Tony Bridges is a proud father and life-long resident of Baltimore city. For more than a decade, he has been actively working to bring resources to communities throughout the state. As a father of two with a passion for service, he’s ready to continue his work by representing you and the citizens of the 41st district in the House of Delegates.
Tony is the former Director of Human Services and Operations for Park Heights Renaissance, a non-profit organization established to ensure the objectives of the Park Heights Master Plan of Baltimore are implemented. As Director, Tony was responsible for supervising, managing, directing, and growing the human service activities of the organization and community capacity-building & outreach. These activities included community school management and partnerships, implementing elements of an education strategic plan, advocacy, and community engagement.
Tony was Director of Community Affairs in East Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins Institutions. In this role, Tony represented the multi-institutional East Baltimore campus in planning, implementing, and coordinating comprehensive approaches to community issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Mr. Bridges is the former Chief of Staff for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation, and one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. While with the MTA, Tony focused on government relations as well as performance management for the agency. Before joining the MTA, Tony served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Prior to working in Transportation, Tony served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) under the administration of Governor Martin O'Malley, before becoming its Chief of Staff. As Director of Community Outreach, he helped improve efficiency in the GOCI’s work program. He also worked to enhance communication between GOCI and local communities in addressing needs around the state, particularly as it relates to municipalities and townships. As Chief of Staff, he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the GOCI’s work program, which include coordinating community and volunteer activities statewide and advising the Governor on policies to enhance and improve community programs. He also oversaw the work of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, Volunteer Maryland, and outreach to ethnic and cultural communities across Maryland.
Before joining the administration of Governor Martin O’Malley, Mr. Bridges was the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and Constituent Services in the administration of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. As Executive Director, he re-organized the office merging the two divisions of Neighborhoods and Constituent Services during Dixon’s successful transition from City Council President to Mayor. In that time, the office created several successful community engagement initiatives such as the Mayor’s 311 Community Challenge and the News from Our Neighborhoods newsletter, increasing the level of outreach and support from the administration to community stakeholders. The office also helped leverage several community-based projects by overseeing the Mayor’s Neighborhoods First Capital Grant program; which awarded organizations up to $25,000 each for neighborhood-based capital improvement projects.
As Deputy Director of the Neighborhoods Office and as Neighborhood Liaison for West and Northwest Baltimore under the administration of then Mayor Martin O’Malley. Mr. Bridges is credited with strengthening partnerships between the communities of West & Northwest Baltimore and City Hall. He is also recognized for creating Baltimore City’s first ever Conference of Neighborhoods which was designed to inform, educate, and empower citizens and community associations in capacity building and public safety knowledge.
Mr. Bridges earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Frostburg State University. He received his certificate in Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Communications from Towson University.
Tony currently resides in the 41st district with his eleven-year-old daughter Lori and nine-year-old son Trey.