The Baltimore Banner will hold its second Emerging Leaders event in May. This event will shine a light on the next generation of community leaders and the impact they are making. Help us find rising leaders driving growth and positive change in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

We are inviting nominations from the community for this honor. A selection committee made up of members from The Baltimore Banner along with a small group of CEOs renowned for their work in the community will vet the nominations. This passing of the baton is designed to inspire generational commitment to the importance of bringing meaningful change to Baltimore and our region.

Nominees should have shown a personal commitment to service. This is demonstrated through the launching of an initiative designed to help better Baltimore and/or the surrounding communities for its residents. These initiatives should be community-minded and designed to help those in need. Candidates should be 40 years of age or younger.

Send nominations to and include “Emerging Leaders” in the subject line. In the body of the email, write a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments and background and the reasons why they merit consideration. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 8. The 2024 class of nominees will be announced by the end of January and will be honored at an event in May.

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The 2023 honorees were: Van Brooks, founder, Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc; Erika Chavarria, founder and executive director, Columbia Community Care; Kimberly Coleman, president, B More Global; Ashley Day-Gibbs, founder, Women Leading Baltimore; Peter DeCandia, founder and CEO, Teacher Props; Marissa Jachman, director, Erin Levitas Foundation; Matthew Johnson, police lieutenant, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and community outreach commander/technical services commander; Tonee Lawson, founder and executive director, The Be.Org; Laura Starsoneck, assistant director at the Center for Women & Children, Helping Up Mission; Chaye Suber, transplant coordinator at UMMC in Baltimore; Tricia Swanson, external affairs manager, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Brittany Young, founder and CEO, B-360.

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