Henriette Taylor LMSW

Assistant Dean of Student Services

University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMB SSW)

Ms. Henriette Taylor (who prefers to be called Taylor) received a dual BA from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in Political Science and English Liberal Arts and completed her MSW with a concentration in Community, Policy and Administration from Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work in the non-profit arena began at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago searching for fundraising opportunities for those with physical challenges and has evolved over the last several years into working with at-risk children, youth, and families. Taylor has more than 15 years of health care experience, including expertise in adolescent health, qualitative research, knowledge transfer, and program management. Her experience as a direct service provider in community and educational settings has provided her with unique insight on the complex issues facing today’s youth. Additionally, Taylor has served as a field instructor and adjunct professor for UMB SSW MSW students, and received the NASW Field Instructor of the Year Award. During her five years with Promise Heights, she has served as a Community School Coordinator, Director of Community Schools, and most recently, as Director of Partnerships. In that role, she built new community partnerships, helped to on-board them to Promise Heights, enhanced existing collaborations, and managed AmeriCorps members.


In August 2019, Taylor transitioned to a new role at UMB SSW, as the Assistant Dean of Student Services. She serves as the first administrative point of contact for students, in addition to providing consultation to faculty, field instructors, and liaisons regarding student concerns and student performance in classrooms and in field placements.

Rachel K. Donegan JD

Assistant Director

Promise Heights, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Ms. Rachel Donegan received a BS from Guilford College in Sociology and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she concentrated in trial practice and criminal law. She has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and justice-involved youth. Rachel has been with the Promise Heights initiative since its inception in 2009 and has a particular set of skills, honed through her experience with legal matters, grant writing, and community work, which are necessary to maintain and grow the Promise Heights infrastructure. Working closely with the Promise Heights Executive Director, her stewardship has helped grow the program from serving 15 families to over 1,700 annually. Rachel oversees all aspects of the pipeline, including fund development, hiring, program development, and partnership development, with a particular focus on community schools, youth violence prevention, and post-secondary opportunities.


Between 2009 and 2018, her ability to write effective grant applications has raised approximately $2M each year for Promise Heights from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, other state and local governments, and private funding. In 2018, Promise Heights became the proud recipient of the prestigious Promise Neighborhood implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides $6M a year for five years to provide cradle-to-college-and-career supports and programming to all families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights.

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