- John Hopkins University, Carey Business School Alumni.
- Professional Security Consultant.
- Licensed Private investigator
Director of Public Safety for Southeast Community Organization in Baltimore, Maryland.
- NRA Certified Instructor in multiple disciplines.
- American Heart Association, CPR/AED Basic Life Support and First Aid Instructor, Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Training Center.
- Combat veteran, with over ten years of military service in the U.S. Army and Maryland Army National Guard 20th Special Forces Group, Airborne.
Don has devoted much
of his time to public safety issues throughout Southeast Baltimore, and
has collaborated with numerous non profits and government agencies.
Overall, he has been involved in grassroots organizing and doing
volunteer work for over thirty years. As a young man he enlisted in the
U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He has been involved ever since in
veteran’s rights, civil rights, environmental issues, and is most
passionate about neighborhood concerns.
He spent four years as the co-coordinator of the Baltimore-Highland/ Highlandtown Hot Spot Neighborhood Safety Team. He was instrumental in organizing five years of successful “National Night Out Against Crime” events.
He assisted Centro
de la Comunidad in preparing a U.S. Department of Justice “Weed and
Seed” application, and volunteered his time on the Broadway Corridor
Project Steering Committee for public safety. He coordinated the
Highlandtown Citizens on Patrol for several years.
Don served as
President of the Highlandtown Community Association for 16 years. He
collaborated with the Highlandtown Merchants Association, and Southeast
Community Development Corporation promoting Highlandtown Main Street,
and the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District. He was
co-coordinator of the Highlandtown Wine Festival and Homemade Wine
Competition. In 2008. This event drew over 1000 people, and generated
thousands of dollars for the community association neighborhood block
projects. Security for this, and many Patterson Park events, has been
provided by Battaglia Security. He has recruited not only volunteers
for multiple projects, but has also obtained resources and materials to
get the projects done. These community mobilization projects included
beautification and public safety enhancements for both residential and
In addition, he serves
or has served, on numerous other community committees and boards. Among them
are WMAR Television Community Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Community Health Action Project (CHAP), Patterson Park Community Development
Corporation, South East Community Organization, The Boy Scouts of America
Broad Creek Field Sports Program, The Highlandtown Community Association,
and Treasurer of the First District Human Service Advisory Board. He has
been with the advisory board through five mayoral administrations and four
name changes. As a founding member and former first chair of the
Presidents Council of Southeast Baltimore, he focused on making the City of
Baltimore a safer place to live, work, and play through multi-neighborhood