HopkinsLocal Advisory Council

In fall 2019, the university and health system invited a group of individuals from city agencies, nonprofit groups, local businesses, and several key areas within Johns Hopkins to serve on the newly created HopkinsLocal Advisory Council. The members represent a range of interests from the Baltimore community and will guide Johns Hopkins’ strategy for economic inclusion.

Since the program launch in 2015, the HopkinsLocal team has benefitted from thoughtful conversations and partnerships with many groups and individuals in Baltimore. With the creation of new goals through FY22, Johns Hopkins wanted to give local leaders a direct voice at the table, to make sure the institutions are actively engaging with community leaders and to help the program team strategize about the vision going forward.

The council will meet quarterly and other times as needed to discuss ways Johns Hopkins can further support the economic growth of its home city.

The council members are:

  • Tamara Brown, acting chief of Minority & Women’s Business Opportunity Office, Baltimore City Department of Law
  • Marcie Castaneda, business and community development manager of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Darlene Dunn, job readiness trainer at Our Daily Bread/Catholic Charities
  • Julian Goresko, director of the Office of Sustainability at Johns Hopkins
  • Anita Hammond, executive director of the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH)
  • Nicole Hanson, reentry advocate for Out For Justice
  • Dawn Kirstaetter, president for advancement and strategic Partnerships, Baltimore City Community College
  • Jess Newton, senior comp analyst, Johns Hopkins Human Resources
  • David Rosario, board president, Latino Providers Network
  • Takia Ross, Boss Up Baltimore entrepreneur and owner of Accessimatize
  • Nairuti Shastry, community partnership specialist at the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins
  • Darcy Sullivan, employment specialist at the Maryland Food Bank
  • Paul Taylor, director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
  • Melvin Wilson, co-director for BUILD’s Turnaround Tuesday program