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The Southwest Partnership staff work with the neighborhood associations, Southwest Partnership Committees, and anchor institutions to implement the Vision Plan. The staff can be reached at staff@swpbal.org or by phone at 667-210-2105.

Elizabeth Weber, Acting Executive Director/Program Director

Elizabeth joined the SWP in 2015. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore, with a concentration in Community Action and Social Policy, where she interned with the SWP in the development of the Vision Plan. Before coming to the SWP Elizabeth served as an Americorps VISTA with the Youth Dreamers and Shepherd’s Clinic in Baltimore, developing programs and managing volunteers for two small volunteer-led nonprofits. She lives in Barclay with her husband, son, cat, and (probably) too many books. Elizabeth loves cities and neighborhoods and is excited by the SWP’s unique, community-led structure and holistic approach to community development. She manages all of the SWP’s non-physical (building) development projects--education, workforce development, and public space--and supports the Education, Public Safety, Vibrant Streets, and Workforce Development Committees. Please reach out to Elizabeth if you would like to discuss the SWP’s work investing in our people, schools, streets, public safety, and greenspace.

Contact Elizabeth

elizabeth@swpbal.org


Carrie Baniszewski, Physical Development Manager

Carrie joined the SWP in February 2021. She has a BS in Business Management and a BS in Marketing from Eastern University. Prior to moving to Baltimore in 2015, Carrie worked in Indianapolis in various community development roles in both local government and non-profit organizations. Carrie ran the Land Bank for the City of Indianapolis for three years after that she worked for several Community Development Corporations, managing their neighborhood revitalization housing projects. After moving to Baltimore, Carrie spent 3 years as the Business Relationship Manager at Live Baltimore where she had the opportunity to learn, interact, and fall in love with Baltimore City neighborhoods. Carrie lives in the Mount Clare neighborhood with her son, dog, and cat. She has a passion for community development and is a fierce advocate for the underdog, whether a sports team, a city, neighborhood, or building. She supports the committees pertaining to physical development (buildings); Housing, Commercial Development and Historic Preservation and implements projects identified by the committees. Carrie loves working for SWP because she is able to live her passion while impacting her community and neighbors. Please reach out to Carrie if you would like to discuss SWP’s physical development work or current projects.

Contact Carrie

carrie@swpbal.org

Curtis Eaddy II, Marketing Manager

Curtis joined Southwest Partnership in 2017 and is currently serving as our part time Events and Marketing Manager, supporting the SWP with our communications and events. 

Contact Curtis

marketing@swpbal.org

Chris Bowling, Operations Manager

Chris joined the SWP February 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and taught in Aberdeen, MD. Before joining the SWP, he worked in other office administrative and bookkeeping jobs and started his own business selling his artwork. Chris manages the day-to-day operations in the office, bookkeeping and financials, and administrative tasks.  He assists the Executive Director and supports all other staff members, does daily bookkeeping, monthly financials, and audit preparation, maintains the office including repairs and upkeep, provides record-keeping and document organization, and helps with IT issues. Chris started selling his artwork at the annual Pigtown and SoWeBo Festivals, where he first discovered the culture and charisma of the SWP neighborhoods and learned of the efforts of the Southwest Partnership.  Chris moved to Baltimore City in 2020, and now resides in the Hamilton area with his partner and dog.

Contact Chris

chris@swpbal.org

Southwest Works

Rachel Goodrich LMSW, Workforce Development Program Manager

Rachel joined SWP in 2017 as a collaborative employee under the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. Now in her role as the Workforce Development Program Manager for SWP, she engages with local anchor institutions and employers as well as residents to meet workforce demands for SW Baltimore. She is a licensed social worker with ten years of experience in for-profit and non profit and draws on these experiences to provide Southwest job seekers with career guidance while working to connect community members to quality positions with local employers. She has a background working with the Spanish speaking population in Baltimore and is available for bilingual services. Rachel resides in Union Square with her husband, new baby girl, and dog. 

Contact Rachel

Rachel@swpbal.org

Community Schools Program Manager

Jeff Johnson

Jeff joined SWP in 2021.  He received his degree from Morrisville College as an Army Medic in Medical Technology with additional studies in Human Services.  Upon completing his military obligation, Jeff made the conscious decision to make a career change towards the non-profit sector.  He has held senior level positions with both local & national community-based organizations that advocate for youth, families, and their communities with extensive program development experience.  Prior to joining the SWP team, Jeff served as V.P. of Juvenile Services under the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore, managing their re-entry & case management contract in partnership with DJS.  He has served on multiple youth advisory committees and developed partnerships around educational, employment and mentoring opportunities.  Jeff resides in Windsor Mill with his wife and enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He is also an avid tennis player and can likely find him on the courts when he’s not working!  Jeff was inspired to join the SWP team upon learning of the vital services offered to the community, their community building strategy and has a deep appreciation for the Community School model.  He manages our three Community Schools - Charles Carroll Barrister, Steuart Hill and Vivien T. Thomas.  Please reach out to Jeff to connect with our Community Schools team or to learn more about the Community Schools strategy.

Contact Jeff

Jeff@swpbal.org


Southwest Partnership Community School Coordinators

Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary

Brenda Rodriguez

Born and raised in Baltimore City, Brenda joined the SWP in January 2020. She has a
bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a concentration in Animal Wellness and Behavior. Prior to joining SWP, she worked extensively with the Maryland 4-H Youth Development as their International Program’s Coordinator, where she organized inbound 4-H Japanese delegate homestays to Maryland, and Outbound Maryland 4-H delegate homestays to countries such as Japan, Tanzania, and Finland. Brenda decided to work for SWP because it allows her to combine all the knowledge and experience, she’s garnered from her time working in different spaces, to create fun and educational events for students, parents and community members of her hometown. As the Community School Coordinator for Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary, she acts as the community liaison for the school, and aids in fostering partnerships, developing community activities and events, and providing much needed resources for her school’s families. Please reach out to Brenda if you would like to discuss partnering with CCB.

Contact Brenda

Brenda@swpbal.org

Steuart Hill Academy

Justin Brown

Justin is an enthusiastic community advocate with expertise forging partnerships and working as a program liaison to improve community success & to foster community well-being. He is results driven and is committed to be of service to SHAA's students and parents by creating activities, resources, and transitioning for the school. Justin is a first generation HBCU grad from Coppin State University with a degree in Marketing. With over 10 years of administration experience including workforce and youth development he is committed to seeing a better Baltimore. Before SWP, he served at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, founded a youth development program, and served as a rehabilitation counselor for youth. He decided to work for SWP because he believes in using partnerships to build cohesive communities.

Contact Justin

justin@swpbal.org

 

 

 

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