As executive director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network, Kirsten Brinlee oversees initiatives and programs to attract, engage, and retain outstanding students to Baltimore. Kirsten joined the organization in 2014 to lead and manage civic leadership programs. Under her strategic leadership, she added new program components for Collegetown LeaderShape and created Collegetown Underground, programs which cultivate the next generation of civic leaders in Baltimore. Kirsten also oversees the vision for the organization, numerous engagement programs including the nationally-recognized Collegetown Shuttle, and a $1 million budget.
Prior to joining Collegetown, she worked as the assistant director at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Social Concern. At JHU, she managed alternative break programs, large days of service, and advised the student advocacy board and service student organizations. She relocated from Texas to Baltimore in 2012, and while in Texas worked at the University of North Texas's Center for Leadership and Service.
Kirsten was named "20 in their Twenties" in 2016 by The Daily Record and she graduated from the Business Volunteers Maryland's GIVE Fellowship in 2015. She earned her master's in public administration from the University of North Texas and bachelor's in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. An active member of the nonprofit community, Kirsten has served as a board member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Baltimore and GIVE Advisory, is an ambassador for the Baltimore Community Toolbank, SparkVIsion's High Achieving Millennial Research Project, and an Impressionist with Art with a Heart.
Some of her favorite things about Baltimore are experiencing four distinct seasons – something she did not have growing up in Texas, wandering through the contemporary wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art, swimming in the dive tank at the pool in Druid Hill Park, hiking with her dog Willie through Baltimore's neighborhoods and parks, and meeting the creative, innovative people who invest in making Baltimore such a charming city.
Kae Monsanto is the Marketing Director for Baltimore Collegetown Network. Kae is responsible for handling our publications, website, social media, tabling events, and our newsletters. She is no stranger to Collegetown, having participated in Collegetown LeaderShape’s inaugural class. Kae also served on the Collegetown LeaderShape Alumni Board, so she is quite familiar with and passionate about highlighting Baltimore as a charming, dynamic city.
Kae has a background in communications, working specifically with non-profit organizations for over five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Morgan State University and a master’s in publication design from the University of Baltimore.
Kae is a native New Yorker who’s adjusted to living below the Mason-Dixon line and fell in love with Baltimore. She cherishes the community and connection Baltimore has offered her over the last decade, and hopes her storytelling helps others fall in love with Charm City, too.
Molly Hayeslip is the Program Manager for Baltimore Collegetown Network. Molly is responsible for managing the Collegetown Shuttle, one of the organization's principal programs that transports 85,000 riders each year between six colleges and area destinations.
Prior to joining Collegetown, Molly worked for five years as the assistant director of guest experience in Stevenson University's admissions office. Her background is in logistical planning, project management and customer service. She earned her master's degree in contemporary communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her bachelor's degree in theatre production and English from the University of Delaware.
Molly is a native of Maryland and has been living in Baltimore City for the last six years. She loves life in Canton and some of her favorite things to do are giving food tours in the city, spending time in Patterson Park, going for runs around the Inner Harbor and trying out all of the amazing restaurants Baltimore has to offer. She loves meeting new people and enjoys the fun and quirkiness personality that Baltimore has!