Mac McComas, associate director of the Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative, and Gayon Sampson, executive assistant and senior adviser to Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor, were elected as board members of WYPR, Baltimore’s National Public Radio station.
McComas and Sampson will both serve three-year terms beginning July 1.
McComas serves on the Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative, the campus hub for research, education and outreach related to expanding economic opportunity for urbanites in developed and developing nations. McComas also serves on the board of Waverly Main Street and mentors at William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore.
Sampson has been senior adviser to the Frederick mayor since July 2018. Previously, he was community outreach adviser in the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine and was a policy associate at the Greater Baltimore Committee, where he specialized in education and workforce policy. Sampson will receive a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park in December and has held positions in government offices at the federal, state and local levels.
Retiring board members include Dr. Emile Bendit, who served on the board from 2004 to 2019, was co-chair of the Outreach Committee, served on the Governance Committee and, from 2018 to 2019, was vice chair of the Board of Directors; Albert Williams, who served on the board for 17 years, was an original guarantor when WYPR was formed in 2002 and was the chair of the Audit Committee; Bailey Morris-Eck, who served from 2004 to 2019, co-chaired the Governance Committee and served on the Development Committee; Tyson King-Meadows, who served from 2013 to 2019 and was a member of the Outreach Committee; and Susan Baisley, who was a member of the Finance Committee.