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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Michael Ross keeps coming back to Baltimore. This past July, the Milwaukee native returned to the city for the fourth time to take over as managing director of Center Stage, a position he previously held from 2002 to 2008. During his eight-year hiatus from Baltimore’s largest nonprofit professional theater, Ross served as managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. Throughout his career, he also has consulted on fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide.
Upon meeting Ross, his firm handshake, quick smile, and roaring laugh make him seem at once like a trusted friend and the centerpiece of the room. After spending some time with him, what also becomes evident is Ross’s love of Baltimore and his desire to grow its cultural scene, his devotion to Center Stage in particular, and his belief in the power of the theater in general. Recently, he expounded on these themes and more in an interview with Baltimore Fishbowl.
Why have you decided to return to Center Stage?