Board Staff

In April 2020, the Baltimore City Council passed Ordinance 20-354 (“Ethics Board – Administration and Staff”), which designated the Baltimore City Inspector General as the ex officio Executive Director of the Board of Ethics and permitted the IG to designate staff to assist the Board in performing its responsibilities.  The Ordinance became effective on October 10, 2020.  

Current Staff

Isabel Mercedes Cumming, Executive Director (ex officio)

Ethics Board Executive Director, Isabel Mercedes Cumming

Isabel Mercedes Cumming has been Baltimore’s Inspector General since 2018. You can find her full bio here.

Jeffrey Hochstetler, Director

Ethics Board Director, Jeffrey Hochstetler

Jeff was designated the Director of the Ethics Board in August 2020. Jeff has been a practicing Maryland attorney for more than seven years. After receiving his JD and MA in English Literature from Duke University, Jeff clerked for Judge W. Michel Pierson on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and Judge Deborah Eyler on the Court of Special Appeals. Prior to the Ethics Board, Jeff worked for Baltimore City as an Assistant Solicitor in the Baltimore City Law Department and, most recently, for the State as an Assistant Attorney General, where he counseled the Public Information Act Compliance Board, the Open Meetings Compliance Board, and the Public Access Ombudsman. Originally from Ohio, Jeff has been proud to call Baltimore home for several years.

Maura Ford, Executive Assistant

Ethics Board Executive Assistant, Maura Ford

Maura Ford is an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Inspector General, designated by IG Cumming to serve the Baltimore City Ethics Board. She recently completed a Fulbright- García Robles English Teaching Assistantship at the Universidad Tecnológica de Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In 2019, Maura graduated from La Salle University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish. Additionally, she studied at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina. Maura is originally from Baltimore.