Speak Up. Where it Counts. Loudly.

Mike Hankin, President and CEO of Brown Advisory, is a community steward who is leading by example. To further the mission of making the Baltimore Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable, Mike has committed to swim across the harbor in 2020. Stay in touch by submitting your information below.

Brown Advisory is committed to the communities in which we work and operate and Baltimore is but one of the communities where we invest human and financial capital to help improve the lives of the citizens at large. Other regions which we make significant investment include Austin, Boston, the Carolinas, Delaware, London, New York and Washington, D.C. Corporate Social Responsibility however, is more than just community involvement and the truly inspiring firms—the game-changers, the industry leaders and the disruptors—have cultures that propel them to innovate and stand out. At Brown Advisory, we aim to be one of those inspired firms through a focus on corporate governance, ethical business behavior, environmental accountability, promoting healthy human resources and advocating for universal human rights.


Did You Know?

Each spring, the Healthy Harbor Report Card is released.

This report presents a summary of water quality scores and major restoration activities that took place throughout the prior year, and it monitors water health in four major water bodies: The Jones and Gwynns Falls streams, the Baltimore Harbor, and the Tidal Patapsco River.

The Healthy Harbor Report Card is produced in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, and near-real time water quality scores can be found at HarborAlert.org.

2014 Report Card

2015 Report Card

2016 Report Card

2018 Report Card

Did You Know?

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel have collected 1,477,580 lbs. since May 9, 2014.

  • 594,800 Plastic Bottles
  • 688,727 Polystyrene Containers
  • 9,818,900 Cigarette Butts
  • 7,734 Glass Bottles
  • 499,587 Grocery Bags
  • 687,269 Chip Bags

Did You Know?

There is an oyster sanctuary in the Baltimore Inner Harbor?

We grow oysters because of their amazing ability to filter pollution out of the water. A full-grown oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water every day! Two hundred years ago there were enough oysters to filter all of the water in the Chesapeake Bay every three days. Today it takes the remaining oysters over a year to filter the same amount of water.


Did You Know?

There are over 2,000 square feet of floating wetlands in and around the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Because very few natural wetlands exist along Baltimore Harbor’s urban shorelines, man-made Floating Wetlands were built to float in the water. Inside these buoyant islands are bundles of plastic bottles that have been collected from the harbor and up-cycled to help the wetlands float.

The Floating Wetlands are colonized by crabs, mussels, and eels, while waterfowl and fish use them for refuge.

At the end of each growing season, the Floating Wetlands are harvested and composted, turning them into useful fertilizer which can be used for landscaping around the Inner Harbor.



Learn More about the Healthy Harbor Initiative

Michael D. Hankin President and CEO

Mike Hankin is a partner of Brown Advisory Incorporated where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Brown Advisory is an independent investment firm committed to providing its clients with first-class investment performance, thoughtful strategic advice and the highest levels of client service. The firm was founded in 1993 as part of Alex. Brown & Sons, then one of the oldest and most-respected investment firms in the U.S. Mike has led the firm since 1998 when it became independent and largely colleague-owned. Today, Brown Advisory has offices in Austin, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Wilmington, Del., Chapel Hill, N.C. and London, and is privileged to work with clients in every state and 36 other countries. Prior to Brown Advisory, Mike worked extensively with clients as a tax and business law partner with Piper & Marbury.

Mike is deeply committed to the communities in which his family lives and the firm is based. He serves in leadership roles for a variety of non-profit organizations with a particular focus on the environment and land conservation, education and health care. As chairman of the Baltimore Healthy Harbor Project and executive committee member of the Baltimore Waterfront Partnership and Management Authority, the public/private business tax district that is responsible for the landscaping, clean-up and safety of Baltimore's waterfront, he has challenged the City to achieve a goal of making Baltimore’s Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020. His deep respect for the importance of Johns Hopkins is evidenced by his roles as trustee of Johns Hopkins University, trustee and Vice-Chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Applied Physics Lab. He also serves as President of Land Preservation Trust, is a trustee of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation as well as a Director for the National Steeplechase Association and Associated Black Charities.

Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., as well as on the Boards of Directors of three private companies, Tate Engineering Systems, Inc., The Wills Group, Inc., and 1251 Capital Group, Inc.

Mike earned a B.A. and M.A. from Emory University in 1979 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and he received a J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law in 1982.

Join Mike Hankin and Swim Across the Baltimore Inner Harbor in 2020

Shouldn’t our children feel safe playing around our harbor and streams? And shouldn’t we all feel connected to the natural habitat that surrounds us?

Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative works to restore and protect our City’s most valuable asset—the Baltimore Harbor. Millions of gallons of sewage, hundreds of tons of trash, and stormwater runoff are polluting the harbor and streams every year. These conditions are threatening the lives of the fish, crabs, turtles, birds, and river otters that are part of the harbor, and even simple contact with the water can be dangerous due to the threat of waterborne diseases.

We believe the human affinity for nature, fostered by a direct emotional connection with the marine environment, will restore the balance between our city and our bay. Through our Healthy Harbor projects, programs, and partnerships, we are educating the public about what lives beneath the surface and how we can all fight for the urban ecosystem through actions we take.

Clean water means cleaning and greening neighborhoods, and a healthy harbor equals a healthy city.

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