Greg Cantori named president and CEO of Maryland Nonprofits


Greg Cantori, longtime leader in Maryland’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, has been named president and CEO of Maryland Nonprofits. Currently executive director of the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, Cantori will assume his new role on October 1.

“Greg brings an impressive record of leadership experience to the position, having served as the CEO of two nonprofit organizations and played key leadership roles in the region’s foundation community,” board chair Tom Hyatt said.

Cantori began his career as a senior cartographer at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (formally known as the Defense Mapping Agency), where he helped support our forces during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Joining the nonprofit sector in 1993, he served seven years as executive director of Light Street Housing Corporation, where he implemented a comprehensive vision of “homelessness to homeownership.” Moving to the philanthropic community, he directed the general operations of the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation for 12 years, served as an advisor to many nonprofits including the Bearman Foundation, as president of One Less Car, and as a board member of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

“Our nonprofit community is driven by an unstoppable passion and search for justice, compassion and service to those in need,” Cantori said. “I’m thrilled and deeply honored to join Maryland Nonprofits and our members as we embark on the challenging voyage to strengthen, educate and engage nonprofit organizations in delivering their services with excellence.

“I know from firsthand experience how difficult, and yet how satisfying, our charitable efforts can be. … I often think of the countless times Maryland residents either served, or were served by, a nonprofit; providing so many great opportunities for building mutual trust, creating new solutions and encouraging new leadership to emerge.

“It’s my personal mission, and that of Maryland Nonprofits to do what we can to discover and nurture new ideas and future leaders and to make working in the nonprofit sector the most desirable, effective and fulfilling endeavor anyone could ever wish.”

Maryland Nonprofits is one of the nation’s largest statewide and sector-wide nonprofit associations and serves as the collective voice for over 28,000 nonprofit organizations in Maryland. Maryland Nonprofits helps develop and support a nonprofit’s ability to engage communities by educating their boards, staff and volunteers through professional development opportunities; group savings on services; the Sector Connector newsletter, addressing government and legislative issues; and providing key information on how to start and operate a nonprofit. With over 1,400 members and 300 associate members across the state, Maryland Nonprofits promotes the Standards for Excellence Institute, a nationally-replicated certification program that enhances governance, management and the public’s trust in the nonprofit sector. They also house the independent, nonpartisan Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute that provides research and analysis of state budget and tax policy priorities.

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