CONTACT: Theresa G. Wiseman
Baltimore, Md., April 3, 2018 -- Baltimore Collegetown Network, a consortium of 14 colleges and universities in the Baltimore area founded 20 years ago, has appointed Kirsten Brinlee executive director.
As executive director of Collegetown, Brinlee provides strategic leadership and management to develop projects and partnerships that attract, engage and retain students. She also leads the way to raise the profile of Baltimore as a college destination and assists college members in sharing resources.
“Kirsten has been an integral part of the Baltimore Collegetown Network team for the past four years, and we are fortunate that she is now the executive director," said Dr. Flavius R. Lilly, governing board president at Collegetown and associate vice president for academic and student affairs & senior associate dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. "Kirsten brings many talents to her new position, but it's her passion for working with college students and desire to develop the next generation of civic leaders in Baltimore that makes her the ideal executive director of Collegetown. In addition, her relationships in the higher education and nonprofit communities in Baltimore are strong and collaborative. Collegetown is fortunate to have Kirsten leading our organization.”
Brinlee's goals for Collegetown include developing ways to engage college students into existing civic leadership programs; exploring options to meet the transit needs of students such as on-demand, ride-sharing services; and increasing partnerships with local businesses.
In addition, she plans to strengthen the student campus ambassador program; welcome new faculty to Baltimore with the same enthusiasm given to graduate students and high school counselors; and create new initiatives in social innovation and entrepreneurship by collaborating with nonprofit and business partners.
Brinlee previously served as assistant director, program manager, for Collegetown since 2014. In that role, she created new student leadership opportunities including Collegetown Underground. Collegetown Underground is a program that teaches students about Baltimore's unique and often untold history in addition to the current stories of transformation and resilience in neighborhoods and communities.
In addition, she added components to existing programs such as Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape®, a year-long civic leadership program. More than 400 students have graduated Collegetown Underground and Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape®, with the hope that they will be part of the next generation of civic leaders to build a better Baltimore.
Prior to her work at Collegetown, Brinlee served as assistant director, community services coordinator, at Johns Hopkins University and as leadership coordinator at the University of North Texas.
An active member of the Baltimore community, Brinlee serves as an ambassador for the Baltimore Community Toolbank and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Roundtable. She was co-chair and fellow for GIVE, Business Volunteers Maryland, and board development chair and membership chair for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
Brinlee was named to "20 in their Twenties" by The Daily Record in 2016.
She holds a master's degree in public administration with a specialization in financial management from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's degree in psychology and history from the University of Oklahoma.
The Baltimore Collegetown Network is a consortium of 14 colleges, which together enroll 120,000 students and generate $17 billion in economic activity. Key initiatives include joint marketing campaigns, the Collegetown Shuttle and internship and student programs such as Collegetown LeaderShape. More information may be found at baltimorecollegetown.org.