The commitment of a diverse leadership group serving as Baltimore’s Promise’s Board of Directors, which includes foundations, nonprofits, businesses, elected officials, and university presidents makes this effort unique. The Board of Directors includes:
Julia Baez, a Baltimore City resident and native Baltimorean, began her career as a middle school Spanish teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. She then went on to become a Program Director and later, Acting Executive Director at Southeast Youth Academy, a 21st Century Community Learning Center in Southeast Baltimore serving middle and high school students after-school and in the summer.
Julia joined Family League in 2012 as Senior Director of Initiatives. In this role, Julia led the development and expansion of Family League’s signature initiative, the Community Schools Strategy. In this capacity, Julia managed Family League’s Pre-K through College Continuum, which includes community Schools, the Snack & Supper Program, Out of School Time, Summer Learning, and Program Quality/Professional Development. Julia later became the Chief Strategy Officer for Family League of Baltimore. In this role, Julia was responsible for systems building, evaluation and quality, professional development and coordinating Family League’s collective impact strategies across the age span continuum to ensure families smoothly transition from early childhood through to college and the workforce.
Prior to joining Family League, Julia served as a Family and Community Engagement Specialist for Turnaround Schools within Baltimore City Public Schools. During her time at City Schools Julia coordinated work around Title I, Fair Student Funding, Policy and Family and Community Engagement.
Julia graduated from Dickinson College with a focus on International and Latin American Studies. While at Dickinson Julia wrote for a monthly magazine focusing on diversity and social justice and was awarded the Harriet Tubman Visionary Award for her passion and commitment to equity. She completed her teaching certification coursework at the Johns Hopkins University and holds certification as a National Coalition Building Institute Trainer & Consultant.
In 2015, The Daily Record honored Julia as a Leading Woman in Maryland. Julia received an Award for Excellence in 2015 on behalf of the Baltimore Community School Strategy during the Institute of Educational Leadership’s Leadership Awards ceremony. She also is a recipient of the National Coalition for Community Schools Individual Initiative Leader Award for 2014.
Additional honors include the Maryland State Department of Education Excellence in After School Award (2006), the 1st Cesar Chavez Award for Outstanding Leadership in Social Justice (May 2004), and the Social Responsibility Award of Excellence from the Y in Central Maryland (2016.)
Julia lives in Northeast Baltimore, one mile away from her childhood home where her parents currently reside, with her husband Otilio (Jr.) and two children, Otilio (III) and Olivia.
Janelle Gendrano is the Deputy Director of Baltimore’s Promise. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Director of Programs and focused on the implementation of strategies and initiatives across the cradle to career continuum.
She began her career in secondary and post-secondary education, first as a Social Studies teacher in New York City public schools and later as an advisor and instructor with Challenge to Achievement at Pace, a program designed to support academically underprepared first-year students at Pace University.Janelle has also served as a curriculum consultant for multiple organizations including New York Needs You, a mentoring and career readiness program for first-generation college students, and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock initiative.
Janelle planted roots in Baltimore after being selected as a National Urban Fellow and conducting her fellowship at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, she worked closely with the Baltimore Civic Site team on issues at the intersection of education and community development. Post-fellowship, Janelle formally joined the Baltimore team as a Program Associate. In this role, she led the Foundation’s citywide investments in out of school time, managed Casey’s role in citywide summer systems-building, oversaw the Foundation’s partnership with an early childhood center and K-8 school in East Baltimore, and structured education-related investments aimed at improving outcomes for Opportunity Youth and young adults at risk of disconnection from school and work.
Janelle received a B.A. from Rutgers University; a M.A. in Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a M.P.A. from The City University of New York, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs via the National Urban Fellows program at Baruch College. She lives in Reservoir Hill with her husband Matthew and their dog, Gus.
Jasmyne Gilbert builds the capacity of the Baltimore’s Promise team through administrative and project management efforts. Her day-to-day work requires her to be the team’s Swiss army knife and organizing whiz. The best part of her job is that it changes nearly every day, and she’s rarely bored.
Jasmyne is a proud alumna of the illustrious Tuskegee University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and her academic awards and honors include the Presidential Scholarship and graduating summa cum laude.
Previously, she was the Young Leaders Fellow with Amnesty International USA, where she worked to guarantee that young people were engaged and represented in grassroots human rights advocacy. Her work involved helping AIUSA members understand the human rights implications of various social issues such as gun violence and police use of force. She also instructed members in building informed, inclusive movements in their communities. Jasmyne began her career as AmeriCorps VISTA in Austin supporting the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas’ development team. Her fundraising specialty was building community partnerships through third-party events. A significant portion of her role as VISTA Leader involved recruiting and mentoring other national service members.
Jasmyne believes in a world where young people use their collective power for good. She began her community activism under the tutelage of the leaders of the Austin Justice Coalition. She has been a lifelong youth advocate and supporter in various capacities, including mentor with Higher Achievement, youth self-defense coach with Trinity Martial Arts, mentor with Girls Empowerment Network, summer camp assistant with Edwards Elementary Reading Explorers, and student tutor with Tuskegee Helps. Her most important youth development experience has come from being a big sister and the eldest of five girls.
Jasmyne grew up just outside of Oklahoma City and now lives in Downtown Baltimore with her fiancé, Ormond.
In her spare time she hides from extreme extroverts, spends too much money on hipster groceries, and gorges herself on speculative fiction and personality typing.
Tiffany Davenport directs data analysis, evaluations, and policy work for Baltimore’s Promise in collaboration with community stakeholders and practitioners. She leads our organization’s efforts in a city-wide initiative to create an Integrated Data System for Baltimore. Tiffany believes that the best analysis is collaborative, participatory, transparent, and replicable. She is interested in working with anyone who wants to use any type of data to better understand and advocate for the needs of children and families.
Tiffany received her PhD in Political Science from Yale University where she conducted research through the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, worked as an interdisciplinary data analysis consultant in the Yale StatLab, and served as a gallery teacher for schoolchildren in the Yale University Art Gallery. She has worked with many nonpartisan, nongovernmental organizations to conduct research on diverse aspects of community outreach and civic participation. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, where she taught and directed the course on the U.S. Constitution and taught courses on elections, political psychology, and political participation. Her research and teaching have employed diverse methodologies including randomized field experiments, program evaluations, surveys, in-depth interviews, and quasi- and natural experimental analyses as well as archival research. Her research and publications have evaluated the effectiveness of mobilization efforts, the effects of economic inequality on communities, and the role of social norms in civic participation.
From 2003-2005, Tiffany was Associate Director of Human Rights Watch, Southern California, where she managed policy advocacy, community outreach, and donor development initiatives. Specific areas of advocacy included juvenile justice, confinement conditions for incarcerated populations and immigrants in detention, and harm reduction strategies.
Tiffany holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an IMBA from the University of South Carolina. She appreciates a novel data visualization and has unbridled enthusiasm for the Fourteenth Amendment. Tiffany enjoys spending time in almost any museum, archive, park, or library, but she and her husband spend most of their free time fielding questions on broad topics from their three young sons.