We believe that where you come from does not determine where you can go. A college education changes a person’s life. With a success rate of more than 80% of our graduates earning a college degree, we know we are propelling progress. Building STEPS works with Baltimore’s brightest high school students, most of whom will be the first in their family to graduate from college, to unlock their potential. As a Baltimore based not for profit, we provide a breadth of programming to ensure college completion and career success, all through a STEM lens. We empower students to realize their potential and achieve success.

Mission: We equip our city’s brightest students with the tools to propel them to college and career success.

Building STEPS, originally an internship program, was founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Matthew Weinberg, CEO of The Weinberg Group. To better fulfill his vision to help minority high school students become science and technology professionals, he relocated the organization to Baltimore in 2000.

Thank you to the Weinberg Group for providing the foundation which allows Building STEPS to propel students to their college and career success.

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Part-Time Development Director

Associate Program Director

 

 


Staff Members

Debra E. Hettleman

Chief Executive Officer

Leah Pemberton

Chief Program Officer

Paige Lawal

Associate Program Director College & Career Success

Courtney Haddaway

Associate Program Director High School Engagement

Board of Directors

Gregory Kelly, PhD

Chair, Building STEPS and Senior Vice President, SoBran, Inc.


Jamie Watt Arnold

Senior Vice President, Profiles, Inc.


Richard Edlow, O.D.

Senior Advisor, Katzen Eye Group/EyeCare Services Partners, LLC


Charles D. English

Vice President, PNC Real Estate


Stuart D. Kaplow

Attorney, Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A.


Candace Breland Osunsade

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, National Aquarium


Kieara Thomas, CSM, CSPO

Operations Support Specialist III, PayPal Credit


David A. Vanko, PhD

Dean, The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics, Towson University


Matthew R. Weinberg

Founder and Chair Emeritus, Building STEPS and CEO, The Weinberg Group


We empower our city’s students to realize their potential and achieve success. More than 80% of our program graduates earn a college degree.

Your support changes lives. Building STEPS is offered at no charge. Your support creates this opportunity for students to achieve college and career success.

Our amazing volunteers share their breadth of expertise with our students, offering a variety of skillsets and experience. This additional support is critical to our students’ success.