By Shana Trammell, Special to the AFRO

Since 2017, Caryn York has spearheaded Jobs Opportunity Task Force (JOTF), a non-profit organization that connects low income jobseekers to high paying jobs and provides training opportunities for workers to increase job skills. The first African American woman to lead the organization as Executive Director, Caryn is a fierce advocate who has collaborated with state legislators and stakeholders to implement policies that will improve the lives of the working poor.

Caryn York (Courtesy Photo)

Not only is Caryn passionate and tenacious but she is highly effective in building coalitions with organizations that seek to reform the criminal justice system and enhance workforce opportunities for low income workers in Maryland. Prior to being promoted to executive director, Caryn worked tirelessly on legislation to eliminate “Ban the Box” laws on job applications in addition to expanding expungements for criminal records.

Baltimore born and bred, Caryn is a proud graduate of Baltimore City College and has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Washington College. She serves on multiple boards throughout Baltimore City such as Board Chair for Out for Justice, an organization that aims to remove barriers for individuals with criminal records, and was recently appointed to serve on the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights Wage Commission.