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Nolan V. Rollins
Nolan V. Rollins has a deeply rooted history with the Urban League, having served the 87-year-old civil rights organization in numerous capacities. As the Senior Vice President of Economic and Community Development for the Baltimore affiliate from 2004-2007, he successfully directed, planned and implemented all economic and community development strategies including housing and commercial realty; worked with corporations and foundations to support financial empowerment programs; and helped coordinate and create business partnerships to increase local minority business participation in the Urban League and community. He also drafted bond bills for capital build-outs and rehabilitation, and oversaw $2.5 billion for economic and inclusion opportunities. From 2001-2004, Rollins served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore affiliate while concurrently serving as the Eastern Region Vice President and Treasurer of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). He was a founder of NULYP and served as its first president. Rollins currently represents NULYP on the National Urban League Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Program, Affiliate Services and Strategic Planning committees.
Rollins earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University and was honored with the Community Service Award and the Outstanding Public Administrators Award. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Legal Ethics and Historical Studies from the University of Baltimore, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Rollins was Associate Justice of the Honor Court, a member of the Judicial Review Board and a Student Bar Association representative.
A native of Baltimore, Rollins is accompanied to New Orleans by his wife, attorney and legislative expert Michelle Burks-Rollins, and their son, Mason.
He is active on the boards and committees of several civic, cultural and philanthropic organizations including the Walters Art Museum's African American Steering Committee, One World Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Henry Simmons Lodge #379.