Executive Director’s Letter
November 5, 2013
GBCA is delighted to announce the recent election of three regional leaders to its Board of Directors including:
Margaret Footner, co-founder of the Creative Alliance, which spawned from Halcyon Gallery at Margaret’s Cafe in 1995. Ms. Footner owned and operated Margaret’s as a café/gallery from 1992-2000 before selling her restaurant to work full time as Executive Director for the Creative Alliance. The Creative Alliance’s structure as a community-based arts non-profit linked to area businesses and neighborhood organizations is in part the result of Ms. Footner’s vision. The priority given the Creative Alliance’s education programs is also an area of special interest.
Rodney Foxworth, leader of BMe (Black Male Engagement), an initiative developed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with Open Society Foundations that supports and provides resources to black men in their everyday efforts to build strong communities. Mr. Foxworth has held positions in non-profit management, corporate marketing and small business management consulting with organizations including Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), Laureate Education, Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), Blue Sky Factory and Smith Growth Partners. He sits on the board of directors of Fusion Partnerships, and Social Enterprise Alliance, Maryland Chapter, and also serves on the national advisory board for Digital Harbor Foundation.
Sheri Parks, Co-Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland. You may know her from her gig as a frequent commentator on WYPR’s Maryland Mornings with Sheilah Kast. Dr. Parks’ research focuses on public aesthetics, with particular concern for popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures, as explored in her book Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture. She is an active public intellectual, appearing in national and local media, and is in demand as a public speaker. Dr. Parks serves UMD’s civic engagement initiatives as a steering committee member of the university’s Coalition for Civic Engagement and as an instructor whose classes often include projects that benefit non-profit associations.
We couldn’t be happier to welcome this impressive crew to the GBCA Board.
P.S. Make plans to attend the upcoming GBCA Internship Brown Bag on Thursday, November 14 at the Maryland Historical Society. Kristen Campbell McGuire, Executive Director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network will share her expertise on the recruitment and management of interns.
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