Alumni to discuss work as political activists

Brian Griffiths, chairman of Maryland Young Republicans.
January 29, 2013

McDaniel College alumni return to their alma mater to discuss their lives and careers as political activists in Maryland at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 on campus in Hill Hall, room 108.

The event, which is sponsored by the Political Science and International Studies department and McDaniel’s Office of Government Relations, is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call 410-857-2410, or visit for more information about McDaniel College.

The speakers, working in the fields of political campaigns, health care and state government, are Brian Griffiths, chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans, Josh Russin, deputy chief of staff for Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, and Suzanne Schlattman, community outreach and development director for Health Care for All.

Brian Griffiths of Pasadena, Md., graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) in 2000. He is a Republican Party activist and serves as chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans as well as Northeast Regional vice-chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. Griffiths is contributing editor of the RedMaryland blog, Maryland’s premier and most widely read blog of conservative and Republican politics, and is co-host and executive producer of RedMaryland Radio. In addition, he is a former member of the Anne Arundel County Amusement License Commission.

Josh Russin '07

Josh Russin of Columbia, Md., is a 2007 alumnus of McDaniel College. Formerly the executive assistant to the mayor of his native Frederick, Md., he was named the deputy chief of staff for Howard County Executive Ken Ulman in November 2012. Upon his appointment in Howard County, Ulman said, “Josh has proven to be a goal-oriented, effective administrator. His organizational skills, his ability to develop short and long-term strategies and his ‘can do’ ethic make him a perfect addition to our team.”

Suzanne Schlattman '06

Suzanne Schlattman of Baltimore, Md., is a 2006 graduate of McDaniel College and currently serves as community outreach and development director for Health Care for All whose mission is to create quality and affordable health care for all Marylanders. She joined the organization in 2006 as a social-work student fellow and became a full-time staff member in 2008. Her interests in health literacy, rural health care delivery models, program development and evaluation continue to inform her advocacy and outreach efforts.