Jacqueline “Jacqui” Lampel, a veteran Baltimore public relations leader and spokesperson for Baltimore City and Maryland agencies, passed away at St. Agnes Hospital on Jan. 20 at age 70. Her husband, Angelo Colianni, said she had been treated for cancer and developed a respiratory condition that took her life.

Well known throughout the region and highly respected as a mentor, volunteer and communications professional, Lampell had more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and brand management with the public, private and nonprofit sectors. According to her LinkedIn profile, in 2011 she concluded more than two decades of service working for the state of Maryland where she most recently served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

She was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2011. Lampell also has given her time and efforts to worthy causes and organizations. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Family Network for more than 10 years, and also volunteered for the Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region, the Children’s Home in Catonsville and Youth Empowered Society in Baltimore City.

Since leaving the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, she worked on projects for Maryland Public Television, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Star-Spangled 200, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and V-LINC, which creates technological solutions to improve the independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Her most recent project is launching a new marketing campaign for the Central Baltimore Partnership.

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