Maria Harris Tildon appointed interim leader of the Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships

Role aligns with Maria Harris Tildon's ongoing work to deepen Johns Hopkins' civic and community partnerships in Baltimore and beyond

Maria Harris Tildon, vice president for state and local affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, will serve as interim leader of the Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships, supporting Johns Hopkins' engagement with and commitment to Baltimore City.

Maria Harris Tildon

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The interim leadership role dovetails with Tildon's ongoing advancement of Johns Hopkins' legislative and regulatory agenda in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Florida, wrote Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels, Interim Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine Theodore L. DeWeese, and President of Johns Hopkins Health System and Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine Kevin W. Sowers in a message Tuesday to Hopkins leadership.

Since joining Johns Hopkins in April 2022, Tildon, a Baltimore native, has helped deepen institutional partnerships across Baltimore, the state, and the national capital region as Johns Hopkins tackles complex educational, research, and health policy issues while also aligning and enhancing community engagement and health investment strategies across the enterprise.

Daniels, DeWeese, and Sowers expressed gratitude for the dedication of the economic development and community partnerships team, including Audrey Johnson, senior director for economic innovation and strategy.

"[The OEDCP team's] commitment to our city and our neighbors is unwavering, and they continue to advance initiatives from HopkinsLocal, which just announced its new five-year goals in February to increase local hiring, buying and building; to expungement clinics that provide legal counseling; to HEAT Corps, which continues to put expert healthcare advice in the hands of those who need it," they wrote. "We look forward to all that lies ahead for this office and our continued commitment to our hometown."

Tildon assumes the interim role after the departure of Alicia Wilson, who left Johns Hopkins at the end of December to become managing director of JPMorgan Chase's North American regional philanthropy team.