Coppin State University Gala

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Illuminating Impact

Friday, May 5, 2023 | 6:00 PM
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Illuminate the Impact and Ascent of Eagle Nation

A stylish celebration along the Baltimore harbor, the inaugural Coppin State University Gala highlights impactful contributions to society made by Eagle Nation’s change makers in Baltimore and beyond.

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Thank You Sponsors

The Coppin State University Inaugural Gala was made possible through the dedication and support of our following partners:

Thank you BGE for providing a beautifully lit photo booth that electrified attendees. View the photos > 

2023 Coppin Gala Sponsors

Gala Host Committee

Below is a cohort of stakeholders who are committed to reviving this illustrious university tradition by lighting the way forward for the Coppin community, in Baltimore and beyond.

Demek Adams   

US Government and Public Sector Finance Leader, Ernst & Young   

Franklyn Baker 

President & CEO, United Way of Central Maryland 

Ivan Bates    

Baltimore City State's Attorney  

John Brothers   

President, T. Rowe Price Foundation   

Florine "Peaches" Camphor   

Retired, Baltimore City Public School Educator, CSU Alumna   

Greg Farno    

President - Maryland Region, Truist   

NaTasha Horton    

Vice President - Community Development Manager, Truist   

Marcus Howard   

Partner, American Housing Fund   

Rashad Howard    

Owner, Key 2 Everything    
Co-Founder & CFO, Epigen Technology   

Scott Iodice    

Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual   

Carim Khouzami   

President and Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)   

Joel Gamble   

Vice President, Community Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank  

Tish Madry    

President, CSU Alumni Association   
Vehicles for Change Executive Program Director, Prince George’s County   

Sean Malone    

Partner, Harris Jones & Malone, LLC   

Neil Meltzer   

President & CEO, LifeBridge Health    

Brian D. Pieninck    

President & CEO, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield    

Leonard R. Raley  

President and CEO, University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. and Vice Chancellor for Advancement (USM)  

Alicia Ritchie    

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP   

Leslie Tabor   

Director, Advisor Services Business Consulting & Education, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.   

Sherri Trombley   

Director, Advisor Services Business Consulting & Education, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.   

John Walters   

CEO & Founder, Walters Relocations,    
Chair - Development Committee, CSUDF Board    

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