Meet Luwanda Jenkins
Luwanda W. Jenkins has over 25 years of effective results-driven leadership experience in the areas of community relations, supplier diversity, and public-sector minority business enterprise program development. Luwanda currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for The LEADERship, a program of The Greater Baltimore Committee. Before joining the LEADERship, Luwanda served as Vice President of Community Relations and Diversity for the Cordish Companies, a privately-owned, global real estate development company specializing in entertainment, gaming, and sports-oriented development.
In addition to various roles in the private sector, Luwanda spent 20 years in the public sector having served as Governor Martin O’Malley’s Special Secretary for The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs where she was instrumental in leading several reforms and initiatives which generated record gains in the area of minority and woman business inclusion in State contracting. This is familiar territory for Luwanda who served in a similar capacity in both the Glendening and Schaefer administrations.


As an extension of her professional role, Luwanda is a native Baltimorean who is engaged in numerous civic activities and leadership roles. She is especially interested in the topic of women and leadership and has frequently moderated forums, and published articles on the topic.  Throughout her career, she has continued to serve on numerous Boards and has been recognized for her various contributions.
Luwanda is a graduate of Towson State University and the Johns Hopkins University where she received her master’s degree in business management. She is married to Bryant Jenkins, and together they reside in Baltimore County. They are the parents of two young adult children who have successfully completed college and have embarked on careers with major corporations in the areas of digital media and technology.
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Daily Record Newspaper- Named one of 50 Most Influential Marylander’s 2010

Daily Record Newspaper- Top 100 Women “Circle of Excellence” (Recipient-1996, 2003, 2011)

Maryland-DC Minority Supplier Development Council- MBE Advocate of the Year 2009

YWCA of Central Maryland Distinguished Women Leader Award – 2009


Executive Alliance of Maryland-Women’s Professional Association – Executive Board member
Business Volunteers of Maryland-Board member
Towson University Alumni Association
Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program 1999
Leadership Maryland 2010
University of Maryland-Howard P. Rawlings Public Sector Leaders Program 2009

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