Mary C. Slicher has been the Executive Director of Project PLASE, Inc. (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment) since January 1987. She is one of the original founders of the organization, which formed in 1973- when she was an undergraduate student. She has worked in a variety of direct service, administrative, managerial and organizing capacities since that time. Project PLASE’s focus is to serve homeless men and women, with an emphasis on those with the greatest need, both in a direct service and housing role as well as by advocating to change the causes of poverty and homelessness.
A Baltimore native, Ms. Slicher graduated from Mount de Sales High School in Catonsville. She then studied at Mount Saint Agnes College for two years and continued her education at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County where she received a B.A in Sociology and Social Work . She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (Clinical Area). She received a second Master in Non- Profit Management, in May 2005 from the College of Notre Dame and received that year’s academic award.
Ms. Slicher’s interests and activities on behalf of minority and underprivileged persons are extensive. She has been active in solidarity work and supervised a number of delegations to Central America. And, she has served, and continues to serve, on a number of Boards of Directors. She was a member of the original Board of the National Coalition for the Homeless from its founding in 1984 until 1996; she served on the Board of At Jacob’s Well from 1988 until 1997, as well as Students Sharing with the Homeless from 1993 until 1999. She served on the Board of My Brother’s Keeper for 14 years( until 2013) . She was the first president and a founder of the Women’s Housing Coalition and is a Board Member Emeritus. In addition, she served on the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Baltimore from February 1989 until 1997. She served on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s group on homelessness and was part of the original statewide membership of Maryland’s original Community Planning Group on HIV Prevention Planning (for 6 years). She served on the Boards of the Maryland Food Bank and the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce for 7 years each, including several committees. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Barrett Family Peace Foundation.