Staff 2018-03-07T08:36:12+00:00

The Southwest Partnership staff work with the neighborhood associations, Southwest Partnership Committees, and anchor institutions to implement the Vision Plan.


Michael Seipp, Executive Director

Michael has been working in Baltimore neighborhoods since 1973. He has held positions as a community organizer in several different capacities, has served as Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Development for the City of Baltimore and Assistant Secretary of Housing for the State of Maryland. He led the effort to write the Empowerment Zone application. In his last position he worked with The Baltimore Station, a residential program for homeless men who are primarily veterans of the Armed Services. A lifelong resident of Baltimore, he currently lives in the Lauraville neighborhood. Michael supports the Commercial Development, Housing, and Public Safety Committees. He can be contacted at


Curtis Eaddy II,  Events and Marketing Manager

Curtis was born in Baltimore, and raised in Poppleton.  He is a community artist  a Hip Hop DJ and Emcee, who has been programming events for more than ten-years.   As a student at Frostburg State University, he founded an Arts & Entertainment campus-organization to provide diverse cultural events to unite a non-diverse college-community.  After graduating, he returned to Baltimore and continued organizing for cause-related events, Baltimore City Public Schools, and non-profit organizations (College Bound Foundation, Reginald F. Lewis Museum).  His passion for community development brought him to the Southwest Partnership.  His plan as Marketing and Events Manager is to identify opportunities for and develop new events to help bridge the disconnect between the neighborhoods in the community.  Curtis is responsible for supporting and publicizing community events, and marketing the Southwest Partnership and the neighborhoods. He can be contacted at


Elizabeth Weber, Program Officer

Elizabeth has worked as a volunteer coordinator and administrative assistant for small non-profits in Baltimore. She recently graduated from the UMB School of Social Work. While in school she co-led a number of projects in the Southwest Partnership Area and interned with the Southwest Partnership. Originally from Massachusetts, she plans to be in Baltimore forever.  Elizabeth supports the Education and Workforce Development, Historic Preservation, and Safe, Vibrant, and Walkable Streets Committee. She can be contacted at


LaShawna Williams, AmericorpsVISTA Communications Coordinator

LaShawna was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Stevenson University with a degree in Business Communication. While in high school, she assisted in several community building projects for organizations such as Civic Works, Student Conservation Association (SCA), and the Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps (BCLC). LaShawna is an Americorps VISTA serving with Strong City Baltimore and on assignment with the Southwest Partnership. She will strive to create healthy communication networks throughout all of Southwest Partnership’s communities to increase access to resources and strengthen neighborhood leadership. LaShawna can be contacted at: lashawna@southwestpartners


Ruth Farfel, Community Organizer

Ruth was born and raised in Baltimore City. She is a Social Work intern from the UMB School of Social Work Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) and will be interning at Southwest Partnership for the 2017-2018 academic year. Ruth received her Sociology degree from Washington College. She has experience working in the nonprofit and community organizing realm in Baltimore. She is dedicated to empowering communities to develop and lead their own healthy and productive neighborhoods. Ruth will help to support various committees. She can be contacted at


Rebecca Newgren, Community Organizer

Becky was born and raised in Minnesota. She is a Socal Work intern from the UMB School of SocialWork Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) and will be interning at Southwest Partnership for the 2017-2018 academic year. Becky received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. She has experience working with nonprofits surrounding community health and organizing in Minneapolis and is now dedicated to creating safe, friendly, and healthy neighborhoods in Baltimore. Becky can be contacted at