Metro Weekly

Equality Maryland Interim Head Comments on Future With Fiscally Troubled Organization

Equality Maryland’s interim executive director Lynne Bowman is in talks with the organization’s board about her future with the organization, on the heels of news reported first by Metro Weekly on Tuesday, May 24, about the organization’s finances.

Bowman told Metro Weekly, “The organization is in a very difficult financial situation. We’re trying to figure out what that means for me for June.”

Bowman currently is on a monthly contract with the organization, being paid roughly $7,000 per month. From the time she was announced as the interim head of the organization, she had said she was not interested in making the move permanent.

Members of the board told Metro Weekly earlier this week that the organization could shut down operations at the end of June if it does not collect $20,000 to $25,000 in donations to cover operating expenses

Of the discussions about her June contract, Bowman said, “It’s certainly not anything that anyone wouldn’t expect given yesterday’s news about the organization’s financial situation.”

Bowman is headed back to Ohio today, where she and her partner have a home, for the weekend for a Columbus State Community College board of trustees meeting and the Memorial Day holiday. She said the trip would have happened regardless of the financial announcement this week and added that she expects discussions with the board to continue over the weekend.

Additional reporting by Chris Geidner.