Intersession Programs at Johns Hopkins
Guest speakers
B'More: A Common Freshman Experience

Guest Speakers

Jessica Turral
Andrew Friank

Andrew Frank joined The Johns Hopkins University in June 2010 as the first special adviser to the president on economic development.

Mr. Frank works with internal and external partners to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Baltimore City and the neighborhoods around the student campuses. His priorities are the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, which encompasses ten neighborhoods around the Homewood campus, and the East Baltimore Development Initiative, a $1.8 billion neighborhood transformation involving new housing, lab space, community school, retail, central park, and hotel. He set up the governance structure, negotiated key agreements with the school district and operator, and serves as owner’s representative for the construction of the Henderson-Hopkins school, the first new East Baltimore school in 25 years.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Frank worked with the City of Baltimore for 15 years, with three years as First Deputy Mayor for neighborhood and economic development. As First Deputy Mayor, Frank’s responsibilities included oversight of a wide range of city departments and offices, including the Department of Housing and Community Development; the Office of Employment Development; the Planning, Public Works and Transportation departments; and the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Before moving to City Hall, he was executive vice president of the BDC for six years, involved in attracting and retaining businesses, redevelopment, commercial revitalization, and urban design and planning, among other issues. He also served as Inner Harbor coordinator, supervising implementation of the 2003 Inner Harbor Master Plan, chairing the intra-agency Inner Harbor Task Force, and managing the $5 million renovation of the West Shore Park.

Frank has a bachelor’s degree in urban economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in city planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jessica Turral
jessica Turral

Hand in Hand Baltimore

Jessica Turral, A&S ’09, grew up just six miles from the Homewood campus and studied psychology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. “I just want to dedicate my life to helping others—starting with those in Baltimore,” says Jessica, who as an undergraduate was active in numerous service projects and initiated a program to introduce Johns Hopkins students to Charm City. “I want to help my home, my city, my heart. Until every child in Baltimore has an equal opportunity at life, my work is not done.”
In September of 2009, Ms. Turral started an organization called Hand in Hand Baltimore, which helps to connect charged juveniles with caring mentors (most of whom are graduate psychology based students) who are willing to help provide them with counseling, individual and group therapy, mentoring, academic enrichment, and case management.

Zeke Berzoff-Cohen

Zeke berzoff-Cohen

The Intersection


Zeke Berzoff-Cohen is the Executive Director of The Intersection. Zeke taught middle school in West Baltimore, through Teach For America. During his first spring break, he took a group of five students to New Orleans to help rebuild a home that had been damaged during Hurricane Katrina. At the end of the year, Zeke was awarded the Elizabeth Deale Prize for Innovation as an Educator. He is currently a student at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies where he is studying urban education policy.


Sarah Schulman

Maryland New Directions


Sarah Schulman is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, A&S ’12, with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. Sarah began her work in nonprofits after graduation as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Maryland New Directions (MND), building capacity for the organization through grant writing, research, and the development of new systems. After her year of service, she stayed on at MND and is currently the Outreach and Resource Specialist at the organization, which provides career counseling and job readiness training to job-seekers from low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore.

In her role as Outreach and Resource Specialist, Sarah continues to expand MND’s resources through grant writing and fundraising initiatives, and increase the organization’s presence in the Baltimore community. Sarah has attended numerous professional development trainings on nonprofit skills such as fundraising, leadership, and community organizing. She enjoys her work at Maryland New Directions, empowering disadvantaged job-seekers and helping them build the tools and confidence they need to get back in the workforce.



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