State Affairs Manager
Baltimore Gas & Electric
As state affairs manager for BGE, Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, Allyson Black has helped develop and manage a tool that helps external stakeholders understand how BGE operates, its key initiatives and workforce, and its impact in the state.
“The advocacy tool has resulted in increased awareness and understanding of BGE operations by customers, community and business leaders, and state and local officials,” Black said. “It has also resulted in stronger BGE partnerships with its customers and community members, which has led to a greater understanding of our policy and regulatory initiatives.”
Black attributes her success to communicating with authenticity and integrity. “I work in a profession that relies heavily on relationship-building, and have been able to build many meaningful professional relationships by being an honorable and trustworthy colleague.”
Black earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida A&M University in 2002 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida State University in 2004. Prior to joining BGE in 2014, Black was executive director of government affairs for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
Black is also a volunteer with Reading Partners Baltimore, which places adults in schools to help children develop reading skills through one-on-one tutoring. She has been a volunteer at Arundel Elementary/Middle School since 2014.
“The sessions provide students with a consistent and familiar tutor who helps them achieve academic success,” she said. “It has given me the opportunity to help students in an area I am passionate about, and has allowed me to develop meaningful mentor relationships with the students that have been mutually valuable.”