Member Spotlight: Hope

Hope Stewart


Hope Stewart

League role/ position


Number of years in the Junior League


Have you been a member of other junior leagues?


Tell us a little bit about where you work.

I work for County Executive Laura Neuman as her Community and Constituent Services Specialist for Greater Annapolis and South County. That means I represent the County Executive at community meetings and events and address citizen calls and constituent issues dealing with County departments and services.

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I was born in Palm Springs, California, but since I only lived there for a few months that hardly qualifies me as a “California Girl.” Even though my father was a Marine and we moved around a lot when I was a kid, I’ve always been a Marylander at heart. 

Tell us a little about your educational background.

I received a BA in International Relations from Mary Baldwin College, and my MA in International Studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Favorite hobbies?

I love doing anything that gets me out of town and into the woods, especially horseback riding and exploring the walking trails in our State and County parks. I also love reading (I have a special weakness for historical fiction) though I wish I had more time these days to finish a book.

What about family?

My mom is the oldest of 7, so I have a very large extended family. I wish they lived closer but we’re all spread out around the country. My immediate family is small, just my parents and my brother. I spend A LOT of time with my family.

Tell us something unique.

I help teach ballroom dance at the Annapolis Cotillion in the Fall and Winter. It gives me a feeling of pride to know the children of Annapolis are going out into the world with a basic mastery of the box step. 

Finish this sentence: Being a member of Junior League inspires me . . . to believe I can make a difference.

Why do you love Junior League of Annapolis, Inc.?

I love feeling like I’m a part of something bigger than myself. Not just through our work in the community, but as a part of an impressive international network of woman and an organization with an influential history of civic leadership.