Our Mission Statement

“ The Ellicott City Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to preserve the heritage and vitality of historic Ellicott City, Maryland while creating and enhancing economic growth. “

Our Team

Sharon Cristiansen

Executve Director

Board of Directors

Julia Sanger


Alison Burkowske

vice president

Derek Miller


Mark Hemmis


Maureen Garvey


Tiffany Averill

Board Member

Ben Barlow

Board Member

Sophie Betlejewski

Board Member

Dave CArney

Board Member

Roy Chernikoff

Board Member

Matt Fleming

Board Member

Alli Krist

Board Member

Mike McGraw

Board Member

dave myers

Board Member

Rachel Nyanjom

Board Member

wendy pidel

board member

Megan Reuwer

Board Member

Diane Shaw

Board Member

Jinal Contractor

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Ex Officio Non-Voting

Felix Facchine

Assistant Chief of Staff Office of the County Executive

Ex Officio Non-Voting

Amanda Hof

Executive Director
howard county tourism

Ex Officio Non-Voting

Mark Stout

Executive Director, Howard County Historical Society

Ex Officio Non-Voting

Ellicott City Partnership is Main Street America ACCREDITED

  • Promote OEC and the 100+ small businesses through website, newsletter, social media campaigns and outside marketing opportunities
  • Annually host two music festivals, three Girls Night Out, Mardi Gras on Main, Trick or Treat on Main, Shop Small Saturday and Midnight Madness that attract over 20,000 happy visitors to town
  • Support and promote hundreds of smaller events each year including OEC Pride, Concerts in the Courtyard, Ellicott Silly Comedy Festival, Outdoor Summer Movie Series, Paint It! Plein Air, Yappy Hour, Wizarding Weekend, Howl-O-Ween and History & Ghost tours
  • Partner with Howard EcoWorks to host community clean up events
  • Bring together OEC Business Owners for monthly meetings to share information on upcoming events and campaigns, educate on resources for small businesses, and encourage community discussion
  • Maintain Main Street Maryland designation
  • Funded the return of the visitor spending incentive, Holiday Bucks program in December 2022 and created a new OEC Bucks program for January 2023
  • Raised $70,000 for new way finding signs in 2022

  • Launched a new custom website featuring full event calendar, online business directory and interactive maps in 2022 
  • Secured $20,000 for 75 new trees and pollinator habitat improvement in 2022
  • Raised and distributed $220,000 to OEC businesses and property owners for COVID relief in 2021
  • Provided over $1.8 MILLION in flood recovery grants to Old Ellicott City businesses and property owners in 2016 and 2018