Strengthening Our Ties

Johns Hopkins University’s commitment to Baltimore is based on a simple idea: The health and well-being of the university are inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well-being of the city.

Since his arrival in March 2009, President Ronald J. Daniels has made it a priority to strengthen the university community’s ties to Baltimore through meaningful, deliberate, and strategic actions in collaboration with other local stakeholders.

As the city’s largest private anchor institution, Johns Hopkins University feels the pull of the issues facing Baltimore, as well as the wealth of opportunities offered for collaborations with our neighbors. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, and administrators are working with city residents, nonprofits, other anchor institutions, businesses, foundations, and government to identify specific priority challenges and opportunities to markedly strengthen Baltimore. We deploy our capabilities on multiple fronts, including as convener, employer, real estate developer, purchaser, and partner, and through scholarly support and financial contributions.


Our Initiatives


A commitment by Johns Hopkins University and Health System to leverage its role as the largest private anchor institution in Baltimore to create lasting economic opportunities in the city.

East Baltimore Development Initiative

A mixed-use revitalization project supported by city, state, and federal agencies, and other philanthropies and private business owners.

Homewood Community Partners Initiative

An aspirational economic development agenda launched in partnership with stakeholders from 10 neighborhoods.

Supporting Programs

Some of the other ways Johns Hopkins is investing in the Baltimore community.