Vice President for Economic Development at John Hopkins University and John Hopkins Health System
Alicia Wilson is Vice President of Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. She leads a core team focused on developing and implementing Hopkins’ institution-wide strategies and initiatives as an anchor institution in and around Baltimore, and the elevation and expansion of Hopkins signature commitment to the city through investments in economic and neighborhood development, healthcare, and education.
Prior to joining Hopkins, Alicia served as the Senior Vice President of Impact Investments and Senior Legal Counsel to the Port Covington Development Team. Port Covington is a 235-acre redevelopment project located in Baltimore, Maryland and is one of the largest urban revitalization efforts in the United States. As Senior Vice President of Impact Investments and Senior Legal Counsel, Alicia ensured that the $5.5 billion Port Covington Development Project generated a measurable beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return for its equity investors in the project (i.e. Goldman Sachs, Kevin Plank, and other equity investors in the Port Covington Development Project). She led a team focused on measuring and reporting the social and environmental performance and progress of the Port Covington Project to maximize both performance and impact, while ensuring transparency and accountability to stakeholders. Alicia was previously a partner at the downtown Baltimore law firm of Gordon Feinblatt.
Alicia actively serves on the boards of the University of Maryland School of Law’s Board of Visitors and the National Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program. Notably, Alicia was recently elected as Chair of the CollegeBound Foundation and as such is the first CollegeBound Foundation alum, first woman, first African-American and youngest Board Chair in the thirty-year history of the organization.
Alicia is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
For her accomplishments and public service, Alicia has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2019 Whitney M. Young Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League and the 2019 Distinguished Women from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.
In 2019, Alicia was profiled in Forbes magazine as the “The Black Millennial Lawyer Making Michelle Obama More Accessible to Baltimore’s Youth” and by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America. In late 2018, the National Business Journal featured Alicia as one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers under 40 and Black Enterprise produced a feature on Alicia for her work in securing the $660 million tax increment financing for the Port Covington Project.