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Office of External Affairs

Mission Statement for Baltimore

The Office of External Affairs includes Development, Communications and Marketing, and Finance and Administration. All three teams are committed to bringing their collective skills and expertise to engage, promote and deepen the Bloomberg School’s relationships with constituents we work with and serve, including the Baltimore community where we have been based since the School’s founding in 1916.

The Development team leads private fundraising efforts to support scholarships, faculty research, infrastructure and other strategic priorities. It also encompasses Constituent and Alumni Relations, which strengthens and expands relationships with alumni, faculty, staff and donors; and Stewardship, which thanks and continues to cultivate donors.

The Communications and Marketing team provides strategic communications, external and internal communications, and marketing services for the School across a variety of digital and print platforms.  This includes brand and identity management, digital strategies and web services, editorial and content strategies, visual communication, media and public relations, social media and integrated marketing campaigns.

The Finance and Administration team provides administrative support to the External Affairs staff, manages budgets and financial reporting, and plans and implements special events at the Bloomberg School.

Baltimore Highlights

Ingenuity ProjectCecilia Meisner volunteers with The Ingenuity Project, where her work has included strategic planning, fundraising and mock college interviews with sophomores and juniors. Since 1993, the Ingenuity Project has worked in collaboration with the Baltimore City Public School System to provide Baltimore’s brightest middle school students with a free, highly accelerated, and challenging mathematics and science curriculum. Their mission is to prepare highly capable and motivated students in Baltimore City to achieve at nationally competitive levels in mathematics, science, technology and related fields.

St. Francis Neighborhood CenterLauren Haney Provost has served as Board President of the St. Francis Neighborhood Center since 2012. The center is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem and self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. Their presence has served as a resource and catalyst for improving the lives of those in Reservoir Hill and making Baltimore a better place since 1963. They were founded to serve a growing segment of the community in need of inaccessible services. They have continued to grow with the help of donors and volunteers who make their mission possible.

Baltimore Project

The Office of External Affairs would like to provide capacity-building assistance to the professional staff of up to three Baltimore City organizations through training and year-long mentoring in the areas of fundraising, marketing and communications, and board development. To qualify, the organization must primarily serve Baltimore City residents and must have a minimum of two full-time equivalent staff persons dedicated to fundraising and marketing/communications, respectively. External Affairs would train leaders and staff from the organizations in a group setting. The goal is to empower the organizations by providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the following areas: grant writing, social media, media relations, development, constituent relations, web design, web writing, publication and print design, marketing and advertising, and special events.

Baltimore Contact Person

Michelle Rockwitz
Project Manager