Daily Record Staff//July 28, 2022
//July 28, 2022
When he was in high school, Franklyn Baker recalled, he wished he had help in transitioning to college and to a career.
Today, some four decades later, the president and CEO of the United Way of Central Maryland is getting set to launch a program designed to help young men in the same position. His Young Men of Color Program is aimed at breaking down barriers to educational, racial and earning equity to young men of color by providing them with college and job guidance, training and internships.
The program, expected to launch this fall and serve 250 students over nine years, is just the latest accomplishment of Baker’s five years at the helm of the United Way.
He was hired to grow revenue and boost the agency’s impact, and in five years he’s increased annual revenue from $30 million to $94 million, the highest total in the organization’s 97-year history.
During the same period, he has also doubled the number of programs offered, nearly tripled the number of people served and nearly quintupled the number of grant dollars raised. Before taking over at United Way, Baker worked with a handful of nonprofit organizations, including Greenpeace USA, Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Children’s National Medical Center, and others.
He has led many local, regional, and national projects and initiatives, and consistently grown his organizations’ revenue and impact.
Despite these successes, he said, the most rewarding highlight of his professional career – “by far” – has been “the many people I’ve mentored and helped to advance in their careers.”0