United Way of Central Maryland Appoints a New CEO

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Franklyn Baker, Courtesy United Way of Maryland

A former top executive at Greenpeace USA is taking the helm at United Way of Central Maryland.

The nonprofit’s most recent chief executive officer and president, Mark Furst, stepped down last month to take a job over at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. In his place will be Franklyn Baker, who most recently worked as the chief operating officer over at the environmental NGO. Before that, he was a top officer at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and also worked for the Children’s National Health System in D.C.

“I am thrilled to join United Way of Central Maryland and to support their incredible work,” Baker said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside their board, staff, volunteers, community partners and advocates to build upon the gains that have been made to stabilize and improve access to quality education, employment, health and housing throughout the region.”

United Way of Central Maryland serves the city as well as its five surrounding counties. The nonprofit focuses on assisting communities with education, housing, employment and health.

In addition to getting a new CEO at the end of this month, the local United Way chapter will be working with some new digs this spring. The organization is preparing to move from its downtown headquarters on S. Charles Street to a new space at the Montgomery Park building off of Washington Boulevard.

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