Glenn E. Schneider, MPH
Glenn is a passionate, strategic and skilled public health leader with extensive experience managing successful campaigns that improve lives. Through data-driven programs and campaigns, advocacy efforts, community organizing and partner collaborations, Glenn and his teams strive to advance policy and systems changes – known precursors to better community health.
At the Horizon Foundation, Glenn leads a program team that oversees diverse initiatives including Howard County Unsweetened and Sugar Free Kids Maryland which have successfully advocated for policies that make healthy choices easier at parks, schools, government offices, community organizations and child care facilities. Nationally published peer-reviewed research found that local sugary drink sales have declined by 20 percent in Howard County due to these campaigns.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Glenn was a national consultant, executive director, community organizer, grassroots strategist and policy director in the government and nonprofit sectors. His work resulted in over 35 new state and local laws and regulations across the nation that increased access to health care, raised tobacco prices, created smoke-free public places and cut youth access to tobacco.
Locally, Glenn spearheaded efforts to make all Howard County public places smoke-free and to pass the nation’s first regulations prohibiting youth access to indoor tanning beds. He also played an integral role in creating the Healthy Howard Health Plan, a nationally-acclaimed health care access program for the uninsured.
Glenn is currently an adjunct faculty member at several universities and formerly served on the Maryland Health Care Commission. He is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on driving community change, and his work is featured in the book The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political Power. Glenn has a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, where he received the school’s highest honor, the Distinguished Graduate Award, in 2002. He is a proud husband and father to his wife Janice and their two boys, Eric and Evan.
Favorite things in Howard County
- The diverse, engaging and caring people that live in our county
- Columbia’s pathway system, lakes and open spaces
- The schools are pretty fantastic, too!!
Why I care about promoting health and wellness
To quote Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Working on improving the public’s health is my calling.