B.E.S.T. Staff

Jessica Suriano
Executive Director
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Jessica Suriano began her 25-year career in professional service to nonprofits at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, followed by the Alzheimer’s Association.  In 2010, Jessica joined the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.) as Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives.  In addition, she helped to establish and lead the Program division of the organization prior to her appointment as Executive Director in 2014. Jessica has also served as a development and strategic planning consultant for several nonprofits in Baltimore. She currently serves on the Art With a Heart “Art of Leadership” Advisory Board and the Bryn Mawr School Community, Equity and Inclusion Board Committee (as a non-Trustee member). In 2017, she completed The LEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee. In 2018 she was named a Daily Record Top 100 Woman. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Jessica attended The Bryn Mawr School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland. She and her husband live in Baltimore City and have two teenage children.

Admissions, Development and Program Staff:

Alecia Pridgen
Director of Enrollment Management

Crystal A. Lee ’96
Deputy Director

Peggy Bittner
Director of Programs & Alumni Relations

Lauren Bukszar
Assistant Director of Admission and Programs

Operations Staff:

Jill Wood
Director of Finance and Operations