Lee and Coates-Young will lead the organization into a new phase of expansion, focusing on the annual event, the Baltimore Conversations speaker series and the “Campaign for Baltimore Heroes,” an effort to raise $1 million for local nonprofits and to connect alumni whose expertise and influence can advance the missions of our city’s dedicated nonprofits.
Over the past three years with Homecoming, Lee helped launch and coordinate the annual event, established and built relationships with alumni, area nonprofits and businesses, and spearheaded new initiatives to accomplish the organization’s mission.
Prior to joining Baltimore Homecoming, she produced hundreds of events for nonprofits in both Baltimore and Washington and served as events director for The Emporiyum, a popular food event voted best in the region in 2014 and 2015. She currently serves on the University of Maryland Baltimore County Alumni Association Board of Directors and also dedicates her time to volunteering for countless organizations including Chinatown Collective, the Baltimore Chapter of The Association of Asian American Professionals, The Legacy Builders and Thread.
Coates-Young joins Baltimore Homecoming with a background in project management and educational instruction in Baltimore, most recently serving as manager of programs and system quality for the National Summer Learning Association. She has self-published two books co-authored with her husband including the children’s book, “Frankie the Boy Wonder.”
Coates-Young attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and received a bachelor’s degree from Lancaster Bible College and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College, now University of Maryland Global Campus.
Lee and Coates-Young will focus their immediate efforts on the “Campaign for Baltimore’s Heroes,” an endeavor to raise $1 million for nonprofit partners, past Baltimore Homecoming Heroes and the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Evolving Community Needs Fund. The campaign was created to meaningfully invest in Baltimore’s people and institutions as they face challenging circumstances amid the pandemic.
Baltimore Homecoming also announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors, a group of nonprofit and business leaders each uniquely qualified to help Baltimore Homecoming realize its mission.
The new members are Rachel Bendit, Baltimore alumni, Michael Chesser, chairman emeritus of Great Plains Energy and member of the Education and Neighborhoods Committee of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Michael Fader, vice president at MileOne Holdings and Brittany Young, 2018 Homecoming Hero and founder and chief executive officer of B-360.
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