New expanded role announced for Maria Harris Tildon

As vice president for government, community, and economic partnerships, Tildon will oversee state and local government affairs, community partnerships, and Hopkins' signature economic inclusion programs

Johns Hopkins is expanding the portolio of Vice President for State and Local Affairs Maria Harris Tildon to include leadership of the newly combined Office of Government, Community, and Economic Partnerships—a role she has held on an interim basis since April.

Maria Harris Tildon

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Under the new title, Tildon will assume oversight of state and local government affairs and community partnerships and engagement, including Johns Hopkins University and Medicine's signature economic inclusion programs.

An announcement sent today to leaders across Johns Hopkins University and Medicine praised Tildon and her team for their efforts to advance Hopkins' legislative and regulatory agenda in Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C., as well as the enterprisewide commitment to strengthening the communities Hopkins serves as an employer, health care provider, educational resource, and a driver of economic opportunity.

Among many other critical initiatives, Tildon and her office will support and guide small business and economic inclusion initiatives such as HopkinsLocal, BLocal, and 10kSB while working closely with colleagues in real estate and economic development to contribute to the vitality and strength of the city of Baltimore.

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 education, research, and health policy issues while also aligning and enhancing community engagement and health investment strategies across the enterprise.

"Whether collaborating with civic and elected leaders at the state and local levels; partnering with community and faith leaders, minority-owned businesses, and healthcare providers; or advocating on behalf of our neighbors for economic and educational opportunities, Maria and her team are advancing Johns Hopkins' shared priorities for our cities, our states, and our neighbors," 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 July 21 to Hopkins leadership. "We are grateful to Maria for her vision, expertise, and compassion and for always keeping the people we serve at the forefront of our efforts. We look forward to continuing to work with Maria and her team in the years ahead."