Jane Shaab is a champion of the Baltimore region’s life sciences, technology, and research industries. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to establish Baltimore as a destination for the biotechnology industry.
In 2003, Jane joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to help establish the University’s research park, the University of Maryland BioPark. As Executive Director, Jane leads the development and management of the BioPark, and has grown it into Baltimore’s largest cluster of life sciences companies. Today, the park boasts 14-acres, 470,000 sq. ft., six buildings, with a seventh designed and planned, and three dozen companies, employing more than 1,000 people.
Jane is the BioPark’s ambassador to the West Baltimore neighborhoods bordering the project, and works to ensure the BioPark develops in a responsible, respectful way. Under her guidance, the BioPark has stewarded more than $1 million in support for community requested funding for schools, safety measures, and job training needed in the immediate area. She also champions UMB’s community engagement efforts, most recently leading the University’s committee aimed at supporting the local community during the pandemic (and beyond).
Prior to joining UMB, Jane served as Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, which she helped spin out from the Greater Baltimore Committee and establish as its own independent nonprofit. She also served as Director of Economic Development for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Director of National Marketing for Maryland Economic Growth Associates, Inc., and as a marketing consultant to the Greater Baltimore Committee.
Jane serves on the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, the Board of Directors for the Southwest Partnership, the B & O Railroad Museum, and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, and as a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Economic Development Committee. She is a founding member of the Poe Baltimore Board of Trustees. Jane previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Research Parks, the MdBio Program Committee, and the Technology Advisory Council for The Smith Group.
She is a graduate of Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, earned her Graduate Certificate in Business from Goucher College Business Management Institute, and is a proud alum of Notre Dame Preparatory School.
Jane has been honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1997, 1999 and 2001 and as a permanent member of Maryland’s Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence. She was one of The Daily Record’s 2020 Icon Honor awardees.