Director of Communications and Grants
The Arc Baltimore
Christopher Knoerlein joined The Arc Baltimore in 2008 as program coordinator and has steadily advanced up the management ladder from program manager to information systems administrator to his current job as director of communications and grants.
During his dozen years at the organization, he has performed these varied duties with a dedication that has dazzled those who know his work.
“Chris’ commitment to people with developmental disabilities is evident in everything he does,” said Kate McGuire, chief advancement officer for The Arc of Baltimore, singling out his creativity with fundraising events and his improvement of the organization’s website and use of social media. “He does all of this work with grace and humility.”
Knoerlein’s volunteer activities have won him admirers as well. His work as a boys’ soccer coach with the Towson Recreational Council, for example, prompted Rebecca Teaff, whose son was on Knoerlein’s team, to write a glowing letter of praise.
“Our kids are so lucky to have Chris as a coach,” wrote Teaff, CEO of Towson ad agency Redstart Creative, noting Knoerlein’s supportive, patient style. “I am so thankful that leaders like Chris volunteer in our community and show such a great example to our kids.”
Knoerlein, 39 and a native of Dundalk, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University in Philadelphia.
Even as a youth, he volunteered at summer camps for people with developmental disabilities. At Villanova, he served on volunteer committees for Special Olympics Pennsylvania each of his four years.
His proudest professional achievement, Knorlein said, is securing nearly $1 million in grant funding for The Arc Baltimore’s programs and capital improvements.
“I am wholly dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities in finding meaning in their life,” he said. “I’ve loved serving in a variety of roles at The Arc Baltimore, and, most important, helping to amplify the voices of the many people with disabilities and their families through the success stories I share.”