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Monique Cox Announced as Urban Alliance’s Baltimore Executive Director

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Urban Alliance recently announced the appointment of Monique Cox as executive director of its Baltimore region.

With a career devoted to serving the youth of Maryland, Cox is a natural fit for the role. She arrives at Urban Alliance after serving as program director at Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD) for four years. The arts-in-education nonprofit partners with schools and community organizations to bring hands-on learning about the arts to Maryland’s youth.

Prior to her time at YAMD, Cox worked as relationship manager at United Way of Central Maryland. This role had her serving as coordinator between United Way, other nonprofit partners and the public sector on service, marketing and fundraising initiatives.

The longest stint of Cox’s career was in various capacities at Johns Hopkins University for nine years. She was first hired as a program coordinator, responsible for after school and elective programs for the entire school. After three years, she became the university’s enrichment director. In this role, she established and oversaw a new high-quality youth enrichment program by forming strategic partnerships with surrounding organizations. Cox would move on to United Way after six years in this position.

Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and media studies from Towson University and a master’s degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. Always seeking to improve her ability to help Maryland’s youth, she also took advantage of her time at Johns Hopkins to earn a graduate certificate in out-of-school time leadership. She went a step further in 2014 and enrolled in Walden University to earn a second master’s degree; this one in nonprofit/public/organizational management.

“Monique has dedicated her career to ensuring that Maryland youth have the opportunity to become successful adults,” said Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance in a blog post about the appointment. “We are thrilled that she is bringing her passion and experience to Urban Alliance to help provide more Baltimore youth with the training and work experience needed to connect to lifelong self-sufficiency.”

Monique Cox has assumed her role as executive director of Urban Alliance’s Baltimore region where she will lead its strategy, development and operations.

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