Karon McFarlane, Director of Programs

What is your background?

I have a BA in Political Science, MPA with a concentration in Social Policy and an Ed.M. in Sociology and Education. I am a policy junkie.

Why Baltimore, why this work?

I have always loved the city of Baltimore. I love its rich history and diverse culture. I love the pride the residents of Baltimore have about their city. It is contagious. I am passionate about helping to change the landscape of Baltimore to bring about equity for the residents of this wonderful city. If I can be a part of bridging the gap between policy and its effect on community by changing the conversation, systems and institutions to consider a more micro-approach to policy and processes, then I believe we will begin to see a shift in equitability for all residents and communities.  I am thrilled to lead the programming work because Baltimore Corps’ fellows are change makers who are influencing both community norms and the city’s policies and processes

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy driving. I am always up for a good road trip to a small town with good food and history.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I am a fair or festival fanatic, for me there is nothing more enjoyable than the sights and junk food at a fair or festival.