A college education changes a person’s life. We believe that where you come from does not determine where you can go. 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.
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.
Associate Program Director, High School Engagement
Debra E. Hettleman
Chief Executive Officer
Associate Program Director, College Success
Chief Program Officer
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.