Franklyn Baker was named the new president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, a non-profit focused on aiding low-income families in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties as well as Baltimore City.

Franklyn Baker is replacing Mark Furst as the head of United Way of Central Maryland. (Courtesy photo)

Franklyn Baker is replacing Mark Furst as the head of United Way of Central Maryland. (Courtesy photo)

Baker previously was the principal deputy and chief operating officer for Greenpeace USA. His tenure at the helm of United Way is effective Nov. 28.

“I am thrilled to join United Way of Central Maryland and to support their incredible work,” said Baker, in a statement on Nov. 9. “I look forward to working alongside their board, staff, volunteers, community partners and advocates to build upon the gains that have been made to stabilize and improve access to quality education, employment, health and housing throughout the region. Together, we will strengthen our social impact—one person, one household and one community at a time.”

Baker has also been chief operating officer and chief of staff and external affairs officer for Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Baker previously sat on multiple boards including serving as board chair of Unity Healthcare.

“These are exciting times for United Way of Central Maryland,” said Jim Wheeler, chair of the board for United Way of Central Maryland, in a statement. “Franklyn Baker is an exceptional leader whose strategic planning, operations and financial expertise, coupled with a career steeped in health and human services, will be a tremendous asset to United Way of Central Maryland’s work. I believe he will drive our organization to reach our new strategic goals, focused on creating stability for struggling families, while strengthening and creating new initiatives and opportunities for donors and volunteers across central Maryland who support our efforts to provide the building blocks for a self-sufficient life.”

Baker, who lives in Annapolis, graduated from Howard University and received his master’s degree from Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He succeeds Mark Furst, who stepped down in October to take a position at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.