Members of The Leadership Class of 2022 celebrate after graduation.

President & CEO of Baltimore Community Lending Graduates from the Leadership 2022

BALTIMORE, MD. – November 4, 2022 – The President & CEO of Baltimore Community Lending, Watchen Harris Bruce, has graduated as a member of The Leadership Class of 2022. Ms. Bruce is one of 61 regional leaders selected for The Leadership’s 38th class, joining more than 1,800 alumni who have preceded them. Members of the Leadership Class of 2022 are selected based on the ways in which they have mobilized groups to accomplish significant results and their willingness to participate in challenging situations Click here to see a complete list of the Class of 2022.

“The Class of 2022 joins a legacy of leaders in Baltimore who have contributed significantly to Baltimore, strengthening our organizations and the civic fabric of our community. Through their experience together, these leaders will further strengthen their capacity to mobilize others to catalyze change throughout the region,” shared David Sachs, Executive Director of The Leadership.

The Flagship Program is a 9-month experiential leadership program that develops participants in three areas:

  • Deepening their understanding of Baltimore’s history, challenges, assets, and people
  • Strengthening their capacity to lead, particularly in a civic context
  • Forging substantive relationships with fellow class members to provide a platform for collective action

“This invaluable experience gave me insight the Greater Baltimore region’s political, social, economic, and historical landscape. The relationships I developed with other professionals who have shared values and love our city will be invaluable as we work together to change the Baltimore narrative for the best.  We all want to Reimagine Baltimore,” says Ms. Bruce.

To learn more about The Leadership, its programs and how to apply, visit

Photo caption: Graduates of The Leadership Class of 2022. Photo courtesy of William Bruce.


About Baltimore Community Lending

With over 30 years’ experience, Baltimore Community Lending (BCL) is a local CDFI that supports the revitalization and strengthening of under-served neighborhoods through innovative and flexible financial assistance designed to promote community development. The small business division of BCL addresses the primary barriers to credit by providing flexible loan terms, technical assistance support, and an ecosystem of small business lenders and bankers, while the real estate division works with different types of borrowers and provides financing to develop affordable housing, community facilities, and mixed-use developments. More information is available at