10 Women Who Have Shaped Baltimore Tech

Jamie McDonald / April 4, 2022

Behind every great ecosystem is a group of strong, visionary women. Meet some of those who have anchored the Baltimore tech scene for the past decade.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing and celebrating a few of the women gamechangers and glass breakers (but certainly not all) who’ve spent the past decade driving the Baltimore tech scene forward. We owe a lot to this group of powerful leaders.

Shervonne Cherry is the Head of Spark Baltimore and a 15-year vet of the Baltimore tech scene. She is known for her collaborative community building, design thinking, and startup advocacy, in addition to creating inspirational co-working spaces for the startups working within Spark.

Jess Gartner is the Founder & CEO of Allovue, a company that empowers schools to equitably allocate financial resources. She’s also been an advisor, mentor, blogger and culture builder, inspiring countless other Baltimore entrepreneurs.

Claire Broido Johnson is a founder, funder and the preeminent voice for climate change innovation in Maryland. She’s the Managing Director of the Maryland Momentum Fund and leads BlueTechMD, a collaborative effort to make Maryland one of the top three BlueTech innovation clusters in the world.

Eileen O’Rourke is CFO of the Abell Foundation, where she has been impacting startups and social entrepreneurs for over 23 years. She’s invested in a wide range of Baltimore tech and biotech, and coached and made connections for many more.

LaToya Staten leads strategic projects for Fearless, building community, capacity and working relentlessly to create more opportunities for women and minorities in tech. Latoya brings her statewide networks together on behalf of Baltimore founders.

Deb Tillett is a female tech pioneer, beginning her career more than 30 years ago. She has spent the last 10 years supporting the development and growth of 100s of Baltimore startups as the President & Executive Director of the ETC and AccelerateBaltimore. Don’t miss Accelerate’s Demo Day on April 6th! 🎉

Jess Watson, CEO of Points North believes we all have a story to tell. For the last 10 years, she has partnered with CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs to build brands and marketing that matters. She manages the B’More Creatives and the Baltimore Women in Tech networking groups.

Christy Wyskiel is Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures and has propelled Hopkins into the top tier of innovation universities in the country. She works tirelessly to fill Baltimore’s skyline with thriving tech and biotech companies built by the innovations of JHU faculty and students.

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