Markya (she/her) joined the Center for Social Concern as Operations Specialist in June 2023. Markya has a passion for service, civic engagement, and student empowerment. She began her career working with nonprofits in Baltimore City, serving organizations such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore (CASA), and Liberty’s Promise. Through these organizations, Markya’s passion for youth development and student empowerment grew. From 2018-2020, Markya served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, working with students, educators, religious leaders, and politicians to create sustainable, community-based projects. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins team, Markya worked for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Center for Democracy and Civic Life, where she helped UMBC community members develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create healthy communities and tackle some of society’s largest challenges. She believes that every person has the ability and right to shape their community and aims to use her position in the world to make changemaking more accessible to college students.
Markya Reed earned her Psychology, B.A. and Applied Sociology, M.A. at UMBC. She is currently working toward her Urban Educational Leadership, Ed.D. at Morgan State University.