About the foundation.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation helps build pathways out of poverty for women and their families. We help to create economic opportunities that have positive ripple effects across society.

Since 1998, we have awarded nearly $11 million in grants to more than 170 community-based organizations in the Washington, D.C. region and helped women increase their assets and income by more than $45 million.

Mission

We mobilize our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive.

Vision

The Washington region is a model community that ensures women and girls are on a path to prosperity.

Values

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is an influential, respected, visionary national leader of community strategies that enrich the lives of women and girls.

Timeline.

Significant events and advancements have paved the way for the Foundation’s growth and success.

1997

Incorporated as Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

1998

Awarded first grants totaling $17K.

2003

Published seminal research A Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

2005

Created Stepping Stones Grant Initiative.

2008

Launched Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative.

2010

Released Portrait Project 2010.

2011

Adopted a new strategic plan, introducing the current mission and vision focused on economic security.

2012

Unveiled new brand.

2013

Expanded Stepping Stones grants to include two-generation strategy.

2015

Joined Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of public women’s foundations from across the country.

2015

Launched Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), a new way to invest in women and girls locally.

2016

Launched new strategic plan Together We Thrive.

2017

Launched the Young Women’s Initiative.

Meet Our Staff

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    Sarena Barnes
    Office Assistant

    Sarena serves as the first point of contact for the Foundation, providing operations, administrative and finance support to the staff.

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    Virginie Carey
    Vice President of Finance and Operations

    Virginie leads the Finance and Operations team and strategy, integrating sound business practices to advance the organization’s mission.

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    Mercy Chikowore
    Communications Manager

    Mercy Chikowore is responsible for executing the organization’s communications and branding strategies.

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    Martine Gordon
    Vice President of Programs
    Martine leads the Program team and The Foundation’s program strategy development.
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    Michelle Johnson
    Development Associate

    Michelle promotes donor education/engagement and assists with development operations.

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    Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat
    President and CEO

    Jennifer leads the organization in its mission, providing and implementing its strategic vision.

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    Sylvia Padilla
    Finance and Operations Associate

    Sylvia provides operation and finance support to The Foundation staff.

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    Claudia Williams
    Program Officer
    Claudia contributes to crafting and executing program strategy and manages the Young Women’s Initiative of Washington, DC.
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    Donna Wiedeman
    Executive Assistant to the President

    Donna provides administrative support to the President and CEO, serving as liaison with the Board of Directors, and as office manager.

Meet Our Board

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    Rosie Allen-Herring
    Ex Officio

    President & CEO
    United Way of the National Capital Area

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    Yvette Butler
    Treasurer

    Head of Private Bank & Wealth Advisory
    Silicon Valley Bank

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    Donna Callejon
    Co-Chair, Governance Committee

    Chief Business Officer
    Global Giving

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    Sally D’Amato

    Principal
    Deloitte Consulting

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    Andrea Dykes
    Co-Chair, Development & Co-Chair, Luncheon Committees

    Managing Partner
    Howard Insurance

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    Maria Gomez
    Chair, Audit Committee

    President and CEO
    Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care

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    Diara M. Holmes
    Co-Chair, Development & Co-Chair, Luncheon Committees

    Partner,
    Washington, DC
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

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    James MacGregor

    Vice President of Local Markets
    Washington Business Journal

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    Pinkie Dent Mayfield
    Board Chair

    Vice President — Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer
    Graham Holdings Company

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    Michelle McGuire

    Vice President and Chief of Staff
    Children’s National Medical Center

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    Teresa Payne-Nunn

    Vice President and Chief Member Officer
    Executive Leadership Council

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    Matthew D. Shank, Ph.D

    President
    Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges

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    Tatiana Torres

    Director of Community Affairs/Social Impact – National Capital Area
    CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

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    Leo Tucker

    Managing Partner
    Northwestern Mutual

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    Karen R. Wawrzaszek

    Principal, Senior Director, Financial Planning
    Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, LLC

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    Machelle Williams
    Co-Chair, Governance Committee

    Sr. Director, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility
    Volkswagen Group of America

Grantee Partners

We use data and research to support our innovative and multifaceted approach to grantmaking. We ensure that our Grantee Partners are some of the most effective organizations working to build women’s economic security in the Washington, D.C. region.