Blue Water Baltimore has accomplished a lot in the last eight years. Under the leadership of Jenn Aiosa as a board member and then Executive Director, we helped Baltimore City make huge strides in responding to sewage overflows and backups, completed the region’s largest voluntary private stormwater infrastructure project with MedStar Harbor Hospital, developed our first in-school ecoliteracy programming, and much more.
When COVID-19 shuttered businesses across our region, Jenn focused efforts on adaptively managing Blue Water Baltimore’s financial, programmatic, fundraising, and operational uncertainties and maintaining stability for our staff. Through all of this, Jenn maintained Blue Water Baltimore’s role in local and regional environmental advocacy, including work with State regulatory agencies on Baltimore City’s sewer consent decree and jurisdictional stormwater permits, and representing Blue Water Baltimore before the State General Assembly and on the new Mayor’s Transition Committee on Environment and Sustainability. She routinely represented our organization among partners and with the public, and was known for her commitment to our organization’s mission and our team.
In her new role as Chief Sustainability Officer for Baltimore County, Jenn will continue to work for cleaner water and stronger communities in the Baltimore region. We are thrilled for Jenn to join County Executive Olszewski’s team and know that her passion, energy, and relationships will have a tremendous impact on our region and the future of Blue Water Baltimore. Even better, we’ll get to continue working hand-in-hand with her on policy and community support.
Former Executive Director Jenn Aiosa (far right) at our Annual Blue Water Bash Fundraiser in 2018.
“While leaving such an amazing organization was a tough decision, I feel confident that Blue Water Baltimore is well-poised to continue restoration of shared waterways in a way that engages communities throughout Baltimore City and County. I look forward to continuing to partner with, and support, Blue Water Baltimore!” – Jenn Aiosa
As our organization continues to grow, refine, and deepen our work, we’ve taken some time this spring to slow down and engage with the question of what kind of leader will best shape our next chapter. We are excited to launch our search today with the input of dozens of community members, supporters, and our full staff and board.
Our key priorities for the next Blue Water Baltimore executive director reflect our commitment to inclusivity, coalition building, and equity as essential guiding principles. While our mission is focused on Baltimore’s waterways, our work will always be in and with its communities.
Please help us find our next executive director! We hope you’ll share this posting widely to help us recruit a diverse group of candidates who reflect our values and can help lead us into the next chapter.