Washington Area Women’s Foundation Announces New 2018 Board Members

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Washington Area Women’s Foundation Announces New 2018 Board Members

Leo Tucker, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual, Machelle D. Williams, Sr. Director, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Dr. Matthew D. Shank, Interim President World Affairs Council-Washington, DC

Washington, D.C.  (September 10, 2018) – Leo Tucker, Machelle D. Williams and Dr. Matthew D. Shank, have been named to the Board of Directors for Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the only donor-supported, public foundation solely dedicated to building economic security for women and girls in the Washington D.C. metro area. They will start their terms immediately.

Leo Tucker is Managing Partner for Northwestern Mutual’s Washington, D.C. office and is responsible for sales, recruiting and service operations in the District of Columbia, Western Maryland, and Northern Virginia, with offices in McLean, Fairfax, Reston, Rockville and the District of Columbia. In his time with the agency, Leo has more than doubled the size and performance of his firm with over 150 financial advisors specializing in financial planning, investments, business, and estate analysis.

Machelle D. Williams is the Senior Director of Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility at Volkswagen Group of America Inc. Machelle has 24 years of experience in the Volkswagen Group of America.  Offering a blend of strategic and operational strengths, Machelle has worked to align the company’s diversity and corporate giving strategies with overall corporate objectives.

Dr. Matthew D. Shank is Interim President at World Affairs Council-Washington, DC and president emeritus of Marymount University. Dr. Shank became Marymount University’s sixth president in July 2011. He has been named interim president of the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC, effective July 16. He previously served on the organization’s board, and in 2017, he accepted the Council’s Educator of the Year Award in recognition of Marymount’s focus on preparing students for today’s globalized environment.

“We are excited to welcome Leo Tucker, Machelle D. Williams and Dr. Matthew Shank to a dedicated and talented board,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, Washington Area Women’s Foundation Board Chair and President & CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area.  “We look forward to their contributions and thought leadership as we continue to strategically move our mission forward to better the lives of women, girls and families in the Washington Region.”

“Leo, Machelle and Matthew all add to The Women’s Foundation fabric of expert knowledge, unwavering passion and innovative strategies,” says Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome them to our Board to help continue to open doors for women and girls in the Washington region.

About Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a DC-based public foundation dedicated to mobilizing our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. Learn more about The Women’s Foundation’s mission to transform the lives of women and girls, the Washington region, and the world by visiting us online, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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