The commitment of a diverse leadership group serving as Baltimore’s Promise’s Board of Directors, which includes foundations, nonprofits, businesses, elected officials, and university presidents makes this effort unique. The Board of Directors includes:
*Mark Lerner is the current chair of the Baltimore’s Promise Board of Directors.
Executive Director: Julia Baez
Julia Baez, a Baltimore City resident and native Baltimorean, began her career as a middle school Spanish teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. She then went on to become a Program Director and later, Acting Executive Director at Southeast Youth Academy, a 21st Century Community Learning Center in Southeast Baltimore serving middle and high school students after-school and in the summer.
Julia joined Family League in 2012 as Senior Director of Initiatives. In this role, Julia led the development and expansion of Family League’s signature initiative, the Community Schools Strategy. In this capacity, Julia managed Family League’s Pre-K through College Continuum, which includes community Schools, the Snack & Supper Program, Out of School Time, Summer Learning, and Program Quality/Professional Development. Julia later became the Chief Strategy Officer for Family League of Baltimore. In this role, Julia was responsible for systems building, evaluation and quality, professional development and coordinating Family League’s collective impact strategies across the age span continuum to ensure families smoothly transition from early childhood through to college and the workforce.
Prior to joining Family League, Julia served as a Family and Community Engagement Specialist for Turnaround Schools within Baltimore City Public Schools. During her time at City Schools Julia coordinated work around Title I, Fair Student Funding, Policy and Family and Community Engagement.
Julia graduated from Dickinson College with a focus on International and Latin American Studies. While at Dickinson Julia wrote for a monthly magazine focusing on diversity and social justice and was awarded the Harriet Tubman Visionary Award for her passion and commitment to equity. She completed her teaching certification coursework at the Johns Hopkins University and holds certification as a National Coalition Building Institute Trainer & Consultant.
In 2015, The Daily Record honored Julia as a Leading Woman in Maryland. Julia received an Award for Excellence in 2015 on behalf of the Baltimore Community School Strategy during the Institute of Educational Leadership’s Leadership Awards ceremony. She also is a recipient of the National Coalition for Community Schools Individual Initiative Leader Award for 2014.
Additional honors include the Maryland State Department of Education Excellence in After School Award (2006), the 1st Cesar Chavez Award for Outstanding Leadership in Social Justice (May 2004), and the Social Responsibility Award of Excellence from the Y in Central Maryland (2016.)
Julia lives in Northeast Baltimore, one mile away from her childhood home where her parents currently reside, with her husband Otilio (Jr.) and two children, Otilio (III) and Olivia.
Bridget Blount manages the development and implementation of the Baltimore Integrated Data System. Bridget believes that harnessing the power of collected data to tell compelling stories and advocate for resources is an essential part of the adaptive capacity of successful nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
Prior to joining Baltimore’s Promise, Bridget served as the Director of Data and Evaluation for the Family League of Baltimore. As Director of Data and Evaluation, Bridget led the development of Charm, a citywide client management system, and Maxwell, a statewide system used to collect data from community schools and out-of-school time programs as well as prenatal home visiting programs. In this role she was also responsible for providing strategic direction for the Family League’s Data and Evaluation portfolio and providing technical assistance to partners.
Bridget also served as Manager of Evaluation and Quality Improvement for New Pathways, an organization serving disconnected youth in Baltimore City. At New Pathways, her role focused on creating an internal culture of outcome measurement and evaluation and managing the organizations’ data systems.
Bridget attended the University of Maryland College Park as an Incentive Award Scholar, and she received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Kinesiology. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. She lives in Reservoir Hill with her family.
Tiffany Davenport directs data analysis, evaluations, and policy work for Baltimore’s Promise in collaboration with community stakeholders and practitioners. She leads our organization’s efforts in a city-wide initiative to create an Integrated Data System for Baltimore. Tiffany believes that the best analysis is collaborative, participatory, transparent, and replicable. She is interested in working with anyone who wants to use any type of data to better understand and advocate for the needs of children and families.
Tiffany received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University where she conducted research through the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, worked as an interdisciplinary data analysis consultant in the Yale StatLab, and served as a gallery teacher for schoolchildren in the Yale University Art Gallery. She has worked with many nonpartisan, nongovernmental organizations to conduct research on diverse aspects of community outreach and civic participation. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, where she taught and directed the course on the U.S. Constitution and taught courses on elections, political psychology, and political participation. Her research and teaching have employed diverse methodologies including randomized field experiments, program evaluations, surveys, in-depth interviews, and quasi- and natural experimental analyses as well as archival research. Her research and publications have evaluated the effectiveness of mobilization efforts, the effects of economic inequality on communities, and the role of social norms in civic participation.
From 2003-2005, Tiffany was Associate Director of Human Rights Watch, Southern California, where she managed policy advocacy, community outreach, and donor development initiatives. Specific areas of advocacy included juvenile justice, confinement conditions for incarcerated populations and immigrants in detention, and harm reduction strategies.
Tiffany holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an IMBA from the University of South Carolina. She appreciates a novel data visualization and has unbridled enthusiasm for the Fourteenth Amendment. Tiffany enjoys spending time in almost any museum, archive, park, or library, but she and her husband spend most of their free time fielding questions on broad topics from their three young sons.
Janelle Gendrano is the Deputy Director of Baltimore’s Promise. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Director of Programs and focused on the implementation of strategies and initiatives across the cradle to career continuum.
She began her career in secondary and post-secondary education, first as a Social Studies teacher in New York City public schools and later as an advisor and instructor with Challenge to Achievement at Pace, a program designed to support academically underprepared first-year students at Pace University. Janelle has also served as a curriculum consultant for multiple organizations including New York Needs You, a mentoring and career readiness program for first-generation college students, and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock initiative.
Janelle planted roots in Baltimore after being selected as a National Urban Fellow and conducting her fellowship at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, she worked closely with the Baltimore Civic Site team on issues at the intersection of education and community development. Post-fellowship, Janelle formally joined the Baltimore team as a Program Associate. In this role, she led the Foundation’s citywide investments in out of school time, managed Casey’s role in citywide summer systems-building, oversaw the Foundation’s partnership with an early childhood center and K-8 school in East Baltimore, and structured education-related investments aimed at improving outcomes for Opportunity Youth and young adults at risk of disconnection from school and work.
Janelle received a B.A. from Rutgers University; a M.A. in Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a M.P.A. from The City University of New York via the National Urban Fellows program at Baruch College. She lives in Reservoir Hill with her husband Matthew and their dog, Gus.
Jasmyne Gilbert leads implementation and project management of the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, an effort consisting of over ten public, private, and non-profit funders that support high quality summer programs serving Baltimore City youth and young adults. Baltimore’s Promise serves as the administrative backbone of the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative.
Jasmyne is a proud alumna of the illustrious Tuskegee University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and her academic awards and honors include the Presidential Scholarship and graduating summa cum laude. Previously, she was the Young Leaders Fellow with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), where she worked to guarantee that young people were engaged and represented in grassroots human rights advocacy. Her work involved helping AIUSA members understand the human rights implications of various social issues such as gun violence and police use of force. She also instructed members in building informed, inclusive movements in their communities. Jasmyne began her career as AmeriCorps VISTA in Austin supporting the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas’ development team. Her fundraising specialty was building community partnerships through third-party events. A significant portion of her role as VISTA Leader involved recruiting and mentoring other national service members.
Jasmyne believes in a world where young people use their collective power for good. She began her community activism under the tutelage of the leaders of the Austin Justice Coalition. She has been a lifelong youth advocate and supporter in various capacities, including mentor with Higher Achievement, youth self-defense coach with Trinity Martial Arts, mentor with Girls Empowerment Network, summer camp assistant with Edwards Elementary Reading Explorers, and student tutor with Tuskegee Helps. Her most important youth development experience has come from being a big sister and the eldest of five girls.
Jasmyne grew up just outside of Oklahoma City and now lives in Downtown Baltimore with her husband, Ormond. In her spare time she gorges herself on speculative fiction and personality typing.
Liana Pierce joined the Baltimore’s Promise team in November 2018 and provides administrative and logistical support to her fellow team members while working alongside the Executive Director to ensure day-to-day efficiency. Liana enjoys putting her background in visual arts to use for any and all efforts that needs a creative touch.
Liana, an Anne Arundel County native, began her freshman year of college at North Carolina A&T, a Historically Black College and University, as an Art major and fully enjoyed her experience before realizing there is no place like home. She finished her college years at Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Human Services with a focus on services to children and youth.
Liana developed a strong devotion to finding ways that future generations can thrive by rallying positive resources and influences in their lives at the earliest possible age. She found herself “being the change” while in a piano choir, teaching piano lessons to children of all abilities. From there, she landed an internship with a nonprofit called Art With a Heart, whose mission surrounds bringing art to young people in need of creative expression. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for Baltimore’s young people.
She now resides in Baltimore City with her husband, two sons, their dog Leelu, and cat Kofa.