United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land names Franklyn Baker its CEO

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Christo­pher Dins­more

The United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land named a Green­peace ex­ec­u­tive as its new pres­i­dent and CEO on Thurs­day.

Franklyn Baker will take over as the non­profit’s top ex­ec­u­tive on Nov. 28, the United Way an­nounced. Baker has been Green­peace USA’s prin­ci­pal deputy and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and has a long back­ground at other non­prof­its, in­clud­ing Vol­un­teers of Amer­ica Ch­e­sa­peake and the Chil­dren’s Na­tional Health Sys­tem.

“Franklyn Baker is an ex­cep­tional leader whose strate­gic plan­ning, op­er­a­tions and fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise, cou­pled with a ca­reer steeped in health and hu­man ser­vices, will be a tremen­dous as­set to United Way of Cen­tral Mary­land’s work,” Jim Wheeler, chair of the board for the Bal­ti­more-based branch of the United Way, said in a state­ment.

Baker will suc­ceed Mark Furst, who stepped aside as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO in late Oc­to­ber af­ter a dozen years at its helm.

“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. To­gether, we will strengthen our so­cial im­pact — one per­son, one house­hold and one com­mu­nity at a time.”

The non­profit fo­cuses on strength­en­ing fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties with ser­vices for ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing and health. It op­er­ates pri­mar­ily in Bal­ti­more City and Anne Arun­del, Bal­ti­more, Car­roll, Har­ford and Howard coun­ties.

It plans to move to a new head­quar­ters in Bal­ti­more’s Mont­gomery Park in the spring. Franklyn Baker

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