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

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.

Don’t Miss Baltimore’s Best Outdoor Party, this Friday, September 16


Picnic in the Park

Join Parks & People for its 6th Annual Picnic in the Park this Friday, September 16th from 6-10pm! Don’t miss Baltimore’s best outdoor party with great food from Cunningham’s, specialty cocktails, live bluegrass music and more at the Parks & People campus at 2100 Liberty Heights Ave. This year, the organization recognizes Sally Michel Award honorees David Warnock and Larry Rivitz, co-founders of Green Street Academy. 

Purchase tickets online or call 410-448-5663 ext. 118 today!


"Sally’s Purse" Pulls the Strings


All the big shots showed up last night to wish community leader Sally Michel a happy birthday and to give Roland Park a shot in the arm at “Fill Sally’s Purse,” a fundraiser for the Parks & People Foundation at Petit Louis Bistro.  Governor Martin O’Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Community Foundation President Tom Wilcox, Abell Foundation President Bob Embry, Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus and more filled the restaurant to capacity.

The event was conceived by Michel after she and a friend were robbed of a purse last month outside the popular eatery in the typically low-crime neighborhood of Roland Park. Following the theft, she told The Baltimore Sun, “This is ridiculous, with all the other things going on the city…I love that restaurant, and I don’t want it to be damaged. It’s just some little old community volunteer and some little old principal, and we got robbed, and we’re doing fine. I don’t want this damaging the community that I love.”

A source from the foundation said she was inspired to initiate the event to encourage people to return to her beloved neighborhood and the restaurant following the crime.  It also happened to be her 74th birthday.

Petit Louis donated 20 percent of all checks last night to Parks & People, where Sally is co-founder and head of the board. No word yet on how much money Sally’s many friends raised, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know.

Police kept a close watch on the restaurant after the January 31 holdup. Last night, some patrons noticed “a large presence of under cover police at the entrance with buttons in their ears and many cop cars patrolling,” as one emailed to me this morning. Despite the intrigue, rumor has it that it was just routine security detail for the governor.