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Linda Dworak

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, February 13, 2012

LINDA DWORAK, Consultant, Workforce Development Affinity Group

Linda is a consultant to ABAG on matters related to workforce development. She staffs the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, a group of public and private funders which work together to seed and support local workforce partnerships. Linda also develops programming for ABAG's Workforce Affinity Group and provides support to the Baltimore Integration Partnership.

Linda has devoted her career to the work of enhancing employment opportunities for low- wage workers. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Garment Industry Development Corporation – one of the first nationally recognized sector-based workforce partnerships, and as Senior Consultant to the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative. Her work has helped to define the field of sectoral workforce development. Additionally, Linda brings to ABAG experience gained through her work with a number of national and regional organizations.

Linda holds a Masters Degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a post-graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Columbia University School of Business.

Linda is also the proud mom to Carmen, a smart and spunky Kindergartner.

Linda can be reached at:

Linda Dworak
Consultant, Workforce Development Affinity Group

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Meet ABAG's Staff!

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Starting on a part-time basis in 1996, Ann joined ABAG to provide staffing support to the newly formed Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC). Since then, Ann has used her leadership and facilitation skills to bring over thirty foundation, financial institution, and government partners to work together to strengthen Baltimore neighborhoods.
Now in its fifteenth year, BNC has awarded close to $7.5 million in grants, capacity assistance, training and policy research to support neighborhood revitalization, foreclosure prevention and mitigation, and transit-centered community development. Ann serves on the Older Industrial Cities Committee of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities as well as Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact Advisory Committee.
Ann brings her love of cities and experience in community planning, grassroots organizing, coalition-building, public policy and non-profit management to her position as BNC Director.
Prior to joining ABAG, Ann was program and policy director for Action for the Homeless, a statewide advocacy organization focused on homelessness and housing. She also worked for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, and the New York City Department of City Planning. She has a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
When not at BNC, Ann enjoys singing, in the a cappella group Out to Late (with ABAG colleague Bonnie Legro!), exploring Baltimore neighborhoods, gardening, and spending time with her husband, son and Labrador retriever at their home near Belvedere Square.
Ann can be reached at:

Ann Sherrill
Director, Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative 410.727.0169 ext. 1214

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Meet ABAG's Staff!

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, September 13, 2011
September 2011 


KURT SOMMER, Director, Baltimore Integration Partnership

Kurt is the director of the Baltimore Integration Partnership – a Living Cities funded initiative working to unify job opportunities with neighborhood revitalization. Using capital resources administered through The Reinvestment Fund, the BIP is working to seed and support capital projects in targeted Baltimore City neighborhoods in East, Central and West Baltimore. The BIP is also working to connect residents from the area's to community based workforce pipelines that ultimately would work to connect to job opportunities made possible through the projects the BIP finances as well as through anchor institutions.

Kurt became Director of the BIP after serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary and Legislative Director of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. He also held policy and research positions the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development and the Brookings Institution. Kurt enjoys the central of focus of the BIP's work on his home town.

You can typically find Kurt on the weekends chowing down on some good local BBQ, working on his house, or chasing down his two year old daughter Sophia. Kurt was one of the first Raven's fans and remains an optimistic and faithful Oriole fan as well.

You can reach Kurt at:

Kurt Sommer
Director, Baltimore Integration Partnership


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Meet ABAG's 2011 Interns!

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, July 11, 2011

Meet Our 2011 ABAG Interns!

Simone C. Kasina
Philanthropy and Public Policy Intern, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Simone has worked on several projects to date that have encompassed planning and co-hosting a Philanthropy Intern Breakfast for members of ABAG, researching case studies that correlate philanthropy and government policy work, and creating a spreadsheet of data on the philanthropic impact of ABAG members using the Grants Direct software. She's currently working on designing a workshop to engage ABAG members on International grantmaking practices.

Simone comes to ABAG as a Walter Sondheim Jr. Nonprofit Leadership Program Intern. A vibrant senior at Frostburg State University, Simone is graduating in December with a Bachelor's in International Development, minor in French and certificate in African Studies. She has an interest in women and children's access to education, workforce development, and human rights and she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music and hanging with friends.

"This internship is a true blessing from the unique learning experiences to the much appreciated free lunches”


Nichole Stewart
Intern, Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP)

As an intern with the Baltimore Integration Partnership Nichole assists in the implementation of a revitalization initiative funded by Living Cities focused on workforce development and capital investment in targeted Baltimore City neighborhoods. Nichole focuses on identifying and collecting programmatic and socioeconomic data capturing the impact of revitalization effo rts to support the evaluation of the initiative. She is also researching areas for collaboration and coordination between stakeholders for financing workforce training and facilitating partnerships with and among local anchor institutions to develop a public policy agenda.

Nichole is a 3rd year doctoral student in UMBC's Public Policy program in the evaluation and analytical methods track. Her research interests include evaluating the impact of mixed-income housing development and poverty de-concentration strategies, developing and intersecting socioeconomic and housing market indicators, and spatial analysis techniques using GIS.

"My internship with the Baltimore Integration Partnership through ABAG perfectly reflects an intersection of my interests— expanding housing choice and employment opportunities for low-income families and supporting community revitalization strategies through research and stakeholder collaboration.”


Mike Wissner
GIS Analyst and Research Intern, Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC)

Mike's work this summer primarily involves GIS data mapping with Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition (BHPC). He is assisting in the production of BHPC's eNewsletter, the Data Monitor, as well as other mapping and data analysis projects involving foreclosure and housing market indicators. In addition, he is collaborating with allies of Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative in different forms including a tree mapping project with Reservoir Hill Improvement Council and research on Baltimore's 2010 Census data with Healthy Neighborhoods Inc.

Mike is a former 5th grade Bilingual Education teacher and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru 05-07). He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC as well as a participant in the Shriver Center's Peaceworker program.

His active research interests examine issues of equity and access to information technology.

"Working with BHPC and BNC has given me a unique and comprehensive perspective on how non-profits accomplish their work. Everyone I've interacted with has been incredibly helpful and friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better position.”

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