Lisa Bleich, Executive Director
Direct number: (410) 532-5522
Lisa Bleich joined the staff as Deputy Director after two years as an Associate and in July 2015, Lisa was named the new Executive Director of ACTS. She has spent 20 years as a consultant, whose work primarily focuses on community engagement, conflict resolution and partnership development. She is a former Senior Facilitator and Lead Trainer at Baltimore Community School Connections and is currently President of the Board of Creative City Public Charter School. Lisa is known for her skillful facilitation of community planning and problem-solving sessions, drawing on a background in mediation. Lisa specializes in getting practical outcomes from a well-coordinated and highly collaborative approach. She leads ACTS’ community school work with the Family League of Baltimore, developing training pathways for Coordinators and school leaders, and provides facilitation wherever large groups of diverse stakeholders need to come together to build trust and get something done. As the Executive Director, Lisa recruits and coordinates the best and brightest staff and manages organizational advancement and partnership development.
Paula Byrd, M.S.
Direct number: (443) 831-7989
Ms. Byrd oversees program design and implementation for all ACTS initiatives. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Sociology and Spanish and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical and Community Counseling. Prior to working for ACTS she was Director of Community Services for the Social Work Community Outreach Service at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she managed four Community School Coordinators, two Family Stability Program Managers and one Resident Manager and developed community- based partnerships. She has experience as an after school program coordinator, a private school and university administrator, along with counseling and social work experience. Her areas of expertise include program management, school administration, case management and youth and family counseling.
Julie Lin, Arts Integration Specialist
Direct number: (443) 540-8272
Ms. Lin is a community artist and educator with experience working in nonprofit organizations around Baltimore, including Community Art Collaborative (an AmeriCorps program), the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Education Department and Art on Purpose. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious Kresge Arts in Baltimore grant to continue a community art project impacting immigrants and refugees. As her neighborhood association’s president for three years, Julie brought in resources that benefit residents and businesses. She is a founder of Creative City Public Charter School located in Baltimore city. Julie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.