New Chair and Vice-Chair Appointed for Young Professional Organization
United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU) has named Elijah Northern and Whitney Harmel as ELU chair and ELU vice-chair. Emerging Leaders United, a dynamic group of passionate young professionals committed to making positive change in central Maryland, collaborates with United Way to change the odds for families and communities by advancing education, housing, income and health.
Eli Northern has been an active member of ELU for the past five years. As a father and husband, he’s passionate about United Way for its compressive approach to family stability, and enjoys ELU’s multiple platforms for engaging the community under one umbrella. Eli is currently Principal of EN Architects, a practice focused on small, highly crafted environments that improve communities. The Catonsville resident serves on the boards of several local institutions and is a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture.
Whitney Harmel, an ELU member since 2014, will now serve as vice-chair. Harmel was attracted to United Way’s support for many organizations across central Maryland and recognized the opportunities ELU provided to collaborate with other like-minded young professionals who are driven to create positive change. Whitney is currently the Director of Sales for Brandobility, a software company headquartered outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where she is responsible for launching marketing software nationwide. The Annapolis resident received her Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
“Eli and Whitney are not only talented young professionals, but fantastic leaders in both the work place and their community,” said Jeremy Rosendale, United Way of Central Maryland Emerging Leaders United Director. “They will provide tremendous support to our 1,500 ELU members through professional development, educational opportunities, volunteerism and networking events. Most importantly, their leadership and dedication to giving back will help propel the work of United Way, and encourage others to join us in our mission to improve lives.”
Emerging Leaders United provides unique opportunities for young professionals to give back to the local community at events while meeting other committed young professionals. Click here to learn more about United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United and how the group continues to help change the odds for families across central Maryland.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.