Interim President And CEO
Tonia Wellons leads the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s Community Investment function, which includes competitive and discretionary grant-making, community engagement efforts, and strategic partnerships. She has over 20 years of experience spanning senior leadership roles at the Peace Corps and the World Bank Group to social entrepreneurship for a community-based fund that she founded.
Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2016, as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps, Tonia was responsible for leading the agency’s partnerships with government, the private sector, international NGOs, and donors. Tonia previously served as fund manager for CGAP, a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion, housed at the World Bank Group. She also spent a significant part of her career working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa. In 2010, Tonia founded The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) and its flagship initiative, Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s County.
Tonia has a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University. In 2016, Tonia was named one of NBC’s Women of Washington.
Vice President, Development and Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Rebecca Rothey, CFRE, CAP®, AEP®, leads the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s outreach to professional advisors, private foundations, and business leaders in the region. She provides strategic guidance on contributing closely-held, complex, or illiquid assets and on charitable legacy planning.
Prior to joining the Foundation in August 2016, Rebecca held several charitable gift planning positions, including a year at the Johns Hopkins University as director of gift planning, eight years at Catholic Charities as director of planned and principal gifts and four years at the American Red Cross of Central Maryland as manager of major and planned gifts. However, it was her three years serving as director of major and planned giving, from 2012-15, at the Baltimore Community Foundation that created her passion for the role community foundations play helping generous people make our communities better places through philanthropy.
Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the Notre Dame of Maryland University, from which she graduated summa cum laude, and is certified as a fundraising specialist from Goucher College. She became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received her designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from The American College in 2014. Rebecca serves on the board of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and the Editorial Advisory Board of Planned Giving Today. She is past president of the board of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Shannon Scott leads the accounting, investments, financial planning and reporting, tax, budget and treasury functions. In addition, she oversees human resources and information technology. She is also leading the charge to develop innovative impact investing solutions to help nonprofits extend their reach. Shannon has spent much of her career in the nonprofit sector and has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, financial services, and social services.
Prior to joining the Foundation in March 2016, she served as the chief financial officer at National Housing Trust and the Council on Foundations providing financial planning and reporting, grants management, and enterprise risk management information to the leadership team and the board of directors. She was also the controller for Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact), managing the finance and accounting team and overseeing financial reporting and audits, compliance reporting for new markets tax credits transactions, budgeting, investment management and grants management. Shannon also chaired the Diversity Committee, bringing a culture of shared history and understanding to the work. Prior to that, she served as the chief financial officer at So Others Might Eat, a social services agency providing much needed resources to Washington, DC’s homeless population. Shannon also served six years as treasurer and volunteer photographer for Miriam’s Kitchen, another DC nonprofit serving the area’s homeless population.
Shannon graduated from George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting, and from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with an MBA. She currently serves on the board of Mission First Housing, a nonprofit focused on developing and managing affordable, safe and sustainable homes for our most vulnerable populations.
Associate Vice President, Development
Angela Willingham, CFRE
In July 2018, Angela Willingham joined the Community Foundation to assume the newly-created role of Associate Vice President of Development. Angela brings a strong background in major gifts fundraising, capital campaigns, and strategic communications. Her fundraising experience has primarily been in independent schools in Las Vegas, Dallas and, most recently, at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, where she served as director of institutional advancement.
Angela will lead The Community Foundation’s communications and unrestricted fundraising strategies, including cultivating and soliciting major donors, managing the regional gala, launching and managing an annual appeal, and writing corporate and foundation proposals.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master's degree in strategic communications and leadership from Seton Hall University. Angela’s commitment to life-long learning led her to achieve her CFRE certification and she is excited to continue her passion for philanthropy with the greater Washington community.