Stephenson’s Leadership to Fortify Mosby’s Commitment to Just Prosecution, Advancing Transformative Justice and Supporting Victims of Crime in Baltimore City
BALTIMORE, Md (June 24, 2021) — The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced today that S. Marie Stephenson has become the new Chief of the External Affairs division which encompasses the Communications unit, and the Mosby’s flagship Crime Control & Prevention and Victim Witness Services units.
A graduate of Howard University School of Law, and a former U.S. Presidential Management Fellow, Stephenson joins the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Executive Team bringing over a decade of government relations, public relations and communications expertise to the post.
As Chief of External Affairs, Ms. Stephenson will serve as one of the agency’s frontline contacts to the community, journalists, legislators, public officials, foundations and key stakeholders while spearheading initiatives to help implement the State’s Attorney’s vision for reforming the criminal justice system. Supervising a team of approximately forty individuals, Stephenson will be responsible for developing cooperative relationships and partnerships; managing and implementing fundraising; and overseeing media activities, special events and crisis response.
“I’m excited that Marie is joining our team. External Affairs – with communications, crime control and prevention, and victim services – is how we interface with the citizens of Baltimore City. Marie brings extensive city, state and federal experience, is a good lawyer, manager and strategist with a keen political acumen. I look forward to seeing where she takes our office, and how she can support not only the needs of the employees in her divisions but also the needs of our greater community,” says State’s Attorney Mosby,
A trained mediator and former law clerk to Senator Ben Cardin, with a Masters in Communications and Bachelors in Graphic Design, Ms. Stephenson recently served as government affairs liaison at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the Prince George’s County Municipal Association in addition to being the spokesperson for local Maryland institutions like Washington Adventist University. Her certified trainings in organizational management, federal grants, and cooperative agreements are assets in supporting the yearly needs of the external affairs division.
“Joining Baltimore City’s SAO team is quite a full circle experience when I recall my first legal experience interning at a state’s attorney’s office. Here, each day I witness our prosecutors and staff working tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore; and I can say undoubtedly that our success is built on collaboration with other City agencies. Beyond my regular duties, my hope is to help others look beyond sensationalized headlines—to shine a light on the untold stories of the steadfast hearts committed to the daily work of supporting victims, restoring calm to lives upheaved by crime, and doing the, often unseen, but essential ‘partnered’ work of steering young people toward better life outcomes,” says Stephenson.
About the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City:
The Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office led by State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is the largest local prosecutorial office in Maryland, and serves the more than 550,000 residents of Baltimore City – the largest municipality in the state. Guided by our mission – Justice over Convictions – The State’s Attorney’s Office employs more than 200 attorneys, detectives and 200 administrative support staff, and prosecutes more than 40,000 cases each year. The State’s Attorney’s Office works uncompromisingly to build a future where community trust in the criminal justice system is restored; violent offenders are held accountable; and all Baltimore City residents feel safe.