OhanaHC Names Quinton Askew Executive Director

OhanaHC, which brings volunteers together to mentor Howard County students, named Quinton Askew executive director. As head of OhanaHC, Askew will implement the organization’s strategy, mission and growth and lead its programs and volunteers serving students in Howard County.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new executive director, Quinton Askew,” said Susan Porter, co-founder and board chair of OhanaHC. “As the director of community engagement for the Howard County government for 12 years, Quinton connected major government and nonprofit agencies in the county as he guided initiatives for economic stability and poverty reduction.”

Prior to joining OhanaHC, Askew served as CEO of Maryland Information Network, 211 Maryland, a statewide nonprofit organization that connects individuals to health and human services. In addition, Askew founded the Conscious Minds Foundation, which aims to strengthen families, improve youth outcomes and boost community engagement through training and mentoring.

“At the heart of Quinton’s experience and expertise is his passion to work with young people, including starting Conscious Minds for boys centered around youth development sports. We value his vision to look ahead, his insight to delve deeper into any situation and the imagination to explore,” Porter said.

Askew also contributes his expertise on a national level as a consultant with the aha! Process, an award-winning firm that provides workshops, publications and strategic consulting services. These efforts are designed to promote improvement and sustainable success across communities and educational institutions.

Among his accolades, Askew received the Lewis Washington Woodson Community Service Award and the Community Service Award from The Pearl Foundation Inc./Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Askew is a certified John Maxwell Leadership trainer and coach and holds a negotiation and influence certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Askew earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore.

OhanaHC works to empower Howard County students to overcome barriers and achieve self-defined success while strengthening the relationships and connections between diverse communities. The organization forms diverse teams of three adults called “Ohanas,” which means family in Hawaiian, to mentor students starting in ninth grade. OhanaHC was established in 2020 and has grown to 160 volunteers serving 40 students in four schools. (OhanaHC.org)