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NextGen Leaders for Public Service Spotlight: Maryland Public Television

Schaefer Center’s NextGen Leaders for Public Service Spotlights partnership with Maryland Public Television.
 
Leeman Harrington is a NextGen Leader for Public Service at Maryland Public Television, learn more about his service and hear from Chloe Johnson, HR Project Specialist for MPT about the benefits of being a host site with our first NextGen Leader’s for Public Service Spotlight series video.
 

William Donald Schaefer Conference and Award Ceremony Featured on WJZ-Baltimore

Schaefer Center’s William Donald Schaefer Conference and Award Ceremony Featured on WJZ-Baltimore
 
On Tuesday we held our annual William Donald Schaefer Conference and Award Ceremony in Annapolis. This year’s theme was AI and the Future of Government and the conference was filled with presentations and a panel on conversations around AI, how it will shape Maryland Government, and more.
 
This year’s honorary recipient of the William Donald Schaefer Award is U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, for his steadfast commitment to serving the people of Maryland and the nation without interruption over the last 58 years.

 

WJZ-Baltimore: What if a chatbot could instantly give you instructions for getting a certain permit? What if council meeting minutes could be posted within minutes? What if your wait time at the DMV was cut in half?

These are just some ways artificial intelligence could be used in state and local government.  AI was the topic of a groundbreaking conference in Annapolis Tuesday morning, put on by the University of Baltimore. 

It’s a complex problem. “Why seemingly simple jobs take long if they’re farther from the main operations,” said Berke Attila, Director of General Services in Baltimore City.

You can watch the full feature on WJZ’s Website Here

William Donald Schaefer Policy Conference and Award Ceremony: AI and the Future of Government

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore will host its annual William Donald Schaefer Conference and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 in Annapolis. The topic for this year’s conference is AI and the Future of Government.

The conference and award ceremony celebrates the legacy of William Donald Schaefer, in whose honor the Schaefer Center was established.

The conference includes an opening presentation on Integrating AI into the Work of the State Government in Maryland, led by Nishant Shah, senior advisor for Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Maryland Department of Information Technology. 

The first session, AI in Government, will focus on reshaping organizations across sectors through human-machine collaboration presented by Dylan Hayden, author of The Public Administrator’s Guide to ChatGPT.

The second session, Integrating AI Technologies into Mission Delivery (AI @ Work) will focus on leveraging AI as a powerful decision-making tool and strategic priority for government. It will be presented by Monica Casanas, mayor of Colmar Manor, Md, Berke Attila, Director, Baltimore City Department of General Services, and Babila Lima, Director, Enterprise Management Office, Baltimore City Information and Technology.

During a luncheon for the ceremony, the Schaefer Center’s Past Advisory Board Chair, the Hon. James T. Smith, Jr., will present the 2024 William Donald Schaefer Award to Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator for Maryland.

For more than 50 years, William Donald Schaefer served the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland as a city councilman, city council president, mayor, governor, and comptroller. His commitment to solving problems, and strong belief in bettering society, are both foundational pillars of the Schaefer Center. The center is proud to carry on the legacy of its namesake.

To learn more about previous awardees and previous conference years visit this page.

Schaefer Center Partners with The Baltimore Banner, WJZ-TV, and WYPR to Host Baltimore City Mayoral Candidate Forum

Schaefer Center in partnership with The Baltimore Banner, WJZ-TV, and WYPR to Host the Baltimore City Mayoral Candidate Forum
 
The Baltimore City Mayoral Candidate Forum will be broadcast on WJZ-TV on April 30th at 7:00 PM. You may also view the forum on The Baltimore Banner and WYPR websites.
 
“An informed electorate is critical to effective governance,” said Ann Cotten, the Schaefer Center’s executive director. “The Schaefer Center is proud to join our partners in providing this opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates for Mayor of Baltimore.”
 
*Hosting this forum does not constitute or imply the endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the University of Baltimore of any candidate for elected office.

Schaefer Center Partners with WBFF FOX45 and The Baltimore Sun to Host U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate Forum

Schaefer Center in partnership with WBFF FOX45 and The Baltimore Sun is hosting a Maryland U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate Forum
 
The Maryland U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate Forum is on Friday, April 19th at 8 PM on FOX45. You may also view the forum on The Baltimore Sun and The University of Baltimore websites.
 
In conjunction with the upcoming forum, you can see a poll on forum topics and the latest numbers: https://www.baltimoresun.com/…/poll-trone-alsobrooks…/
 
*Hosting this forum does not constitute or imply the endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the University of Baltimore of any candidate for elected office.

Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program Graduate appointed Superintendent of Natural Resources Police

Col. Orlando Lilly is pinned by his son, wearing his Natural Resources Police badge for the first time at his swearing in ceremony. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo.

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore is excited to congratulate Col. Orlando D. Lily, Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program graduate, on his appointment as Superintendent of Natural Resources Police

An excerpt from an article is below and photo from The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) formally welcomed Orlando D. Lilly as the 11th Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on Wednesday. The former Baltimore County Police Major and Navy veteran was sworn in at DNR headquarters in Annapolis. Lilly assumes the rank of Colonel. 

Lilly, 55, takes over the post most recently held by Col. Adrian Baker, who retired in January 2023. Acting Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rathgeb has served in the acting Deputy Superintendent position since July 2023.

“Col. Lilly has gone above and beyond throughout his law enforcement career, building a legacy of dedication and professionalism,” Department of Natural Resources Secretary Josh Kurtz said. “We know that with Col. Lilly at the helm, the Maryland Natural Resources Police will be in good hands. His commitment to equitable policing, community-building, and leadership will ensure Natural Resources Police officers continue to effectively serve Marylanders through fair and equitable enforcement of the state’s natural resource laws.”

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Schaefer Center Featured on WYPR's Midday with Tom Hall

Schaefer Center Executive Director Ann Cotten was on Midday with Tom Hall, WYPR to talk about educating the next generation of leaders in public service!
 
She was joined by MiYarnie Johnson, a Loan Coordinator with the Maryland Department of the Environment, alumni of our NextGen Leader for Public Service Internship program, and Tammy Keledes, Town Manager and Clerk in Greensboro in Caroline County, alumni of the Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program.
 

Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program Graduate appointed St. Mary’s County Director of Emergency Services

The Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore is excited to congratulate Jennifer Aubert-Utz, Maryland Certified Public Manager® Program graduate, on her appointment as the Director of Ema photo of a person in a uniform smilingergency Services for St. Mary’s County.

Aubert-Utz is a 24-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department, serving recently as an Assistant Fire Chief where she provided executive leadership and professional oversight to over 1,000 career and 2,000 volunteer members.

Aubert-Utz currently serves as the Chairperson at the Maryland Center for the Study of Health Effects of Fire and serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Fire Rescue Training & Education Commission. Her expertise extends to serving as a technical expert with the International Fire Service Training Association, contributing to the revision of their publications and training manuals. Additionally, she has served as a professional advisor for the National Fire Protection Association Responder Forum.

Aubert-Utz holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis in Public Safety Leadership. She has also earned the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer designation, as well as the Certified Public Manager® certification through the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at The University of Baltimore.

Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Aubert-Utz was honored among the 2017 Baltimore Sun’s “50 Women to Watch” and received the 2018 Baltimore County LaFrance Muldrow “Woman Making a Difference” award. Additionally, she is a member of the Leadership Baltimore County Class of 2018 and holds several professional fire service affiliations.

University of Baltimore Magazine Feature's NextGen Leaders for Public Service Program

PUBLIC SERVICE, PERSONAL GROWTH Someone holding the University of Baltimore Magazine with plants in the background.

UBalt’s newest initiative defines the next generation of internships for students and employers. 

A year ago, Dr. Ann Cotten, B.S. ’85, M.S. ’86, CERT ’92, D.P.A. ’03, director of The University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy, and Dr. Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs, co-authored an opinion piece for The Baltimore Sun addressing the “solvable problem” of unpaid internships and unveiled the University’s ambitious and sweeping solution.

Now entering its second year, the NextGen Leaders for Public Service program gives undergraduate and graduate students from all majors at UBalt the opportunity to explore a career in public service. The program comprises a variety of academic and co-curricular initiatives, but NextGen’s unique paid internship opportunities are the cornerstone.

To read more of the feature please click here

Voices of Public Service Welcomes J.B Jennings, State Senator

Voices of Public Service is a monthly series that gives students the opportunity to learn about public service careers from seasoned professionals. Guest speakers include government and nonprofit leaders, elected officials, and business leaders who have made a civic contribution to society.

Senator J.B. Jennings, B.S. ’97, was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2011. In addition to serving on the Finance Committee, Executive Nominations Committee, Rules Committee, and Spending and Affordability Committee, Senator Jennings is the A photo of Senator JB Jennings with a blue background.Minority Leader of the Senate.

Senator Jennings grew up in Baltimore County and attended Baltimore County Public Schools. At the age of 16, became a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company (Station 47). After graduating from Dulaney High School, Senator Jennings pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Baltimore.

Senator Jennings got his start in politics with then-Congressman, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., as an intern and caseworker. He handled a majority of the constituent matters with such passion and resolve that he eventually became a staff assistant. Despite his service as a volunteer firefighter and legislative assistant, Senator Jennings remained committed to his childhood passion for agriculture and local farming. He left his job with Congressman Ehrlich and became co-owner of The Mill of Hereford, a farm feed and supply store.

Currently, Senator Jennings. is taking classes at Johns Hopkins to further his education and he is also the President and CEO of his own cyber-intelligence company, as well as a cybersecurity technician with the National Security Agency. He, and his wife, Michelle, have two children, J.W. (5) and Kate (3). The Jennings reside at their farm in Joppa, Maryland where Michelle boards horses and cares for an array of farm animals. 

Schaefer Center Launches new NextGen Leaders for Public Service Program

In December 2022, the Schaefer Center launched its new NextGen Leaders for Public Service Program. Learn more about the launch and the Schaefer Center’s work to support Maryland’s Public Service pipeline.

Promoting excellence in Maryland’s public and nonprofit organizations

Established in 1985, the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy is Maryland’s preeminent applied research and policy analysis center. As part of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, the Schaefer Center promotes excellence in Maryland’s public and nonprofit organizations through applied research, technical assistance, policy analysis, policy conferences, and professional development programs.

The Plaque from the Original Schaefer Center Building
The Plaque from the Original Schaefer Center Building 1985

The Schaefer Center is a non-partisan organization that leverages the expertise of the university community in its work to:

  • Inform decision makers through applied research and program evaluation;
  • Develop public servants through its professional development program;
  • Promote public discourse through policy analysis and conferences; and
  • Grow future leaders through applied learning activities for students.