PRESIDENT & CEO, UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND
Franklyn Baker has been president and CEO of the United Way of Central Maryland for four years. Before joining the United Way, he worked as principal dep-uty and chief operating officer for Greenpeace USA and served as the chief operating officer and chief of staff and external affairs officer with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.
The coronavirus has profoundly challenged the United Way, which has responded by forming partnerships to address urgent needs, focusing on programs that can stabilize families and neighborhoods, and supporting eviction prevention and emergency response resources.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Take your work and responsibility seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously. Humility goes a long way!
What’s been your biggest success?
Being the recipient of a $20 million transformational gift this past December based upon tested leadership, effective outcomes in our communities, and transfer of proven best practices to help build capacity of other community partners.
Who has been the biggest mentor in your career?
Freeman Hrabowski, president of UMBC.