President & CEO
Ronald McDonald House and Charities of Baltimore
Since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House and Charities of Baltimore – the only Ronald McDonald House in Maryland – has served over 35,000 families seeking medical care at Baltimore’s world-renowned hospitals. These families come from all over Maryland, 45 U.S. states and 22 countries. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for critically-ill children and their families.
Sandy Pagnotti, who has served as CEO since 2010, has big plans to make Ronald McDonald House even better.
Pagnotti is leading a $32 million effort to build a new Ronald McDonald House for the state. The nonprofit broke ground on the new house last year. The 60,000-square-foot facility will double its capacity, which Pagnotti hopes will eliminate its waiting list – which can be as high as 35 families a night.
“This new house will enable thousands of families every year with critically ill and injured children to access world-class pediatric medical care,” Pagnotti says. “Additionally, the location of the new house has allowed Ronald McDonald House to be an anchor and major contributor to the revitalization of a long-underserved community. The new house will leave a legacy of care, compassion and hope for children and families who live in and travel to city and state for generations to come.”
In addition to breaking ground on a new facility, the nonprofit also celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. Those are two milestones, Pagnotti observes – “one that celebrates the past and one that shapes our future.”