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HPRP Announces New Executive Director, Kirsten Gettys Downs!


Kirsten Gettys Downs (she/her) is joining HPRP as our next Executive Director! Kirsten rose to the top of a highly competitive group of finalists during an extensive search conducted by a board-staff committee with the support of the executive search firm LeaderFit.


Kirsten brings a unique mix of attributes and experiences that make her the ideal leader to take HPRP into its next chapter. She has dedicated her career to defending the rights of underserved and marginalized communities, is a passionate advocate for social and racial justice, and brings executive leadership experience as the current Baltimore City Public Defender. A note from Kirsten:

"I am honored to have been selected to lead and support the exceptional team at the Homeless Persons Representation Project. I was drawn to HPRP because of its mission to end homelessness in Maryland and because its efforts align with my goal to work with an organization advocating at the intersection of policy reform, economic and racial justice, and community building. In this time of growing housing and economic insecurity, our communities need the vital work of HPRP more than ever. I look forward to partnering with our board, funders, and volunteers to fortify HPRP’s mission and tackle the causes of homelessness head on."

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