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benner-beth-headshotBeth Benner

Executive Director
Women’s Housing Coalition

In her four years as executive director, Beth Benner has been a tireless problem-solver in finding new resources and opportunities for the Women’s Housing Coalition, which provides about 100 housing units in Baltimore for homeless, low-income women with disabilities and families, according to coalition President Jeffrey Stern.

“Beth has always demonstrated a unique ability to find creative and collaborative solutions to the most difficult issues,” said Stern, who has worked with Benner in various roles in the last 28 years. “She has built and inspired a team of professionals who provide extraordinary work for the women served by the coalition.”

Benner said the coalition takes pride in receiving very positive reviews during inspections for its housing and delivery of services.

“We are very focused on our job, which is to house people quickly, keep them housed, and then help them identify the barriers to their own success, set goals, and gain skills so they stay housed safely and affordably for the rest of their lives,” Benner said. “We strive to provide efficient and high-quality operations while layering in supportive programming centered around each of our residents.”

The coalition’s revenue has grown almost 14 percent during Benner’s tenure, but changes in federal requirements that did not come with increased financial support have been challenging. Anything that comes in the way of the people the coalition serves has to be corrected as humanely as possible, Benner said. “Looking at programming with an accountant’s eye and a humanitarian’s heart is essential.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.