Barbara Mikulski Joins Board of Baltimore Community Foundation


Barbara Mikulski

A lifelong champion for Baltimore’s neighborhoods, she was also the longest serving woman in both the Senate and Congress

The Baltimore Community Foundation Board of Trustees has elected retired Senator Barbara Mikulski to its board of trustees.

Senator Barbara Mikulski has been a supporter of Baltimore for decades. She was raised in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore and was a social worker in the 1960s. After organizing neighborhoods to fight a major highway project that would have cut across many of Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods, she was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1971, where she served for five years. In 1976, she ran for Congress and represented Maryland’s 3rd district for 10 years. She became the first Democratic woman senator elected in her own right in 1986. She served in the Senate for 30 years, becoming the longest-serving woman both in the Senate and in Congress.

“We are beyond excited to have Senator Mikulski join the Board,” said Laura Gamble, BCF Board of Trustees Chair. “Senator Mikulski has been a staunch supporter of Baltimore her entire life. Her deep knowledge of the community and her national perspective will be invaluable to BCF as we work together to promote the success of young people, support effective public schools, and equip neighborhoods with the resources they need.”

Mikulski says, “I decided to join the BCF Board to continue to be an advocate and builder for a better Baltimore with other civic leaders using strategic grantmaking to grow inclusive opportunity.”


The Baltimore Community Foundation is a private philanthropic organization created by Baltimoreans to serve the current and future needs of the Baltimore region. Representing the common interests of a diverse pool of donors who care about Baltimore, BCF uses grants, initiatives and advocacy to address issues facing the region today, while building a civic endowment to address the needs of future generations. BCF also offers donors customized support for their individual philanthropic goals, expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the opportunity to join others with similar interests to learn and give together.

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