Big Fish

Q&A: Ben Jealous talks universal health care, weed, his progressive roots and more

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Ben Jealous might just be the only gubernatorial candidate for 2018 who could bolster his run by getting handcuffed at the White House.

Big Fish: Jackie Caldwell is On A Mission For Mondawmin

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Jaqueline Caldwell. Photo via the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

As President of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council since 2012, Jacqueline (Jackie) Caldwell is the Godmother of Mondawmin — righting wrongs, fighting crime, improving housing, raising money, boosting spirits and attending meeting after meeting with elected officials to make sure Mondawmin is, in her words, “at the table and not on the menu.” That’s in her spare time. In her day job at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she dispenses grant money to organizations central to the foundation’s mission.

Big Fish: Gubernatorial Candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

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County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s race for Maryland governor is fueled by his experience as a Baltimore County public servant and an open disdain for the state’s current leadership.

Big Fish: 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate and Tech Entrepreneur Alec Ross

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Photo courtesy of Alec Ross for Governor

Alec Ross first came to Maryland 23 years ago when he was assigned to be a sixth-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School as part of the Teach For America program. He had just graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in history, and he immediately developed a strong affection for Baltimore.

Requiem

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This was going to be a column about my new kitchen counters, and about how you shouldn’t live with things you hate, and then we heard the news from Las Vegas. We were coming home from a college tour in upstate New York, from eating delicious Italian food in Syracuse, from spending time with our dear friend who teaches up there. We were sleepy, sated, a little stressed out about this and that. An ordinary Monday, awash in blessings.

Big Fish: Sue Sadler, the New Head of the Bryn Mawr School, Is All About The Girls

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Bryn Mawr’s new head of school, Sue Sadler, with students at the start of the school year.

In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.

Annie Milli Wants You to Live In the City

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Earlier this summer, 36-year-old Owings Mills native Annie Milli made the impressive leap from nonprofit Live Baltimore’s marketing director to executive director. But when you consider Milli’s intense work ethic and fierce love of Baltimore City, the shock of her rapid-fire professional trajectory eases.

Big Fish: Thomas Dolby, Pop Music Star-Turned-Hopkins Professor

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If the digital media world were a globe like our physical one, Thomas Dolby would have circled it already, and then some. Many know him for the popular music fame he achieved as a masterful synth player (“She Blinded Me with Science,” “Hyperactive”) and MTV standout in the 1980s, as well as his wide-ranging work as a producer and keyboardist for other artists.

Big Fish: Fox45’s Kai Jackson Talks About Being on TV and Journalism in Baltimore

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Courtesy Kai Jackson

Even leading up to college, Kai Jackson never planned to be on TV. In fact, when he first enrolled at South Carolina State College, he was an engineering major, though he admits now that may not have been the best fit.

Parks & People Foundation CEO Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder Plans to Transform Baltimore One Park at a Time

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Photo courtesy of Parks & People Foundation.
Photo courtesy of the Parks & People Foundation.

Native Baltimorean Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder spent the majority of her career leading a charge to revitalize a 13-mile swath of waterfront in Pittsburgh, transforming it from a largely abandoned wasteland to a prosperous center of commercial and recreational activity that connects various focal points in the city. Now, she’s taking on a similar task in Baltimore.

As the recently appointed CEO of the Parks & People Foundation, Schroeder has big plans for the 32-year-old organization, which over three decades has made deep inroads in the lives of urban residents. Among its many initiatives, the foundation is credited with bringing the first urban Outward Bound program to Baltimore, developing recreational programs in which over 30,000 city youth have participated, and forming a literacy-based free summer camp that to date has served more than 17,000 Baltimore City students.