Newswise — BALTIMORE, MD – (August 2, 2016) Kennedy Krieger Institute announces that Mark Furst has been named the new Senior Vice President of External Relations. In his new position at Kennedy Krieger, Furst will assist Lainy LeBow-Sachs, Executive Vice President of External Relations, to expand national recognition of the Institute’s patient care, research, special education and community programs, many of which serve children with special needs from around the country and the world. Furst has served as president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) since December 2009.

“I developed a deep appreciation for Kennedy Krieger Institute’s mission, and especially for the quality of its patient care and research programs, when I served on the Board of Directors years ago,” said Mark Furst. “It is a very special place doing amazing work and I am proud to join a world-class team that is doing so much to improve the lives of children.”

“Children and families travel great distances to receive care from our renowned experts, our research scientists are making discoveries that benefit children everywhere, and our schools and community programs are creating nationally recognized and replicable models,” said Lainy LeBow-Sachs. “It’s critical that we share this impact more broadly to increase financial support of these life-changing programs, and we are thrilled that Mark is joining us to lead such an important effort.”

Prior to holding leadership roles at UWCM, Furst worked for 22 years with M&T Bank and its predecessors, First National Bank of Maryland and Allfirst Bank. He was a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow at the University of Maryland and holds an undergraduate degree from Towson University.

Furst is a director and immediate past co-chair of The LEADERship and is a member of Baltimore’s Promise Leadership Council. He currently serves on advisory boards for Stevenson University, Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University, and University of Baltimore’s Certified Public Manager Program. He was the founding chair of the board for Baltimore City Head Start, and actively supports initiatives in Baltimore City Public Schools and B’More for Healthy Babies program. He has served on a number of other local nonprofit boards over the years and was a youth mentor in the Higher Achievement program at Collington Square Middle School in east Baltimore.

ABOUT THE KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTEInternationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on the Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit # #