The University of Baltimore Foundation has appointed Shirley Marcus Allen, M.P.A. ’78, to its board. She will participate in fundraising and other activities designed to provide financial support to the university. Allen recently retired from her role as a partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment firm that provides multiyear growth capital and strategic management support to nonprofits serving children and youths from low-income families in the Washington region. Prior to joining VPP, Allen served as vice president of membership services at the Child Welfare League of America. She also was director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.