Alicia Wilson named to 'Black Enterprise' 40 Under 40 list

The list recognizes young Black entrepreneurs, activists, entertainers, athletes, and executives who are making an impact on their communities

Alicia Wilson, vice president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System, has been named to the Black Enterprise 40 Under 40 list for the category of finance. The magazine recognized Wilson for her efforts to increase economic and social opportunity in Baltimore City.

Alicia Wilson

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Wilson joined Hopkins in 2019 as the head of the then-new Office of Economic Development. Under her leadership, the office aims to drive Johns Hopkins' strategy as an anchor institution in Baltimore City through investments in economic and neighborhood development, health care, and education. Wilson was instrumental in establishing the Just Us Dialogues, a racial justice conversation series launched at Johns Hopkins in response to the 2020 death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Before joining Hopkins, Wilson was senior vice president of impact investments and senior legal counsel for the Port Covington Development Team. In that role, she helped secure a $660 million Tax Incremental Financing for the $5.5 billion redevelopment. She also held a partnership position at the Gordon Feinblatt law firm for eight years. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a juris doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

The Black Enterprise 40 Under 40 list recognizes Black entrepreneurs, politicians, corporate executives, athletes, entertainers, and activists who are "changing the world at local, national, and global levels." Among the leaders named to list alongside Wilson are Kizzmekia Corbett, a central developer behind the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; actor and philanthropist Michael B. Jordan; Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour; comedian Trevor Noah; Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.