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FEATURED MOVER | Alison Dodge, Md. Association for Justice

The board of governors with the Maryland Association for Justice has named Alison Dodge as the group’s executive director. Dodge had been working in the capacity of interim executive director since May.

Dodge is an experienced association professional who has been with MAJ for four years, previously as MAJ’s director of membership and communications. Since joining MAJ in 2013, Dodge has advanced numerous organizational initiatives, including expanding member services, improving communications and working with MAJ’s volunteer sections and committees to move the organization forward.

Alison Dodge, the new executive director of the Maryland Association for Justice

Alison Dodge, the new executive director of the Maryland Association for Justice

ABOUT ALISON DODGE

Resides in:

 Columbia (where I also grew up)

Education:

 Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a minor in dance

Now as the permanent executive director of MAJ, what is at the top of your priority list to accomplish in the next six months?

Improve outreach to our members and stakeholders and build stronger partnerships. Trial lawyers in Maryland are an inspiring group to serve – they work tirelessly to obtain justice for citizens that are injured by the misconduct or negligence of others. Our role at MAJ is to support their work and promote a fair and effective justice system. My focus is to reengage our members in MAJ’s advocacy efforts and listen to their changing needs to figure out how we can help them do their job better.

If you had not chosen working with nonprofits as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I have almost never questioned a career in the nonprofit sector, and I owe that to beginning my career at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Maryland Nonprofits). My mentors there instilled in me the important role that nonprofits play in our state and in society and it stayed with me ever since. If I hadn’t gone down the nonprofit management path I think I would be a teacher – having the same schedule as my kids sounds great sometimes.

Favorite vacation:

As much as I love vacationing with my family, my favorite vacation was a weeklong trip to Playa del Carmen with my husband to celebrate our 10th anniversary (without kids) – I swear we looked younger in pictures as the week went on!

When I want to relax, I … :

 Unwind on my deck with a glass of red wine or bourbon cocktail.

Favorite band:

 I love discovering new music – currently listening to the new Deer Tick, The National and Iron & Wine albums.

Favorite quotation:

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Albus Dumbledore, from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

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