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A cofounder of Concerned Black Men of Calvert County was elected as the new chairman of the national organization’s board of directors last month.

Nathaniel Pope was elected as the new chairman of the board of directors of the national Concerned Black Men at its Annual Delegates Meeting in early March, according to a news release from CBMCC.

“His leadership and progressive thought over the years have made CBM Calvert one of the premier chapters in the country,” CBMCC President George Carter said in the release regarding Pope, who resides in Owings with his wife, Adriane Hope Sayles. “Now, that unshrinking dedication stands to benefit more young people and communities across this nation as he works to further grow CBM’s success and mission.”

Pope, who was vice chairman before running for chairman, said Tuesday he hopes to increase awareness of the “premier” national organization with corporations and individuals across the nation, to “move the organization forward and help support the programs and outreach.”

He said he also hopes to set up a national advisory council to get “high-profile persons to help increase our image,” among other goals, such as passing best practices onto local chapters and developing an initiative to help fund local chapters.

Pope’s term as chairman is two years with the possibility of one re-election.

Pope and Michael Moore founded the local Calvert chapter in 1995, Pope said, adding that he saw a need at that time for strong mentoring to some of the young boys in the county.

In addition to CBM, Pope has served on the county’s economic development commission, coached youth league football in Dunkirk, serves at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland and is on the board of directors of the Summit School in Edgewater.

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