Shawn McIntosh, Executive Director
Shawn McIntosh became the new executive director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland on August 22, 2016.
McIntosh comes to Sugar Free Kids Maryland with more than 22 years of experience in the non-profit community, focusing on poverty issues, community development and health disparities.
“Sugar Free Kids Maryland has quickly gained a reputation as a difference-making health coalition in our state,” said McIntosh. “It’s a real honor to join this team and to help build the momentum that Sugar Free Kids has generated in its first three years. Together, we will make healthier food and drinks more widely-available, accessible and affordable to families in Maryland.”
Since 2012, McIntosh has served as program manager with the American Public Health Association’s Center for Public Health Policy. In that time, she co-led a strategic planning process with leaders from more than 20 national organizations concerned with public health and systems transformation. McIntosh was able to negotiate several key strategic partnership contracts in a short amount of time.
Prior to that, McIntosh served as the director of programs and advocacy at the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. There, she led initiatives to enhance public awareness of the organization and its services, and represented its mission and priorities in statewide advocacy efforts. She also directed salaried and volunteer staff in the execution of community outreach programs and cultivated relationships with key community stakeholders to develop innovative diabetes prevention programs.
“We are excited to have Shawn join the Sugar Free Kids team,” said Gene Ransom, CEO of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, a lead partner of the coalition. “She cares deeply about the health of Marylanders and is an expert coalition builder. Undoubtedly, Shawn will help us become an even stronger organization and build on the coalition’s record of achievement.”
ANDY KRAUSS, Communications Officer
Andy Krauss is the Communications Officer at Sugar Free Kids Maryland and is responsible for the development of all communications strategies. He is working to develop external relationships for SFK, specifically in the media. Andy also is greatly involved in the Horizon Foundation of Howard County, helping grow their visibility. Since joining both Sugar Free Kids and Horizon, he has coordinated well over 100 media hits for both efforts.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Journalism, Andy has over 18 years of experience in communications and public relations. He has spent the last 12 years working in the non-profit sector, most recently at Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA, where he helped the organization take major strides in building its exposure in the media and the community. He began his public relations career, working in the world of collegiate athletics, at Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and the University of Florida. Andy served as a media relations contact at all three schools and was responsible for countless publications.
He keeps his feet wet in sports as the internal public address voice of the FedExField press box during Washington Redskins gamedays. Andy resides in Bethesda and enjoys being involved in everything that the Washington-Baltimore corridor has to offer.