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Md. Catholic Conference Goes West for New Executive Director

The Maryland Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the three Catholic dioceses of Maryland, announced Monday that Jennifer Kraska has taken over as executive director.

Kraska comes to Maryland after a dozen years as executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, and she has extensive experience representing the public policy positions of the Catholic Church on a broad range of issues.

Jennifer Kraska. Maryland Catholic Conference photo

“We are delighted to have a person of Jenny’s caliber and expertise leading the work of the Conference and are confident she will quickly earn the respect of her new colleagues in Annapolis,” Archbishop William E. Lori, archbishop of Baltimore and chairman of the Maryland Catholic Conference, said in a statement.

Kraska replaces Jennifer Briemann, who lasted in the top job for a little over a year and worked at the Catholic Conference for about three years overall. Briemann had replaced Mary Ellen Russell, who held the position for a decade and now is director of community affairs for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Kraska holds a law degree, as well as a Master of Arts in Catholic Studies, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where she also did her undergraduate work. She has served as past president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors, as well as on numerous committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Maryland Catholic Conference does public policy work for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the Diocese of Wilmington, Del.

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