December 2022

UMB’s Laura Kozak Graduates from Leadership Maryland

December 14, 2022    |  

Annapolis, Md. (Dec. 6, 2022) – Leadership Maryland announced today that Laura Kozak, MA, senior associate vice president in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Laura Kozak, MA, Senior Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Laura Kozak, MA, Senior Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Kozak was one of 49 applicants chosen by a committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month, hands-on learning program. The class participated in an orientation and closing retreat that bookended five two-day sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most vital issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multiculturalism/diversity across the state. More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education, and nonprofit communities served as panelists and guest speakers.

“This has been a special class year, both for me as the new president and CEO and for our organization, as we hosted our full program together, in person, for the first time since 2019,” said David Fike, president and chief executive officer of Leadership Maryland. “The Class of 2022 came into this year eager and inspired, and they’ve maintained that enthusiasm throughout each of our sessions. This is a remarkable group of professionals, diverse in experience and talent, and we look forward to seeing how they will influence our state with the knowledge and connections they’ve gained this year.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state.

For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit, call 410-841-2101, or email

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a nonprofit organization offering professional and youth development programs dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its current and future leaders. Established in 1992, Leadership Maryland’s professional development program selects as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors each year to come together as a class for an eight-month learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic, and environmental issues. Leadership Maryland also offers Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW), the state’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. For more than 65 years, MLW has provided peer-led summer residential and community outreach programs that empower participants — known as delegates — to take ownership of their personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups. Together, Leadership Maryland and MLW have established thousands of Marylanders on their lifelong leadership path, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to influence positive change in all aspects of their lives and within our state. To learn more, please visit or