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Accounting Manager

Kimberly Arriola

Kimberly Arriola joined The Community Foundation in February 2013 as an Accounting Associate. In her current role as the Accounting Manager, she reviews and processes contributions, grants, accounts payable, and separately managed assets. Her attention to detail, accuracy and customer service skills have helped keep the finance department organized and running smoothly. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As an avid fan of Washington, DC sports, you can usually find her at sporting events.


Managing Director of Operations

Marcus Braxton

Marcus joined The Community Foundation in December 2020 as the Managing Director of Operations. In this role, he leads The Community Foundation’s work to enhance its internal operations, systems, and processes to ensure the organization has the infrastructure needed to continue its success and impact. Marcus has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, having worked for organizations such as Young Invincibles, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization committed to amplifying the voices of Millennials in all aspects of life. As Young Invincibles’ Senior Director of Operations and Finance, he built and shaped the operations of a small start-up into a large national advocacy organization with offices around the country.

Marcus has also worked for organizations such as Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm where he managed approximately $25 million in various philanthropic initiatives, and the Pew Charitable Trusts where he supported the organization’s fundraising efforts. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer of a local DC-based nonprofit organization that focused on providing educational opportunities to low income students.

Marcus is passionate about the role of operations professionals in creating fair and equitable organizations and has spoken at conferences across the country on the topic of internal equity within organizations. Originally from Tennessee, Marcus received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Rhodes College in Memphis and his MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University here in DC. Marcus serves on Board of Directors of Seabury Resources for Aging, a local nonprofit organization that provides personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live with independence and dignity, and is a volunteer mentor for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's Leading a Diverse Society Mentoring Program.

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Program Officer, Children's Opportunity Fund

Dr. Joi Chester

Dr. Joi Chester has over twenty years of experience in various educational settings; charter schools, K-12 public schools, higher education, nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations. She is a change agent in urban settings and a strategic leader of academic program development management for large or small organizations. As a life-long learner with experience as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, consultant, and researcher, Dr. Joi is also an international presenter of strategy building techniques to influence gainful impact. She graduated with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership to continue researching programs and analyzing data for sustainable, capacity building outcomes. She joined The Community Foundation’s Children’s Opportunity Fund as an Education Pioneers Fellow in 2019 and combines her knowledge, skills, and disposition in her current role. When she is not educating others or herself about ways to close opportunity gaps, she likes to travel, spend time with family, and get her “adrenaline-fix”.


Director of Employee Engagement


Ebony Clark

Ebony Clark joined The Community Foundation in May 2018. As the Director of Employee Engagement, she helps create a culture that reflects both The Community Foundation's values and the broader ethos, work style, and relationships that staff want to establish and maintain with each other. She joins The Community Foundation with nineteen years of work human resources experience, including over a decade in the nonprofit arena. Ebony holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College and a Bachelors of Science in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College.

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Donor Services Associate, Montgomery County

Kate Daniel

Kate joined The Community Foundation in January 2019 as the donor services associate for Montgomery County, where she facilitates donor requests, assists in community leadership initiatives and scholarship fund processes, and provides general assistance for the local Montgomery County office in development, communications, and event planning. She come to Maryland from Texas, where she was born and raised and obtained an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston. She then served as program coordinator of a Houston area Meals on Wheels program, which is where her excitement for philanthropy began.

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Campaign Coordinator

Emily Davis

Emily’s career at the Greater Washington Community Foundation began in November 2016 as a regional Donor Services Associate. Her current role as Campaign Coordinator includes development and relationship management for the annual Celebration of Philanthropy, Fund for Greater Washington, and Building Thriving Communities impact initiatives, and assisting with The Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor network (specifically the Young Professional Advisors Committee, or YPAC), general donor services, and more!

For Emily, philanthropy has been a lifelong passion; she grew up volunteering alongside her parents and sister across her hometown of Atlanta. During her time at The George Washington University, she was a member of the women's rugby team and fundraising chair of Relay For Life of GW, benefiting the GW Cancer Institute. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, Emily worked with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council on their inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, uniting the organization's nationwide chapters for a day dedicated to making schools around the world healthier, safer, and more sustainable. Emily is also a 2016 graduate of The George Washington University School of Business Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program, where she learned about the intersection between the sports industry and nonprofit world. Outside of the office, you can find her volunteering with the scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, playing flag football on the National Mall, or spending time with friends and family – usually around a potluck or at one of the many scenic wineries in Northern Virginia.

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Office Administrator

Matthew Dukes

Matthew Dukes joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in December 2017. He currently works as the Office Administrator for several different departments within The Community Foundation. Before starting at The Community Foundation, Matthew worked for Florida Blue in Jacksonville, Florida. Matthew is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Maryland.


Managing Director, Community Investment

(Rev.) Ronnie Galvin

(Rev.) Ronnie Galvin joined the The Community Foundation in November 2020. He leads a team of content experts and grantmakers who are responsible for The Community Foundation's community leadership and discretionary funding programs that offer support in the areas of homelessness and housing, education, and workforce development.  

Prior to joining The Community Foundation Family, Ronnie was a part of the team at The Democracy Collaborative, serving as the Vice-President for Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy. In this work he and his team helped advance the Collaborative's work to interrogate, reimagine, and redesign local and regional economic systems to that they produce justice, equity, sustainability, and broadly held wealth. 

Ronnie is also a facilitator and leading voice in the region and around the country on issues of racial equity and reparative justice. He will be bringing this background to support the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s evolution as an organization that leads with racial equity in the region. 

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Advisor to the President

Melen Hagos

Melen Hagos joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2017. Melen currently leads the overall strategy, vision, and operational aspects of several funding collaboratives, such as the Resilience Fund which was designed to respond to changes in federal policy and budget priorities impacting local people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. Previously, she worked at the Brookings Institution, where she served as the Senior Center Coordinator working on public and private events, communications, and donor engagement for international education projects. Her previous experience also includes fellowships with She Should Run, a nonprofit organization which works to elect female candidates to national political office.

In 2017, Melen was selected to participate in the Young Professionals Program, an initiative of the Leadership Center for Excellence which invests in high-potential leaders in the DC Metropolitan area. This program provides the opportunity to develop new professional skills and capacities, while also acquiring the tools, visibility and network necessary to engage in their broader community. She holds a B.A. in International Development with minors in African and Middle Eastern studies from James Madison University.

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Executive Director, Montgomery County

Anna Hargrave

Anna Hargrave joined The Community Foundation staff in February, 2006. Through her previous experience at the Office of the Montgomery County Executive, Montgomery Youth Works, and the Jewish Social Service Agency, Anna came to The Community Foundation well-versed in program management, community outreach, and project development. She recently completed her service on the Board of Directors for Leadership Montgomery, an organization which brings together current and emerging leaders interested in making Montgomery County a better place to live and work.  A graduate of Kenyon College, Anna earned her BA in Spanish Area Studies and Drama.

In her eleven years at The Community Foundation, she has worn many hats. She spearheaded planning for the annual Celebration of Giving event as well as numerous learning and networking opportunities for donors, including the creation of The Community Foundation’s Taste of Philanthropy series in Montgomery County, which enables donors and philanthropic friends to connect with each other, learn about the community, and share their own ideas for making a deeper impact. She has also led the Sharing Montgomery grant process, which engages donors in vetting 50+ high-impact organizations serving the County’s low-income neighbors.  Most importantly, Anna has worked 1:1 with hundreds of Montgomery County donors to provide them with the tools, resources, and support needed for them to give to all the causes they care about deeply, here and around the world.

Program Coordinator for Children’s Opportunity Fund

Michelle Harman

Michelle Harman joined The Community Foundation in January of 2022 as the Program Coordinator for Children’s Opportunity Fund where she will be working as the Grant Specialist. In this role, Michelle will be managing grant funds, deliverables, and reports to the funders.

Michelle’s most recent experience comes as a Program Assistant with University of Maryland Extension for 4-H. In this role, Michelle worked with youth in animal science, leadership, and after-school programs. She was an advisor to the Maryland 4-H State Council and a chaperone for the Maryland delegation to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA. She brings a passion for increasing opportunities for underserved youth.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus and is working towards her Master’s in Management-Interdisciplinary Studies.

While Michelle is originally from California, she has lived in Maryland for 25 years on the family farm that she shares with her husband, three (adult) children, dogs, horses and cattle. Though it could be a bit warmer, Michelle cannot imagine living anywhere else. 


Staff Accountant


Akista Haywood

Akista currently serves as Staff Accountant at the Greater Washington Community Foundation where she is responsible for the payroll and supporting the Accounting staff.

Akista has over twenty years of Accounting and Payroll experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, as well as the for-profit sector. She started at The Community Foundation in August 2020, coming from JSI where she was the Payroll Manager. At JSI, she supported the CFO with accounting and financial duties, as well as performed the payroll and benefits functions.

Akista is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, but has resided in the Washington Capitol Region for over twenty years.

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Senior Community Investment Officer

Dawnn Leary

Dawnn Leary joined The Community Foundation in February 2015. Dawnn works to support The Community Foundation’s Economic Opportunity portfolio, including The Community Foundation’s education and workforce development investments and activities. She comes to The Community Foundation from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) a national community development finance institution where she managed the grant portfolio for the DC local office and coordinated DC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative in Neighborhoods East of the River. Prior to LISC, Dawnn held senior management positions at the HSC Foundation and East of the River Community Development Corporation.

Her passion and experience is in addressing various issues on the community development continuum such as affordable housing, business development, workforce development, adult education and resident engagement.  She holds her Bachelors of Human Development & Psychoeducational Studies from Howard University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the Board of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board.  

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Director, Grants Management

Kathy Matthews

Kathy Matthews joined The Community Foundation in 2000. As Director of Grants Management, she oversees all financial and administrative operations and functions of grant awards – and is responsible for financial reporting, budget oversight and grants compliance. She coordinates and supervises the financial and administrative operations and functions of grant awards for The Community Foundation.  She is responsible for ensuring that the grantmaking process serves grantees and potential grantees with the highest quality of customer service while maintaining The Community Foundation’s mission and values. 

Prior to this role, Kathy was Grants Manager, a Grants Management Associate, and a Receptionist at The Community Foundation. And, prior to The Community Foundation, she held various positions within the private sector and the District government. A native Washingtonian, Kathy is a loyal sports enthusiast and supports a variety of community-based organizations.

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Managing Director of Finance

Juliana Mitrojorgji

With over 13 years of considerable cross-functional experience across multiple business environments in both the private and public accounting sectors, Juliana Mitrojorgji, MBA, joined The Community Foundation in September 2011 and is the Senior Director of Finance. She is responsible for and specializes in managing The Community Foundation’s quarterly and annual financial reporting process, managing and overseeing all investments’ related activities, auditing financial data for accuracy and compliance with GAAP and The Community Foundation’s internal policies and procedures, and communicating accurate financial information to individual donors, organizations, and other interested parties. Furthermore, she manages and oversees the internal work associated with the annual independent audit process for The Community Foundation (GAAP and GAGAS audits).


Community Investment Officer, Partnership to End Homelessness

Jennifer Olney

Jennifer joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in November 2019. As the Community Investment Officer for the Partnership to End Homelessness, Jennifer brings together the public and private sectors to advance effective and innovative solutions to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring in DC.

Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Jennifer worked as the Director of Networks and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness. In this role she worked with funders across the country dedicated to ending homelessness. In addition to her work leading local and national networks, she designed and facilitated communities of practice looking at intersectional issues and focused on collective action. Jennifer has spent her career working to end homelessness and is excited to be back in the District, where her career began.

Jennifer earned her Bachelors degree in Communications from Clemson University and completed her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Community Investment Associate

Brittany Owens

Brittany Owens joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation staff in March 2019 after serving as the Community Fellow in the fall of 2018. Currently, Brittany serves as the Community Investment Associate. She is the Technical Lead for grant applications, co-leads our racial equity and inclusion work, and provides support for fundraising with foundations. In previous roles, Brittany has gained experience lobbying and being a case manager with nonprofit organizations.

Brittany earned her master’s degree in social work from University of Maryland Baltimore. She specializes in community action and social policy. As a D.C. native, Brittany is excited to give back to her community through philanthropy. 

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Donor Services Associate, Prince George's County

Desmirra Quinnonez

Desmirra joined The Greater Washington Community Foundation in March 2020 as the Donor Services Associate for Prince George’s County. Desmirra provides overall support to the Prince George’s County office to achieve critical development and programmatic targets. Desmirra comes to The Community Foundation with over ten years of quality assurance, committee and project management experience with nonprofit organizations. As a resident of Prince George’s County, Desmirra is passionate about cultivating healthy relationships and providing educational opportunities, for members of her community, about the importance of philanthropy.   


Chief Philanthropy Officer

Rebecca Rothey

Rebecca Rothey, CFRE, CAP®, AEP® has held multiple leadership roles in charitable gift planning positions, serving since 2016 as Vice President of Development and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Previously she was a director of gift planning at The Johns Hopkins University and Medicine and director of planned and principal gifts at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She began her gift planning career at the American Red Cross of Central Maryland as manager of major and planned gifts. It was her three years, from 2012-15, as director of major and planned giving at the Baltimore Community Foundation that sparked her passion for the role community foundations play in helping donors give back to their communities and her understanding of the nuances of professional advisors’ roles in philanthropy.

Rebecca is a member of the editorial advisory board of Planned Giving Today and has written for Bloomberg Tax. She has served on the board of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and is a past president of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council. A frequent presenter at local and national conferences, Rebecca is known for bringing deep expertise, clarity and wit to complex topics as well as for her stylish eyeglasses.

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Project Director of the Children’s Opportunity Fund

Kimberly Rusnak

Kimberly Rusnak joined The Community Foundation staff in July 2018 as the Project Director of the Children’s Opportunity Fund in Montgomery County, Maryland. Through her previous experience as a Program Officer with the Social Innovation Fund, she oversaw a portfolio of innovative interventions ranging from cradle to career. Kimberly came to The Community Foundation well-versed in program development, nonprofit management, and community development. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, Kimberly earned a master’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs. Kimberly also attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in International Affairs.

Prior to joining the Greater Washington Community Foundation, Kimberly spent time working with various non-profits. She has always been drawn to public service so she spent three years in Senegal with the Peace Corps and also volunteered with AmeriCorps through Hands On Atlanta. Her passion and experience is in addressing various issues along the cradle to career continuum – it is critical that we provide equal opportunities to all young people.

Communications Manager

Jonathan Schroeder

Jonathan Schroeder joined The Community Foundation as the Communications Manager in January 2022. A Northern Virginia native, Jonathan is a firm believer in building brands by empowering and elevating the voices of their stakeholders – especially those of the communities they serve.

Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Jonathan was the Media & Communications Manager at  United Community where he managed external communications, media relations, and digital communications for one of the largest human services nonprofits in Southeast Fairfax County. In this role, he developed and implemented communications strategies surrounding the nonprofit’s rebrand and extensive COVID-19 response efforts.

Jonathan received his BA in Communications (Public Relations Emphasis) from Brigham Young University, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Prior to completing his undergraduate degree, Jonathan lived in Northeastern Brazil for two years, serving as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a passionate advocate for the Latinx community and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Soccer.

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Donor Services Officer

Gisela Shanfeld

Gisela joined The Community Foundation in March 2017 as the Donor Services Associate for the DC office of Philanthropy and Donor Services and is excited to be a part of “the other side of grant-making”. She formerly spent four years working in Development at Synetic Theater in Arlington, Virginia where she learned a lot about DC Philanthropy and the burgeoning DC Theater Scene. As a graduate with a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Anglo-American University in Prague, Gisela has long held an interest in the work and impact of NGOs; from grassroots community organizations to those working on an international level. Gisela lives in Alexandria with her husband and two beautiful dogs.

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Accounting Associate

Mallory Slivka

Mallory Slivka joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in January 2015 as the Administrative Associate. She currently is the Accounting Associate and processes received contributions and assists with other finance work.

Mallory is originally from Pennsylvania and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Senior Community Investment Officer and Philanthropic Advisor

Silvana Straw

Silvana Straw is a senior philanthropic leader with over 25 years’ commitment to our community and social justice. She serves as philanthropic advisor to major donors and clients, facilitating their charitable giving and helping them invest strategically. She has developed and led major efforts focused on the safety net, homelessness/housing, youth development/civic engagement, arts and culture, nonprofit capacity building and advocacy/systems reform. In 2014, her leadership resulted in a groundbreaking study on affordable housing prepared by The Urban Institute entitled, Housing Security in Greater Washington.

She served as lead staff for the Neighbors in Need Fund which invested in advocacy efforts to preserve the safety net; and emergency services for hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the economic crisis. Her youth work has included the Greater Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative—an award-winning youth civic engagement program. She also created and led the Creative Communities Initiative focused on advancing the work of artists in communities as catalysts for social change.

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Grants Associate

Erika Taylor

Erika joined the Greater Washington Community Foundation in December 2017 as the Front Desk Receptionist.  Erika managed the every day duties associated with the Front Desk and provided administrative support to varies departments at The Community Foundation. She enjoyed helping and interacting with visitors and staff.

As of June 2018, Erika was promoted to Grant Associate. Her roles includes managing incoming grants to ensure that the department provides optimal service to donors and fund holders. She also maintains all donor information from inputting and processing grant recommendations, serve as a resource for grantees and nonprofits in the community, as well as providing information on The Community Foundation's initiatives, giving, unrestricted funds and proposal due dates and processes.

Erika has always had a passion for philanthropy, and has worked in various positions of the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Norfolk State University majoring in Business Administration.

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Database Manager

Jenn Walen

In March 2020, Jenn Walen joined The Community Foundation in the newly created role of Database Manager. Jenn leads efforts to benchmark current information management practices and evolve The Community Foundation’s information systems and processes to higher levels of efficiency and sophistication.

Jenn comes to The Community Foundation with 15 years’ experience in development and donor services at other community foundations in Baltimore and Nashville. Most recently, she managed foundation relations for a human services organization in Baltimore.

Jenn is a big fan of community foundations and how they enable individuals and groups to give back to their communities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Boston University and did graduate work at Vanderbilt University. A native Texan, she lives with her son and husband in Baltimore.


President and CEO

Tonia Wellons

Tonia Wellons is the President & CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the largest public foundation in the Greater Washington region. The Community Foundation's mission is to Build Thriving Communities by galvanizing philanthropy and investing locally to maximize community impact. Our vision is for a more equitable, just, and thriving Greater Washington for all, and especially for those who have been systematically marginalized in our region. Leading an organization with a staff of 35, nearly $400 million in assets under management, and $70 million in annual grants, Tonia oversees the day-to-day business of the organization, serves as chief development officer, and works with the Board of Trustees and staff to determine the strategic priorities of The Community Foundation. Tonia has successfully launched and led programmatic and development efforts for several key initiatives at The Community Foundation, including the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, VoicesDMV, the Resilience Fund, and the Partnership to End Homelessness. She also has purview over all grantmaking, community engagement, and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining The Community Foundation in July 2016, she served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration as head of global partnerships at the Peace Corps. Tonia was responsible for leading the agency’s relationships with other federal agencies, the private sector, international NGOs, and donors. Most notably, Tonia led bold cause-marketing partnerships at the Peace Corps for Let Girls Learn (an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama). Tonia previously served as fund manager of a multi-donor initiative focused on financial access and inclusion at the World Bank Group. She also spent a significant part of her career working on USAID-funded capacity development initiatives during the immediate post-apartheid era in South Africa and the broader sub-Sahara region. In 2010, Tonia founded the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund (PGCSIF) in an effort to 'shift the narrative' and build social capital in the County. The Innovation Fund's flagship initiative, Forty Under 40 Prince George's, recognizes top talent in the County, and connects them to political, social, and economic opportunity all the while sharing the important story of amazing people - under the age of 40 - who live and work in Prince George's.

Tonia is a 23-year resident of Prince George's County and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development Policy from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University. 

Tonia serves on the board of Leadership Greater Washington and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She also serves as co-chair of the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund DMV’s Black Justice Fellowship and a member of the Federal City Council and the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness. She was recently named a Hero of the Crisis by Washingtonian Magazine, 2020 Nonprofit Leader of the Year by the Washington Business Journal, and the 2020 Philanthropist of the Year by the AFP DC chapter.


How to reconstruct an equitable future for our region for the Washington Post

Viewpoint: Region's income gaps can also lead to perception gap for the Washington Business Journal

Charitable giving in D.C. is well below the national average for the Washington Post

Recent Presentations and Appearances

Low-Wage Workers: The Pandemic’s Forgotten, The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Providing Direct Cash Assistance to DC Residents, Urban Institute

Ep 27: Leadership in Times of Crisis with Tonia Wellons, President & CEO, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Incite International podcast

News 4 Your Sunday: Economic Inequity and Social Challenges, NBC Washington

Frontline Conversations featuring Tonia Wellons ('20), Leadership Greater Washington


Senior Director, Prince George's County

Darcelle H. Wilson

With more than 20 years of major gift fundraising experience in both the higher education and nonprofit arenas, Darcelle Wilson joined The Community Foundation as Sr. Director, Prince George’s County in September 2021. She works with donors to explore opportunities for achieving their philanthropic goals and facilitating their engagement on critical community issues affecting county residents.

Darcelle brings a strong background in major gifts fundraising and comprehensive capital campaigns, and strategic communications. She served as Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland managing the major gifts, alumni relations, and communications/marketing programs. More recently, while working as Sr. Director of Development for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, she managed a team of regional and planned gift officers, corporate and foundation relations officers, and a development writer.

Her unique upbringing and early adult life as an Air Force daughter and wife had her living in various regions of the country and in several different countries around the world moving nearly every 3-4 years. She attributes that lifestyle to her flexibility and ability to move in diverse arenas.

Darcelle recently complimented her higher education background by completing a Cornell University certification program in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Managing Director, Marketing & Communications

Danielle Yates

Danielle Yates joined The Community Foundation as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications in June 2017. She leads the Marketing team in providing the strategic vision and tactical implementation of all communications and marketing programs across the organization. Danielle has more than 15 years of experience developing and executing marketing and communications strategies, directing events and public relations efforts, and leveraging digital media tools to amplify the impact of nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Danielle managed marketing and recruitment for the U.S. Department of State's English Language Programs, administered by Georgetown University, to attract qualified applicants for teaching fellowships around the world.

Danielle found her passion for effective philanthropy while managing marketing and communications at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In this role, she developed marketing campaigns to restore the profitability of GEO’s events program by selling out seven successive conferences, and directed the design, editing, and distribution of all print publications and digital resources. Previously, she served in external affairs positions at the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Internet Education Foundation, spearheading planning for the inaugural State of the Net Conference which is now the largest annual tech policy event in DC.

A California native, Danielle has a BA in Communications and Culture from UC San Diego, a certificate in event management and planning from the George Washington University, and a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University.