Rising to the Challenge: Baltimore’s Response to Opportunity and Crisis


About the Speakers

Jamie McDonaldJamie McDonald
Founder, Generosity Inc.

JAMIE MCDONALD is founder of Generosity Inc. Her professional mission is to spur people to give, act, and innovate on behalf of communities, causes, and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, McDonald shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. Most recently, she was the chief giving officer of Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform, after it acquired GiveCorps, the network she founded in 2011. In 2013, she led BMoreGivesMore, the movement that raised $5.7 million in a day on #GivingTuesday and earned Baltimore the #MostGenerousCity in America honor.

Sarah HemmingerSarah Hemminger
CEO and cofounder, Thread

SARAH HEMMINGER is chief executive officer and cofounder of Thread. She has 11 years of experience in non-profit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. Hemminger has been awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

Joseph T. Jones Jr.Joseph T. Jones Jr.
Founder, Center for Urban Families

JOSEPH T. JONES JR. is founder of the Center for Urban Families, a Baltimore nonprofit service organization established in 1999 to empower low-income families to achieve family stability and economic success. He currently serves on President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood and Healthy Families Task Force and several boards, including the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, and the National Fatherhood Leaders Group.

Diana MorrisDiana Morris
Director, Open Society Institute-Baltimore

DIANA MORRIS is director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the sole field office of the Open Society Foundations in the United States. Established in 1997, the office supports efforts to reform policies perpetuating discrimination and preventing residents from participating fully in the civic, economic, and social life of the region. While a significant portion of the work relates to state policy, the office looks to the Baltimore community to identify needs, demonstrate effective approaches, and measure impact, given the city’s demographics and importance to the state. Previously, she has served as executive director of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, a set of eight Baltimore family foundations which award local, national, and international grants.

Carla HaydenCarla Hayden
CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library

CARLA HAYDEN is chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, one of the oldest free libraries in the United States. She was elected president of the American Library Association in 2003. She has been honored with the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College, the President’s Medal by Johns Hopkins University, and the Legacy of Literacy Award by the DuBois Circle of Baltimore. She is a member of the boards of the Maryland African American Museum Corporation, Goucher College, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Library, and the Maryland Historical Society.

Ricardo AmparoRicardo Amparo
Filmmaker and Student

RICARDO AMPARO is an 18-year-old Baltimore resident and filmmaker who works three jobs while attending his first year of college. Through the BridgeEDU program, he is taking classes at the University of Baltimore and Baltimore Community College. Amparo’s short film, A Teen’s Dream, featured in this program, was produced for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Equity Workshop at TED 2015 in association with Wide Angle Youth Media in Baltimore.