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.

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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Staff Members

Asia Cole


Jennifer Descoteau

Administrative Associate

Courtney Haddaway

Associate Program Director, High School Engagement

Debra E. Hettleman

Chief Executive Officer

Sheyna Mikeal

Associate Program Director, College Success

Leah Pemberton

Chief Program Officer

Board Leadership

Jamie Arnold, Director

Senior Vice President, Profiles, Inc.

Justin Bakewell, Advisor

Executive Director, JP Morgan

Inana Blankson, Advisor

Counsel, US Region, BD

Richard Edlow, OD, Director

Optometrist, Catonsville Eye Group

Nancy Grasmick, PhD, Advisor

Presidential Scholar, Towson University

Blair Johnson, Advisor

C-Level Consultant and Strategist

Stuart Kaplow, Director

Principal, Stuart D. Kaplow, PA

Bill LaCourse, PhD, Advisor

Dean, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Brooke Lierman, Advisor

Maryland State Delegate, District 46

Dave Lockhart, DM, Advisor

Site Manager, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Boeing

Tom Moran, Advisor

President, Access Therapeutics

Candace Osunsade, Director

Chief Administrative Officer, National Aquarium

Santiago Solis, PhD, Advisor

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Center, Towson University

Kieara Thomas, Director

Complaints Analyst, PayPal

Matthew Weinberg, Chair Emeritus

Chief Executive Officer, The Weinberg Group