SHAWN MCINTOSH, Executive Director
Shawn McIntosh has served as the Executive Director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland since the summer of 2016. In her short time, she has led campaigns that halve helped seven different jurisdictions in Maryland pass healthy vending laws and the City of Baltimore pass a Healthy Kids’ Meal Bill in 2018. The policies have all made healthy drink choices easier to make for Maryland children and their families.
She also has led the efforts of LOCAL Maryland, a coalition of advocacy organizations committed to protecting the health, t environment and economic wellbeing of all Marylanders. The statewide coalition works to ensure that local governments have the ability to pass laws that meet the needs of their residents.
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.
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.