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Maryland Nonprofits 2019 Legislative Preview

  • Maritime Conference Center 692 Maritime Boulevard Linthicum Heights, MD 20190 (map)

About the event

Maryland Nonprofits Legislative Preview is the place to make connections, be in the know, and set your priorities for advocacy in the upcoming year. The 2019 legislative session in Maryland will be addressing major issues of import to nonprofits and communities, especially education, with the recently passed constitutional amendment and the ongoing work of the Kirwan Commission.




  • Be in the Know on the Kirwan Commission: Get an insider’s viewpoint from keynote speaker William E. "Brit" Kirwan on the recommendations and impact of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.

  • Make Connections: Meet advocates and participate in dialogue on a range of issues that may affect your organization and the communities you serve, including education, healthcare, equity, arts and humanities, justice, disabilities, mental health and more.

  • Get the Budget Forecast: Learn what analysts forecast will happen with the state budget, the impact on nonprofits, and how to make a difference.

  • Sharpen Your Game: Learn from seasoned advocates on how to talk to elected officials about your organization and your issues.


8:00 AM - Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - Welcome, Overview of Maryland Nonprofits Policy Priorities

Henry Bogdan, Maryland Nonprofits Policy and Advocacy Director

9:15 AM - Major Health Care Access and Affordability Initiatives

Vincent Demarco, Health Care Access Maryland

Presentations Honoring Senator Cheryl Kagan and Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk

Heather Iliff, Maryland Nonprofits President and CEO

9:40 AM - Keynote Address

William E. "Brit" Kirwan, Chair of Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education

10:25 AM - Maryland's State Budget and the Fiscal Outlook

Ben Orr, Executive Director, Maryland Center on Economic Policy

11:00 AM
 - Roundtable Discussions Part I

Two 30-minute roundtable discussion sessions.

12:00 PM - Building Legislative Relationships

Caryn York, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force 

12:20 PM - Concluding Remarks

Henry Bogdan, Maryland Nonprofits Policy and Advocacy Director


(This list will continue to be updated as facilitators are confirmed.)

  • Protecting Access to Healthcare, Vincent DeMarco, Health Care Access Maryland and Catherine Kirk Robins, MD Citizens Health Initiative

  • Energy, Climate, and the Environment, Emily Frias, MD Climate Action Network and Jamie DeMarco, MD Clean Energy Jobs Initiative

  • Poverty and Social Safety Net, Regan Vaughn, Catholic Charities

  • Arts and Humanities, Nicholas Cohen, MD Citizens for the Arts and Jeannie Howe, Baltimore Cultural Arts Alliance

  • Challenges for Working Families, Robin McKinney, CASH Campaign of Maryland

  • Behavioral Health Issues, Dan Martin, Mental Health Association of Maryland

  • Public and Environmental Health, Raimee Eck, Maryland Public Health Association and Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, MD Environmental Health Network

  • De-Criminalizing Poverty, Nikki Thompson, Job Opportunities Task Force

  • Community Development and Housing, Odette Ramos, Community Development Network

  • Maryland Budget Challenges, Kali Schumitz, Maryland Center on Economic Policy

  • Education and Early Childhood, Jennifer Bevan Dangel, Advocates for Children and Youth

  • The 2020 Census, Victor Valentine, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers