Seema Iyer, PhD, Associate Director, Jacob France Institute
Dr. Iyer oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI) at the University of Baltimore. This award-winning project annually prepares the Vital Signs report and open data compendium for all of Baltimore’s neighborhoods, and uses these data for research and evaluation of urban policies and trends. BNIA-JFI is part of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership of sites that provide longitudinal, community-based data on demographics, housing, crime, education and sustainability. Academically, she is the director of the undergraduate program in the Real Estate & Economic Development at the University of Baltimore. Her doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning is from the University of Michigan.
Cheryl Knott, Research Manager, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
Cheryl Knott is the Research Manager for the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute. For over thirteen years Cheryl has worked to ensure the accuracy, consistency, and reliability of community indicators that describe the quality of life for Baltimore City communities. She coordinates with staff and external data-creating agencies to produce customized statistical and research reports and evaluations that examine neighborhood-level trends on socio-economic characteristics, crime and safety, public health, housing and community development, educational achievement, and sustainability. Cheryl also provides training to the public on using data resources, community asset mapping, evidence-based practices, and communicating data for grant writing.
Cheryl recently served two terms as the Data and Resources Subcommittee Chair for the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC) and is currently appointed to the Maryland Council on Open Data. In her spare time, Cheryl is a co-organizer for Maptime Bmore.
Delegate Robbyn Lewis
Robbyn Lewis is a public health professional, sustainability advocate, and community leader. Her efforts have contributed to advances in human health and environmental sustainability at both local and international levels. She loves Baltimore and devotes her energy to help make it a healthy, livable place for all.
Before joining the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange as Special Assistant in 2014, Ms. Lewis spent two decades working in the field of international public health. In nearly a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, she conducted research and implemented programs designed to prevent infectious disease and improve reproductive health. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, where she was stationed in a remote, rural village. At Johns Hopkins University and other NGOs, she worked on international programs and studies to prevent Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Her proudest contributions are in the field of cervical cancer prevention, in which she helped translate study findings into national service delivery policies in Malawi, Ghana and Thailand. She also participated in a consultative process that led the World Health Organization to revise its global recommendations on cervical cancer prevention.
Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS, Chief Epidemiologist, Baltimore City Health Department
Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH, MHS has served as the Chief Epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) since 2015. Her position is shared between BCHD and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she has been a faculty member in Epidemiology since 2009. She served on the Committee on Informing the Selection of Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2030 convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2019 and 2020.
Emma Moynihan, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Emma Moynihan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She received her MPH from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. Her research focuses on the occupational epidemiology of chronic kidney disease. She also works on food system resilience and air pollution in low and middle income countries. Prior to graduate school, Emma had a Fulbright Student scholarship to Malaysia and worked in consulting.
Melissa Marx, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Melissa Marx is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She spent over 13 years practicing epidemiology including responding and leading responses to outbreaks for the CDC, first as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer, later as a senior epidemiologist for CDC at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and then for CDC overseas.
Nesreen Khashan, Branch Chief, Community Partnership and Engagement Program, US Census Bureau
Nesreen Khashan is Branch Chief of the Community Partnership and Engagement Program, a role she has held since March 2020. She joined the Partnership branch in July of 2018. Before that, Nesreen served as a Data Dissemination Specialist, providing public presentations and trainings on how to access and understand Census Bureau statistics. Nesreen was a Partnership Specialist during the 2010 Census, hired to promote outreach with the Arab American community. In that role, she became the lead Partnership Specialist for Maryland’s largest county CCC and a key contact for state officials. She’s delighted to be back in Partnership guiding programming from headquarters. She loves public service and always looks for ways to improve the customer experience.
Kristina E. Williams is a Community Economic Development professional whose work focuses on strategic equity initiatives. Kristina has worked with communities throughout the City on efforts from commercial revitalization, equitable economic development, and community development. She has served the City in many capacities, from neighborhood to national, representing the City at conferences, workshops, and fellowships, highlighting Baltimore’s assets as a great place to live, work, and play.
As the Executive Director of the Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD), Kristina uses similar platforms and best practice strategies to support the programs at CVCBD that promote the district as a safe and clean community. By elevating the vibrant community assets and promoting the opportunities, Charles Village is on it’s way to becoming one of Baltimore City’s most desired communities.
Pava LaPere is the Founder and Chief Ecosystem Officer of EcoMap Technologies, Inc. She’s passionate about helping people become entrepreneurs and building equitable and accessible entrepreneurial ecosystems. In addition to her work with EcoMap, she also founded the Accelerators at Johns Hopkins University and works to support student entrepreneurs across the state of Maryland through my work with Innov8MD.
Kristin Mmari, DrPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. She has been extensively trained in cross-cultural research, qualitative methods and analysis, and program evaluation; her work has focused on vulnerable adolescent populations, both domestically and internationally. Dr. Mmari is the Director of Qualitative and Implementation Research for the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS), and is a frequent consultant to several United Nations agencies, as well as to such local agencies as the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene, Baltimore’s Promise, and Baltimore City’s Offices of Planning and Sustainability. She is affiliated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, the Center for Adolescent Health, the Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine, and the Urban Health Institute.
Peter Dolkart, Regional Community Development Manager Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Peter M. Dolkart serves as the Regional Community Development Manager for Maryland and Greater Washington, D.C. for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The Community Development team applies an understanding of economic issues and community development tools to strengthen low- and moderate-income communities across the Fifth District through sharing data-supported community investment strategies that promote financial mobility, improve access to credit and information, and support innovations that lead to economic growth. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Peter was the Director of Legislative Affairs at Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. He also served previously as the Special Assistant for Legislation at the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development and in a dual appointment as an Assistant State’s Attorney and Special Assistant City Solicitor. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he lead the Student Bar Association. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2004. He is a graduate of both Leadership Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership programs. He is a board member of the Community Development Network of Maryland.
Nicholas Finio, Associate Director, National Center for Smart Growth at UMD College Park
Nick Finio is the Associate Director of NCSG, and a PhD candidate (expected 2020) in the Urban and Regional planning program. His research is focused on the measurement, causes, and consequences of neighborhood change and the links between social inequality and land use policy and regional planning. He works on community development projects and housing research with Gerrit Knaap, Casey Dawkins, and Willow Lung Amam, but is also deeply engaged with the Center’s sustainability efforts. Nick supports the Purple Line Corridor Coalition in its efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable transit corridor through data analysis, research, writing, and public engagement; he also manages implementation of the recently acquired FTA grant. His work has been funded by Montgomery County, Maryland and the State of Maryland.
Colin Starger, Professor, University of Baltimore
Colin Starger is a Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he teaches a variety of courses including Criminal Law, Coding for Lawyers, Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence. Starger is the founder and director of UB’s Legal Data and Design Clinic (LDDC), in which students engage in “digital advocacy” by applying technology and principles of data and design to address real-world legal problems in the criminal legal system. A former computer programmer, Starger will assume the role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the law school this coming Fall.
Sharon Tiebert-Maddox, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Community Benefit/Health Improvement Government and Community Affairs, Johns Hopkins University and Health System
Sharon Tiebert-Maddox joined Johns Hopkins Government and Community Affairs (GCA) in 2006 and currently serves the Johns Hopkins Health System and University leading the Community Benefit Reporting efforts for The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) and the Community Heath Needs Assessment (CHNA) project for JHH and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In her role as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in GCA, she oversees finance and administration and leads the production of the biennial Economic Impact Report.
Ms. Tiebert-Maddox initially joined the Johns Hopkins University as a communications specialist and finance administrator managing federal grants. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Donna L. Jacobs, Esq., Senior Vice President, Government, Regulatory and Community Health, University of Maryland Medical System
Ms. Jacobs is the Senior Vice President for Government, Regulatory Affairs and Community Health at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), a thirteen member hospital health network in Maryland. She is responsible for health policy development, regulatory issues and the implementation of strategies and practices resulting from legislative and regulatory initiatives on myriad issues including but not limited to, cardiac services, organ transplantation, cancer care, medical liability, prescription drug monitoring, rural health, freestanding medical facilities, and behavioral health. She also staffs the UMMS Board Sub-committee regarding minority and women-owned business efforts and oversees the strategic community health initiatives and community benefit reporting, assessment and evaluation work at the state and federal levels. She has led or co-led several of UMMS’ award-winning efforts in both community health and minority business development and conceived and drives the system’s “community conversations” series on mental health. Ms. Jacobs represents the Medical System on several statewide boards, commissions and associations. She co-chaired the Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, together with the Health Secretary for several years.
Prior to joining UMMS, Ms. Jacobs served five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor. Before that, she practiced law with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes for nearly 15 years, specializing primarily in insurance and regulatory defense and insurance coverage matters. Ms. Jacobs is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She participated in the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program and served two terms as the President of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys. Ms. Jacobs has served on numerous boards including the House of Ruth and the Maryland Zoo. She is the recipient of many outstanding honors not the least of which include induction into The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence”; Baltimore Times “Positive People Award 2016”, Uptown Professional Magazine’s Top 100 Professionals in 2012 and 2014; the Minority Business Summit, Women of Influence Award; a 2012 Maryland Trailblazer Award; and the 2014 Legacy and Pioneer Awards from the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys. Ms. Jacobs is certified by The Family Tree as a Master Presenter on Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Mayor
Brandon M. Scott is the 52nd Mayor of Baltimore, working to end gun violence, restore the public’s trust in government and change Baltimore for the better.
Scott was unanimously elected President of the Baltimore City Council by his colleagues in May 2019. As Council President, Scott developed and released the first-ever City Council President legislative agenda, focused on building safer, stronger communities, cleaning up city government, investing in Baltimore’s young people, and centering equity. Previously, Scott served on the City Council representing Baltimore’s 2nd District. He was first elected in 2011 at the age of 27 and is one of the youngest people ever elected to the Baltimore City Council.
Heidi Daniel joined the Enoch Pratt Free Library as President and CEO in July of 2017. Ms. Daniel is focused on leading the Pratt into the future by breaking down barriers of access for the people of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. In 2018, she led the Pratt to becoming one of the first fine-free public library systems on the East Coast. She managed the $115 million renovation and reopening of the historic Central Library. Under her leadership, the Pratt was named one of the “Nicest Places in America” by Good Morning America and Reader’s Digest.
Coming to Baltimore from Youngstown, Ohio, Daniel served as Executive Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Daniel, the 2015 recipient of the Ohio Librarian of the Year award, oversaw fifteen library branches throughout Mahoning County. During her nearly five years as Executive Director, she worked on several major building projects and spearheaded innovative new services, including a Pop-Up Library and the circulation of mobile Wi-Fi hot spot
Lillian Nguyen, Data Lead Bureau of the Budget and Management Research, Department of Finance
Lillian Nguyen is the Data Lead for BBMR, the City’s budget office, where she focuses on automation and process improvement particularly around budget publications. Prior to working at BBMR, she worked at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.
Priya Kanneboyina, BNIA DSC
Priya Kanneboyina is a Junior at University of California, Los Angeles. She is studying Applied Math and Public Affairs and has an interest in quantitative methods in the social sciences.
Bridget Blount, Chief Impact Officer Baltimore’s Promise
Bridget Blount is the Chief Impact Officer with Baltimore’s Promise. She directs data analysis and evaluations for Baltimore’s Promise and is leading the organization’s efforts to create the Baltimore CityIntegrated Data System. Previously, Bridgethas served as the Director of Data and Evaluation for the Family League of Baltimore City, where she developed two citywide management information systems to collect data from diverse program providers of summer programs and out-of-school-time programs as well as prenatal home visiting programs. Bridget also served as Project Director of Data Evaluation where she directed data analysis and research and Manager of Evaluation and Quality Improvement for New Pathways, an organization serving disconnected youth in Baltimore City. Bridget has a M.A. of Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology and Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park.
Sarah Wallace is an entrepreneur, consultant, community organizer and community activist in the Baltimore area. She received her education from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.She realized that she had a passion for achieving the impossible by getting involved in student activism as a freshman at UMES. Since then, she has been involved in various community organizations and initiatives in her home town of Baltimore.
Currently, Sarah is partnered with A Baltimore Girl’s Story, the BeMore Group, Levonye Professionals, BeMore Environmental, and the EBR Project. She is also a 2019 Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program under the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. Most importantly, she is a dedicated single mother to her children, Jabari and Eden.