Mission and Vision
Our economy, government, and education system are not working for all Marylanders. Systemic inequality is impacting all of us. Strong Future Maryland works to advance bold, progressive policy changes to address that systemic inequality and promote a sustainable, just, and prosperous economic future for all Marylanders
Since 1989, the U.S. wealth gap between richest and poorest has more than doubled. Racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths have highlighted deep structural inequalities. In Maryland, 567,000 residents are living below the poverty line, including 6.6% of White residents, 14.1% of Black residents, and 13.8% of Latino residents. The impacts of climate change are disproportionately hurting the most vulnerable communities.
Maryland has the chance to champion groundbreaking, anti-racist solutions that meet our unique challenges and serve as an incubator for innovative, progressive public policy. Our state must lead the nation in ensuring positive outcomes and eliminating racial disparities in our schools and other public institutions, and promoting economic mobility, healthy communities, worker protections, and good jobs in a flourishing, green economy. To accomplish this, we must expand access to opportunity for all Marylanders and mobilize their innovation, talents, and skills.
Maryland will be a national leader, serving as an incubator for innovative, progressive public policy. Our state will set a new bar for eliminating racial disparities, ensuring positive outcomes in our schools and other public institutions, promoting economic mobility, healthy communities, worker protections, and good jobs in a flourishing, green economy.
Strong Future Maryland launched in 2020 to help Maryland recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis, the related economic downturn, and the centuries old crisis of systemic racism in an equitable and sustainable way.
The organization is spearheaded by Alice Wilkerson, a longtime legislative and policy expert, who serves as the Executive Director.
Applying an Equity Lens
Strong Future Maryland’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to achieving our mission and vision. We strive to center this commitment in our work, our partnerships, our organizational management, and the policies we hope to enact in Maryland.
We believe in the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all Marylanders, including individuals who belong to communities that have been too often denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
Strong Future Maryland has created a robust policy for organization decision-making focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion. This policy applies an equity lens for decision-making in the most critical areas of our work, including policy analysis, partnerships and community engagement, and governance and team culture. Our equity policies, which intentionally center race, are adapted from the work of Associated Black Charities and Race Forward. This equity lens helps us ensure that our organization is actively dismantling systems of oppression, addressing root causes of inequality, and centers frontline community leadership in our work. This policy and our structures will be assessed and improved on an annual basis.
Our equity, diversity, and inclusion policy is available to anyone upon request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.