Cheo D. Hurley, New Trustee, Recognized for his Leadership in Baltimore


July 5, 2012

It is with great pleasure that we share that Cheo D. Hurley, new member of the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees, has been recently recognized by the Daily Record as a 2012 winner of the “Successful by 40 VIP List of Very Important Professionals”. He has been recognized for his professional accomplishments, a commitment to inspiring change in his community, and his tremendous accomplishments achieved before age 40.

Cheo currently serves as Vice President for Community and Economic Development with Park Heights Renaissance Inc. (PHR),  a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization representing residents, businesses, religious institutions, schools, agencies and other stakeholders committed to shaping a better future for Park Heights and executing its Master Plan.

Previous to joining PHR, Cheo was a Real Estate Development and Leasing Manager for the Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership LLC (FC-NEBP).  Prior to joining   FC-NEBP, Cheo was a Senior Associate with Deloitte Tax LP where he conducted real estate valuation and appraisal analysis for corporate real estate clients.  Cheo has also held  positions  with  the  US  Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development,  US Department of the Treasury and the NAACP National Headquarters, where at the time he was the youngest ever Director of Membership for the organization.

Cheo  graduated  with  a  Bachelor  of  Business  Administration  (B.B.A)  in  Finance,  from Howard University. He subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration degree from American University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. A Baltimore native, Cheo has served on numerous gubernatorial and mayoral transition teams for the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. A graduate of the Gilman School, Cheo is the most recent past President of the school’s Alumni Board of Governors. He is currently a member of the Greater Baltimore Committees LEADership 2012 class. 

A lifelong Baltimorean, Cheo is the husband of Zenita Wickham Hurley and the proud father of a daughter and two sons.

“As many of you know over the last 10 years I have been working to make Baltimore better both through volunteerism and my daily profession.  Whether it’s through my affiliation with Gilman School, The Baltimore Planning Commission, Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T)  or my daily work life where I help in the revitalization of disenfranchised neighborhoods throughout the city, my focus has been and continues to be to make Baltimore a better place to live not only for my three children but the countless children who deserve to grow up in a safe environment.  I am proud to be from and  live in Baltimore City! “ -Cheo D. Hurley