Director of Public Affairs
Baltimore Jewish Council
Madeline Suggs keeps her ear tuned to current events, and in the past year, what she has heard began to trouble her.
“As the dialogue in the national media become more and more polarizing, and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric continued to rise, I knew something had to be done,” Suggs said.
As the Baltimore Jewish Council’s director of public affairs, she knew she could make an impact. She started a new trialogue series for Muslim, Jewish and Christian young professionals to discuss current events and to get to know one another. Working along with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, she also helped to organize volunteer efforts and discussions to bring people together to work and talk about their communities.
Finally, after the death of Freddie Gray, she conducted anti-racism training within the Jewish community to help residents become better allies with their African American neighbors.
“My goal in all to these efforts, and the other programs I lead each year, is to combat hate in Baltimore,” Suggs said. “We all have too much in common to get lost in the issues that drive us apart.”
This year Suggs was accepted as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, an achievement of which she is particularly proud.
“One of the reasons this group is so special to me is its ability to bring together groups of varying faiths and shared histories to work together toward making Maryland a stronger state and more welcoming home for those of Middle Eastern descent,” she said.
Suggs also volunteers with EMILY’s List, Jewish Volunteer Connection and Charm City Tribe. She is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics.