Deidra N. Bishop, an East Baltimore native with more
than 25 years' experience in the government and nonprofit
sectors, has been appointed the Johns Hopkins Institutions'
director of community affairs for East Baltimore.
Bishop will plan, direct and execute for Johns Hopkins
a comprehensive approach to community issues in the
neighborhoods surrounding the Johns Hopkins Medical
Institutions campus in East Baltimore.
She will help to coordinate Johns Hopkins' involvement
in the East Baltimore Development Initiative's
revitalization of the area just to the north of the campus,
said Linda Robertson, vice president for government,
community and public affairs at Johns Hopkins. Bishop also
will initiate, coordinate or participate in a wide variety
of other community and economic development projects, all
with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in East
Baltimore, she said.
"Deidra will represent Johns Hopkins to the community,
of course. But she also will represent the community, its
leadership and its residents to Johns Hopkins, making sure
that our leaders understand the issues and advising them on
appropriate strategies," Robertson said.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Bishop served as
executive assistant for transportation legislative affairs
for the city of Baltimore's Department of Transportation.
Her mission was to develop, monitor and implement
legislative initiatives involving transportation. She also
served as liaison between the department and the Baltimore
City Council, the Maryland General Assembly and the U.S.
Prior to returning to Baltimore City government in
2002, Bishop served as chief of staff to Rep. Elijah
Cummings, D-Md. She also has held positions with the
Maryland Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families,
and with the Baltimore City Office of Employment
Development. In the nonprofit arena, she has held
management positions with the Maryland Committee for UNICEF
and the United Way of Central Maryland.
Bishop is a 1977 graduate of Morgan State