About the foundation.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a community-supported foundation that invests in the power of women and girls of color in the Washington DC region. We open doors to opportunity, safety and security through grantmaking and advocacy.

Since 1998, we have awarded more than $14 million in grants to more than 205 community-based organizations in the Washington, D.C. region.

Mission

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a community-supported foundation that invests in the power of women and girls of color across the Washington metropolitan region.

Vision

To ignite change in our community to advance gender, racial, and economic justice.

Values

● We are constantly learning and adapt our practices to serve a changing world.
● We are honest, transparent and accountable to our community.
● We are a small but mighty collective that encourages diversity in community, thoughts and ideas.
● We practice kindness and intentionality in all we do.

Meet Our Staff

  • Sarena Barnes
    Office Assistant

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

  • Mercy Chikowore
    Director of Communications

    Mercy Chikowore is leads the organization’s communications and branding strategies.

  • Martine Gordon
    Vice President of Programs
    Martine leads the Program team and The Foundation’s program strategy development.
  • Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat
    President and CEO

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

  • Sylvia Padilla
    Finance and Operations Associate

    Sylvia provides operation and finance support to The Foundation staff.

  • 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.

  • Claudia Williams
    Program Officer
    Claudia contributes to crafting and executing program strategy and manages the Young Women’s Initiative of Washington, DC.

Meet Our Board

  • Joyce M. Brayboy

    Managing Director
    Goldman Sachs Office of Government Affairs

  • Yvette Butler
    Treasurer

    Head of Private Bank & Wealth Advisory
    Silicon Valley Bank

  • Evelyn N. Bynum

    President
    The Maultsby Way

    Senior Career Consultant
    George Washington University School of Business

  • Sally D’Amato

    Principal
    Deloitte Consulting

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

    Managing Partner
    Howard Insurance

  • James MacGregor

    Vice President of Local Markets
    Washington Business Journal

  • Pinkie Dent Mayfield
    Board Chair

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

  • Jennifer Parker Porter, M.D.

    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon,
    Medical Director 
    Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC

  • Teresa Payne-Nunn

    Vice President and Chief Member Officer
    Executive Leadership Council

  • Matthew D. Shank, Ph.D

    President
    Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges

  • Leo Tucker

    Managing Partner
    Northwestern Mutual

Grantee Partners

We work in partnership with community to build relationships with nonprofit organizations led by, benefiting, and recognizing the power of women and girls of color and gender expansive people of color in the Washington, DC region.