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The Arc Welcomes Nico Sanders to Board of Directors

July 5, 2023
Nico Sanders

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc), a nonprofit committed to transforming lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and Michele Tharp, Board Chair, are pleased to welcome Nico Sanders to The Arc’s Board of Directors.

Currently, the Executive Director of Community Housing Associates, a non-profit dedicated to housing those who are homeless and mentally ill in Baltimore City, Nico has over 23 years of experience in business, mental health, and consulting. Community Housing Associates continues to grow under Nico’s leadership and now serves over 150 tenants and their families through permanent supportive housing.

“We are eager to welcome a community leader like Nico to our Board,” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO of The Arc. “His forward-thinking approach to supporting underserved communities is aligned with our most fundamental beliefs as an organization.”

Previously, Nico served as the Chief Compliance Officer at an outpatient mental health clinic (OMHC) in Maryland and has experience working with various non-governmental, non-profit organizations with business development, communications, and legislative affairs. He has experience serving on multiple boards of directors and is not afraid to challenge conventional thinking when looking for solutions.

“I am excited to join The Arc’s Board,” said Nico. “The Arc is committed to investing deeply and meaningfully in people and communities throughout the Chesapeake region to create fundamental change and equity. As someone who is always ready to serve an underserved population, I am eager to partner with The Arc’s leadership.”

In addition to being an executive leader, Nico volunteers his time as an advisor with Year Up, a national organization closing the opportunity divide in cities, and serves as a Baltimore City Mayoral Fellow. Nico earned a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University, a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a Master’s in public administration from the University of Baltimore. He lives in Owings Mills with his wife and daughter.

Nico Sanders

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