Maryland 2018 Fellows

Meet the 2018 Maryland Fellows
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Angelica Bailey

Manager of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Maryland Building Industry Association

Maryland_Angelica_Bailey_-_Angelica_Bailey.jpgAngelica Bailey, a native Marylander, is an attorney with an academic and professional background in public policy. She is currently the Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,300 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers across the state of Maryland. As Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Angelica assists in the resolution of member issues through legislative and regulatory initiatives at the state level, and manages all MBIA political action committees.

Angelica has experience in public interest law as a Staff Attorney with Maryland Legal Aid, where she supported under-represented, under-privileged, and marginalized communities through the Maryland Courts Self-Help Center. Her main practice areas were landlord/tenant rights, personal injury, family law, expungements, and consumer debt collection. She also has significant experience in LGBTQ legal advocacy from her work experience with Human Rights Campaign and FreeState Justice.

Angelica serves on the board of the University of Baltimore School of Law Young Lawyers Alumni Council; the Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; the Marketing Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association; and the Planning Committee of the Baltimore Women's Leadership Collaborative. Angelica was also a graduate of the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy in 2017.

Angelica received her Bachelor of Arts from The American University. She earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Dean’s Certificate. Angelica is admitted to the Maryland State Bar.

 

Jocelyn Collins

Legislative Director/Chief of Staff, MD General Assembly--Office of MD Del. Elizabeth "Susie" Proctor (D-27A)

Maryland_Jocelyn_Collins_-_Jocelyn_Collins.jpgJocelyn Collins is far from alone in dreaming of making the world a better place. But unlike most of her peers, Jocelyn has already turned her dreams into realities as a rising public servant. At only 24, she currently serves as Legislative Director/Chief of Staff for MD State Delegate Elizabeth “Susie” Proctor (D-27A)—a first-term legislator on the MD House Judiciary Committee, representing District 27A, a large, diverse district located in two counties: Charles and Prince George’s.

Professionally, she has worked for other leading Maryland political leaders and some of the nation’s top Democrats, in both legislative and communications capacities—U.S. Senator Benjamin “Ben” Cardin (D-MD), former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Secretary and Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and MD State Senator Katherine “Kathy” Klausmeier (D-8).

In 2016, she was heavily involved with the last Presidential election cycle—working under the leadership of former DNC Secretary, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the Office of the Secretary at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she worked with State Democratic Parties to compile accurate information for approximately 5,000 convention participants, served as a liaison for convention participants, delegates, state parties and their staffers, staffed the 2016 DNC Platform Meetings and DNC National Convention, and managed the DNC’s first Delegate Certification Online System and Support Hotline, Certify.

In September 2017, she was appointed to the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee as the Central Committeewoman for MD District 23B. In this position, she serves as a grassroots-roots level volunteer for the Maryland Democratic Party—working with the committee to organize the party’s presence on the local level, push the party platform, and ensure the election of Democrats to public office.

Jocelyn is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chi Omega Chapter and is a charter member of the Upsilon Gamma Chapter at McDaniel College. Currently, she serves as Secretary and Membership Chair for the Greater Bowie Democratic Club.

In Spring 2018, Jocelyn will serve as an Adjunct Professor of Government at Bowie State University. She also volunteers on a host of Maryland Democratic campaigns.

Jocelyn attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. In her free time, she enjoys participating in community service, cooking, shopping, hiking, and traveling.

 

Aaron Graham

Director of Legal Recruiting, Special Counsel, Inc.

Maryland_Aaron_Graham_-_Aaron_Graham.jpgBorn in Germany and raised internationally, Aaron Graham is a litigation consultant and licensed attorney currently living in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature before earning his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, NY.

During his time at NYLS, Aaron took on several leadership roles that heavily contributed to his desire to advocate on behalf of others. He served as the President of the New York Law School Coalition for the Homeless, and interned with Law Help NY. In his role as an intern, Aaron provided legal services to New York’s low-income populations, connecting them with local resources to assist in their legal controversies. Aaron also interned with the New York Center for Juvenile Justice where, in conjunction with a team of law and social work professionals, he conceived and co-authored an innovative strategic memo used in challenging New York’s juvenile and youthful offender laws. His public interest-focused work earned him the honor of being labeled as one of New York Law School’s Public Interest Fellows.

After completing NYLS’ Juris Doctor program and earning his license to practice law, Aaron returned to Baltimore to begin his career as an attorney. He served as the sole attorney of record in Maryland for a prominent New York-based law firm, acting on behalf of individuals and their families in toxic tort litigation. He eventually pivoted into his current role as the Director of Legal Recruiting with the Baltimore branch of Special Counsel. In this role, Aaron acts as a consultant for small, mid-sized, and large firms, providing logistical support in everything from standard human-capital management, to e-discovery solutions.

In his free time, Aaron continues to pursue opportunities that allow him to serve his community. He volunteers with Volunteering Untapped, an organization that provides young professionals with the opportunity to engage in rewarding and impactful experiences through community-focused volunteer work with various local non-profits. He also serves as a Volunteer Judge with the Baltimore Urban Debate League, providing local elementary, middle, and high school students with the training to be effective and reasoned advocates for both themselves and their communities.

 

Max Green

Technology Representative, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms

Maryland_Max_Green_-_Max_Green.jpgMax Green currently serves as a Technology Representative in the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA), working with Member, committee, and leadership offices. In this role, he works as a project manager in IT program development as well as a liaison to the Senate community. Max is also a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, studying public management and government analytics. Prior to his work with the SAA, Max was a caseworker for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, where his portfolio included immigration, small business, EEOC, DOJ, and FEMA. He also worked in community health. Max was born in the mountains of Western Maryland, where he first began working on campaigns with the Maryland Democratic Party and successfully ran for county office, serving as President of the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee. His experience in grassroots movements soon led to involvement in a number of campaigns, including those for Congressman John Delaney and Governor Martin O’Malley. Max’s involvement in local, state, and federal politics bloomed during his undergraduate career. As a junior, he was selected to intern with Senator Cardin and received a scholarship through the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs. In his senior year, Max was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership Award, working on sports-related concussion awareness and prevention. He was also selected as a member of the President’s Leadership Circle (PLC), for which he was awarded the Dennis and Dawn Thomas Presidential Leadership Scholarship. As part of his involvement with PLC, Max worked with the Pachamama Alliance in Ecuador’s rainforest, focusing on anti-deforestation, the rights of indigenous people, and environmental efforts. That same year, he was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society and began volunteering with the Democratic National Committee. He also served as an inaugural board member of the Western Maryland Democratic PAC (WMDPAC), a grassroots, progressive PAC that serves the rural parts of the state. He has been honored by the NAACP for his work with the U.S. Department of Justice SPIRIT Program, which came out of a joint effort to diffuse and heal racial tensions at his high school. In his free time, Max stays involved in politics, volunteers with the Baltimore Urban Debate League, plays music, and practices his landscape and portraiture photography. Max also holds an associate’s certificate in project management from The George Washington University.

 

Macey Henderson

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Maryland_Macey_Henderson_-_Macey_Henderson.jpgMacey L. Henderson, JD, PhD, is a policy maker, innovator, and research scientist committed to improving healthcare in America. She is one of the youngest elected members of the Board of Directors for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network of Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OPTN/UNOS is responsible for the oversight and management of the national organ transplant system. In this role, Dr. Henderson provides oversight of one of the most complexly regulated areas of healthcare, and drives community dialogue on important issues.

Dr. Henderson is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she is a core faculty member of the Epidemiology Research Group in Transplantation, the largest and most prolific group of its kind.

Dr. Henderson was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, but now proudly calls Maryland home. She earned he BA in Philosophy, JD, and PhD in Health Policy and Management from Indiana University. After completing her doctoral training she accepted a faculty position at Johns Hopkins and began her research motivated by the compassion of organ donors and their families who share the gift of life through donation and transplantation.

Dr. Henderson is the recipient of young investigator award from the National Institutes of Health to fund the development and implementation of a suite of mobile health applications for transplant donors, recipients, and their families. She is an expert in social media and healthcare, and her team works with Facebook and technology start-up companies to build new health applications. A former ethics professor for community health and health administration students, Dr. Henderson continues her passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of students in public health, law, medicine, nursing, and surgery at Johns Hopkins.

In her academic service roles, Dr. Henderson provides her expertise to the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation, and the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. Dr. Henderson is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from health policy to research ethics. Her published work has appeared in high-impact publications including The Washington Post, the American Journal of Transplantation, the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Transplantation, The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and the Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics.

 

Carmen Jackman

Credit Analyst, NewDay USA

Maryland_Carmen_Jackman_-_Carmen_Jackman.jpgCarmen Jackman is a native Marylander, born and raised in Silver Spring. She is a former NCAA Division 1 tennis player, having received a full-scholarship to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she graduated with a B.A. in History and minor in Sociology in 2012. In Summer 2008 prior to UMBC, Carmen studied Spanish Language and Literature at Universidad de Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico. From 2012-2015 she served as an Assistant Coach for the Varsity Women’s tennis team at the United States Naval Academy. In addition to coaching, she worked as a Bookstore Associate for Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), by providing literacy advocacy, funding, and materials to the community. Carmen enjoys volunteering, and has worked with numerous organizations including the National Park Service, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and The American Film Institute. She currently works in the financial services industry as a Credit Analyst, and is also in the Open Studies program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In her spare time, Carmen enjoys boxing, listening to podcasts, and reading.

 

Heather Jackson

Area Manager, Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Maryland_Heather_Jackson_-_Heather_Jackson.jpgHeather Jackson is a public library manager in Prince George's County Maryland and is committed to promoting equality and social justice through equal access to information and educational opportunities. Prior to her work in libraries, Heather spent several years in social work in Arizona and in the field of education in several states in roles ranging from teacher to ombudsman to program management. She has extensive experience working with youth and has interests in youth civic engagement and youth-led service and political mobilization efforts. In her current role, Heather manages four public library branches in the western part of Prince George's County serving residents who are diverse in every aspect from age to socioeconomic status to country of origin to language spoken in the home. She piloted a system of pop-up libraries in book deserts in the community. These areas have poor access to libraries due to distance, language barriers, and lack of safe and affordable transportation. She negotiated agreements with community partners to provide free space to run fully operational small libraries in these underserved areas. These pop-up libraries provide services such as early literacy, ESOL storytimes, homework help, English classes, bilingual computer classes, and personalized help applying for benefits, citizenship, or accessing community resources and services. The pop-up libraries are located in a school, a church, a refugee resettlement apartment complex, and a non-profit. Heather currently serves on the Hyattsville Area Immigrant Services Steering Committee; the broader committee brings together representatives from approximately 50 non-profits, educational, religious, and governmental agencies working with immigrants and refugees. She created an immigrant services wiki that allows staff from agencies working with immigrants to quickly access accurate, up to date, and comprehensive information about services ranging from healthcare to legal help to housing. She is currently leading the effort to create a usable app version that can support multiple languages and offer map and voice-based finding tools. Heather received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and her master's degree from the University of Maryland.

 

Armani Madison

Product Manager, BridgeEdU

Maryland_Armani_Madison_-_Armani_Madison.jpgArmani Madison, hailing from Stockbridge, Georgia, is a proud alumnus of Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia, the son of Kevin and Monique Bell, and the older brother of Kaycie Bell. Armani is a recent graduate of Brown University, with a B.A. in Political Science and the History of the African Diaspora. As a student, Armani founded and presided over the Brown University N.A.A.C.P., and involved himself in establishing channels of communication, support, and collaboration between Black students across college campuses as a founding member of the Black Ivy Coalition.

Shortly after graduation, Armani relocated to the city of Baltimore to begin working as a Product Manager at BridgeEdU, a Baltimore-based startup, founded by author Wes Moore, that works to support and empower at-promise students in persisting through the college experience. The organization works presently with students attending the Community College of Baltimore County and Coppin State University.

He is also a fellow in Venture for America, an organization that places recent graduates in startups across the country, developing their entrepreneurship acumen while engaging them in socially-minded enterprises. Through this engagement, Armani intends to learn how social justice can intersect with entrepreneurship to develop creative, unique, and scalable solutions that will impact marginalized communities. He is passionate about education and racial and economic equity.

Armani is an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program, the Hope Institute, and the Young People For (YP4) progressive leadership development fellowship. Presently, Armani volunteers his time as an Ambassador for the Baltimore-based Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and as Scholarship Chairman for the Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Armani ultimately aspires to build upon his interest in achieving social progress and maintaining protections for marginalized communities as a civil rights attorney or as an elected public official.

 

Ana Martinez

Lead Organizer, CASA

MARYLAND_Ana_Martinez_-_Ana_Martinez.pngAna Martinez is a Lead Organizer at CASA, the largest immigrant rights organization in the mid-Atlantic region. In this role, she works with community activists to raise awareness about the rights of immigrants and to advocate for their communities at the local, state and national level. She recently developed and led the first Gender Leadership Academy program for immigrant women at CASA. During the 2016 election, Ana worked as a Canvass Director with CASA in Action in the battleground state of Pennsylvania in order to increase voter turnout among Latino and African American voters in Lancaster and York. Prior to working at CASA, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with a housing redevelopment coalition in low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore City. She also managed community and youth development projects in Mexico and Paraguay as a Senior Project Supervisor for Amigos de las Americas, and served on the board of the organization’s DC Chapter. Ana received her B.A. in International Studies from Dickinson College, where she helped establish the first multicultural sorority on campus; Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. Ana was born in Nicaragua and was raised in an activist household. She believes it’s important to stand up and fight for what you believe in.

 

Renato Mendoza

Advocacy Specialist, CASA

MarylandIMG_20171102_181407943_-_Renato_Mendoza.jpgRenato Mendoza has been Community Activist for the past 12 years advocating for working families, students, and tenants. In his Advocacy Specialist role for CASA he focuses on issues such as: rental housing, access to transportation, equitable economic development in Montgomery County. He also serves as the President for his staff union, serves on the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild Executive Council, and is an excellent Sunday league soccer player.

 

Robby Mulcahy

Senior Analyst, Compass Lexecon

Maryland_-_Robert_Mulcahy.jpgRobby is a proud Maryland native and Baltimore enthusiast. Raised in Montgomery County, Robby’s passion for public service began early, when he was appointed to his high school student government, and as a teenager helped organize a service trip to Central America where he and fellow students visited community organizations, and worked with the local population to build homes.

At present, Robby is a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon in Washington, D.C. where he works with the firm's Ph.D. economists to deliver economic analysis and regulatory opinions in complex arbitration cases involving multinational parties and foreign governments. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, Robby proudly worked as an Organizer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where he managed one of the largest campaign offices in the state, and was responsible for direct voter contact and grassroots organizing. He has since continued to champion young progressive candidates, and actively volunteers in DC and Maryland knocking doors and making phones calls.

Robby is currently a part-time graduate student studying economics at Georgetown University, and earned an undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland, where he double-majored in finance and economics. While there, he was a senior member of the University’s student government association, and an active participant in the Baltimore city community, profiling local businesses for the University blog, participating in community partnership meetings, and organizing events to keep the surrounding community clean and safe.

Robby has a keen interest in economics and politics, and is passionate about public service and community organizing. He is a Big Brother with Big Brother Big Sisters, loves meeting new people, traveling, reading, and enjoying the outdoors, and in his free time is likely to be found somewhere near the Potomac River.

 

Jim Ong

Policy Analyst, Public Safety Office, Underwriters Laboratories

Maryland_Jim_H_Ong_-_Jim_Ong.jpgJim H. Ong is a proud immigrant, an advocate of community service, and a living testament to the American dream.

Jim immigrated to the United States from South Korea when he was nine years old and spent most of his life in Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2016, Jim served in the U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge as a rank of Sergeant.

As a student, Jim was an elected member of the student government, interned for public officeholders, and represented the voices of struggling students by sharing his story in the front-page of the LA Times. After graduating from UCLA, Jim moved to Maryland to pursue a career and to continue graduate studies as a part-time student at the Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, Jim works as a policy analyst at the Underwriters Laboratories’ public safety office, where he analyzes global data surveyed by the World Bank, United Nations, World Health Organization, etc. using established quantitative statistical models and qualitative techniques. In his capacity, Jim promotes evidence-based policy dialogues through a data-driven initiative that addresses policy gaps in public health and safety for 187 countries. Through this initiative, Jim hopes to engineer public safety as a public health issue and create a safe working and living environment for all people.

Jim’s passion for public service stems from his mother. As a child, he grew up watching his mother helping others in the community. Although she was a single mother who faced many challenges raising her two children in a country she did not speak the language of, Jim’s mother made it a priority to do her part by cutting hair for the elderly. Follower her footsteps, Jim has been actively volunteering throughout his life by organizing clothing drives for those in need, taking notes for students living with disabilities, devoting a day every week as an acting EMT – to name a few. By meeting others’ needs with dignity, Jim reminds himself of the environment he grew up in and advocates equal opportunity for underserved members in our society.

In addition, Jim has a broad range of interests in open data, computer coding, first responder research, tax policy, global warming and climate change, and social policy. He believes that these domains will cross paths in the future as climate patterns change and that we all possess an obligation to build a stronger community to prepare for the future.

 

Bilqis Rock

Public Grants Coordinator, Health Care for the Homeless

Maryland_Headshot_-_Bilqis_Rock.jpegBilqis (pronounced bill-keys) Rock is an engaging and dynamic behavioral health provider and nonprofit emerging leader dedicated to building more just communities. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Bilqis earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of Delaware and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Maryland. Throughout her schooling, Bilqis spent time volunteering in homeless shelters, food banks, and schools for students with special needs. During her graduate work, she led a project to map all community-managed open spaces in Baltimore City, such as community gardens, to protect these spaces and engage the community in setting land use policy for their neighborhoods.

Immediately after graduate school, Bilqis raised $5,000 to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and bicycled cross country with 25 young people. Bilqis led the group in community service activities in cities from Baltimore to Portland, Oregon. Upon returning to Maryland, Bilqis joined Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) as volunteer coordinator. Over her past 6 years with the agency, Bilqis has held both client-facing and community-oriented positions. As volunteer coordinator she engaged hundreds of volunteers in mission-driven service and advocacy activities. Then as a therapist, outreach worker, and program manager she has assisted hundreds of people experiencing homelessness with accessing behavioral health services, income, and housing.

Bilqis has presented trainings at several state and national conferences about integrating a social justice perspective and issue-advocacy engagement into clinical behavioral health practice. In early 2017, Bilqis participated in the HCH strategic planning process as a staff-elected representative.

In an effort to build knowledge and skills in financial and strategic management, Bilqis is earning a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Management from the University of Baltimore. She expects to complete the program in the spring of 2019. In her spare time, she volunteers with political campaigns and as an ER victim advocate through TurnAround, Inc., responding to individuals who have experienced sexual assault. She also enjoys exploring Maryland’s hiking trails with her husband and dog.

 

Brianna Ross

5th Grade Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools

Maryland_Brianna_Ross_-_Brianna_Ross(1).jpgBrianna Chanelle Ross is a passionate and dedicated educator who is committed to creating cycles of empowerment for urban students through transformative education that bridges the gap between race and student achievement. Raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania she has always had a passion for service and education. She attended the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology with a certificate in Children’s Literature. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Brianna was a Peer Facilitator for the Emerging Leaders program where she facilitated workshops aimed at equipping undergraduate students with leadership skills. She also served as the Vice President of the Black Action Society, an organization that promotes the cultural, educational, political and social interests of Black undergraduate students. In this role, she coordinated and led events, workshops and conferences that addressed the need for unity among Black students at a predominately white institution. Demonstrating a passion for and commitment to education reform, Brianna was selected for her strong leadership potential in 2013 as a Summer Teaching Fellow for the Uncommon Schools organization. She led in-class instruction and engaged in rigorous, ongoing professional development. This experience helped shape her pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices. In 2015, she received a Master of Education in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh with certification in elementary and special education. Brianna is currently a 5th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Scotts Branch Elementary School in Windsor Mill, Maryland. Her goal as an educator is to equip students with not only academic knowledge, but with life skills and strategies that will enable them to break down the barriers that obstruct their paths to becoming competitive students, future leaders and productive citizens. Recognizing the disconnect between teachers and students and the implications this has on student learning, Brianna is a member of the equity team at her school. The purpose of this community is to build the capacity of teachers to create inclusive instructional environments that embrace culturally relevant teaching practices and encourage relationship building. Brianna is currently enrolled at Loyola University of Maryland to earn her certification in school supervision and administration. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, finding new restaurants and spending time with her family.

 

Matthew Stegman

Legislative Aide, Maryland House of Delegates

Maryland_Matthew_Stegman_-_Matt_Stegman.jpgMatt Stegman is a legislative aide at the Maryland House of Delegates, where he serves as the assistant to the Chair of the Appropriations Committee. In this role he manages the committee staff and handles a diverse and ever-changing legislative portfolio. He is a veteran campaign organizer who has managed field and GOTV efforts for various local and statewide Democratic candidates.

Matt is a native of Northeast Ohio who held positions with campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania before settling down in Baltimore City. He has interned with the Parliament of Canada and the US Senator Sherrod Brown. He was a founding member and former trustee of the Baltimore chapter of The Awesome Foundation and former vice-president of the Maryland chapter of the Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is the current president of the Hampden Community Council, his neighborhood association.

Matt believes strongly in the power of grassroots organizing to effect political change and believes most problems can be resolved by consulting Rules for Radicals. There are few things he enjoys more than canvassing.

Matt holds a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law and bachelors degrees in English and Political Science from The Ohio State University. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading about local history, is an avid baseball fan, and dabbles in homebrew beer. He is the proud dad of an energetic toddler.

 

Rexanah Wyse

Assistant State's Attorney / Program Manager, Office of The State's Attorney for Montgomery County, MD

NLCMaryland_Rexanah_Wyse_-_Rexanah_Wyse.jpegRexanah P. Wyse, Esq. is a driven attorney dedicated to changing the narrative for vulnerable populations. Ms. Wyse’s professional experiences center on advocacy and direct service geared toward youth of multicultural backgrounds.

Currently, she works as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. She serves as a Program Manager for the Truancy Prevention Program. This Program takes an early intervention and holistic approach to identify the root causes of truancy for middle school children and works with students and families to problem-solve to address these issues. Ms. Wyse oversees the Program at more than 1/3 of Montgomery County’s middle schools, and the Program serves over 300 youth in a given school year.

In 2010, she earned The Pavela Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the University of Maryland Academic Integrity and Student Ethical Development Programming. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as Minor in Human Development. In 2013, she earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a concentration in Public Service. Additionally, in 2013 she was appointed to serve on the State Advisory Board to the Department of Juvenile Services by then Governor Martin O’Malley. In 2016, she was reappointed to a second term by Governor Larry Hogan. Ms. Wyse is the 2014 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award from the Sierra Leone Association of University Women. During her free time Ms. Wyse enjoys giving back to her community through service. Ms. Wyse serves on the University of Maryland, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board as the Vice President of Administration and is actively involved in the Service & Philanthropy Committee. In 2017, Ms. Wyse joined the Board of Directors for the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) DC. Ms. Wyse is also active in her church community in her hometown of Washington D.C.