In October 2014 Eric Costello joined the Baltimore City Council representing Baltimore's most diverse district - the 11th District, which includes Central West Baltimore, the Downtown Central Business District, Midtown, the South Baltimore Peninsula, State Center, the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, as well as 24 unique neighborhoods. The 11th District is also home to Lexington Market, MICA, Port Covington, the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Baltimore. As a member of the City Council, Eric works tirelessly on behalf of our residents and local businesses. He continues to use his U.S.. Government Accountability Office (GAO) experience to ensure Baltimore City taxpayer dollars are used as efficiently as possible.
Eric is Chairman of the City Council's Budget and Appropriations and Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committees. He is a member of the Council's Labor, Land Use and Transportation, and Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committees.
Service in Baltimore civic and non-profit organizations:
- Board Member, South Baltimore Gateway Community Impact District Management Authority: 2016 - current
- Board Member, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore: 2014 - current
- Board Member, Downtown Management Authority: 2014 - current
- Board Member, Midtown Community Benefits District: 2014 - current
- Vice-chair, Advisory Board to the Parking Authority of Baltimore City: 2012 - 2015
- Board Member, Bethel Empowerment and Wellness Center: 2015 - current
- Board Member, Mayor's Tax Policy Review Group: 2014 - 2015
- Board Member, Baltimore City Casino Local Development Council: 2012- 2014
- Member, Digital Harbor High School Advisory Board: 2012 - 2014
- Co-founder, Federal Hill Thinking Green: 2012 - 2014
- Federal Hill Neighborhood Association: Vice-president Dec. 2011 - Oct. 2012; President: Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2014
Career prior to joining the Baltimore City Council
From 2006 to 2014, Eric served in the U.S.. GAO as a Senior IT Analyst. His work there saved taxpayers more than $274 million by identifying gaps in capital planning, risk management, contractor oversight practices, and cancellation of underperforming federal programs.
In 2004, Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts, with a minor in Business Communications at SUNY Oneonta. He earned a Master of Science in Information Management in 2006 from Syracuse University's iSchool, with Certificates of Advanced Study in both Information Security Management and Information Systems and Telecommunications Management.
Outside of Work
A native of New York, Eric fell in love with Baltimore when he moved to Otterbein in 2007. He currently lives in Federal Hill, where he purchased his home in 2010. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends.