MEET OUR BOARD

Amy Falk Sheldon

Board Member

Amy Falk Sheldon

Amy Falk Sheldon

Board Member

Amy Falk Sheldon is the Director of Resource Development at National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA), the largest and oldest child advocacy organization in the U.S. She also maintains Sheldon Strategic Fundraising, LLC, a consultancy she founded in January 2008 to help nonprofits develop long term relationships with individual and foundation donors. Prior to National PTA, Amy served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), where she was responsible for building partnerships with foundation and corporate partners seeking to strengthen the pipeline of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college. A graduate of Northwestern University, Amy has nearly 30 years of development experience working with national and regional nonprofits.

C. Lynn McNair

Board Co-Chair

C. Lynn McNair

C. Lynn McNair

Board Co-Chair

C. Lynn McNair is the inaugural president of the Windward Fund, founded in 2015, whose mission is to build a more impactful environmental movement by connecting people across diverse geographies, sectors, and communities. Lynn brings over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world, setting strategy, developing fiscal capacity, establishing partnerships, and honing her expertise as a communicator. Lynn most recently served as the Chief Advancement Officer for Georgetown Day School, and immediately prior to that as Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships for the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization. Previously, Lynn served in leadership roles at the Internet Society, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the American Association of University Women, and the National Governors Association.Lynn holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Upsala College, and Executive Management credentials from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy. In addition to her role as Co-Chair of Washington Area Women’s Foundation board, Lynn holds leadership roles on several other boards, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Middle Passages Ceremonies and Post Markers Project, Project Harmony International, and Alliance for Early Success. Lynn has two adult children, Marcus and Sasha. In Lynn’s spare time, she loves to read, go for long walks, and spend time with close friends over a good glass of red wine.

Jana Taylor Jennings

Board Member

Jana Taylor Jennings

Jana Taylor Jennings

Board Member

Jana Taylor Jennings serves as Senior Associate General Counsel at global cyber security company Tenable, Inc. As the company’s first in-house employment law specialist, Jana is responsible for providing labor and employment advice and counsel to human resource professionals and other business partners in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Tenable, Jana served in various leadership roles within the Legal Department at Urban One, Inc., and she also worked in private practice – as an Associate at Gordon Rees, LLP and at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Jana earned her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Honors Program of The Ohio State University. She was also recognized as one of the top leaders under the age of 40 by the Network Journal and by the National Bar Association.

Joyce M. Brayboy

Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee

Joyce M. Brayboy

Joyce M. Brayboy

Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee

Joyce is a managing director in the Office of Government Affairs. She joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2009 and was named managing director in 2019. Joyce serves on the Urban Investment Group (UIG) investment committee, the Firmwide Black Network Executive Committee and is co-chair of the One Million Black Women steering committee. Prior to joining the firm, Joyce was a managing director at the Glover Park Group specializing in government relations, strategic communications, coalition building and corporate positioning. Earlier in her career, she served as chief of staff to Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC). During her tenure working in the US House of Representatives, she held a number of congressional leadership positions, including president of the bipartisan House Chiefs of Staff Association. Joyce serves as vice chair of Board of Directors for The Faith and Politics Institute. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the March on Washington Film Festival, the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theatre, Common Threads Advisory Committee and the D.C. Jazz Festival Advisory Council. In 2007, she founded the African-American Women on the Hill Network, a networking organization for Capitol Hill staff and former staff. She was appointed an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee in 2007 and was a super delegate for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions. Joyce earned a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, where she also completed the Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers.

Lori Weinstein

Board Co-Chair

Lori Weinstein

Lori Weinstein

Board Co-Chair

Loribeth Weinstein is an accomplished and visionary leader with decades of experience at the helm of non-profit and philanthropic organizations. She currently consults, coaches, and collaborates with individuals and organizations dedicated to ensuring parity and opportunity for all women and girls. For two decades Lori served as the CEO of Jewish Women International (JWI), an organization committed to protecting the rights of all women and girls to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and achieve economic security. Under her two decades of leadership JWI created dozens of philanthropic, public policy and advocacy initiatives for women and girls. She currently serves as CEO Emerita of JWI. Lori has spoken extensively about the challenges facing women and girls here at home and around the world, including at numerous Congressional panels and hearings, at The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and for the Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women. She has been a featured speaker at conferences throughout the United States and in Argentina, Israel, Spain and England. Lori is a founder of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WAWF), which has provided more than $15 million to women and girls in the DC Metropolitan Area since its inception. She currently serves as co-chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and is also on the boards of NO MORE, ShoreRivers and the Advisory Board of Association of Women’s Health and Prevention (AWHP). Her previous board leadership includes American Jewish World Service (AJWS), The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and the National Coalition for Women’s Organizations (NCWO). Lori is a graduate of Tufts University and has a Master’s Degree from the School of Social Change at Goddard College. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Washington DC and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.    

Michelle Rice

Board Member

Michelle Rice

Michelle Rice

Board Member

Michelle Rice is the President at TV One and CLEO TV, where she oversees the networks’ business, operational, and creative aspects. In her role, she works with strategic partners to create linear and digital content campaigns in response to a myriad of political and social issues that profoundly impact communities of color. Prior to joining TV One, Michelle had stints at iNDemand, NBC Cable Network and Black Entertainment Television (BET). A graduate of Temple University and the University of Southern California, she is actively involved on the Boards of several local civic, community and charitable organizations, including EasterSeals, Calvary Women’s Services and United Way of the Nation’s Capital.

Sally D’Amato

Board Member

Sally D’Amato

Sally D’Amato

Board Member

Sally has served clients in the public and private sector for over 25 years and is known for her collaborative style in the leadership roles she has held.  In her current role, she is a leader in Deloitte’s government health sector practice, helping clients solve their toughest operational challenges by bringing the latest digital and analytic solutions to bear on organizational decision-making, data-driven internal and external communications, and disciplined innovation in the healthcare industry. Sally’s passions around inclusion, gender, and diversity in high performing teams have provided her the opportunity to speak internally and externally to clients and audiences on innovations and trends that enhance organizational performance. Sally is known to build cohesive, productive and engaged teams and to seek and encourage innovation in business and client delivery and individuals. Sally is a leader invested in the continued exploration of the power of community, philanthropy and social impact efforts and serves as a champion for the D2i (building our people, building our world) initiative at Deloitte. D2i is designed to grow our younger professionals through volunteer experiences internationally. Sally has co-authored two Deloitte studies, focused on women’s leadership and trends – “The Paths to Power: Advancing Women in Government” and “The Gender Dividend: Making the business case for investing in women,” as well as “Climate Equity: Discovering the next frontier on outcome measurement in government.”

Teresa Payne-Nunn

Board Secretary & Chair, Governance Committee

Teresa Payne-Nunn

Teresa Payne-Nunn

Board Secretary & Chair, Governance Committee

Teresa is a proven executive with over 30 years of experience leading global organizations serving the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is known for her track record of transforming underperforming organizations to consistently deliver results far exceeding company and industry expectations. She retired as Senior Vice President of the Americas with Xerox Corporation, where she led the company’s most profitable and highest revenue growth division worldwide. In addition to her fiduciary profit and loss responsibility, she was accountable for strategy development, industry-specific services, solutions design, and overall client engagement. She previously held other executive positions in leading companies, including Senior Vice President, U.S. Federal Operations with Xerox Corporation. In that role, she led the winning pursuits of the largest contract awards in the company’s history. She was the Healthcare Industry General Manager with Xerox Global Services and Senior Vice President, U.S. East Sales with W. W. Grainger, Inc., where she had profit and loss responsibility over $1B in revenue and led over 600 employees.| Dedicated to giving back to the community in Teresa’s retirement, she served as Vice President and Chief Member Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for black board directors, CEOs, and senior executives. The member services department she led was responsible for developing, coordinating, and marketing programs, benefits, and initiatives to enhance, inform and engage the organization’s more than 800 members professionally and personally. Within her first year, she took the organization from 5 annual programs to over 40 and automated several processes that increased member engagement and improved operational efficiency and effectiveness. Teresa serves as the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Board Secretary, the Hampton University School of Engineering Advisory Board, and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, is on the Board Finance Committee, and is a Women in Technology member. She formerly served as Suited for Change Board Treasurer, the U. S. State Department Overseas Schools Advisory Council, and the Xerox Political Action Committee. She is a recipient of Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award, the Black Women’s Leadership Council Award, and the YWCA Woman of Excellence Award. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. She received executive leadership certificates from Dartmouth University, Tuck School of Business, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Smith College.

Tiffani Whittaker

Board Member

Tiffani Whittaker

Tiffani Whittaker

Board Member

Tiffani Whittaker serves as Managing Attorney Logan Title. Before diving into title law, she practiced law in the areas of Municipal Finance and Affordable Housing and worked as a legal career counselor and law firm administrator. Throughout her career, Tiffani has served as a legal professional with a track record of community involvement, fundraising and strategy implementation. In addition to her role with the WAWF, Tiffani is the Vice President of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Black Alumni Society, a member of the Development Committee for the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center (Highland Beach, MD) and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the birdSEED Foundation. Additional community involvement includes The Links, Inc. (Potomac Valley Chapter), Jack & Jill of America, Inc. (Washington, DC Chapter), National Cathedral School, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Federal City Alumnae Chapter). She dedicates her time to causes impacting women, children, people of color and those with Autism, and has served as a volunteer fundraiser and advisor for political campaigns. Tiffani holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tim Abercrombie

Board Member

Tim Abercrombie

Tim Abercrombie

Board Member

Tim Abercrombie is a Principal at Abercrombie & Associates and is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. With more than 30 years of experience in the public and private accounting fields, Tim’s breadth and depth of experience in private and public accounting, brings high quality service to small businesses or nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants, and the Maryland Society of Accountants, and he has also been a strong force as a board member (past and present) with several organizations, including Best Kids, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Center for Watershed Protection Board Members, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, and Second Avenue Condominium Association.

Victoria Vrana

Board Member

Victoria Vrana

Victoria Vrana

Board Member

Victoria Vrana is a senior leader in innovation and philanthropy at the helm of GlobalGiving. Victoria joined GlobalGiving from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, overseeing portfolios in policy, data, and everyday giving. Previously, Victoria held positions with Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Morino Institute, and Millennium Communications. Early in her career, she directed Network of East-West Women Online, the first online network linking women’s rights activists and NGOs in post-Soviet countries with global counterparts. Victoria studied in Germany and Hungary and has a degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Davis. She serves on the board of directors of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Paypal Giving Fund.

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