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Mark McLaurin

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

I am so incredibly inspired by the team that HER’s Founder, Natasha has built and the myriad ways in which lives are changed daily through the work of HER. As resources are increasingly scarce, the young women we serve are MORE impacted. I’m excited to bring my skills to help build external partnerships that will allow us to serve more young women.

Mark brings to HER Resiliency Center an extensive and diverse professional background from leading a national coalition supporting the health of LGBT identifying individuals of color, to fighting for tenants and prisoner rights. Mark’s life work has been about advocating for resources for marginalized communities, and he is proud to continue that work at HER.

As the Legislative Director for a Baltimore legal non profit, Mark fought for protections for low income renters and SNAP program recipients.

His interest in supporting the health and well-being of underserved communities began at Gay Mens Health Crisis (GMHC) where he was the founding Director of the National HIV Prevention Policy Initiative, which fought to give a national voice to frontline community based HIV prevention providers of color.

Mark comes to HER after a long stint at a labor union made up primarily of low wage workers of color, and his work with SEIU reminded him of the unique and synergistic power of empowering traditionally disenfranchised communities to work together to achieve common goals.

In addition to his work, Mark has served in various leadership roles in Baltimore including as former Chair of the Baltimore Police Commissioner’s LGBT advisory board and as a Mayoral appointee to the Baltimore City Wage and Hour enforcement authority.

 

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