GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series: Mayor Scott’s Violence Prevention Framework and Plan

  • April 20, 2021
    8:30 am - 9:30 am

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Join the Greater Baltimore Committee and the architects of Mayor Brandon Scott’s new crime plan for Baltimore City for a discussion on the Violence Prevention Framework and Plan.


  • Shantay Jackson, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement
  • Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Commissioner of Health

Shantay JacksonShantay Jackson is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. In this role, Jackson is responsible for addressing violence as a public health issue, serving as the accountability partner for all city agencies and local, state and federal partners, delivering public safety policy recommendations, and conducting meaningful engagement with Baltimore City’s neighborhoods in the work of coproducing safety.

Before becoming a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet, Jackson spent almost 20 years in the private sector as an Assistant Vice President of Global Solutions & Technology at T. Rowe Price Associates and a Principal at Brown Advisory.

Jackson has served as the Executive Director at the Baltimore Community Mediation Center, Community Engagement Liaison for the federal Baltimore Police Department Consent Decree, Chief Operating Officer for The GBC Leadership and is the Founder and CEO of EVOLVE to Lead, an organizational leadership development consultancy.

Jackson attended Villa Julie College, majoring in Business Information Systems. She is a certified mediator and large-group facilitator, a licensed consultant through the Maryland Association of Non-Profit Organizations, and a project management professional.   

Dr. Letitia DzirasaDr. Letitia Dzirasa joined Baltimore City government as the Commissioner of Health in March 2019. She is a tireless advocate for programs that support the overall health and well-being of all Baltimore city residents. Her special interests include obesity management and prevention, trauma informed care in children and adolescents, and expanded use of technology to improve health outcomes.

Prior to joining the Health Department, Dr. Dzirasa worked at Fearless Solutions (Fearless), a Baltimore based digital services firm that builds custom software solutions for local and federal government clients. In her role at Fearless as Health Innovation Officer, Dr. Dzirasa was responsible for managing the Healthcare IT (HIT) portfolio for the company and provided clinical subject matter expertise to HIT projects. Dr. Dzirasa also trained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in pediatrics and worked as medical director for school-based health and quality at Baltimore Medical System from 2013-2016.

In addition to holding a B.S. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in biological sciences, Dr. Dzirasa graduated from Meharry Medical College, Summa Cum Laude, in 2007.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021; 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Where: Webinar via Zoom

*A personal, one-time link to join the meeting will be sent out via email to all registrants the evening prior to the event.

(If you do not receive your link by April 19 at 4 p.m., please contact Tara Harris at or Karen Parrish at

Cost: GBC Members: $25, Non-Members: $50

A 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refund. Contact Tara Harris at or Karen Parrish at

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Please submit your questions for the speakers in advance using the event registration form.