in Baltimore. 


The Greater Baltimore region ranks 13th among the 25 largest metros for job growth, comparable to Washington, D.C., New York and San Diego.  And more than $1 billion has been invested in Maryland firms in the last year.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Augie Chiasera, President of M&T Bank Greater Baltimore.

Forbes Magazine named Maryland one of the fastest-growing states for tech jobs, and according to the recently-released BioHealth Innovation Index, the Central Maryland-DC market is positioned to be a top 3 biohealth market by 2023.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Robert Lord, CEO and co-founder of Protenus, a Baltimore-based health IT company that has developed a data security platform that protects patient privacy in electronic health records. 

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Jennifer Bodensiek, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, a non-profit that is helping young people lay the foundation for career success so Baltimore’s job pipeline stays strong.


Joining us this week for Why Baltimore is Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, the venture-capital subsidiary of Plank Industries dedicated to support, counsel and capitalization with a focus on investments in Baltimore City.  

With nearly 300,000 skilled information technology professionals, the Greater Baltimore-Washington region is the most densely concentrated market in the world. As part of this market, career and growth opportunities in data have emerged. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Michael Rosenbaum, CEO of Pegged Software, a predictive analytics firm based here in Baltimore.

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