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About R. Foxworth

Rodney Foxworth, Jr. is a community builder, philanthropy advisor and social sector consultant. He advices early stage social ventures, institutional grant-makers and mission-driven organizations.

Rodney has provided leadership and program development and management support to innovative projects and initiatives at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, community engagement and strategic philanthropy. He consulted on the creation of Emerging Leaders, a fellowship program for burgeoning youth development leaders developed by Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) and funded by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, and helped to launch BMe (Black Male Engagement) Baltimore, a groundbreaking community building network of enterprising black men incubated and sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Rodney also co-founded the Baltimore Social Enterprise Network (SocEnt Baltimore), a growing community of nonprofiteers, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and civic leaders working to strengthen Greater Baltimore. Previously, Rodney worked at Job Opportunities Task Force, a think-and-do tank focused on workforce development and economic inclusion.

Rodney is an emerging thought leader in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and workforce and economic development. He’s spoken on social mobility in post-industrial cities at the Brookings Institution, investing in social entrepreneurs of color at A Gathering of Leaders, and building a culture of community-minded entrepreneurship and corporate involvement at Rise, Technical.ly’s civic innovation conference. Rodney has been quoted by and featured in several media outlets, including The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Citybizlist, MarylandReporter.com, Bmore Media, WEAA, and WYPR. His writing on race, politics and social issues has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, Urbanite, Metro US, Baltimore Brew, and The Orlando Weekly.

Rodney serves on the board of directors of Thread, Inc. (Vice Chair), Baltimore Food Hub, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and Fusion Partnerships. He is featured in “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding,” a book edited by former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous.

Rodney holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

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