Marc Schultz joined PBRC in 2019 as a Baltimore Corps Fellow, and serves as a Project Coordinator for the Home Preservation Project.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up here in Maryland! Mostly in Columbia.
Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus?
I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I double-majored in political science and global studies, with a focus on city planning and housing policy.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy cooking, film photography, tennis, ping pong, and reading. I love exploring new hobbies and places, and am always down to make things with my hands!
How did you connect with PBRC?
I connected with PBRC through the Baltimore Corps Fellowship, a year-long program for entry and mid-level professionals looking to work in in organizations that advance racial and economic equity in Baltimore City. PBRC partners with Baltimore Corps to host one Fellow (me) for a year. As a Baltimore Corps Fellow, I network with other Fellows throughout Baltimore, attend professional development workshops, and delve into the multi-faceted systemic issues facing Baltimore. Many of the other Baltimore Corps Fellows work in adjacent fields to mine, so I sometimes work with them through PBRC!
What were you doing prior to working here?
I was a Fulbright fellow researching inclusive housing policy design and implementation in Sichuan, China. I conducted interviews with Chinese city planners, academics, officials, and rural villagers to better understand how locals were involved in designing and realizing physical changes to their own built environment.
What do you do at PBRC?
I am a Project Coordinator with PBRC’s Home Preservation Project. I plan, organize, and facilitate legal advice clinics for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County low-income residents. I am the first line of interaction with many of HPP’s clients, and when we cannot help them, I refer them to other legal services organizations. I also do outreach to potential clients and clinic hosts.
What motivates you?
Helping my community become a stronger, more equitable, and just place motivates my work. I am privileged to be able to use my skills, knowledge, and time to help my neighbors, and I try not to take that for granted.
What has been your most meaningful experience with PBRC?
I derive great meaning any time I staff our clinics. Interacting with clients, seeing the sense of relief that folks so often have when they leave our clinics—this really makes me feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing.
What sets PBRC apart in your mind?
Part of PBRC’s greatness lies in its willingness to adapt to the constantly changing needs and issues our clients face. Although PBRC now has three decades of experience serving clients, we are constantly looking for feedback and altering how we operate in order to best meet the changing issues affecting Marylanders. I recall how in one of my first weeks at PBRC, even though I was both the newest and the youngest team member, I suggested changes in how we advertise our clinics, and my suggestions were seriously considered and eventually implemented. That willingness to be able to self-reflect on long-established practices, and then make appropriate and logical changes, is something that makes PBRC special.