Diana Léon-Taylor, President and CEO
Diana joined the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington in June of 2013 as the second President and CEO. Prior to joining the Roundtable, she was Principal of SageGroup-DC LLC, where she successfully led the development of numerous programs, partnerships, events and training programs for nonprofit organizations. She has also served as Interim Executive Director of the Black Student Fund and advised the Latino Student Fund on its youth programs as well as development strategies. She has counseled Leadership Greater Washington on strategic planning, and formerly developed of a series of communications and education programs for the Fannie Mae Foundation.
Beyond Washington, she has been affiliated with the National Park Trust, leading its mission expansion to include and cultivate the next generation of conservationist. This expansion financially grew the organization and led to its winning effort to secure Senate ratification of National Kids to Parks Day, which this year brought over 100,000 children to the capital to participate. And, on the global stage, she most recently was the Chief Director of International Relations at the Haitian Diaspora Federation, serving as political liaison to the White House, State Department, the United Nations and embassies in the United States. In that capacity, she convened tens of thousands of professionals and nonprofit organizations to engage in redevelopment efforts and political advocacy following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She has also been an adviser to the Women's Global Initiative.
Read Diana's "Meet the Staff" here.
Amy Fishman Kurz, Deputy Director
Amy joined the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington in June 2009. Previously, Amy worked at The George Washington University Office of Community Service to lead the Neighbors Project which connects students, staff and faculty to community service opportunities. With over 8 years of experience in the Greater Washington nonprofit community, Amy brings a range of experiences and knowledge to the Roundtable.
At the Roundtable, Amy is lead staff for the Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications and The Future Executive Directors Fellowship Program. Amy is the co-chair of the Capital Area Foreclosure Network and is the Director of Nonprofit NoVA.
Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University (GWU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. She also obtained her Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at GWU in 2009.
Amy is a board member of Young Playwrights' Theater. She and her husband Jonathan are active in the young professional advisory board of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and are leaders in Sixth & I’s young professional giving community. Amy has also been involved with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation since 2004 when she became a bone marrow donor.
Read Amy's "Meet the Staff" here.
Direct line: (202) 973-2506
Julie E. Gess, Director of Development and Communications
Julie, a graduate (cum laude) of Wellesley College, grew up in New York City and in Boston. After a brief stint in political communications and consulting, Julie embarked on what turned out to be a long run in the corporate world when she was hired by David Bradley (now owner of Atlantic Media) to work in his research and best practices enterprise, The Advisory Board Company, serving hospitals and physicians. She held senior marketing and sales roles and added public speaking and training sessions for physicians and hospital management, nationwide, to her portfolio. The firm then spun off its corporate practice, The Corporate Executive Board (now CEB), where Julie managed client retention and high-level client relations, and was elected to the firm’s management committee.
Julie has twins, Molly and Max, who are the light of her life. When her children were toddlers, Julie left full-time corporate employment to become a consultant, thus gaining the flexibility to raise her children, volunteer as a fundraiser at their (DCPS) school and participate more in her community and is delighted to now join the Nonprofit Roundtable.
Madeline Harrington, Communications Coordinator
Madeline joined the Nonprofit Roundtable in May of 2013 as a Communications Intern and became the Communications Coordinator in early 2014. She is responsible for the Roundtable's blog, maintaining our editorial calendar, and coordinator convenings for our member organizations' communications staff. Previously, Madeline worked in the private sector for a start-up marketing company in Denver, CO where she was in charge of training staff on the company's brand and culture. She was also responsible for creating, maintaining, and editing the company's Help website and leading corporate training webinars. Madeline is a passionate volunteer, and has given ESL literacy classes to refugees, taught figure skating lessons to Special Olympic Athletes, and developed communications materials for a Chinese adoption agency in Colorado. She is passionate about social impact communications and is excited to strengthen her skills while working for the communications team at the Nonprofit Roundtable under Allison Carney's leadership. Madeline is a current student of Georgetown's Public Relations and Corporate Communication graduate program and has a B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures.
Jon Squicciarini, Membership Associate
Jon joined the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington in October 2013. Previously, Jon was the Development and Administrative Assistant at MAG (Mines Advisory Group) America where he managed incoming donations and interacted with prospective and current donors. Jon graduated from Drew University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. He spent two years working as a specialist at the Apple Store, where he gained professional experience in one of his favorite hobbies, technology. Jon has a passion for the nonprofit sector, and assists our member organizations. Jon is also a black belt in Mixed Martial Arts.
Read Jon's "Meet the Staff" here.
Direct line: (202) 263-4782
Melissa Bondi, Director of Nonprofit Virginia
Melissa is a leading regional expert on nonprofit public policy, advocacy and management. As a Roundtable consultant, she provides strategic and technical capacity to educate and mobilize regional nonprofit leaders to achieve shared goals in partnership with state and local governments, and other sectors. Melissa has led local, state and federal housing, planning and community development initiatives in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She serves as president of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, on the Board of the Virginia Housing Coalition, and is a member of the Arlington Economic Development Commission.
Read Melissa's "Meet the Staff" here.
Direct Line: (703) 527-6379
Sharon Friedman, Consultant, Special Initiatives
Sharon is currently working on special initiatives with Nonprofit Montgomery, bringing her experience of 18 years as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Montgomery County to the greater nonprofit sector. Sharon, Principal in Friedman Strategies, has a keen interest in nonprofit sector development, and in the strengthening of public/private partnerships and community coalitions. She is currently serving as the Project Manager for Beyond Charity: Nonprofit Business in Montgomery County, MD. and Montgomery Moving Forward. Sharon has been a recipient of the Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award from the Bank of America, the Community Leader Award from Jewish Women International, and the Athena Award for Professional Excellence. Sharon is the immediate past Chair of the Nonprofit Montgomery Steering Committee. Her expertise was tapped for the transition teams of the last two Montgomery County Executives, and she has been included in The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland.
Barbara Garlock, Director of Project FIRM - Financial Reporting and Management Institute
Barbara brings over 20 years of experience assisting nonprofits with strategic, marketing, and fundraising work. Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2011, Barbara served as Interim Executive Director at Interfaith Works, where she previously served as Director of Development. Barbara's background includes management consulting, providing counsel for start-ups and Fortune 500 firms in marketing and finance, and a career in retail management, including executive positions with Federated Department Stores and Macy's. Barbara has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Read Barbara's "Meet the Staff" here.
Hope Gleicher, Director Nonprofit Montgomery
For more than 25 years, Hope has been working for social change primarily as an entrepreneurial founder and leader with responsibility for nonprofit management, operations and fund development. She served as Founding Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless from 1984 - 1989, as Founding Executive Director of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers from 1991- 1998, and as Founding Executive Director and then President of Trellis Fund from 1998-2006. Hope also served as Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's multi-site national School Based Adolescent Health Care Program. Hope earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College and Masters degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Minnesota.
Read Hope's "Meet the Staff" here.
Angie Rodgers, Director, Capital Area Foreclosure Network
Angie has over eight years of experience doing research, policy, advocacy, and coalition building on issues affecting low- and moderate income households. She produces research reports and organizes budget and policy campaigns for nonprofit advocacy organizations that focus on housing, homelessness and support services.
Angie served as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the DC Housing Authority, and is currently on the board of Cornerstone, Inc. She also serves on the advisory committee for the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. In the past, she served on the Independent Review Panel for DC's Housing Production Trust Fund.
Read Angie's "Meet the Staff" here.