Staff Bios

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Glenn Simmons, Executive Director/CEO

Glenn has more than 30 years of government and non-profit marketing and project management experience. Glenn is a senior project strategist and team manager, driving high-performance teams to achieve measurable and efficient results against identified institutional goals. Glenn served for more than 10 years at the Johns Hopkins Institutions, including 7 years as the Managing Director of the Creative Services Group at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, Glenn operated as the Executive Director of an in-house creative and production agency in support of all the university schools, centers and institutes. During his time there, Glenn and his team worked with the president and provost of the university, school deans and senior university staff and outside agencies to develop strategic communications plans and then implemented various branding, and marketing solutions and events, including all online and conventional media. Glenn managed the profit & loss function of the Creative Services Group as it was mandated by the university to be financially self-sufficient. Glenn and his team of designers and writers created annual reports, museum displays, print, radio, television and outdoor advertising as well as the Johns Hopkins Medicine comprehensive digital signage system. Glenn has held senior positions at several leading and technology-driven printing and production companies in Baltimore. He attended West Virginia University and earned his degree in Journalism with an emphasis on advertising copywriting.

Stephanie Davis, Assistant Director, Employer Engagement

Experienced Senior Executive Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in Nonprofit and For-profit organizations. Skilled in Budget Preparation, Project Management, Customer Relations, Public Relations, Data Analysis, Legal Document Preparation, and People Management. Strong organizational development professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

Jennifer J. Hammaker, Assistant Director

Jennifer has worked on both sides of the business table, with companies seeking investment and with those deciding who receives it. As an entrepreneur and creative, seasoned in community building, she is passionate about connecting the dots between people, places, and projects to build success.

Jennifer is an Assistant Director at MarylandSaves, aiding the team in the successful launch and expansion of a new statewide program to provide small business employers and employees with an important opportunity to plan for retirement.

In 2012, Jennifer was recruited to Maryland to launch TEDCO’s Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), a $5 million annual fund to invest in new technologies spinning out of the state’s largest research institutions. Her demonstrated ability to organize, attract talent and engage a community created a level of program success unrivaled in traditional university tech transfer. Within five years, over $100 million was raised in follow-on funding by the program’s start-up teams, including global acquisitions and exits.

Jennifer continues her trend to launch and build as the co-founder of Red & Rugged, a global artisan business with its own creative community. She loves a lively music playlist and is proud to be one of the first on her feet among Oriole’s fans to sing and stretch in the seventh inning. For a quiet getaway, Lake George, NY is her family’s destination of choice, and seeing the sparkle of the Eiffel Tower at night with her husband remains one of her most magical memories.

Chris Cullen, Marketing Director

Chris Cullen is an experienced marketing communications expert and writer, with a track record of high-profile success in vital and complex marketing communications assignments for companies, non-profits and critical causes.

Chris has served organizations in marketing plan development and execution such as the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Endocrine Society, the National Association of REALTORS, REALTOR University, The YMCA of South Hampton Roads, The American College of Physicians, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Alliance for Excellent Education as well as several universities.

As the Chief Marketing Officer of the $1B American Legacy Foundation, Chris created the most awarded public health campaign in history–the truth campaign. As the Chief Marketing Officer for the Johns Hopkins University, Chris directed the new branding, positioning and re-alignment of the university as a precursor to also creating the case statement for the $5B Rising to the Challenge comprehensive capital campaign.