Program Director for the Conservation Job Corps for the Maryland Dept. of Natural Res.
Fred Banks was born and raised in Washington, DC. He graduated from Bishop McNamara HS in Forestville, MD and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland.
Fred began his career with state government as a program manager with the Department of Parole and Public Safety. He transferred to become a program monitor with the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, identifying obstacles for child wellness and monitoring statewide programs geared towards providing services to youth across Maryland.
In 2001, Fred returned to Morgan State as the Associate Director of Admissions to focus on data to identify and recruit youth as potential college students. He also worked with several community and national partners to increase access to higher education for youth with limited resources and guidance.
In 2009, Fred joined the Maryland Park Service (MD Department of Natural Resources) to become the Program Director for the Civic Justice Corps (currently known as the Conservation Jobs Corps / CJC) where his focus is providing experiential learning and environmental service opportunities for youth across Maryland. Working with several state, county and national partners CJC has grown to serve over 2000 youth since 2009 and continues to be an integral part of improving conditions of the Chesapeake Bay and state parks and other public lands.