Baltimore Business Journal
June 20, 2019
Alicia Wilson, who has played a key role in kickstarting the 235-acre redevelopment of Port Covington, is joining Johns Hopkins as vice president of economic development.
Wilson will report directly to both Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Kevin Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System. She will oversee the newly-created Office of Economic Development and work out of the university's Homewood campus.
Wilson, a Baltimore native, begins the role July 29 and is charged with further expanding Hopkins' city-focused initiatives through investments in economic and neighborhood development, health care and education. She will look to build on existing programs such as HopkinsLocal, BLocal, the East Baltimore Development Initiative and Homewood Community Partners Initiative.
Wilson told the Baltimore Business Journal she will build out a staff, but an exact figure has yet to be determined.
Daniels approached Wilson about the job over lunch, she said, and her local ties made the offer hard to refuse.
“I’m from East Baltimore. I still live in the same neighborhood I grew up in and Hopkins is still the economic engine,” the Mervo High School graduate said in an interview. “It’s the chance of a lifetime to do work I care about in the community that I love.”