Roxanne Allen, Co-chair of Baltimore Education since July 18, 2014, serving a two year term. Roxanne also functions as Education Organizer for Elev8 Baltimore. In her current role as Education Organizer, her responsibilities include facilitating meetings between community stakeholders, policymakers and advocates. She also conducts outreach efforts to build relationships with policymakers and public agency staff. As an organizer, she conducts policy research in the areas of education and health funding, family supports and community engagement; followed by the development of recommendations and implementation of actions for desired outcomes consistent with the mission and guidelines of the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) and Elev8 National.
Prior to joining the BEC team, Ms. Allen worked as the Site Manager of Tench Tilghman Elementary/ Middle School. Roxanne has also worked as an Addictions Specialist for the Department of Social Services and as a Rehabilitation Therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Allen has a MA in Human Services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling; she is a Certified Counselor of Alcohol & Drug via the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors & Therapists. Ms. Allen professional writing include an (2006) Unpublished manuscript entitled: “Transitioning from welfare –to –work: coping strategies to gain independence”. Submitted to Lincoln University in Partial Fulfillment of the requirements for the Masters of Human Services Degree.
To ensure that all children in Baltimore City receive an excellent education, the Baltimore Education Coalition organizes and mobilizes the Baltimore community, including organizations, parents, teachers, and students, and advocates for effective education reform policies and practices
The governor looked out the window to see what was going on.
There were thousands of parents and children on his front lawn.
Saying they were there to fight for our children’s education,
Because these young people are the future of our nation.
The education of our children cannot afford to take a loss.
A quality education is a priority no matter what the cost.
So they fought the darkness, the cold, the wind and the rain.
And if necessary they will show up to do it again and again.
All who were there say it was a wonderful sight to see.
Thanks to the hard work and determination of the BEC.