"I am excited about the direction of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and proud to be leading the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation as we work together to strengthen Maryland's black communities statewide" - Jules Dunham Howie
Jules Dunham Howie has worked on organizational development issues for over 15 years. Through her consultancy firm, Jul Enterprise, she has provided facilitation, training, and capacity building supports including fund development, strategic planning and board development to for-profits and non-profits all across the United States. Over 2000 people have been trained by Jules on organizational capacity building, and grantsmanship issues. She is a strong community activist and serves as secretary of the Historic Marble Hill Community Association and chair of the Development Committee for the Upton Planning Committee.
Jules received her BS in Communications and Theatre from James Madison University, and she received her Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary. She is an Itinerate Elder in the AME Church and is married to Rev. Myron D. Howie. Together they have two children Ollie and Grace Marie and reside in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jules Dunham Howie
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle... - Steve Jobs
"Always strive to be on top in life because its the bottom that's overcrowded...think about it. You have more in you, bring it out..." - Les Brown
Wanda Watts has over 30 years of professional experience in marketing and sales.
Watts once was the District Manager for the Bahamas Tourist Office headquartered in the Embassy of the Bahamas in Washington, DC, under the Ministry of Tourism for The Bahamas located in Nassau, Bahamas.
She was also the Director of Community Outreach for Baltimore City Council under then Council President Sheila Dixon. As Director of Community Outreach , she and her staff were the outreach contacts for the Health Department, Historical Districts, Hispanic/Latino Community and the Faith Community as well as over 1000 Community Organizations.
Also, Wanda Watts has over 25 years of professional experience as a Community Advocate involving HIV/AIDS, and Health disparities which impact African American communities and Senior issues.
Ms. Watts served as staff for the Baltimore City Council Commission on HIV/AIDS for 1 year and as staff for the Baltimore City Commission on HIV/AIDS for 7 years.
Working with the Commission on HIV/AIDS she helped bring attention to the staggering number of HIV/AIDS cases in Baltimore City. She was also the City-wide Project Manager for BET’s “Rap It Up” campaign at Morgan State University. Over 2500 middle and high school students and their parents attended the all day session and BET complimented the program by running their “RAP IT UP” TV campaign on air for 3 months.
She was also one of the originators of the African American Heritage Festival in Baltimore City, which ran for 7 years and drew crowds of over 250,00 on their scheduled weekend in Baltimore City.
She is currently the owner of The Wattsline, LLC, a premier marketing and public relations company in the Baltimore Area.
Some of her projects now include the Baltimore City Consent Decree, the National Organization of Black County Officials, and Walking While Black - Love is The Answer Movement which involves bringing Police and Community together to foster understanding of each other to make positive change.
Darius A. Stanton is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and community advocate native to Annapolis, Maryland. Early in his career he served as Drug Czar in the City of Annapolis appointed by Mayor Al Hopkins. He was also elected as an at large member of the Democratic Central Committee in Annapolis. He left the non-profit sector to run his private management consulting and human development firm, The Stanton Group Inc. His clientele includes school districts, the federal government, secured and non-secured IT firms, Fortune 100, and international clients. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from The Lincoln University.
He is also a motivational speaker, professional moderator, broadcaster and executive producer of a daily live streamed talk show titled “Peace in the Morning with Darius A. Stanton”.
Stanton’s current civic work includes being the chair of the City of Annapolis Annual MLK Parade, Chair of the Annapolis Arts, Sports, & Leadership Academy, COO of non-profit Men Aiming Higher, Treasurer of the State of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, and founding member of the Prince George’s County PFC Black Chamber of Commerce. Darius has been awarded numerous awards throughout his career and was the 2017 recipient of the Anne Arundel County NAACP humanitarian award. Ebony magazine named Darius A. Stanton as one of America’s 50 Future Leaders in its 50th Anniversary Issue.
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"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the
darkness of destructive selfishness." - Dr. Martin Luther King