Advocacy Committee

The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to engage key Board members in outreach to the Maryland community to support public understanding of the value and impact of public higher education in Maryland and to support measures that advance the institutions affiliated with the University System of Maryland. The Advocacy Committee comprises a smaller group of the Board to coordinate outreach activities, develop statements of purpose and intent, and provide guidance to the full board on issues of vital importance. In addition, the Committee reviews and assesses proposals in the realms of legislation, public media and other issue forums to determine how the best interests of the Foundation and our constituent institutions can be represented.


Eric E. McLauchlin, Chair
Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC.
Founding Partner

Anirban Basu
Sage Policy Group
Chairman & CEO

Joseph V. Bowen
McKissack & McKissack
Retired Senior Vice President for Operations

H. Christopher Goodrich
Cornerstone Defense
President and CEO

Cary Hatch
MDB Communications, Inc.
CEO, Brand Advocate

Linda Ellen Jones
Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Inc. (RCM&D)
Executive Vice President

Ralph L. Lary
Arena Technical Resources, LLC (ATR)
Managing Partner

Larry Letow
Convergence Technology Consulting, LLC
President and CEO

William H. "Hassan" Murphy
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy
Managing Partner

Brian Nelson
Harborside Group
President, Managing Director

Creig Northrop
The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate
President and Chief Executive Officer

Molly Shock
Towson University Foundation Board of Directors

Thomas L. Wilson
Orbital ATK
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Space Systems Group and Interim Vice President and General Manager, Civil and Defense Programs, Space System Group

William T. Wood
Wood Law Offices, LLC

Bonnie B. Stein
Marianne Horrigan, Staff
Patrick N. Hogan, Staff

Gary R. Alexander
John J. Allen, Jr.
Hugh F. Cole
William B. Grant
Walter I. Jones
David F. Mister

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Our Vision

Our vision is to attract broad resources that transform the USM and its institutions, create a network of advocates to embrace the USM’s role as an educator and economic engine, and to grow a long-term, sustainable culture of philanthropy across the University System of Maryland.

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