About the Board

The City Board of Ethics oversees and enforces the Public Ethics Law, which is intended "to guard against improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence, and to ensure public trust in the government."

The Ethics Board comprises five members, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Each member must be “of known personal integrity” and possess “recognized knowledge and interest in government and civics.” No member may be a lobbyist, a government official or employee (other than of a college, university, or the like), or a candidate for elected public office.

Of the five members:

  • One member is nominated by the President of the City Council,
  • One member is nominated by the City Comptroller, and
  • Three members, at least two of whom must be lawyers, are named by the Mayor.

The members serve staggered, 5-year terms. The Board’s Chair is elected annually by the Board from among its members.

Current Members

Stephan W. Fogleman, Chair (Term ending Dec. 31, 2020)

Stephen Fogleman






Stephan W. Fogleman has been a practicing Attorney in Maryland for over 25 years. Before being appointed to the Ethics Board in 2016, Fogleman served as Chairman of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners and as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore City. Fogleman has been active as a coach in the Baltimore Urban Debate League and the South Baltimore Youth Soccer League. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Maryland Art Place.

Donna M. Davis, Vice-Chair (Term ending Dec. 31, 2022)

Donna Davis

Donna Davis is a successful business executive with thirty years of leadership experience in strategy, program management, security, and regulatory compliance. She has extensive knowledge of international ethics and compliance programs and is widely recognized for her contributions to the development of values-driven ethics programs.  She has collaborated and published with The Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics and the Institute for Business Ethics, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Baltimore Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. Ms. Davis completed her Ph.D. course work at the University of Maryland at College Park.  She received a Master of Science from Central Michigan University, and earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore.

Melodie Hengerer (Term ending Dec. 31, 2023)

Melodie Hengerer 






Originally from eastern North Carolina, Melodie Hengerer is a 2002 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.  After practicing law in Washington, D.C., she returned to Baltimore City where she has lived and raised her two children for the past 13 years.  Ms. Hengerer worked as an Assistant City Solicitor for the Baltimore City Law Department from 2012-2015, during which time she represented each of the various City agencies and the Mayor and City Council.  She is currently of counsel in the Baltimore office of Baker Donelson, where she practices health law and business litigation.  In her free time,  Ms. Hengerer enjoys watching the Ravens and Orioles and spending time at Federal Hill Park with her adopted labs, Maggie and Beau.

Arnold Sampson (Term ending Dec. 31, 2024)

Arnold Sampson








Arnold Sampson is a native Baltimorean.  He was educated in City public schools and is a graduate of Morgan State College, where he received a B.S.  Mr. Sampson also received an M.S. in psychology from Howard University, and completed post-masters courses in psychology.  Professionally, Mr Sampson is a licensed real estate broker and has taught pre-licensing courses for CCB, Morgan State Univiversity, and the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of the Administrative Trial Board and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.   

Mr. Sampson is a decorated Vietnam Medical Evacuation Helicopter Pilot and the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Broken Wing Award, and two Purple Hearts.  He has also volunteered at Shake N' Bake and with the Big Brother Big Sister program, as well as having worked as an actor for many years playing the "standardized patient" for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  In his spare time, Mr. Sampson is a marksmanship instructor and skilled Scrabble player.  

Vacant (Term ending Dec. 31, 2021)