Interim Senior Director, Philanthropic Engagement
Amina Anderson joined The Community Foundation in August 2011. Amina leads the DC Office of Philanthropy, working with District of Columbia residents to explore opportunities for achieving their philanthropic goals and facilitating their engagement on critical community issues affecting DC.
Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Amina worked as President of the Black United Fund of Oregon. She developed the organization’s core programs including initiatives to encourage philanthropy, improve academic performance, reduce infant mortality and foster small business development. She raised more than $10 million, primarily from small donations, and awarded grants and services to spur social and economic development in low-income communities throughout the state. Amina was among a group of community residents that helped found Albina Community Bank, a community development bank in Portland, Oregon, with assets now at more than $175 million.
Amina attended Portland State University where she majored in Business Administration. She has been recognized for her work in philanthropy and community development by The Alliance for Choice in Giving, Portland State University, and The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Kimberly Arriola joined The Community Foundation in February 2013 as an Accounting Associate. In her current role as the Accountant II, she reviews and processes contributions, grants, accounts payable, and separately managed assets. Her attention to detail, accuracy and customer service skills have helped keep the finance department organized and running smoothly. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As an avid fan of Washington D.C. sports, you can usually find her at sporting events.
Kesha Chandler is a native Marylander, born and raised in College Park, MD. She has a B.S. in History and Government from Bowie State University, and an M.S.A. in Nonprofit Management from Trinity Washington University. She joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in September 2012 and works in the Finance Department as the Grants Associate.
Fellow for Community Investment
Jen joined the Community Foundation in August 2017 as a Fellow for Community Investment for the upcoming year. As a Fellow for Community Investment, Jen assists with the management and monitoring of grantmaking activities on the Community Investment team and is actively engaged with the intake and review of proposals for the Children and Family Legacy Fund, as well as the Fund for Children, Youth and Families grant cycle.
Previously, Jen worked as a corporate social responsibility intern for the financial services firm TIAA and served as a teaching assistant for the iGive Program, a year-long course for freshman at the University of Maryland focused on philanthropy and grantmaking, nonprofits, and service-learning projects.
Originally from New Jersey, Jen holds a BA in International Studies from Boston College, and recently earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland with a specialization in nonprofit management and leadership.
Donor Services Associate
Emily’s career at the Greater Washington Community Foundation began in November 2016, as a regional Donor Services Associate. Her role includes working with The Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor network (and specifically the Young Professional Advisors Committee, or YPAC), development and relationship management for the annual Celebration of Philanthropy, assisting with general donor services, and more!
Emily is proud that philanthropy is a passion she inherited – she grew up volunteering alongside her parents and sister across her hometown of Atlanta. During her time at The George Washington University, she was a member of the women's rugby team and fundraising chair of Relay For Life of GW, benefiting the GW Cancer Institute. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, Emily worked with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council on their inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, combining her design background with her lifetime interest in philanthropy. She helped unite the organization's nationwide chapters for a day dedicated to making schools around the world healthier, safer, and more sustainable. Emily is also a 2016 graduate of The George Washington University School of Business Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program, where she learned about the intersection between the sports industry and nonprofit world.
Donor Services Associate, Montgomery County
Kevin Donnelly joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation staff in January of 2017 after serving as the Community Foundation in Montgomery County’s WRAG fellow in the fall of 2016. As Donor Services Associate, he is the primary point of contact for many donor and fund-related questions and is part of the team that helps donors map out and achieve their philanthropic goals. Kevin is responsible for the management of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County’s scholarship funds, helps to coordinate the Sharing Montgomery grant process, and assists the team in planning events like the quarterly Funders’ Roundtables and the annual Celebration of Giving. He is also part of the working group responsible for reviewing and updating the Community Foundation’s policies and procedures. His previous experience includes working in event planning and management for the University of Maryland’s Student Union, facilitating member engagement and education for ASHRAE, a trade association for HVAC and refrigeration engineers, and business and strategy development for a startup nonprofit that provided childcare services and education to veterans and their families. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Government and Politics and an MPP specializing in nonprofit management and leadership.
Bruno Gbado joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2017 as Consultant, providing contract management and oversight of the DYRS program under the Community Investment team. He was converted to a full-time employee in November 2017 as Accounting Manager. He is responsible for overseeing many of the accounting functions and supporting the CFO and the Senior Director of Finance.
Bruno comes to The Community Foundation with over five years of work experience in the nonprofit sector. He is skilled in Balance Sheet and General Ledger account reconciliations, Payroll, journal entries, accruals, bank and credit card reconciliations, Accounts Payable, financial reporting, expense reporting and allocation, Budgeting, fixed assets and depreciation schedule, Standard Operating Procedures Manual preparation, and month-end closing activities.
Bruno has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business and Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a CPA Candidate.
He is originally from the Central African Republic and he speaks, reads, and writes French perfectly well.
Executive Director, Prince George's County
Desiree Griffin-Moore joined The Community Foundation in September 1998 as executive director of The Community Foundation in Prince George’s County where she has provided leadership of its strategic giving, development, and donor engagement activities. She serves as The Community Foundation’s primary point of contact for fundraising, donor services, program development and marketing in Prince George’s County. Desiree's other roles have included directing strategic donor engagement efforts throughout the Washington metropolitan region.
Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Desiree led Freddie Mac Foundation’s Investments in Education grantmaking portfolio, a new $5 million grants portfolio that doubled during her tenure. She developed several major initiatives — including the JC Nalle Community School Initiative — that synced public education in low-income communities with the company’s affordable housing objectives. A committed advocate of civil rights and social justice, Desiree has extensive experience working with the nonprofit sector to advance low-income and marginalized communities. Her previous experience includes roles at the United Way of the National Capital Region and the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. Desiree holds a MSW in Planning and Policy Analysis from the University of Connecticut and BS in Criminal Justice Administration from American University.
Community Investment Associate
Melen Hagos joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2017 as the Community Investment Associate. She is responsible for coordinating all competitive and discretionary grantmaking across the region, in support of Community Investment Initiatives, and regional grantmaking efforts. Previously, she worked at the Brookings Institution, where she served as the Senior Center Coordinator working on public and private events, communications, and donor engagement for international education projects. Her previous experience also includes fellowships with She Should Run, a non-profit organization which works to elect female candidates to national political office, where she established partnerships in 45 states with organizations aiming to increase the number of women running for office.
Recently, Melen was selected to participate in the Young Professionals Program, an initiative of the Leadership Center for Excellence which invests in high-potential leaders in the DC Metropolitan area. This program provides the opportunity to develop new professional skills and capacities, while also acquiring the tools, visibility and network necessary to engage in their broader community. She holds a B.A. in International Development with minors in African and Middle Eastern studies from James Madison University located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Donor Services Officer, Montgomery County
Bridget Hanagan joined The Community Foundation in May 2012. As Donor Services Officer she is part of a team providing customer service to the Foundation’s Montgomery County donors, in support of each donors’ charitable giving goals. She also leads the coordination of The Sharing Montgomery Fund and Neighbors in Need Montgomery and helps plan Montgomery County’s donor engagement events such as the Celebration of Giving, Funders’ Roundtable, and Taste of Philanthropy series. Bridget’s prior experience includes a year as an Americorps Volunteer serving as a Youth Leadership Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn and Account Manager and Lead Trainer at a software start-up firm. She is particularly passionate about providing college access for all, and currently volunteers as a mentor for Community Bridges.
Executive Director, Montgomery County
Anna Hargrave joined The Community Foundation staff in February, 2006. Through her previous experience at the Office of the Montgomery County Executive, Montgomery Youth Works, and the Jewish Social Service Agency, Anna came to the Foundation well-versed in program management, community outreach, and project development. She recently completed her service on the Board of Directors for Leadership Montgomery, an organization which brings together current and emerging leaders interested in making Montgomery County a better place to live and work. A graduate of Kenyon College, Anna earned her BA in Spanish Area Studies and Drama.
In her eleven years at The Community Foundation, she has worn many hats. She spearheaded planning for the annual Celebration of Giving event as well as numerous learning and networking opportunities for donors, including the creation of the Foundation’s Taste of Philanthropy series in Montgomery County, which enables donors and philanthropic friends to connect with each other, learn about the community, and share their own ideas for making a deeper impact. She has also led the Sharing Montgomery grant process, which engages donors in vetting 50+ high-impact organizations serving the County’s low-income neighbors. Most importantly, Anna has worked 1:1 with hundreds of Montgomery County donors to provide them with the tools, resources, and support needed for them to give to all the causes they care about deeply, here and around the world.
Fellow for Special Projects
Bernadette Hellmann joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in August 2017. As Fellow for Special Projects, she supports the Vice Presidents of Development and Philanthropic Engagement and the CFO in increasing efficiency, programmatic outcomes, and our responsibility to donors. Among others, she manages the review of The Community Foundation’s Policies and Procedures, including the re-accreditation for the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
Bernadette devoted more than ten years of her career to establishing community foundations as giving vehicles across Germany. At Foundation Aktive Buergerschaft, she pioneered and directed a wide range of programs, research and training to enhance the professional and organizational development of the 400 German community foundations. Her passion is to support the volunteer board members, staff and donors in giving their time, talents and treasure for their communities. Bernadette also worked at the Bertelsmann Foundation where she helped to develop programs that enable donors worldwide to better leverage their resources.
Bernadette holds a master’s degree in American Studies, German and Political Science from the University of Muenster, Germany, and is a Certified Foundation Manager (German Foundation Academy). As an International Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York, she researched how community foundations can improve their financial and organizational stability. Bernadette has published extensively on community foundations and philanthropy.
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO / Office Manager
Ayann Johnson Bailey
Ayann Johnson Bailey joined The Community Foundation in 2005 as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO/ Office Manager. Ayann provides administrative and organizational support to the President & CEO and serves as staff assistant to the Board of Trustees. She also performs responsibilities related to facilities management and vendor relations and serves on various grant and scholarship review committees.
Ayann earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Hampton University, and recently completed her master’s degree in Nonprofit and Association Management from University of Maryland University College. She was raised in Austin, TX and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Senior Community Investment Officer
Dawnn Leary joined the Community Foundation in February 2015. Dawnn works to support the Foundation’s Economic Opportunity portfolio, including the Community Foundation’s education and workforce development investments and activities. She comes to the Foundation from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) a national community development finance institution where she managed the grant portfolio for the DC local office and coordinated DC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative in Neighborhoods East of the River. Prior to LISC, Dawnn held senior management positions at the HSC Foundation and East of the River Community Development Corporation.
Her passion and experience is in addressing various issues on the community development continuum such as affordable housing, business development, workforce development, adult education and resident engagement. She holds her Bachelors of Human Development & Psychoeducational Studies from Howard University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the Board of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board.
Community Investment Officer
Manon oversees the day-to-day operations for the City Fund. She is responsible for ensuring that the purpose and spirit of the One City Action Plan and its goals via the City Fund are realized. Manon manages all City Fund activities related to grant administration, stakeholder engagement and evaluation.
Kathy Matthews joined The Community Foundation in 2002, and currently serves as the Grants Manager. In this role, she coordinates and supervises the financial and administrative operations and functions of grant awards for the Foundation. She is responsible for ensuring that the grantmaking process serves grantees and potential grantees with the highest quality of customer service while maintaining The Community Foundation’s mission and values. Her primary areas of responsibility include financial reporting, budget oversight, administrative/financial data processing systems, and grant compliance. As a native Washingtonian, Kathy has a passion for community initiatives and actively participates in community service activities.
Senior Director of Finance
With over 13 years of considerable cross-functional experience across multiple business environments in both the private and public accounting sectors, Juliana Mitrojorgji, MBA, joined The Community Foundation in September 2011 and is the Senior Director of Finance. She is responsible for and specializes in managing The Community Foundation’s quarterly and annual financial reporting process, managing and overseeing all investments’ related activities, auditing financial data for accuracy and compliance with GAAP and the Foundation’s internal policies and procedures, and communicating accurate financial information to individual donors, organizations, and other interested parties. Furthermore, she manages and oversees the internal work associated with the annual independent audit process for the Foundation (GAAP and GAGAS audits).
Senior Director, Philanthropic Services
Benton currently serves as Senior Director of Philanthropic Services at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Washington-area’s largest philanthropic funder. Benton oversees The Community Foundation’s Economic Security portfolio, including all grantmaking and community leadership in the areas of education and workforce development.
Benton has more than a dozen years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, originally coming to The Community Foundation in January 2004 through the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington where he supported advocacy efforts on behalf of Washington’s nonprofit sector on issues including regional emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Prior to his current role, Benton served as Senior Program Officer at The Community Foundation, supporting grantmaking and community initiatives including the Walmart Washington@Work work readiness initiative, The Washington Area Partnership for Immigrants, The Common Ground Fund, and The Collaborative for Education Organizing.
Currently Benton leads the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, a coalition of local and national funders, corporations and private donors who pool their resources to support increased workforce development outcomes for low-income Washingtonians. From 2013-215, Benton served as co-chair of the Raise DC Youth Employment Change Network, the District’s youth workforce investment council. Currently, Benton is a member of the DC Workforce Investment Council, the Maryland Adult Literacy Advisory Council and the Maryland Governor’s Taskforce on Adult High Schools. Benton is a frequent lecturer on effective grantmaking and stewardship of philanthropic capital at the George Washington University, American University and the Foundation Center. Benton holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Director of Development
Since August 2016, Joanne Pipkin has been serving as the Director of Development at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. With extensive experience in relationship management and working with premier non-profit organizations, Joanne focuses on building strong and collaborative partnerships between the regional professional advisors and The Community Foundation. Joanne also oversees the foundation’s planned giving program, which includes opportunities in complex gift scenarios, estate intentions and charitable trusts. Joanne has presented at the AdNet Community Foundation conference and several regional planned giving conferences and programs.
Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Joanne had a far-reaching career in the financial service industry, with the last 19 years as a Senior Relationship Manager and Team Leader in Charitable Asset Management at State Street Global Advisors.
Joanne holds a Master of Administrative Science – Finance degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Political Science and Pre-Legal Studies from Goucher College. Joanne is a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council. Joanne is a judge for the John Hopkins University Business Plan Competition, and has served as President of the JHU New England Alumni group. In the inaugural year for Found in Translation, Joanne assisted as a mentor, and for several years she served as a Board member to the Portsmouth High School (NH) Futures program.
Donor Services Associate, Prince George's County
Mustafa Rahin joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation as a Donor Services Officer in January 2017 where he supports the Foundation’s current and potential donors in achieving their philanthropic goals by connecting them to relevant community development opportunities. He manages The Community Foundation’s donor relations in Northern Virginia and Prince George’s County. Before joining The Community Foundation, Mustafa served as a Program Management Specialist at the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) based in his home country, Afghanistan, where he managed programs aimed at creating licit economic opportunities for vulnerable communities to help them forego poppy cultivation and reduce the demand for drugs. He also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) managing and supporting multi-million dollar programs’ results and partnerships in Afghanistan.
Mustafa holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester based in England and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Afghanistan. Mustafa received the INL Worldwide Foreign Service National Employee of the Year Award in 2014 which was given by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State during a ceremony in Washington D.C. He will begin pursuing a second Masters in International Business and Policy at Georgetown University in January 2018.
Community Investment Officer
Alicia Reid came to The Greater Washington Community Foundation (The Community Foundation) in 2003, and is currently a Community Investment Officer. In this role, Alicia manages and administers the grant-making and investment selection processes for the Children and Family Legacy Fund and the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families. The Children and Family Legacy Fund and the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families provides support to organizations addressing the following program areas: Stable Homes Stable Families, Foster Care and Adoption, and Academic and Career Success.
Previously, Alicia served as the Director, Grants Administration at The Community Foundation. While in this role Alicia facilitated the grants management and administration for donor-advised funds, and initiative grant-making programs. Alicia’s tenure and service at The Community Foundation demonstrates her ardent commitment to philanthropy.
Donor Services Associate
Gisela joined the Community Foundation in March 2017 as the Donor Services Associate for the DC office of Philanthropy and Donor Services and is excited to be a part of “the other side of grant-making”. She formerly spent four years working in Development at Synetic Theater in Arlington, Virginia where she learned a lot about DC Philanthropy and the burgeoning DC Theater Scene. As a graduate with a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Anglo-American University in Prague, Gisela has long held an interest in the work and impact of NGOs; from grassroots community organizations to those working on an international level. Gisela lives in Alexandria with her husband and two beautiful dogs.
Brand & Impact Manager
Amber J. Simmons
Amber J. Simmons joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation as Brand and Impact Manager in January 2017. She is responsible for the tactical implementation and design of The Community Foundation’s brand, marketing, and communications strategy, and helping manage the development and delivery of all related tools across the organization.
Amber has almost 10 years of experience in graphic design, public relations, brand development, and marketing strategy. In 2011, her work on the University of Maryland's Inclusive Language Campaign earned her 1st Place recognition among promotional campaigns in the Association of College Unions International's "Steal This Idea" competition. She came to The Community Foundation to use her skills to do good work, combining her love of design and brand strategy with the impact of advocacy.
Amber is a native Marylander and proud graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park. In 2011, she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the university – one in Communications: Public Relations and the other in African American Studies: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Amber coordinated marketing and communication strategy in a variety of industries, including higher education and commercial real estate.
Receptionist / Accounting Associate
Mallory Slivka joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2015 as the Administrative Associate. She currently is the Accounting Associate and processes received contributions and assists with other finance work.
Mallory is originally from Pennsylvania and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Senior Community Investment Officer and Philanthropic Advisor
Silvana Straw is a senior philanthropic leader with over 25 years’ commitment to our community and social justice. She serves as philanthropic advisor to major donors and clients, facilitating their charitable giving and helping them invest strategically. She has developed and led major efforts focused on the safety net, homelessness/housing, youth development/civic engagement, arts and culture, nonprofit capacity building and advocacy/systems reform. In 2014, her leadership resulted in a groundbreaking study on affordable housing prepared by The Urban Institute entitled, Housing Security in Greater Washington.
She served as lead staff for the Neighbors in Need Fund which invested in advocacy efforts to preserve the safety net; and emergency services for hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the economic crisis. Her youth work has included the Greater Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative—an award-winning youth civic engagement program. She also created and led the Creative Communities Initiative focused on advancing the work of artists in communities as catalysts for social change.
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Danielle Yates joined The Community Foundation as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications in June 2017. She leads the Marketing team in providing the strategic vision and tactical implementation of all communications and marketing programs across the organization. Danielle has more than 13 years’ experience developing and executing marketing and communications strategies, directing events and public relations efforts, and leveraging digital media tools to amplify the impact of nonprofit organizations she’s served. Most recently, Danielle managed marketing and recruitment for the U.S. Department of State's English Language Programs, administered by Georgetown University, to attract qualified applicants for teaching fellowships around the world.
Danielle found her passion for effective philanthropy while managing marketing and communications at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In this role, she developed marketing campaigns to restore the profitability of GEO’s events program by selling out seven successive conferences, and directed the design, editing and distribution of all print publications and digital resources. Previously, she served in external affairs positions at the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Internet Education Foundation, spearheading planning for the inaugural State of the Net Conference which is now the largest annual tech policy event in D.C.
A California native, Danielle has a BA in Communications and Culture from UC San Diego, a certificate in event management and planning from the George Washington University, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications program at Georgetown University. Danielle is an avid runner and volunteers as a youth mentor for Teens Run DC.