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About Us

We're a diverse group of cosmopolitans who seek to raise awareness of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a vital part of Baltimore’s identity. Through bold, innovative programs and outreach efforts, the group provides a venue for emerging creative thinkers who want to establish a lifeline between their library, their city, and their communities. The Pratt Contemporaries programming also extends outside of the Library to offer members the experience of Baltimore’s cultural life in the community at large.

For more information about events and membership levels, email

Our Impact

Learn more about the impact the Pratt Contemporaries have made


Pratt Contemporaries LogoPratt Contemporaries Board of Directors

  • Jacob Hodes, Chair (Brown Advisory) 
  • Caitlin V. Nesseler, Vice Chair (Venable LLP)

  • Daman C. Blakeney (Brown Capital Management)
  • Jarrod A. Bolte (Reading Partners Baltimore)
  • Carmen Campbell (T. Rowe Price)
  • Ned Courtemanche (McDonogh School)
  • Lori Finkelstein (Maryland Zoo)
  • Elizabeth Hafey (Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann)
  • Jung Lieu (Community Volunteer)
  • Karen Malinowski (Maryland Office of the Attorney General)
  • Ramal Moreland (M&T Bank)
  • Beulah Sabundayo (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Paul Sabundayo (Mercy Medical Center)
  • Christina Snyder (PNC Bank)
  • Erica Reaves (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • Corey Williams (National Education Association)
  • Gina Adams Zentz (Venable LLP)


  • Chris Espenshade (Jones, Lang, Lasalle)
  • Kate Powell (Editor, Provision Policy, LLC)

Staff Liaisons

  • Roswell Encina, Director of Communications
  • Shelly Terranova, Annual Fund Director 

Honorary Members

  • Cyrus Chestnut
  • Ira Glass
  • Laura Lippman
  • Robert McClintock
  • Awadagin Pratt
  • Marc Steiner
  • Manil Suri
  • John Waters
  • Tom Wolfe 
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