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BALTIMORE – Just over a month after Election Day, OSI-Baltimore will convene Baltimore residents for a free full-day public event, called Solutions Summit, to create a consensus blueprint for the new mayor and city council. In the lead-up to the event, there will be three public half-day forums that will determine priorities in key areas: Jobs, Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and Behavioral Health. At the December 10 summit, we will convene to discuss, debate, and, using mobile technology, vote on 10 to 15 key priorities for the newly elected mayor and city council. In the months and years that follow, we will monitor our leaders’ progress in addressing these priorities.
This effort is led by four co-chairs who have demonstrated their deep, longstanding commitment to Baltimore:
- Kurt Schmoke, University of Baltimore president and former mayor of Baltimore
- Mary Miller, former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance and former Acting Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Obama administration
- Eddie Brown, CEO of Brown Capital Management and the Eddie C. and C Sylvia Brown Family Foundation and member of the OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board
- Mark Fetting, former CEO of Legg Mason
The Solutions Summit will also be a celebration of civic participation. The timing is meant to reinforce the idea that our civic duty does not end on Election Day. Bringing about real, lasting change requires ongoing commitment from all Baltimoreans. The summit will include art, music and dance performances, food, and the chance for all residents to share their ideas and energy. For more information, go to solutionssummitbaltimore.org.
As the only field office for the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, Open Society Institute-Baltimore focuses on the root causes of three intertwined problems in our city and state: drug addiction, an overreliance on incarceration and obstacles that keep youth from succeeding both inside and outside the classroom. We also support a growing corps of social entrepreneurs committed to underserved populations in Baltimore. Before we make a single grant, we analyze the root causes of a problem and examine research and innovative practices aimed at tackling the problem. Because we aim for lasting, sustainable solutions, we engage public and private partners from the start. It is only then, with a clear picture of the problem, that we begin to focus our approach and diligently craft a road map for change. Visit us on our website: http://www.osibaltimore.org/