Commission

The Commission is comprised of 5 persons of integrity and experience who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The Commission is responsible for the administration and proper operation of the minimum, living and prevailing wage laws.

The Wage Commission will meet the first Thursday of every month from 3 - 5 PM.

Interested in serving? If so, please e-mail us at [email protected].

*The next Wage Commission meeting will be July 6, 2017 at 3:30PM ,7 E. Redwood Street, 9th Floor, Baltimore MD, 21202.

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Commissioners

Sheryl R. Wood, Esq.

Sheryl Wood

Sheryl R. Wood is the owner and founder of The Wood Law Firm PLLC which is litigation boutique handling cases in Maryland and Washington DC. Ms. Wood has over twenty-five years of experience as a litigator, criminal defense attorney, compliance counselor, investigator and contract negotiator. She was an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office and a federal prosecutor in the Antitrust and Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division. In the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ, Ms. Wood investigated and prosecuted cases involving police misconduct and brutality, sexual assaults of prisoners and hate crimes in federal courts throughout the country. She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison at DOJ. Ms. Wood served as Vice President of Kroll Government Services and Head of the DC Office of Kroll, Inc. She was also a Partner at two law firms. Ms. Wood has been a member of the Wage Commission since 2013 and has served as Chairperson since 2015. Ms. Wood has held various leadership positions in national and local bar and community associations. She is a member of the Class of 2004 of Leadership Greater Washington. In 2007, Ms. Wood founded a pipeline program designed to encourage high school students to consider a career as an attorney. The day-long program called NBA Youth Day, which she ran for eight years, is held annually at the convention site of the National Bar Association and is free of charge for student participants. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Associated Black Charities of Maryland from 2008 to 2012. Ms. Wood is a graduate of Howard University and George Washington University Law School. She is the mother of two children.

John Barber

John Barber

My name is John D. Barber Jr. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1994.  In August of 1994, I joined the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program and completed my studies in 1998. Over the years I have continued taking other construction related courses. I have worked in the construction industry for over 23 years, within all aspects of the industry from foundation work to finish carpentry, which is where I acquired my knowledge and respect for the Industry. Utilizing these skills and experiences acquired both in the field and as a professional business representative I gained experience in project coordination, leadership, senior level project development and management to include roles in overseeing several employees within various divisions. My commitment to excellence and dedication to professionalism has propelled me to continually exceed industry standards by forming strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity and reliability.  These charateristics, along with a deep-rooted tie to Baltimore City have enabled me to become a respected Business professional within the industry.

Ally Amerson

Ally Amerson

Ally Amerson is the Director of Legal Recruiting at Special Counsel, the nation’s premier provider of legal technology and workforce solutions. She assists Baltimore-area law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in recruiting and hiring lawyers and legal support professionals for permanent positions and temporary projects. Ally is a licensed Maryland attorney, and received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A. degree from the University of California-Berkeley. Ally has lived in downtown Baltimore for four years, and is actively engaged with many civic organizations throughout the city. 

Mark McLaurin

Mark McLaurin

Mark J. McLaurin is the Director of Political and Legislative Affairs for the Service Employees International Union Local 500, the largest and fastest growing labor union in the Country. Mark has been an advocate and activist for working class people for over 20 years.  From serving as a landlord tenant counselor at Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. while in College to serving as the 7th Congressional Director for United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Public Policy Director for the Public Justice Center- a common thread is a core commitment to fashioning innovative strategies to make life easier for Baltimore’s working class families.  He is eager to join the team of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Director Jill Carter are putting together to ensure Baltimore workers are treated fairly and with dignity. Mark also chairs Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis’ LGBT advisory Commission and serves on the Policy Committee of Gender Rights Maryland.

Caryn York 

Caryn York

Caryn York (Aslan) is Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships with the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), an independent, statewide nonprofit organization that promotes programs and policies to help low-wage workers advance to high-wage jobs. Caryn works to advance policies that eliminates employment barriers and improve the conditions and outcomes of working families. Caryn works tirelessly to encourage key policymakers and stakeholders to adopt policies that facilitate the successful entry, or re-entry, of low-wage, low-skill adult workers and jobseekers into the workforce, particularly individuals with a criminal background. In this capacity, Caryn has been instrumental in leading policy reform efforts to advance ‘Ban the Box’ laws around the state, expand and improve criminal record expungement and shielding laws (Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015), safeguard the successful development, passage, and implementation of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Act, and defeat harmful efforts by the bail bond industry to ensure safe and effective bail reform in Maryland. Caryn majored in International Studies at Washington College, and has worked within state and local politics for over 10 years.