Maryland Legal Services Corporation, the state’s largest funder of civil legal aid, announced Thursday that Deb Seltzer will become the organization’s executive director effective Aug. 1.
She will succeed Susan Erlichman, who will retire July 31 after 32 years of service with MLSC.
Seltzer was chosen after a search performed by the MLSC board. She joined MLSC in 2016 and currently serves as deputy director. Among other duties, she oversees MLSC’s grantmaking, which currently totals more than $22 million across Maryland. Seltzer works closely with the organization’s 36 nonprofit grantees, partner organizations, elected officials and others to promote civil legal aid.
Natalie McSherry, a principal at the law firm Kramon & Graham and chair of the MLSC board of directors, said the board was delighted to be able to appoint Seltzer, who has proven herself capable of the position through her years of service, most recently as deputy.
Prior to joining MLSC, Seltzer worked in nonprofit fundraising and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Affairs degree in nonprofit management from Indiana University. Seltzer serves on the board of the National Association of IOLTA Programs and as a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Section Council.
MLSC’s mission is to ensure low-income Marylanders have access to stable, efficient and effective civil legal assistance through the distribution of funds to nonprofit legal services organizations. Since the Maryland General Assembly established the organization in 1982, MLSC has made grants totaling more than $312 million. MLSC grantees have provided services in more than 3.5 million legal matters concerning family, housing, employment and other civil legal issues.