The Signal 13 Foundation Appoints Nancy Hinds CEO

The Board of Trustees of the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation today announced it hired Nancy Hinds as its first CEO in the organization’s 37-year history. Hinds served as the Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for nine years before assuming the role of CEO at Signal 13 in January.

The Signal 13 Foundation was established in 1983 by then Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with the help of local business leaders and philanthropists. The local not-for-profit provides financial assistance in the form of small, no obligation grants to qualified Baltimore City Police personnel, both sworn officers and civilians, who experience unexpected financial hardship. The Foundation also funds college scholarships for the children of active Baltimore City Police officers and employees, and it organizes events that further goodwill in the community.

“The Board of Trustees at the Signal 13 Foundation made the important decision to hire a CEO to expand on the great work the Foundation does to support the tireless efforts of the brave men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department,” said Bill Hooper, Chairman of the Board and General Manager of WMAR TV. “After an extensive strategic planning process, the Board made a commitment to significantly increase its fundraising efforts to expand our scholarship program so more families can receive support which also helps with retention and recruitment,” added Hooper.

“Signal 13 provides an invaluable service and it is a great honor for me to help grow the Foundation and its impact in the Baltimore community by working closely with Baltimore’s business leaders and foundations,” said Hinds.

Signal 13 is a universal communication broadcast that alerts the police that an officer in the field needs assistance. The Signal 13 Foundation is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) in Baltimore. The web site is

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police department with grants and scholarships for their families. For more information, go to