United Way of Central Maryland named Franklyn Baker as its new president and CEO, effective Nov. 28.
Baker comes to United Way of Central Maryland after having served as principal deputy and chief operating officer for Greenpeace USA, a $45 million nonprofit with 600 staff members.
“I am thrilled to join United Way of Central Maryland and to support their incredible work,” said Baker. “I look forward to working alongside their board, staff, volunteers, community partners and advocates to build upon the gains that have been made to stabilize and improve access to quality education, employment, health and housing throughout the region. Together, we will strengthen our social impact—one person, one household and one community at a time.”
Baker was also COO and chief of staff and external affairs officer with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.
He has also worked at the Children’s National Health System in Washington and served on multiple boards, including as board chair of Unity Healthcare, which generated $95 million under his watch.
The organization is moving its headquarters to Baltimore’s Montgomery Park next spring.
Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
He will succeed longtime United Way President and CEO Mark Furst, who stepped down in October.
Baker lives in Annapolis with his wife, Michell, and teenage daughter Gabriell.