ACTS Staff

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.

 

Ako “Brother Changa” Onyango, Associate Director

Ako “Brother Changa” Onyango is a Baltimore born Musician, Carpenter, and father of six who has contributed to the artistic fabric of Baltimore in various ways over the past two decades. He is the Executive Director of Group Harvest LLC and Associate Director at the Alliance for Community teachers and schools. He previously served as Executive Director of Community Mediation, the city’s conflict resolution entity. He is also the Founding director of Our Boys Institute, dedicated to training men who want to engage with their community by guiding the boys around them en route to manhood. His reputation as a speaker to youth, facilitator for difficult conversations, creative partner and resourceful problem solver are what make him an important part of the Baltimore community.

Julie Lin, Arts Integration Specialist
Direct number: (443) 540-8272

headshot-JLin.jpgJulie 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 and Art on Purpose. In 2009 and 2017, she was awarded multiple grants to implement community art projects impacting immigrants and refugees. As her neighborhood association’s president for three years, Julie brought resources that benefit residents and businesses. She is a founder of Creative City Public Charter Schools in Baltimore City. Julie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.