Interim Regional Director Philanthropy and Donor Services
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 Senior Accountant, 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.
Director of Employee Engagement
Ebony Clark joined the Foundation in May 2018. As the Director of Employee Engagement, she helps create a culture that reflects both The Community Foundation's values and the broader ethos, work style, and relationships that staff want to establish and maintain with each other. She joins The Community Foundation with nineteen years of work human resources experience, including over a decade in the nonprofit arena. Ebony holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College and a Bachelors of Science in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College.
Digital Marketing Manager
Sara E. Cohen
Sara E. Cohen joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in December 2018. As part of the Communications team, Sara strategically maintains The Community Foundation’s website, blog, marketing emails, and active social media presence.
Sara comes to The Community Foundation with more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently at Ford’s Theatre. As an avid fan of arts, literature, and community, she volunteers as a member of the equity-focused nonprofit Harry Potter Alliance and works as a dramaturg for local theater productions. Sara was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. She earned a B.A. in English and a minor in history at the University of Rochester.
Donor Services Associate, Montgomery County
Kate joined The Community Foundation in January 2019 as the donor services associate for Montgomery County, where she facilitates donor requests, assists in community leadership initiatives and scholarship fund processes, and provides general assistance for the local Montgomery County office in development, communications, and event planning. She come to Maryland from Texas, where she was born and raised and obtained an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston. She then served as program coordinator of a Houston area Meals on Wheels program, which is where her excitement for philanthropy began.
Emily’s career at the Greater Washington Community Foundation began in November 2016 as a regional Donor Services Associate. Her current role as Campaign Coordinator includes development and relationship management for the annual Celebration of Philanthropy, Fund for Greater Washington, and Building Thriving Communities impact initiatives, and assisting with The Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor network (specifically the Young Professional Advisors Committee, or YPAC), general donor services, and more!
For Emily, philanthropy has been a lifelong passion; 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, uniting 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. Outside of the office, you can find her volunteering with the scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, playing flag football on the National Mall, or spending time with friends and family – usually around a potluck or at one of the many scenic wineries in Northern Virginia.
Donor Services Officer, 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 Officer, he works with existing and prospective donors to strategize about their giving and provide them with necessary resources to reach their philanthropic goals. Kevin is responsible for the management of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County’s community leadership grantmaking processes, Sharing Montgomery, and Neighbors in Need Montgomery, and he coordinates the planning, marketing, fundraising, and logistics of events like the quarterly Funders’ Roundtables and the annual Celebration of Giving.
Kevin's 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.
Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
Matthew Dukes joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in December 2017. He currently works as the Receptionist and serves as an Administrative Assistant to several different departments within The Community Foundation. Before starting at The Community Foundation, Matthew worked for Florida Blue in Jacksonville, Florida. Matthew is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Maryland.
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 also speaks, reads, and writes French perfectly well.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Melen Hagos joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2017. She is responsible for coordinating all competitive and discretionary grantmaking across the region, in support of Community Investment Initiatives, and regional grantmaking efforts. Melen currently leads the overall strategy, vision, and operational aspects of the Resilience Fund, a funding collaborative designed to respond to changes in federal policy and budget priorities impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. 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.
In 2017, 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.
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.
Special Assistant to the CEO and 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.
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.
Donor Services Officer, Prince George's County
Philecia M. McCain
Philecia M. McCain serves as the Donor Services Officer for Prince George’s County. Her responsibilities include Donor Identification, Engagement, and Management. She brings a wealth of experience to her current role. Currently, Philecia is in the process of completing her doctoral degree and holds a Master of Business Administration – Leadership degree from Walden University. Her passions center on providing H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Pursue Excellence – as well as SMILES to encourage and empower all that she encounters.
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).
Associate Vice President, Community Investment
Benton currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Community Investment at the Greater Washington Community Foundation where he co-leads The Foundation’s workforce development portfolio, leads development of our seasonal grant rounds, and leads special projects including VoicesDMV.
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 Director of Community Investment. In his past roles, Benton has supported 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.
Alongside Dawnn Leary, 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 2013-2015, 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 DC Youth Apprenticeship Advisory 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. Benton holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Community Investment and Donor Services Associate
Brittany Owens joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation staff in March 2019 after serving as the Community Fellow in the fall of 2018. Currently, Brittany serves as the Community Investment and Donor Services Associate. She assists in communicating with grant applicants and assists with the annual Celebration of Philanthropy. In previous roles, Brittany has gained experience lobbying and being a case manager with nonprofit organizations.
Brittany earned her master’s degree in social work from University of Maryland Baltimore. She specializes in community action and social policy. As a D.C. native, Brittany is excited to give back to her community through philanthropy.
Project Director of the Children’s Opportunity Fund
Kimberly Rusnak joined The Community Foundation staff in July 2018 as the Project Director of the Children’s Opportunity Fund in Montgomery County, Maryland. Through her previous experience as a Program Officer with the Social Innovation Fund, she oversaw a portfolio of innovative interventions ranging from cradle to career. Kimberly came to the Foundation well-versed in program development, non-profit management, and community development. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, Kimberly earned a master’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs. Kimberly also attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in International Affairs.
Prior to joining the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Kimberly spent time working with various non-profits. She has always been drawn to public service so she spent three years in Senegal with the Peace Corps and also volunteered with AmeriCorps through Hands On Atlanta. Her passion and experience is in addressing various issues along the cradle to career continuum – it is critical that we provide equal opportunities to all young people.
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.
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.
Erika joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in December 2017 as the Front Desk Receptionist. Erika managed the every day duties associated with the Front Desk and provided administrative support to varies departments at The Community Foundation. She enjoyed helping and interacting with visitors and staff.
As of June 2018, Erika was promoted to Grant Associate. Her roles includes managing incoming grants to ensure that the department provides optimal service to donors and fund holders. She also maintains all donor information from inputting and processing grant recommendations, serve as a resource for grantees and nonprofits in the community, as well as providing information on The Community Foundation's initiatives, giving, unrestricted funds and proposal due dates and processes.
Erika has always had a passion for philanthropy, and has worked in various positions of the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Norfolk State University majoring in Business Administration.
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 15 years of 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. 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 DC.
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 a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University. Danielle is an avid runner and volunteers as a youth mentor for Teens Run DC.