Tracy Ward – Executive Director
Tracy Ward was hired in April 2014 to make great things happen for Easton Economic Development Corp. The Board of Directors tasked her with launching project initiatives that support the organization’s goals, and she has quickly made progress on key projects that anchor the organization’s mission.
Tracy has over 27 years of experience as an economic and community development leader, devoting her career to urban transformation through collaborative public/private partnership and cross-disciplinary strategies. Tracy has led major housing and neighborhood development initiatives throughout the Baltimore region. She was instrumental in the creation of over 1,000 housing units in downtown Baltimore, implemented the nation’s first combined residential and commercial special taxing district, helped hundreds of families transition to home-ownership, and has created community master plans that are still being used today. Later, at Fannie Mae, Tracy provided technical assistance to communities in five states, originating and underwriting over $100 million in debt and equity investments for transformative housing projects in targeted communities identified for growth.
In 2004, Tracy founded Urbanite, an award-winning glossy magazine with a circulation of over 60,000 in the Baltimore metropolitan area. During her tenure, Urbanite’s circulation tripled and annual revenues grew by double digits each year. In 2013, Tracy took a “sabbatical year” to travel and work on farms to learn about agriculture and the production of local food.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Foods from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland.
Natalie Slater – Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Natalie Slater serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Chesapeake Harvest team. She brings years of administrative, marketing and project management experience to her role.
As a former Eastern Shore retail store owner, Vice President and Co-Founder of a Delmarva magazine, non-profit volunteer and former board member of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, she understands the responsibilities and challenges of business ownership, non-profits as well as the corporate world.
Natalie’s entrepreneurial propensity gives her the ability to embrace the fast-paced environment of Easton Economic Development and Chesapeake Harvest. With her passion for learning, she is eager to tackle the newest software programs to bring efficiencies in to the
Natalie loves all things nature and enjoys cooking vegetables and herbs from her garden. When not in the garden, you can find her on the golf course or reading a good book.