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Our Team

STAFFS & CONSULTANTS

Valarie Ashley

Director of Prince George’s County Programs

Kristen Barney

Program Development Specialist

Benjamin Bradburn

Director of Institutional Philanthropy and Senior Development Officer

Linzee Amory Feigenbaum

Senior Development Advisor – Consultant

Jeffrey Franco

Senior Development Advisor – Consultant

Cynthia Freeman

Bookkeeper and Operations Manager

Sawida Kamara

Capacity Building Specialist

Andrew Kirkland

Capacity Building Consultant

Sallie Lampron

Research and Evaluation Manager

J. McCray

Chief Operating Officer

Ann Birnbaum Miles

Chief Program Officer

Anjali Nagpaul

Director of DC Programs

Salome Odera

Communications and External Relations Manager

Bemene Piaro

Program Associate

Erica Roberts

Capacity Building Consultants

Carmen Robles-Inman

Capacity Building Consultant

Nisha Sachdev

Capacity Building Consultant

Neel Saxena

Chief Advancement Officer

Patricia Skeete

Administrative Coordinator

Victor Valentine

Capacity Building Consultant

Gretchen Van der Veer

Chief Executive Officer

Benita Veskimets

Development Associate

Arthurine Walker

Capacity Building Consultant

Valarie Ashley

Valarie Ashley is recognized as a collaborative nonprofit executive who has served youth, adults, and families. Prior to coming to Fair Chance, she was the Executive Director of Southeast Ministry for ten and half years. She was named one of “10 Local Heroes” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2012 and was an honorable mention for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2014 EXCEL Award. Through her work at Southeast Ministry, she helped found the DC Adult and Family Literacy Coalition, the Skyland Workforce Center in Ward 8 and the HIRE DC database to help small and mid-size nonprofits have access to a high-quality affordable database. Valarie is a proud member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014. A Long Island, NY native, Valarie received her B.A. from Boston University and attended George Washington University for graduate school. She loves to read and is a member of two book clubs.

What does a child need to succeed?
Caring adults who make them feel safe and secure to explore their world and develop their gifts and talents.

Kristen Barney

Kristen’s career has been marked by a passion for social change. She has served in a variety of nonprofit roles, including Vice President for Operations with the Millennium Institute, an international capacity building organization focused on holistic, participatory, systems focused national planning to enhance equity between the Global South and North. After fifteen years in the nonprofit sector, Kristen became a consultant and coach, working with a dozen nonprofits focused on youth, environment, and sustainability. Kristen served as a Capacity Building Specialist with Fair Chance from 2014-2020, managed the Impact Academy program for one year, and in 2021 began supporting projects within Fair Chance as a Program Development Specialist. She also serves on Fair Chance’s Racial Equity Task Force. Kristen holds a MA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in organization development with American University/NTL Institute, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management with Georgetown University. Kristen serves as a pro bono consultant with the Dance Institute of Washington, and lives in Arlington, Virginia, and loves gardening and yoga.

What does a child need to succeed?
Love, from family, teachers, mentors, and friends.

Benjamin Bradburn

Benjamin Bradburn joined Fair Chance as Director of Development in January 2015, before which he spent five years in leadership positions in development and administration at Friendship Place, the fastest growing homeless service provider in Washington, DC. He brings with him a proven record in fundraising, nonprofit management, board governance, strategic planning and external relations.

Before serving at Friendship Place, Benjamin spent nearly six years in external relations and development at Washington National Cathedral. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Benjamin worked in the international marine business and private sector in New York City. His last position there was in new product development and marketing at American Express Company. Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Manhattanville College. He has been a member of and advisor to several community-based nonprofit boards, including as director of an early childhood education center and is currently co-chair of an organization dedicated to preventing and ending genocide.

What does a child need to succeed?
At least one person in the child’s life who listens deeply to them, shows affection and offers them an exuberant, irrepressible and totally irrational love.

Linzee Amory Feigenbaum

Linzee has held a leadership position on Fair Chance’s fundraising team since 2013. Prior to working with Fair Chance, she served as Director of Development for the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, raising funds and community support to restore an historic, 27-acre park in Georgetown. Linzee received her B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.

What does a child need to succeed?
Love — and room to play, learn, imagine, make mistakes and grow.

Jeffrey Franco

Jeffrey Franco has over 25 years of experience in leading and managing a large scale nonprofit, and providing strategic consulting, business development and change management for both corporations and nonprofit organizations. In addition to leading Camino Consulting, Jeffrey also serves as Adjunct Professor at American University where he designed and currently teaches a graduate class in nonprofit management.

Jeffrey served as Interim Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Miami after serving over 10 years as Executive Director of City Year Washington, DC. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, City Year Washington, DC tripled the size of its staff, tripled the number of schools served, and quadrupled the number of students served. Since his arrival at City Year, Franco more than tripled the organization’s fundraising capacity from $2.3 million to $8.6 million.

What does a child need to succeed?
A child needs to be surrounded by a loving, caring supporting community that is invested in his/her life success.

Cynthia Freeman

Cynthia Freeman joined Fair Chance in Feb 2020 in the role of Bookkeeper/Operations Manager. She began her nonprofit career with (GEO) as Operations Associate collaborating with the Operations team on accounting, IT strategy, and facility management to keep the office running smoothly, and worked to incorporate an equity lens in day-to-day operations.
Prior to GEO, Cynthia has held Executive Assistance, Account Payable/Payroll Associate and Account Receivables Manager positions. She has managed all facets of office management including human resources, accounting, payroll and information technology in addition to providing support to board of directors.

Upon relocating to the United States, she worked at Sedgehill Secondary School UK as an Information Technology and Business Studies high school Teacher. Cynthia has a BSc in Business Studies/Information Technology from London South Bank University UK and an MSc in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University UK. She enjoys following interesting legal cases, traveling and learning about other cultures.

What does a child need to succeed?
A reliable environment. They need to know they have the opportunity to grow, learn and flourish.

Sawida Kamara

Sawida Kamara is a Capacity Building Specialist working with our Pathways Partners. She brings over 15 years of experience working with small, mid-sized and large organizations in the nonprofit, government and quasi-public arenas in the areas of organizational development, change management, systems and process improvements, and leadership development. Sawida uses her diverse expertise to support organizations in the development of impactful programs and infrastructure that enable them to deliver greater service and sustainably fulfill their missions. Sawida is a resident of Prince George’s County and is among the 2017 recipients of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Forty Under 40 Award. She holds a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.

What does a child need to succeed?
Affirming emotional connection, autonomy, supportive and safe spaces.

Andrew Kirkland

Andrew is a Consultant Capacity Building Specialist for the Venture Philanthropy Partners’ Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative. He is an experienced national operations, programs, development leader who possesses extensive infrastructure building, strong leadership skills and superb relationship management abilities. Andrew is also prolific trouble shooter; comfortable with tackling problems right through from detection to resolution. Andrew has held many executive positions with national and international organizations and brings over 15 years of experience serving in roles such as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, & Senior Adviser of various non-profit organizations focused on youth, health, education, and social justice. Andrew uses his communications degree to deepen his impact in human resources, fund development, marketing & communications, and change management.

What does a child need to succeed?
Every child needs a champion! Someone who will encourage their dreams, inspire them to hope and who will create opportunities for those dreams to be achieved!

Sallie Lampron

Sallie is the Research and Evaluation Manager, responsible for data collection, evaluation, and knowledge management. Prior to joining Fair Chance, she spent eight years with the UDC-Community College’s Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning division where she was responsible for program development, operations support, and evaluation reporting. Before UDC-CC, Sallie worked at Mentors, Inc., a mentoring organization for DC public high school students, where she led the organization’s effort to pilot a new program for middle school students as well as managing all data-related activities. Sallie earned a MA in Organizational Sciences from the George Washington University and BA in Psychology with a minor in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

What does a child need to succeed?
She believes that every child needs a caring, supportive adult in their lives to succeed.

J. McCray

J McCray is Chief Operating Officer at Fair Chance. He has dedicated more than 20 years to building resilient and adaptive nonprofits from the inside out. J was COO at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where he helped GEO grow to a community of more than 600 grantmaking organizations committed to helping nonprofits achieve success. Early in his career, J worked with education and health advocacy nonprofits, including the Title I Dissemination Project, where he supported educators in Massachusetts. J has served on several boards of organizations committed to building strong nonprofits and is currently on the board of Innovation Network, an organization dedicated to building evaluation capacity for the social sector. J believes in the power of storytelling. He was trained in nonfiction writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine, where he worked with residents of a former manufacturing town to describe how an eight-lane bowling alley became a hub of support for their community.

What does a child need to succeed?
A community that values difference and helps each child discover how they want to make a difference in the world.

Ann Birnbaum Miles

Ann Birnbaum Miles is the Chief Program Officer at Fair Chance. Ann is a seasoned professional with 20+ years’ experience leading youth-serving nonprofits in communities of poverty and working with community leaders and school systems to create partnerships leading to better outcomes for young people. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin she worked in several youth-serving nonprofits in San Francisco and then became the founder and Executive Director of Community Bridges Beacon, the first school-based community center launched by the San Francisco Beacon Initiative – a collaboration of public and private funders, community-based organizations, schools, and communities. She then received her Masters from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and came to DC to lead the DC chapter of Experience Corps where she placed senior volunteers in DC Public Schools to improve reading outcomes for young people.

What does a child need to succeed?
Positive relationships with peers and adults, meaningful and engaging activities, and safe environments.

Anjali Nagpaul

Anjali Nagpaul, Director, DC Programs, is an experienced organizational development and nonprofit management professional who has been with Fair Chance since 2010. Anjali’s particular expertise centers on financial management, human resources, project management, board development, and leadership development.

Prior to joining Fair Chance, Anjali served the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project for seven years. During her tenure, she quadrupled the organization’s budget, increased the staff, and created programming that assisted hundreds of Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence in the DC area.

Anjali has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia.

What does a child need to succeed?
Anjali believes that children succeed when their joy is valued, their resiliency is fostered, their empathy is developed, and their voices are heard and respected.

Salome Odera

Salome Odera is the Communications and External Relations Manager at Fair Chance. In this role, Salome manages Fair Chance’s website, social media platforms, and collateral creation. Additionally, she provides promotional and logistical support for events that engage various Fair Chance stakeholders. Prior to assuming her role, Salome served as a Public Allies AmeriCorps member at Fair Chance.

Outside of Fair Chance, Salome serves as a member of the Young Women’s Leadership Council of the YWCA of the National Capital Area. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Cornell University and has a background in youth engagement, volunteer engagement, and community outreach.

What does a child need to succeed?
A caring community that supports their voice and allows them to dream big.

Bemene Piaro

Bemene Piaro is the Program Associate supporting Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County programs and evaluation/research. Bemene joins Fair Chance from the University of Georgia, where she managed the implementation of a research project across five counties which taught families healthy relationship and communication skills. She has her Master’s in Public Health from Georgia State University and has formerly worked as an Epidemiologist and Health Educator. Bemene is a mindfulness practitioner and yoga teacher trainee and believes wholeheartedly in spaces that enable people to thrive and be fully themselves.

What does a child need to succeed?
Every child needs parents and a community of committed individuals dedicated to supporting the child.

Erica Roberts

Erica is a Consultant Capacity Building Specialist for the Venture Philanthropy Partners’ Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative.. In this role, she draws on 20 years of public service and leadership experience driving positive outcomes for diverse communities.

A decorated federal executive, nonprofit leader, and business owner, Erica is heralded for transforming the organizational culture and practices of government agencies and nonprofit entities. She is widely recognized for her work in designing and developing comprehensive career development programs to benefit youth, women, and low-wage workers. Additionally, Erica’s professional experience in customer-centric programming, organizational development, process reengineering, and executive coaching, has resulted in career and business growth among diverse populations.
Erica earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Florida A & M University. Erica is also active in several professional and community organizations, including the National Black MBA Association, where she previously served as Chapter President and inaugural member of the National Advisory Council.

What does a child need to succeed?
Success begins with mindset. When young people recognize their value, and reject self-imposed limitations, the sky is the limit.

Carmen Robles-Inman

Carmen Robles-Inman joined Fair Chance as a consulting Capacity Building Specialist in July 2020. She has 25+ years of experience in designing and leading human services programs and organizations. Her work includes direct provision of services, health advocacy and education, program management, policy development and implementation, executive management.

During the past 20 years, she has worked in executive management with member organizations of the city-wide Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaboratives. Her most recent engagement was as Deputy Director, Collaborative Solutions for Communities. She also served as Executive Director of two Collaboratives: The North Capitol Collaborative, Inc., and the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. Her areas of expertise include board governance, risk management, program design and implementation, financial management, human resource management and nonprofit management.

Robles-Iman is an Afro-Latina, of Puerto Rican heritage, born in St. Thomas, VI. She holds a MS, Organization Development: American University (2011), and a BA, Business Administration: Trinity College (2003), Washington, DC. She is bilingual, in English/Spanish.

What does a child need to succeed?
The knowledge that they are made in the image of God and the care and protection of a loving family that is committed to helping him/her to achieve their fullest potential.

Nisha Sachdev

Dr. Nisha Sachdev serves as a Capacity Building Consultant at Fair Chance. Nisha is a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience leading multi-million programs within governmental agencies, organizations and foundations to address social issues in underrepresented communities. With a focus on at cross-collaboration with public and private partners, Nisha developed capacity building and high-impact, system-level interventions locally, nationally and globally to reduce the social and health disparities experienced by children, youth and families. She began her career working as a special education teacher. Nisha continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. Nisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion, a Master of Psychology, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University.

What does a child need to succeed?
Children need consistent, caring, supportive adults and environments that provide positive opportunities that foster growth, development, and empowerment to help them realize their potential.

Neel Saxena

Neel Saxena is the Chief Advancement Officer and brings 20 years of experience in leadership, direct service, advocacy, and a commitment to working with overlooked populations in nonprofit and local government. Prior to coming to Fair Chance, he was the Executive Director for Asian American LEAD where he led the organization in creating positive, safe, and supportive spaces where young people feel supported in their academic development and social and emotional well-being. He spent 11 years in DC government developing a Language Access and Grant Program in the Mayor’s Office. He has been a featured speaker at various spaces from County Government to the Urban Institute to and served as a trainer for teachers and students alike. He is on the Board for Asian Pacific American Film. He earned a Master in Public Policy from American University School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

What does a child need to succeed?
Equitable resources, supports and opportunities to succeed in their academic, social, and emotional development.

Patricia Skeete

Patricia Skeete is the Administrative Coordinator for Fair Chance. Before moving to Washington, DC Patricia lived and worked in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. She was an Event and Meeting Planner for McKinsey & Co., Inc. and Executive Assistant to the Vice-Presidents of IT at Deloitte Consulting and Coca-Cola Enterprises. A former owner of a dining and catering company, Intimate Caterings, she has now switched to the non-profit sector.

She holds a BSc. Degree in Management and Psychology from New York University, New York and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with Meeting Planners International.

What does a child need to succeed?
A child needs love, affection, and the ability to express him or herself.

Victor Valentine

Victor is a Consultant Capacity Building Specialist for the Venture Philanthropy Partners’ Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative. As a former nonprofit executive director and philanthropic advisor, Victor Valentine brings a quarter-century of experience in multiple disciplines of capacity-building. Operating through the lense of racial-equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI), he brings expertise in the areas of board & executive leadership development, strategic & operational planning, financial management and advocacy to his work. Victor is also a proud graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Wilmington University.

What does a child need to succeed?
A child needs a nurturing and safe environment conducive of learning, personal growth and that points to becoming a well-rounded and productive member of society.

Gretchen Van der Veer

Gretchen Van der Veer has been Chief Executive Officer at Fair Chance since 2013 and has served in the higher education, government, and nonprofit sectors for over 25 years. Early in her career, she served in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland while pursuing a PhD in Education, Policy, Planning and Administration with a specialization in leadership studies. She was then tapped to help launch AmeriCorps during the Clinton Administration and eventually became the Director of Leadership Development and Training for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) responsible for capacity building for thousands of CNCS nonprofit grantees. Having served on many nonprofit boards, she is a current appointee to the Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Investment Council (5th District), the Board of Visitor’s for the University of Maryland’s College of Education, an adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Human Service and Social Justice program teaching Nonprofit Management and Organizing for Social Justice, and a Facilitator for Georgetown University’s Business for Impact New Strategies program.

What does a child need to succeed?
A caring adult and a chance to bring their whole selves into any situation and be embraced.

Benita Veskimets

Benita joined the Fair Chance team as the Development Associate in September 2021 after serving as the Development and Database Coordinator with Rock Creek Conservancy. Prior to returning to the DC area, she lived in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the rainy climes of the Pacific Northwest where she worked in capacity building, community service, event planning, and fundraising roles for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, the Nature Conservancy of Colorado and Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, in the hospitality sector, and as a small business owner. Through it all, Benita’s strives to connect her community, organize people, data, and processes, and make a positive impact on those around her.

She holds a B.S. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington, is a certified Maryland Master Naturalist, and the keeper of a sometimes active real estate license.

In her free time, Benita enjoys exploring ways to connect with nature, people, and animals, protect pollinators, reduce, reuse, and recycle, and become a better citizen of the world.

What does a child need to succeed?
People and places that serve has “home” providing a safe, open, and encouraging environment where they can learn, explore and imagine who they are and what that means for their future.

Arthurine Walker

Arthurine brings over 25 years of professional experience to her role a Capacity Building Consultant at Fair Chance. She supports nonprofits in the Ready for Work Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative. Her previous work focused on social and economic equity though initiatives addressing education and workforce development, cultural competence in teacher education, access to higher education and jobs for disadvantaged youth, health disparities, and anti-racism. Arthurine volunteers as an advisor to Corner Team community boxing program in Baltimore and the Association of African Universities initiative to engage the African diaspora with African higher education. Arthurine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, CUNY and a Master of Art in Intercultural Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT.

What does a child need to succeed?
For every child to succeed, we must set high expectations for them and provide them with the tools needed to live up to those expectations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Glenn Barnes

Konsortium Private Capital

Victor Carraway

Discovery, Inc.

Brendan Coleman

Walker & Dunlop

Marcus Coleman, Secretary

HWC, Inc.

Brendan Herron

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.

Norman Ireland

OneTouch HCM and Raincoat Technologies

Sarah Jackson

Microsoft

Jane Korhonen, Treasurer

Brown Advisory

Ted Kubit, Chair

Accenture

Mizmun Kusairi

Candid

Amanda Marshall

Founder, Fair Chance

Steven McCullough

Communities in Schools

Bennett Stichman

Stichman Financial Education

Glenn Barnes

Glenn Barnes is a partner and member of the management committee at Konsortium Private Capital. Prior to Konsortium, he was global head of structured products at several large financial institutions (including UBS, Merrill and UniCredit) which typically encompassed securitization, repackaging, structured credit, credit derivatives and tax/regulatory/event driven structures. Glenn was also an original partner of New Smith Capital Partners, a merchant banking and hedge/private equity fund platform, which was in part acquired by UniCreditand Mann Group. He was based in Asia for 11 years and in Europe for 16 years as well as the Americas and was a practitioner and manager of global teams serving corporates, sovereigns, financial institutions and hedge/PE funds by engineering and executing on a cross border basis specialized financings, risk management transactions and the restructuring of distressed or non-performing assets/liabilities. Prior to banking, Glenn was an associate at a large New York based law firm in the areas of securities and M&A law. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School. Glenn is a current Fair Chance Fund member.

Victor Carraway

As Global Director of Data Security at Discovery Inc., Victor is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of Discovery’s Data Security program. He leads the Data Security team and assists business units in identifying and protecting sensitive data across Discovery’s brands such as Own Network, HDTV, and MotorTrend.

Victor has more than 20 years of experience advising and Fortune 500 companies on compliance, risk management, and audit matters. Prior to Discovery, Victor worked as an auditor at PwC, LLP, and later worked for KPMG, LLP, and RSM, LLP focusing on cybersecurity and data privacy.

Victor is passionate about giving back to the community. He has served as a facilitator for the North Capitol Collaborative New Communities Youth Financial Literacy workshop. Also, Victor served as a diversity and inclusion local lead at RSM, LLP and is a Vice President of the Metro DC chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).

Victor is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Brendan Coleman

Brendan Coleman, managing director and head of Walker & Dunlop’s Washington D.C. based Debt and Structured Finance Group, is responsible for new loan origination and specializes in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily products, while also developing other lending relationships for the company’s Mid-Atlantic office. Mr. Coleman’s leadership and expertise also forms a key element in the combined go-to-market structure for Walker & Dunlop’s lending and investment sales teams in the Nation’s Capital region.

Since joining Walker & Dunlop Multifamily Finance production group in 2007, Mr. Coleman’s team has originated more than 700 transactions totaling over $10 billion dollars’ in financing. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Coleman served as a sales director with GMAC-RFC, a compliance underwriter at GE Capital Mortgage, and an account executive at Genworth Financial.

Mr. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Beyond the company, Mr. Coleman is actively involved in the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and is on the Board of Directors at Fair Chance, a non-profit committed to combating homelessness and poverty in the Nation’s Capital. Mr. Coleman is the father of two children and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Marcus Coleman, Secretary

Marcus Coleman is a Senior Associate at HWC Inc., where he contributes to building a more resilient world through providing stakeholder engagement and emergency management expertise. From 2013-2018 Marcus led partnership engagement efforts for the Department of Homeland Securities Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives, including serving as Acting Director from 2017-2018. His contributions included developing and executing a partnership strategy that engaged more than 50,000 leaders across sectors and produced trainings and guidance that promotes religious and cultural competency in national security.

Marcus is a proud graduate of Howard University (BBA/08), American University (MPA/11) and is an active alum of the Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

Brendan Herron

Brendan Herron is a strategic advisor at Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HASI), the first public company dedicated to investments in climate solutions, where he focuses on the company’s strategy and growth initiatives. He developed the concept for, and led, Hannon Armstrong’s 2013 IPO and served in several senior executive roles including as HASI’s first chief financial officer from 2013 to 2019.

Mr. Herron has over 30 years of experience in structuring, executing, and operating infrastructure and technology investments. He previously was responsible for corporate development and strategy for an award-winning clean technology company and successfully grew and sold merchant bank investments in international telecommunications infrastructure and corporate human capital software. He has served on the U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and on the boards of various private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Herron received a BS in accounting and computer science and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and has passed the CPA and CMA examinations.

Norman Ireland

Norman Ireland has over 35 years of experience in leading and scaling start-up organizations in the technology space. He is currently serving as the President of Government Services at OneTouch HCM and simultaneously serves as President & CEO of Raincoat Technologies. Both organizations provide technology modernization and enterprise solutions to government agencies. Norman is a former VP of Product Marketing at several technology firms, including JDSU/Acterna, Hughes Network Systems and Dynatech Communications. Norman began his career as a software developer at IBM.

Norman serves on a number of boards including those of the companies he co-founded, OneTouch HCM, Raincoat, and two organizations involved in STEM education and leadership development for our youth, The STEM Channel and Fulfillment Factor.

Norman earned an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University and a BSEE from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is often described as a consistent teacher, constant learner. Work aside, you’ll find Norman on a fast bicycle, in a yoga studio or on a squash court.

What does a child need to succeed?
Consistent care and constant love. A child needs to know that the adults care about their long-term outcome as well as their short-term needs.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson is the General Manager of the State and Local Government Customer Success team at Microsoft.  Sarah’s team exists with the mission of helping government customers realize the full value of their Microsoft investment.  Her team of customer success specialists and architects help drive deployment and adoption of Microsoft’s cloud capabilities across all solution areas driving digital transformation to better serve constituents. In addition to leading her team, Sarah serves as executive sponsor for key customers, participates on strategic steering committees and is active with industry leadership groups such as Women in Government. Sarah’s entire career has centered around empowering Public Sector organizations through technology and innovative solutions. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent nearly 20 years at Oracle, most recently serving as Group Vice President of Sales Engineering. Outside of work, Sarah shares her time with non-profits committed to improving the life options of some of the region’s most at-risk children in Washington D.C. where she resides with her husband and beagle, Manny.

Jane Kornohen, Treasurer

Jane is a partner and serves as a portfolio manager in the Washington, D.C. office. She is head of the firm’s Private Client Investment Committee and is responsible for balanced portfolios for both nonprofit and private clients. Previously at Brown Advisory, Jane was an analyst covering the health care and the technology sectors for both the Large-Cap Growth and Large-Cap Value strategies. Prior to joining Brown Advisory in 1994, Jane worked as an equity research analyst for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in that organization’s investment group. In addition to serving on the board of Fair Chance, Jane also serves on the board of Horizons Greater Washington and is the Audit and Investment Committee Chair of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School.

Ted Kubit, Chair

Ted is a Managing Director at Accenture with 20+ years of technology and business consulting experience. Ted has a track record of leading complex client transformations from strategy through implementation.  Ted is currently a leader within Accenture’s Resources Operating Group, where in addition to client responsibilities he has responsibility for North America quality and risk, were his responsibility is to manage the portfolio of risk and help account teams, meet client commitments on our most complex projects. 

Ted’s role as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fair Chance focuses on developing a long term growth strategy and sustainability in order to enable Fair Chance to impact the lives of more children.

Mizmun Kusairi

Working out of Candid’s president’s office, Miz coordinates the workstream groups’ initiatives to integrate Foundation Center and GuideStar into a single organization and serves as board secretary. She is also a lead for the change management and culture workstream group.

Miz brings 20 years of international cross-sector management experience from the philanthropic, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. She previously led GuideStar’s finance, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation systems. Before GuideStar, she was vice president of operations, strategy, and talent at Global Citizen Year, an internationally-focused youth leadership nonprofit. Miz also managed $1 billion in investments and served in the chairman’s office leading philanthropic initiatives at Usaha Tegas, a $10 billion conglomerate in Malaysia. Earlier in her career, Miz worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Citigroup, and Acumen. She holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Amanda Marshall

Amanda attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the Honors Program with a BA in Economics in 1997.  While at UNC-CH, Amanda received a North Carolina Statewide Humanitarian Award for founding the University’s first chapter of the international medical charity, Operation Smile.

Amanda began her professional career as a health care consultant at Ernst & Young in New York City, but soon returned to her passion of helping others.  After working at the Women’s Prison Association (NY), Jumpstart (NY), the Robin Hood Foundation (NY) and K-World (Sweden & London), Amanda moved to Washington, DC in 2002 to launch Fair Chance.

Because of her commitment to children and families in Washington D.C., Amanda has received the following distinctions:   Washington Life Magazine’s  2005 Women of Substance and Style Award; 2005 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC) Distinguished Alumni Award; 2012 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award; and one of  Washingtonian Magazine’s  2018 Washingtonian’s of the Year.

Amanda lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Alex, and their four boys (James-13; Mac-12; John-11; Brooks-9).

Steven McCullough

Steven McCullough is the Chief Operating Officer of Communities In Schools. CIS works through over 155 affiliates across the country dedicated to providing integrated student supports. McCullough leads the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Business Development.

Steven McCullough began his career in operations management at The Quaker Oats Company and then moved to supply chain consulting at Accenture. Steven McCullough most recently was the Vice President of Community Impact at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

McCullough is a Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children Family Fellowship Program, a British American Project Fellow, and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. He serves on the board of directors of Fair Chance and Institute for Cultural Affairs – USA.

McCullough holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Bennett Stichman

Bennett Stichman, a native of the District of Columbia, is CEO of Stichman Financial Education, a financial literacy firm. Bennett also serves as Director and Counsel for Ironlight Management and Investment where he manages private trusts and estates. He uses his expertise in real estate and law to oversee assets and operations for his clients. Additionally, he serves as Trustee for the Stichman Family Foundation, a private Washington DC based foundation.

Prior to Ironlight Investment, Bennett developed and managed real estate in the Washington DC area and practiced law for Krupin, Greenbaum and O’Brien. Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a Juris Docorate from George Washington University School of Law. Outside of work he shares his time with his family and is active in his community. Bennett is the father of 3 and lives in the District of Columbia.

ADVISORY BOARD

Laura Bennett

Bhavana Boggs

Marriott International

Catherine Bohigian

Charter Communications

Phyllis Caldwell

Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC

Kelvin Coleman

National Cyber Security Alliance

Mikki Cottet

Department of Justice

Elizabeth Engel

IGI (Investigative Group International)

Adé K. Heyliger

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Bruce Hiler

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (retired)

Donnell Kearney

The Mandy & David Team

Michael Kimsey

The Kimsey Foundation

Robert E. King

World Back Group (retired)

Ellen W. Lazar

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (retired)

Aimee Lehrman

Stephanie Linnartz

Marriott International

Eleanor Maguire

Dyson Capital Advisors

Carrie Marriott

Timothy Massad

Harvard Kennedy School

Aaron O'Neil

Electronic Tenant Solutions

Heather Peeler

ACT for Alexandria

Scott Provinse

VMG Energy Group

Eva Robinson

JPMorgan Chase

Ranit Schmelzer

Schmelzer Strategies

Sarah Stettinius

Independent Consultant

Tiffani Whittaker

Allied Title & Escrow

Ashley Wiltshire

SJG Properties

David Winter

Hogan Lovells