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

Join Us for the Voices of Public Service event on Wednesday 12/6 at 4:00 PM via Zoom.

Voices of Public Service is a monthly series that gives students an 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 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. 

To learn more about Senator Jennings and register to attend the Zoom please click below.

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.