Board & Staff


Board of Directors

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:

  • Franklyn D. Baker, President & CEO, United Way of Central Maryland
  • Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO, Associated Black Charities
  • Michael Cryor, Chair, One Baltimore
  • Ronald Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert Embry, President & CEO, Abell Foundation
  • Donald C. Fry, President, Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Matthew Gallagher, President & CEO, Goldseker Foundation
  • Mark* and Traci Lerner, Founding Partners, Chesapeake Partners
  • Patrick McCarthy*, President & CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Rachel Garbow Monroe, President & CEO, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Jay Perman, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • The Honorable Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, City of Baltimore
  • Jan Rivitz, President & CEO, The Straus Foundation
  • Brian Rogers, Chairman, T. Rowe Price
  • Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Dennis Schrader, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Leana Wen, Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Thomas Wilcox, President & CEO, Baltimore Community Foundation
  • David Wilson, President, Morgan State University

*Mark Lerner and Patrick McCarthy serve as the Co-Chairs of Baltimore’s Promise. 


JULIA BAEZ, Executive Director


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 is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Family League of Baltimore. In this role, Julia is 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.


JOSH MORGAN, Director of Data Analysis


Josh Morgan previously served as a regional Data Coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he assisted 17 local education agencies in reporting their student data along state and federal guidelines. He also served as a Research Assistant at the University of South Alabama, where he published quantitative research on the social, psychological, and economic impacts of disasters in local communities. His quantitative research on the decline of social trust in the United States has been featured by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, the Washington Post, and Mental Floss magazine. He received BA and MA degrees in Sociology from the University of South Alabama.

Josh is committed to using data analysis as a tool for social good. He and his wife live near the Mount Washington area in Baltimore City.


ASHLEY BLACK, Communications and Community Engagement Specialist


Ashley Black is a budding professional in the education and non-profit sectors that recognizes the inclusion of community voices the cornerstone of effective and lasting impact. She comes with an array of experiences: From working directly with students as an Achievement Coach with Higher Achievement, to developing and implementing programs for high-school aged youth and their communities, to designing marketing campaigns for non-profit organizations like PEAKS Over Poverty and the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. As a Baltimore Corps Fellow, Ashley is looking forward to utilizing her passions for education, research, and collaboration to support communications and engage with community stakeholders.

Ashley received her B.S. from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in Applied Economics and Management, with Africana Studies and Inequality Studies minors. Currently, she is pursuing her MA in Applied Sociology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).