Get to Know Tracee Fruman –
Wife, Mother, Attorney, Philanthropist

Tracee may have been born in New York, but she has always considered Baltimore as her true home.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English and American Literature in 2000, Tracee went directly to University of Maryland School of Law, then clerked for the Hon. Norris J. Byrnes in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County after graduation. She began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Maryland Department of Health, and stayed for 12 years. Since 2017, Tracee has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where she prosecutes criminal Medicaid fraud and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Tracee lives in Baltimore with her husband Kevin, her two sons, Jake (13) and Leo (10) and their lovable dog Mac.

What do you love most about the work that you do?
I love being a lawyer. Each case presents new challenges, so I always feel as though I’m honing my craft and developing my skill set. It’s definitely never boring. Since becoming a criminal prosecutor almost 3 years ago, I enjoy knowing that my efforts are directly protecting the citizens of Maryland.

How does Jewish Baltimore play into you and your family’s lives? 

Our family has been members of Beth El Congregation for many generations, and we just had our son’s bar mitzvah there in September. We are on executive boards and committees for Jewish organizations because that is where we find our purpose within the Jewish community. For me, being Jewish is more cultural and spiritual than religious. I love going to The Soul Center at Beth El to take part in Torah and Yoga on Sunday mornings or attend any number of their amazing programs. Being a part of Baltimore’s Jewish community gives me a sense of belonging.

Why is giving back important to you and your family?

Being a full-time wife, mother and attorney, it’s difficult to find philanthropic opportunities that fit into my busy schedule. However, The Associated is such a welcoming organization that doesn’t hesitate to meet me halfway. There is something for everyone, at every stage of life. I also really appreciate seeing how my contribution to The Associated, both as a donor and as a volunteer, actually makes a difference in our community. Whether it’s through education on issues that impact the Jewish community, welcoming new community members, or helping Jews abroad in Israel, I can see my time and resources making positive changes for the Jewish people. 

Tell me about your involvement with The Associated? 

This is my second year of being involved with Jewish Professional Women (JPW). It’s wonderful to be surrounded by other women, like myself, who are balancing family and work, but still want to make an impact on our community. We’ve executed some really great programming that is informative and innovative.

My family just returned a few weeks ago from The Associated Family Mission to Israel. It was an incredible experience to be able to see Israel again (my third trip), but this time through my children’s eyes. I hope my children will always remember the first time they visited Israel.  

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor–until college, when I realized that I wanted to BE a doctor, not BECOME a doctor. Looking back, I wish I had not given up on that dream. 

Do you have a favorite Baltimore spot?

Does my house count? We just moved into our newly-renovated home in Stevenson and I never want to leave the house! 

Finish this sentence: When I’m not working, I’m…

Binge-watching something on Netflix (currently, The Crown) or listening to a podcast (anything true crime-related).

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