Frederick Community Leaders Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2023

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Three Frederick leaders in economic development and local non-profit selected for statewide professional development program

David Fike ’16 (LM) president and CEO, Leadership Maryland says, “The 53 members of the Class of 2023 are each influential leaders within their companies, industries, and communities, and have the desire to make a broader impact within our state."

Leadership Maryland announced today that Jodie Bollinger, Mary Ford-Naill, and Ashley Waters of Frederick have been chosen to participate in the statewide professional development program as a member of the Class of 2023.

The selected trio has significant experience in leadership roles within the Frederick community.

Jodie Bollinger currently serves as the Acting Executive Director for the Frederick County Office of Economic and Workforce Development and has over 25 years of economic development experience in the Frederick. She has also been involved in numerous community initiatives including serving on local boards including the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. and the Downtown Frederick Partnership.

Mary Ford-Naill currently serves as Manager of Economic Development at The City of Frederick, and on the board of the Golden Mile Alliance and techfrederick. Mary has also previously served on the board for Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Saint John’s Catholic School, and Downtown Frederick Partnership, and is heavily involved in Rotary as a former Area Governor and Club President.

Ashley Water currently serves as the Executive Director of Woman to Woman Mentoring and previously served as the Director of UMBC Operations at the University at Shady Grove in Rockville and Communications Manager for The City of Frederick. Ashley is very active with many organizations in the local and regional community, currently serving as the President of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.

These local leaders are three of 53 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 30th class, who will complete the eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues. The program will run from April to December, and include five, two-day sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most vital issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity across the state. More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education, and non-profit communities will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“We are excited to announce our next class and welcome these accomplished and motivated individuals to Leadership Maryland,” said David Fike ’16 (LM) president and CEO, Leadership Maryland. “The 53 members of the Class of 2023 are each influential leaders within their companies, industries, and communities, and have the desire to make a broader impact within our state. And the knowledge, experience, and connections they will gain in our program will prepare them to do just that.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit, call 410-841-2101 or email

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a non-profit organization offering professional and youth development programs dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its current and future leaders. Established in 1992, Leadership Maryland’s professional development program selects as many as 53 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors each year to come together as a class for an eight-month learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. Leadership Maryland also offers Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW), the state’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. For more than 65 years, MLW has provided peer-led summer residential and community outreach programs that empower participants – known as delegates – to take ownership of their personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups. Together, Leadership Maryland and MLW have established thousands of Marylanders on their lifelong leadership path, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to influence positive change in all aspects of their lives and within our state. To learn more, please visit or

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