Keynote Speaker

URCAD 2024

A young woman stands in front of a window.

Stefanie Mavronis

Director for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE)
City of Baltimore

B.A., UMBC Political Science, Media and Communication Studies (’12)
MPA, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Domestic Policy – Urban Policy and Planning (’18)

Stefanie Mavronis is a public servant, first-generation college graduate, and lifelong Baltimorean. She serves as Interim Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE). In this role, Stefanie is working on the rollout of the city’s community violence intervention ecosystem and implementation of the city’s first-ever comprehensive violence prevention plan. She previously served as Director of Communication for Mayor Brandon M. Scott, and contributed to his election as Baltimore’s youngest mayor in more than a century. Using her education in politics, public policy, and media, Mavronis has built a career supporting social justice issues and progressive campaigns for change. Stefanie started her career in the legislative branch at City Hall, serving as Director of Civic Engagement for Councilmember Zeke Cohen, and previously worked in local public radio. Stefanie earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Media and Communication Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where she was a Sondheim public affairs scholar and a member of the Honors College. She was a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellow in 2011. In 2018 she completed a Master’s of Public Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in Domestic Policy with a certificate in Urban Policy and Planning.

At UMBC she was an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) Scholar, and supported by the School for International Training in Cochabamba and La Paz, Bolivia, she produced a documentary film that premiered at URCAD in 2012 titled, “Reclamation and Resistance: Audiovisual Tools in Bolivia,” with Mentor, Dr. Jason Loviglio. She published her research ‘Reclamation and Resistance in Bolivia: An Analysis of Media’s Role in Decolonization’ in the UMBC Review. As a lecturer in MCS and American Studies, she led a group of UMBC students to interview residents and examine important social, political, and economic issues in Baltimore City a year after the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed. The final product was a radio series that aired on The Marc Steiner Show on Baltimore NPR affiliate WEAA 88.9-FM. In 2022, she was named a UMBC Alumni “Rising Star”.

2/14/2024