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Baltimore Homecoming Announces New Executive Director

BALTIMORE – January 9, 2024 Baltimore Homecoming, an organization mobilizing a network of accomplished Baltimoreans based around the world to spark new collaborations, build deeper relationships and drive new investments between Baltimore Homecoming alumni and the people making a difference in Baltimore City has announced the hiring of Mandy Snyder as its new executive director following a search led by its board of directors. 

“Mandy brings to Baltimore Homecoming a strategic vision paired with proven success in building relationships along with an unwavering passion for Baltimore. We have laid the foundation and Mandy’s arrival marks a pivotal moment for the organization,” said JM Schapiro, co-founder and board chair of Baltimore Homecoming. “She brings the drive and expertise needed to propel Baltimore’s Homecoming’s impact through our alumni network. We’re excited about the journey ahead with Mandy at the helm.” 

Snyder joins Baltimore Homecoming following 11 years leading the development team at Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, where she most recently served as Vice President of Development. While there, she oversaw the fundraising, events, and marketing efforts for the organization and most recently led the team in raising over $3 million dollars for the first time in the organization’s history.  During her time with Junior Achievement, she served as a member of the JA USA Development Advisory Group, helping shape its national fundraising strategy. At Baltimore Homecoming, Snyder will manage all the organization’s operations with a strong focus on fundraising and cultivating an impact-driven network of high-profile Baltimore alumni. 

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to make a mark on Baltimore, the city I’ve called home for over 10 years,” Snyder expressed. “I am passionate about improving Baltimore and look forward to the many opportunities to drive philanthropic dollars into the community, spread awareness for the good that is happening here and continue to grow partnerships through a global network.”

Snyder is an alumna of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business, where she received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She is active in the professional community, and, as a Baltimore City resident, she feels a special connection to the city where her parents and grandparents grew up.    

Since launching in 2018, the organization has engaged well-known alumni including actress Julie Bowen, CEO of NASDAQ, Adena T. Friedman, chef and TV personality Duff Goldman and WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry back to Baltimore. The organization has established an alumni network that now boasts over 1,100 engaged and accomplished individuals from around the globe, infused more than $1 million in philanthropic support for nonprofits, helped local entrepreneurs raise hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment, spurred real estate development in underserved neighborhoods, executed four major Homecoming events in Baltimore and fostered more than 2,000 connections between alumni and local changemakers. The organization’s community programs, alumni network and events have benefited dozens of community partners including their Homecoming Heroes and Crab Tank entrepreneurs. In 2023, the organization expanded its efforts to further engage Baltimoreans by traveling across the country and creating intimate gatherings to foster connection and showcase opportunities to invest in the city’s future.

Baltimore Homecoming remains committed to realizing its vision of Baltimore as a leading hub for social and private sector entrepreneurship and where local leaders work together with a global network of Baltimoreans to advance a more prosperous and just city.  

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