Deputy Director and Chief of Policy, Baltimore City
Baltimore City Mayor's designee
Mr. Theo Ngongang-Ouandji currently serves as Deputy Director and Chief of Policy for Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT). Responsible for setting the overall policy direction for BCDOT, Theo manages the planning division, the transit bureau, sustainable mobility and the implementation of the citywide bike master plan and Complete Streets development. He is a close advisor to the Director and was appointed to this position in July of 2018.
Prior to returning to Government, Theo was the Director of Design, Planning + Economics covering Maryland for AECOM, a large global consulting firm, specializing in designing, and building, financing and managing infrastructure projects around the world. In that role, he was responsible for business development and marketing activities, with a focus on growing the urban planning practice of the firm in Maryland. In that capacity, he successfully engaged Prince George’s County government when AECOM conducted the planning efforts around transit –oriented redevelopment of an existing metro station.
Theo brings more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors in city/regional planning, transportation planning, public policy and public administration. For the past 15 years, he has served in the City of Baltimore government, recently as Assistant Director at the Department of Planning. Previously, Theo was the Chief of the Planning and Project Development Division of the Baltimore Department of Transportation (DOT), where he popularized the concepts of livable communities and complete streets. Earlier in his career, Theo acted as Central Business District Planner in the Baltimore City Department of Planning and as Regional Planner for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Theo holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Urban Planning and Town Management from Université de Paris-XII (Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris) and a Bachelor in Architecture (Diplome d’Architecte DESA) from Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, France. He serves on numerous boards and is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’ LEADERship program class of 2014.
Theo is married to Marie-Josiane and they are raising two teenagers. They reside in Baltimore, Maryland.