Neal Simon is the CEO and Principal at Bronfman E.L. Rothschild. Simon has extensive business experience at a variety of organizations. Prior to his current role, he was the Founder and CEO at Highline Wealth Management, President at The Meltzer Group and Meltzer Wealth Management, Chairman and CEO of US Law, and COO and Manager at William Kent International.
He is also an industry leader outside of work as a founding member of the Alliance for Registers Investment Advisors (aRIA) and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is also actively involved in the community, serving on the boards of the Community Foundation and Interfaith Works. Simon graduated from magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Economics. He later went on to earn an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.
Denise Turner Roth
Senior Advisor at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. Denise Turner Roth, served as former Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration. She is the 21st Senate-confirmed Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Drawing on 18 years of public service, Roth continues GSA’s efforts to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. Roth arrived at GSA in March 2014 as Deputy Administrator, providing overall organization management that helped improve performance throughout the agency. As Deputy, she worked at every level of GSA to support the mission and goals of the agency through the use of strategic and performance planning, measurement and analysis, and regular assessment of progress and performance data.
Roth’s dedication to public service began on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Jim Moran. Later, she served as a special assistant for legislative affairs in the office of District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams and the public space manager for D.C.’s Department of Transportation, implementing and overseeing a $36 million revenue stream and managing public space access for major utility and telecommunication companies.
During her career, she has received a variety of accolades, most recently being named one of D.C.’s “Top 50 Women in Tech” by FedScoop for her use of technology as a force multiplier to push government and industry to the next level. She also received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia for her significant accomplishments in her business life. Denise Turner Roth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics from the George Mason University, which also awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2015. She is a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John Devine is a partner and strategic advisor with Brown Advisory. John works with high-net worth individuals and families. John provides a holistic perspective collaborating with outside providers. John has over 30 years of experience providing investment, estate, income tax and succession planning services. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, he was with GenSpring Family Offices leading the mid- Atlantic. John was a senior manager in Arthur Andersen’s Family Wealth Planning Practice. John is a Certified Public Accountant and a Personal Financial Specialist. John is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and received both a BS and an MS from the University of Florida.
Dr. Charlene Dukes
Dr. Charlene M. Dukes is the president of Prince George’s Community College and has more than thirty years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. With more than 44,000 students at 6 locations, including the Largo Campus, Prince George’s Community College offers 200 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. The college is home to the National Cyberwatch Center, an ATE site funded by the National Science Foundation, and is designated a 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the two-year level. Prince George’s Community College is also the location of the first middle college high school in Maryland, the Academy for Health Sciences, which serves 400 students (grades 9-12) and is a partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The first graduating class received high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously in May 2015.
Dr. Dukes was the recipient of the Dr. Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History, and the Golden Hammer award from the Fuller Center for Housing. In 2016 the Prince George’s County Chapter, Toaping Castle, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) honored her with a medal and certificate as a Woman in American History and in 2013 she was inducted into the Maryland’s Women Hall of Fame. In 2011, 2013, and 2015, she was recognized by the Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Washington metropolitan area. From 2007 through May 2015, she served on the Maryland State Board of Education and from 2012 through May 2015, she was the president of the Board. From 2002 through 2006, she served on the Appointed Board of Education of Prince George’s County and chaired the Student Support, Student Appeals, and Personnel Committees.
Mary Pat Alcus
Mary Pat Alcus is an institutional investment advisor and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Over her 21-year career with Mercer Investment Consulting, a division of Marsh & McLennan Company, she has advised numerous foundations, endowments, corporate and public pensions in the areas of investment strategy, investment policy development, manager selection and performance monitoring. She has worked for Mercer in Atlanta, New York and most recently Washington, D.C. where she was a principal and senior consultant. Prior to joining Mercer, she was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst for Atlanta Capital Management. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Mary Pat has served on the Board of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County (an advisory board of the Greater Washington Community Foundation) since 2010, and began serving as Vice Chair in 2011. She is Chair of the Grants Committee for the Sharing Montgomery Fund and serves on the Neighbors in Need Montgomery Steering Committee. She also serves on the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation. Mary Pat and her daughter, Claire, were founding members of our Mother-Daughter Giving Circle at The Community Foundation in 2008 and together with her son, Colin, were also founding members of our Kid-to-Kid Giving Circle at The Community Foundation in 2010. Mary Pat and her husband, Darren, also established a family fund with The Community Foundation in 2010.
Kevin Beverly is the president of Social & Scientific Systems. Before joining Social & Scientific Systems, he worked in various technical and policy organizations, including Abt Associates, BAE Systems, Tracor Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, PSI International, the World Health Organization, and the National Library of Medicine. His strength and experience in leadership, strategy development, operations, project management, and sales and marketing has helped the company’s growth. In addition to founding the Mildred Beverly Memorial Family Fund, which provides college scholarships for underprivileged youth in Dorchester County, Maryland, and Montgomery County, Maryland, Kevin serves on the boards of the Professional Services Council (PSC), Passion for Learning, Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, DC Velodrome, College Tracks, the Career Transition Center, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA, The Universities at Shady Grove, and is the board president of CollegeTracks. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master's degree from the College of Information Studies, both from the University of Maryland.
Kevin rejoined the Board of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County in 2011, having also served from 2004–2010, and was elected Chair in 2017. He also serves as a member of the Sharing Montgomery Fund’s Grants Committee. Kevin has also co-chaired the Celebration of Giving. Kevin maintains a fund with The Community Foundation—the Mildred Beverly Memorial Fund—named in honor of his mother.
Lia Dean leads Capital One Cafés, a key part of Capital One’s vision to Reimagine Banking from top to bottom.
With nearly two in three Americans losing sleep over financial stress, Capital One Cafés offer a warm, friendly, optimistic environment for people to get help with their money. Their signature “Your Money, Reimagined” programs help people set and meet their money goals. Café Ambassadors also coach Customers on how to use technology to make their money lives easier.
Lia joined the Capital One Café team in 2014 after previously leading Strategy for Capital One’s Retail and Direct Bank business. In that role, she shaped what became Capital One’s approach to enhancing and growing its Café experience.
Prior to joining Capital One, Lia was a Partner with McKinsey & Company, with particular focus on consumer marketing and growth strategy. Earlier in her career, she helped start and grow CashEdge, a consumer payments provider that was bought by FiServ in 2011 for more than $400 million.
Lia serves on the Board of Zero to Three, a national nonprofit organization that aim to enrich the lives of babies throughout their critical first three years of development. Born and raised in Maryland, she attended Yale University and M.I.T., and now lives in Washington, D.C.
Siobhan Doherty has been an integral part of The Walton Group of Companies, a multinational, privately-owned real estate investment and development group concentrating on the research, acquisition, administration, planning and development of strategically located land in North America, since 1996. She now holds various senior roles at the organization, including Executive Vice President & Broker for Westmount Mortgage Corporation, President of Adair Assurance Inc., and Executive Vice President of Walton Group of Companies Risk Management.
Outside of work, Siobhan is on the Board of Directors for Our Lady Queen of Peace Inc. (Canada and USA) and Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch Ltd. (Southern and Northern Alberta) where she served as Executive Director from 1996 – 1999. She is an active volunteer and committee member for the Calgary Stampede Foundation. Siobhan studied business education at the University of Calgary where she also participated in the Directors Education Program through Haskayne School of Business. She has her mortgage broker license in Calgary.
Kenny Emson, CPA is Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, with responsibility for NMHC’s internal operations and finance functions including accounting, NMHC meetings, membership, human resources and information systems. Prior to joining NMHC, Kenny served as Chief Development Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Greater Washington Community Foundation (formerly, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region).
Kenny is a native of England and came to the US to attend the George Washington University on a full soccer scholarship. Kenny lives in Arlington with his wife Marybeth, and three children David, Kelly and Liam. He is a board member of the Bainum Family Foundation, the Kiwanis Foundation, and the Community Foundation and a member of the Washington DC Estate Planning Council. He is a member of the George Washington University Athletic Hall and Fame
Wendy Goldberg has a long and committed interest in advocating for children's health, education and well-being. Since 2012, she has served as the chair of the Children's National Advocacy and Public Policy Institute, which establishes official policy positions and engagement strategies on children's health for the Children's National Medical Center, where she also sits on the board. She serves as co-chair of Raise DC, a cross sector partnership of local education leaders and stakeholders, which advocates to provide every youth with opportunities to succeed from cradle to career. In addition, Goldberg serves on the boards of the Children's Law Center, Health Leads, and the Community Foundation. She served as board chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative from 2009 to 2015. She and her husband, Fred, have five wonderful children.
Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Esq.
Ms. Hampshire-Cowan recently completed a 23-year tenure at Howard University which included serving as senior vice president and secretary, interim chief operating officer, and acting president. A sought-after speaker and trainer, her training specialties include organizational development, leadership, managing change and transition, diversity, board-CEO relationships, board development, and strategic deployment. Prior to serving as senior vice president, she served concurrently as secretary and vice president for human resource management and provided executive oversight for a workforce of more than 6,000.
Before joining Howard University, she spent 12 years working with the government of the District of Columbia. This included time as a congressional lobbyist, consumer and regulatory enforcement administrator, attorney-advisor to the deputy mayor for economic development, and senior advisor and counsel to the city administrator. She also served as general counsel of RFK Stadium, where she led the negotiations to build a new Redskins Stadium. She subsequently served as special counsel to County Executive Wayne Curry in his successful bid to relocate the team to Prince George's, Maryland. Hampshire-Cowan graduated with honors from Morris Brown College with a degree in business management and received her JD from Temple University Law Center. She is also a graduate of Harvard's Institute for Higher Education Management.
Tim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a real-time legal analytics platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and understand the law. The 150-person company now powers some of the world's largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments. With Hwang's technology and over $30M+ in funding from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN's Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Bruce McNamer has been president and CEO of the Community Foundation since 2015 and brings a long and distinguished record in philanthropy, business, and public service, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. Most recently, McNamer was CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, where he directed a broad-based portfolio of philanthropic initiatives including workforce readiness, financial capability and small business development.
Before joining JPMorgan Chase, McNamer served for nine years as the president and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. He grew the organization’s annual revenues to $75 million and drove its expansion to operations in 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, and India.
McNamer graduated from Harvard, holds both a JD and an MBA from Stanford, and is a 17-year Washingtonian.
Mr. Mayers was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering for more than thirty years until 2000, when he became Of Counsel to the succeeding firm of Wilmer Hale. He is the immediate past Chair of the Community Foundation and currently is chairing the Foundation’s new DC Advisory Board. Dan is also Chairman of the Legal Action Center of New York Board of Trustees. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Educational Television Association, the Visiting Committee of the Board of Overseers of Harvard Law School, the Sidwell Friends School, and the Survivors’ Fund.
Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. Miller serves as the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. For fourteen years he has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, Miller delivered the commencement address at Emory and Henry College and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel in 2004 and 2012.
Miller is often heard on National Public Radio. He is host of the weekly morning radio show On the Margin which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. Miller is host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV, and his E-Notes has been a popular blog since 2004. On April 19, 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame. The AWP presented Miller with the 2016 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. His latest book of poetry, The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, edited by Kirsten Porter and published in March 2016 by Aquarius Press, is a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his career as a poet.
Sean D. Morris
Sean Morris is a member of Deloitte’s Federal Executive Committee and Global Public Sector Executive Committee. Currently, Mr. Morris leads Deloitte Consulting’s 1000+-person Federal Human Capital practice, responsible for profit and loss, solution development, and strategic planning across three distinct service lines – 1. Organization Transformation and Talent, 2. Human Resources Transformation, and 3. Actuarial, Rewards, and Analytics. As Deloitte’s Lead for the Global Security and Justice Sector, Mr. Morris focuses on solution development and delivery for transportation security, border, trade, immigration, and justice clients around the globe.
With more than 20 years of consulting experience, Mr. Morris has a track record of leading large-scale projects in conceptualizing, designing, developing, and implementing solutions through enhanced technology and innovative strategies. He has served a broad range of Federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Treasury, and the US Postal Service.
Social and community impact are important professional and personal endeavors for Mr. Morris. He is active in finding solutions to the scourge of human trafficking and has published and led projects for US government agencies and survivor and advocacy groups. Consulting® magazine recently awarded he and his team with this year’s Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award for work done in this important area. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Executive Advisory Committee of The Fishing School, a DC-based charitable organization for at-risk children. He has also served as a guest lecturer and speaker on the consulting industry at the George Washington University and The American University.
Mr. Morris holds an M.A. from The American University and a B.S. from The University of Oregon. He resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his wife and their three children. He is active in coaching and cheering his children’s sports teams, dabbles in growing oysters, and is an avid rugby and soccer fan.
Nancy Kfoury, Ph.D
Dr. Kfoury’s early career as a Research Fellow at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research focused on investigational work on drugs such as amphetamine, caffeine and nicotine, as well as interventions which directly affect sleep and sleep deprivation, specifically as applied to operational efficiency in the field.
Prior to her work in sleep deprivation for the army, Dr. Kfoury worked on the effects of naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of morphine. Her work preceded the widespread use of naltrexone and naloxone by first responders on heroin overdose cases, and focused on the neuroanatomical, structural and behavioral effects of naloxone on offspring of mothers exposed to this opiate receptor altering drug.
Dr. Kfoury taught Physiological Psychology, Perception, and Human Learning and Memory for many years at George Mason University, where she was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award in 2010.
In recent years she has devoted much more time to philanthropic endeavors. She was Chairman of the Board at Make-A-Wish of the MIdAtlantic, and served on the Headmaster’s Council at Flint Hill School. She has worked for various animal rescue groups and promotes charitable causes at Skatequest of Reston, an ice rink that she and her husband own in Reston, Virginia.
Most recently Dr. Kfoury has served as Vice Chairman for the Community Foundation, where she and her husband have a donor advised fund. Her areas of interest at the Foundation include workforce development, early childhood education and promotion of animal welfare in the Washington metropolitan area.
David E. Shiffrin
David Shiffrin is a former real estate attorney with over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate field. He was a partner with the law firm of Linowes and Blocher until 1991 when he joined the Resolution Trust Corporation where he was Senior Counsel for Real Estate. He also served in that capacity at the FDIC when the RTC completed its work. After leaving the FDIC, Mr. Shiffrin was a Special Advisor to the FCC Auctions Division, assisting the Commission with its auction program of wireless telecommunications spectrum.
Mr. Shiffrin served from 1999-2000 as the Interim Executive Director of CulturalDC (fka Cultural Development Corporation), a private nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that engages in real estate development for the arts.
Mr. Shiffrin serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation. Mr. Shiffrin also serves on the Boards of several nonprofit associations, including Arena Stage, and CulturalDC. He co-chaired the capital campaign for the Source Theater, a project of CulturalDC. He has been a member of the Boards of Trustees of WETA and Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY), served on the Clark University Board of Visitors, and served for many years at The Maret School as a senior advisor to the Scholarship Auction. Mr. Shiffrin was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Arena Stage from 2010 until 2013 and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Board.
Mr. Shiffrin has a B.A. from Clark University and a J.D. from the New England School of Law. Mr. Shiffrin is married to the former Peggy Kobacker.
William M. Shipp has been immersed in all areas of land use and zoning practice in Prince George’s County for over thirty years. He is extensively involved in every level of the development process. Mr. Shipp also assists clients in the areas of historic preservation, real estate transactions and commercial finance.
Through the course of his career, Mr. Shipp has worked on many detailed residential, commercial, and mixed-use proposals, including Bowie Town Center, IKEA, the proposed Regional Medical Center, National Harbor, and Westphalia Town Center.
In addition to his role with the Community Foundation, he is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and former member of the Board of Directors of The Family Tree, a charitable organization dedicated to child abuse prevention in Maryland. Other positions he has held include Chairman of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the Prince George’s County Housing Authority, the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission and the Board of Management for the Prince George’s County YMCA. He is a member of the Leadership Washington Class of 2000. Shipp is a graduate of The George Washington University and The George Washington University Law School.
Sterling Speirn was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Conference on Citizenship in November 2017. He is the immediate past President and CEO of the Peninsula Community Foundation now the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Stupski Foundation. Before his career in community, private and family foundations, Mr. Speirn got started in corporate philanthropy leading the Community Grants program at Apple Computer (1986-1990).
Sterling Speirn is the immediate past President and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Peninsula Community Foundation (now the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), and the Stupski Foundation. Before his career in community, private and family foundations, Mr. Speirn got started in corporate philanthropy leading the Community Grants program at Apple Computer for four years.
Sterling’s commitment to children also extends to his earlier roles as a middle school educator, a legal-aid attorney working for low-income children and families, and serving as the director of a community health center in Northern California.
Currently he works as a philanthropic advisor, and serves on the Board of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. He also serves as a Special Advisor to the national nonprofit, CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change. In addition, he continues efforts to incubate a new initiative, Poverty Interrupted.
William W. Taylor, III
Over the course of his 40-year career, he has litigated numerous high-profile civil and criminal matters, often under intense media scrutiny. Bill practices in federal and state courts nationwide and has tried more than 60 cases to judgment. Named one of Washington, DC’s top 30 “Superstar” attorneys by Washingtonian magazine in 2011, Bill’s professional accomplishments have been noted with recognitions in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation.
Bill’s clients have included public officials such as former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Rep. Tom Feeney, and the late Sen. Alan Cranston; executives such as former New York Stock Exchange Compensation Committee chair Kenneth Langone, former Salt Lake City Olympic Committee chair Thomas Welch and former CEO of Massey Energy Company Donald Blankenship; and a wide variety of public and private organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, law firms, and unions, among others. He has conducted internal investigations in addition to representing clients in criminal prosecutions, regulatory enforcement, civil litigation, congressional investigation, and ethics inquiries. A former public defender, Bill is also committed to pro bono work and his clients include death row inmates.
Bill is a sought-after speaker at American Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers conferences and he has taught at the University of North Carolina Law School, the George Washington University Law School, and Catholic University Law School.
Katharine Weymouth served as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post, the newspaper division of The Washington Post Company, from 2008 through the end of 2014. Having joined The Post in 1996 as Assistant Counsel, Weymouth served in a number of senior roles in both the Legal and the Advertising Department including Vice President of Advertising from 2005-2008.
Weymouth earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and a JD from Stanford Law School. Following law school, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, from 1993-1996.
Weymouth serves on the Board of Graham Holdings, Cable One, the Philip L. Graham Fund, the Field School and the DC Economic Club. She is also a Senior Advisor to Laurel Strategies, a global strategic consulting company based in Washington.
Cliff White was a founding partner and the financial architect of NEW Customer Service Companies Inc. (NEW), the nation’s leading provider of extended service plans and buyer protection programs for consumer products. The award-winning post-sale consumer care company became a unit of Asurion Corporation through a merger in 2008.
Mr. White is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he currently serves on the advisory board for the Dean of the College of Business and Economics. He started his career as a CPA with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in New York City. Currently he and two other founding members of NEW are partners in SWaN Investors, a diversified private investment fund with several dozen investments, including the Washington Nationals Baseball Club & Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
In addition to sitting on the Board of the Community Foundation, where he and his wife Debbie have their family foundation, Mr. White is also on the foundation’s Sharing Montgomery Grants Committee and is the founder and chair of the foundation’s Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund, which assists vulnerable county residents with safety net services (food, housing and employment), workforce development and educational opportunities. Mr. White and his wife are also donors in Venture Philanthropy Partners, an innovative philanthropic organization that makes capacity investments in high-performing nonprofit organizations that serve children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital region, where Mr. White currently serves on its board as Vice Chair. Mr. White is also the treasurer of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda, MD.