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Gia Grier McGinnis
Gia Grier McGinnis has previous experience in a broad range of areas, including community-university program development, informal environmental education, health equity and environmental justice, and community-engaged research. She believes in cultivating the change agency of youth and young adults and has a passion for community engagement and STEM inclusion.
Prior to joining the CURE family, she served for 12 years in leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern, the service-learning and civic engagement center for the Homewood campus. Grier McGinnis has also worked as a public outreach specialist for a global engineering firm, a research assistant for the University of Michigan’s Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a leadership development program serving Washington, DC, middle school students housed at the Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Grier McGinnis serves on the Community-University Advisory Board for Morgan State University’s ASCEND Prevention Science Research Center, overseeing a small grants program for participatory research projects. ASCEND is supported by the National Institute of Health’s BUILD initiative to promote diversity in the biomedical workforce. She’s also board president of Baltimore Green Map, a nonprofit connecting students and communities to natural resources and sustainability principles using mapmaking tools and activities.
A proud Baltimore City native, Grier McGinnis is a graduate of Western High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Washington College and her master’s in environmental policy from the University of Michigan, with a research focus on environmental justice and health and diversity in the environmental field. She’s now a DrPH candidate at Morgan State University’s School of Community Health & Policy. Her doctoral practicum experience and research was conducted in partnership with an anti-tobacco community-based participatory research initiative.