We’re the Deutsch Foundation.

We’re committed to sustaining the philanthropic legacy of Robert and Florence Deutsch. The Foundation exists to promote innovation in science and technology, arts, education and social justice.


Jane Brown

President and Executive Director

Jane has been guiding the foundation’s grant making and operations since 1995. Previously she worked as an editor, writer and journalist, as managing editor of Baltimore Magazine and a features editor for the Baltimore Sun. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, SUNY Stony Brook and The University of Santa Monica.

Laurens “Mac” MacLure


Mac is on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation and the Hannah More School Foundation. Previously he was President and CEO of RWD Technologies and held a number of management positions at Pioneer EyeCare and PHH Corporation. Mac is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Bucknell University.

David Deutsch


David has recently retired from a career as a high school mathematics teacher. Previously, he had worked as a software engineer specializing in simulation software. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and Boston University.


Neil Didriksen

Chief Operating Officer

Neil joined the foundation staff in 2010. He spent many years raising money for colleges and universities including MIT, Duke Medical Center and the University of Baltimore. He received degrees from Haverford College and Duke University.

Billy McCarthy

Office Manager

Billy joined the foundation in late 2015. He has worked in international environmental grant making, and also owns and operates Crooked Fence Farm in Baltimore county. He graduated from Dartmouth College with degrees in Environmental Science and Chinese.

Cara Ober

Communications Manager

Cara Ober joined the Deutsch Foundation team in 2016. She founded BmoreArt, a Baltimore-based art magazine in 2007 and will continue as Editor and Publisher at BmoreArt. Ober will apply her experience as a writer, editor, archivist, educator, and social media practitioner to communicate Deutsch Foundation initiatives and activities in the Baltimore region and beyond.

Jessica Solomon

Senior Program Officer of Arts and Equity

Jessica Solomon joined the Deutsch Foundation team in 2017. Previously, she founded Art in Praxis, a a consulting practice integrating arts and design thinking into nonprofit capacity building. Solomon will apply her experience as a cultural worker, consultant, and strategic planner to facilitate Deutsch Foundation initiatives in the Baltimore region and beyond.


Leslie King Hammond

Senior Fellow

Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Senior Fellow

Dr. Leslie King Hammond joined the Deutsch Foundation as a Senior Fellow in 2015, working as a liaison and curator with artists and arts organizations at The Motor House while she continues an independent consulting, curating, and arts advocacy practice throughout the country.

She attended the City University of New York, Queens College (BFA degree, 1966-69) and, in 1969, she attended The Johns Hopkins University under a Horizon Fellowship for doctoral studies in art history. In 1976, she completed her Ph.D. and was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at MICA where she administered 200 students in eleven degree programs and taught in the Art History Department until 2008, when she was named Founding Director for MICA’s Center for Race and Culture.

A New York native, King Hammond is a working artist and member of the "Girls of Baltimore," which won an NEA artist grant in 2001. In the spring of 2006, she was appointed Chairperson of the Collections and Exhibits Committee at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and in January 2007 became the Chairperson of the Board of the Lewis Museum.

King Hammond has won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem (2002), Lifetime Service, MICA (2005), The DuBois Circle (2006), Women's Art Caucus-College Art Association (2008), and the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University (2008). In 2008, she was granted an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship. The Detroit Institute of the Arts gave her the Alain Locke International Prize in 2010.

Jennifer Schachter


Jen brings a fine art background from MICA and career experience designing visual displays to the Digital Harbor Foundation - an organization at the frontier of the growing Maker and DIY movement in Baltimore. In her role as Special Projects Manager, she aims to advance the functionality and visual impact within the DHF maker space, as well as their marketing communications and media. Jen will help scale DHF’s vision by making their model accessible to other educators creating their own maker spaces in Baltimore and beyond.

Jen is a New York native who relocated to Baltimore for school. Over the past nine years she has grown to love the city she now calls home. In her spare time, she likes exploring outdoors, running, biking, and building things out of anything and everything she can find.

Gianna Rodriguez


Gianna Rodriguez founded Baltimore Youth Arts, an organization that brings arts education and job readiness training to youth in the juvenile justice system. BYA is an artist-run, nomadic, after school program that provides artistic and professional opportunities to youth, ages 12-21, in Baltimore, MD. Their mission is to assist young people in gaining the creative, personal, and educational skills that will enable them to become leaders in their communities. They provide artistic and professional opportunities to youth so that they can hone their talents and use them to shape the world.

Originally from Rhode Island, Gianna has been working with youth in justice systems since 2008 when she began working with AS220 Youth.

Rodriguez attributes much of the success of Baltimore Youth Arts to her fellowship with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. The Fellowship and guidance she received from the Foundation enabled her to expand the programming and vision of BYA from a weekly volunteer class into a developed program connecting youth to professional artistic opportunities. The continuation of the program would not be possible without the continued support from RWDF.