People

Our VPP Family

Smart and tenacious. Committed and compassionate. Our people love their communities and live their passions. They are immensely generous and meticulous change agents.

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  • Investors
  • Strategic Partners

Board of Directors

“What is so compelling about VPP is its ability to help organizations build capacity and scalability. Through investments and advice, VPP takes promising organizations and levers them up, creating the ability to ramp up and serve the community in a more effective way. It’s an amplifier in every sense of the word, providing horsepower and brainpower to its portfolio organizations. That approach makes so much sense and is not unlike how we look at our venture capital efforts.”
— Frank LaPrade, Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Chief Enterprise Services Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Capital One

  • David M. Bradt, Jr.

    Managing Director, Andersen Tax

  • Richard S. "Dickie" Carter

    Founder & CEO, Urban Service Systems Corporation

  • Carol Thompson Cole

    President & CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners

  • Jack Davies

    Founder, AOL International

  • Emma Dockery

    Co-Founder, Yellow Ribbons United

  • William Dunbar

    Managing Director, Core Capital Partners

  • Kristin Ehrgood

    President, Flamboyan Foundation

  • Michele V. Hagans

    President, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation, Inc.

  • Frank LaPrade

    Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Chief Enterprise Services Officer & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Capital One

  • Arthur J. Marks

    Managing General Partner, Valhalla Partners

  • James Mitchell Jr

    Managing Director, The Rock Creek Group

  • Mario Morino

    Chairman, Morino Institute; Co-Founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners

  • Brig Owens

    Partner, Bennett & Owens

  • Lauren Peterson

    Director, Peterson Family Foundation

  • Karen G. Schaufeld

    Co-Founder, All Ages Read Together; Founder & President, 100 Women Strong

  • Bradford L. Seamon, Sr.

    Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Seamon Corporation

  • Les Silverman

    Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

  • Gabriela Smith

    Founder & President, The Crimsonbridge Foundation

  • Eugene Steuerle

    Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute

  • David Sylvester

    Partner, 3rd Gen Law Group LLP

  • Cliff White

    Vice Chair, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Founding Partner, NEW Customer Service Companies

Honorary Board Members

“In VPP I find some of the most talented and strategic philanthropic and management thought leaders anywhere on the issue of how promising not-for-profit organizations (including my own) can become sustainable high-performing organizations impacting the lives of children and youth. If breakthrough approaches to strategic investing for the significant benefit of children and youth are to be developed and demonstrated, VPP is the most likely place to see that happen.”
— Robert G. Templin, Jr., President, Northern Virginia Community College

  • Peter Barris

    Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

  • Raul J. Fernandez

    Chairman & CEO, ObjectVideo

  • Terri Lee Freeman

    President, National Civil Rights Museum

  • William Gibson

    Managing Partner, The Albemarle Group

  • Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan

    Principal & Managing Partner, Leveraged Leadership, LLC

  • Richard Kay

    President, Strategic Management Consultants, LLC

  • M. Charito Kruvant

    Founder, President & CEO, Creative Associates International, Inc.

  • Nigel Morris

    Managing Partner, QED Investors; Co-founder, Capital One Financial Services

  • Julie Rogers

    Consultant

  • Bill Shore

    Chairman, Community Wealth Partners; Founder & CEO, Share Our Strength

  • Edward Skloot

    Consultant

  • Kenneth Slaughter

    Senior Advisor to DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

  • Ralph R. Smith

    Senior Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Bob Templin

    Senior Fellow, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute

Advisors

“VPP is a leader in the application of outcomes and business orientation, and now network development, to improve the lives of youth in the Washington metropolitan region. They have an incredibly strong team and work hard to build the capabilities of the individuals and teams in their network.”
— Nora Gardner, Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Washington, D.C. office

  • Carol Emig

    President, Child Trends

  • Nora Gardner

    Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Jeffrey Schragg

    Partner, BDO

  • Courtney Straus

    Executive Director & Senior Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Our Investor Community

One of Venture Philanthropy Partners’ greatest strengths is its remarkable investors—individuals, families, foundations, businesses, and government that have made significant contributions to Greater Washington and beyond. Despite differing interests and backgrounds, these investors have all found common ground in VPP’s mission to serve the needs of vulnerable children and youth in the region.

* Founding investors of VPP

Individual Investors

  • Peter & Adrienne Barris *
  • Katherine Borsecnik & Eugene Weil
  • Katherine & David Bradley *
  • Patrice & Scott Brickman
  • The Honorable Ann Brown & Donald Brown
  • John Burton *
  • Arthur Bushkin *
  • Kathy Calvin *
  • Dickie & Jonita Carter
  • Jean & Steve Case / The Case Foundation *
  • Art Marks & Nancy Casey *
  • H. Lawrence Clark
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • Steve & Roberta Denning *
  • Dr. Ronald I. & Beth Dozoretz
  • William & Denise Dunbar *
  • Leonard Egan
  • Kristin Ehrgood & Vadim Nikitine
  • Raul & Jean-Marie Fernandez *
  • Michelle Freeman / The Carl M. Freeman Foundation / Joshua M. Freeman (in memoriam) *
  • Bill & Nadine Gibson *
  • Miles Gilburne & Nina Zolt *
  • Michele V. Hagans
  • Richard & Pamela Hanlon *
  • Robert G. Hisaoka
  • Allan & Shelley Holt / The Hillside Foundation
  • Joseph & Lynne Horning
  • Julie Jensen
  • Richard & Rebecca Kay *
  • Jack Davies & Kay Kendall *
  • George (in memoriam) & Janice Kettle *
  • Jeong & Cindy Kim *
  • James V. Kimsey (in memoriam) *
  • Len Leader *
  • Cal & Jeff Leonard
  • Ted & Lynn Leonsis *
  • Steve & Allison Lockshin
  • Bill Melton *
  • Patricia Smith Melton *
  • Jack & Lauren Mencia
  • Phillip Merrick & Caren DeWitt Merrick *
  • Herb & Patrice Miller
  • Mario & Dana Morino *
  • Nigel & Lori Morris
  • Anthony & Annette Nader
  • Kenneth J. Novack *
  • John & Mona Oswald
  • Marina & David Ottaway
  • Peterson Family Foundation
  • W. Russell and Norma Ramsey *
  • Joseph E. Robert, Jr. (in memoriam) *
  • Fred & Karen Schaufeld
  • John Sidgmore (in memoriam) *
  • Brad & Ali Singer
  • Doug & Gabriela Smith *
  • Earl & Amanda Stafford
  • Richard Thompson
  • Senator Mark Warner & Lisa Collis *
  • Wegman Family
  • Harry (in memoriam) & Rachel Weller
  • Jim Feldman & Natalie Wexler
  • Cliff & Debbie White
  • Anonymous

Donors

  • Derrick & Emma Dockery
  • Mark Ein
  • Leah & Jacques Gansler
  • Philip L. Graham Fund *
  • William A. Haseltine
  • David & Michelle Joubran
  • Marc & Leana Katz
  • Charito Kruvant
  • Dan & Sunita Leeds
  • Jimmy Lynn
  • Rocky and Alessia McIntosh
  • Roger & Vicki Sant
  • Mark & Wendy Stavish
  • David J. Steinberg
  • David & Kristin Steinberg
  • C. Eugene Steuerle
  • Patty Stonesifer & Michael Kinsley
  • Christopher Tavlarides
  • Ranvir Trehan & Family / Trehan Foundation
  • Catherine West
  • Alan & Irene Wurtzel
  • Anonymous

Corporations And Foundations

  • Capital One
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation *
  • The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
  • Freddie Mac Foundation
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Morino Institute *
  • The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation *

Friends

  • Kevin Burns
  • Carol Thompson Cole and Curtis Cole, Jr.
  • Carol Emig
  • County of Fairfax
  • Ferris Family Foundation
  • David Gardner
  • Nora Gardner and Matthew Kirtland
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan
  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Andrew & Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
  • Meyer Foundation
  • Mid Atlantic Venture Association
  • James Mitchell Jr
  • Montgomery County
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Brig Owens
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RFI Foundation
  • Eleanor Rutland and Timothy Lex
  • The Schain Family Foundation
  • Jeffrey Schragg
  • Bill Shore
  • Les Silverman
  • Edward Skloot
  • Kenneth Slaughter
  • Small Alper Family Foundation
  • Gordon V. & Helen C. Smith Foundation
  • George Stamas
  • Courtney Straus
  • Sunrise Foundation
  • David Sylvester and Palma Joy Strand
  • Bob Templin
  • George Tsantes
  • United Way of the NCA
  • Washington Gas
  • Elizabeth and Steve Whisnant
  • Tim Wierzbicki

Public Funding

  • Corporation for National & Community Service - Social Innovation Fund
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools

Co-Investors

  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation *
  • NewSchools Venture Fund *

The value VPP brings to its nonprofit partners goes well beyond what VPP’s investment team alone can deliver.

By tapping into a much broader network of support, we can make available to our nonprofit partners a full spectrum of resources and contacts that might otherwise be difficult for them to access. For example, we can help them find outstanding candidates for their boards, engage specialists in information systems or outcomes assessment, meet potential donors, or gain a greater voice in relevant government budget decisions.

We help our nonprofit partners find and manage the best resources to strengthen their organizations. The following list highlights organizations whose support in specific areas of expertise has been helpful to VPP and its nonprofit partners.

VPP Board Advisors


BDO

BDO delivers assurance, tax, financial advisory, and consulting services to clients throughout the country and around the globe. They offer numerous industry-specific practices, world-class resources and an unparalleled commitment to meeting their clients’ needs. Every day, BDO delivers exceptional service, and not just to their clients. From reducing energy consumption to a variety of grass-roots community service initiatives, BDO endeavors every day to help people thrive, whether they’re down the street or across the world.


Child Trends

Child Trends works extensively with decision makers to use data effectively, to incorporate evidence-based practices into their programs and policies, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to use all of this information to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and youth. Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and applying the resulting knowledge to public policies, programs, and systems.


J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. The firm and its foundation give approximately $200 million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world. They also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing their many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.


McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is an internationally recognized management consulting firm that was built around two ideas: serving senior management on problems important to them and their enterprises; and professionalism that puts the interests of clients first and maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to serve these clients. The McKinsey Social Sector Office applies these same two ideas to complex social challenges, bringing an objective fact-based approach which leads to tailored and consensus-built solutions. The SSO has specific expertise in the areas of economic development, education, global public health, and strategic philanthropy.

 

VPP Consultants


Chatham Group, Inc.

The Chatham Group helps companies and organizations across the nation to position themselves for impact, value, longevity, effective growth, and profitabilityfinancial strength – with a variety of specializations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. ChathamCGI provides practical solutions – whether the obstacle to a client’s success is a question of strategy, governance, target demography, product, market, cultural perspective, or organizational effectiveness.


Monitor Deloitte, LLP

Monitor Deloitte strategy consultants employ cutting-edge approaches embedded with deep industry expertise, working with leaders to resolve critical choices and drive enterprise value. They apply many methodologies, wielded by specialists with deep industry knowledge.


Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, LLC

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Lex Mundi, matches social entrepreneurs with top-tier, pro bono legal services.


Morino Institute

Created in 1994, the Morino Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the lives of vulnerable children by helping to foster innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that serve their needs.

The inspiration for VPP came from years of private-sector experience and nonprofit work by Mario Morino, founder and chairman of the Morino Institute.


Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is a global law firm that works with some of the largest financial institutions, Fortune 100 companies, investment banks, and technology companies.


Tatum, LLC

Tatum, LLC, is the largest executive services firm in the United States, offering executive, consulting, and search services.

Peter & Adrienne Barris

Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Peter joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and was named the managing general partner in 1999. Since that time, NEA’s assets under management have grown from $1B to over $13B and the firm has expanded its operations to India and China. Under Peter’s leadership, NEA has invested in industry-transforming technology companies like CareerBuilder, Tableau, Diapers.com, Groupon, Juniper Networks, Macromedia, Salesforce.com, TiVo, and Workday. Peter has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors, to Crain’s Chicago 50 Top Tech Stars, to the Washington Tech Council’s Hall of Fame, and to the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

Katherine & David Bradley

Katherine is the president of CityBridge and directs the foundation’s day-to-day work. CityBridge’s signature projects include the Early Years Education Initiative, Breakthrough Schools, and the Education Innovation Fellowship.

David is the chairman of Atlantic Media, whose holdings include The Atlantic, National Journal Group, Government Executive Media Group, and Quartz. Previously, David was the founder and chairman of both the Advisory Board Company and the Corporate Executive Board, now public companies listed on NASDAQ.

The Honorable Ann Brown & Donald Brown

The Honorable Ann Brown served as Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from March 1994 to November 2001. For more than two decades prior to her appointment, Mrs. Brown was a consumer advocate. She served as vice president of the Consumer Federation of America for 15 years and as chairman of the board of the consumer advocacy group Public Voice from 1983 to 1994.

Donald A. Brown, an attorney and real estate entrepreneur, has been active in real estate development and finance for over 60 years. In 1956, he founded the law firm of Brown, Gildenhorn & Jacobs in Washington, D.C., which specialized in real property and housing. He also founded and served as chairman, director, and a senior partner in each of the JBG Real Estate Companies. Concurrently, Mr. Brown served as a senior lecturer on the faculty of the Harvard Business School from 1983 to 1995.

Arthur Bushkin

Arthur Bushkin has a 50-year career focused on harnessing the power of technology for social good. He has run government programs, corporations, and nonprofit foundations, and he concentrates on writing and philanthropy.

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin is president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Prior to joining the UN Foundation as chief operating officer in 2003, she served as president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. She previously served in senior positions at AOL, Hill and Knowlton, and U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984 she was U.S. Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary.

Kathy was also named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World” in 2011 and listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in 2012.

Art Marks & Nancy Casey

Art Marks is the managing general partner for Valhalla Partners, where he works with media, Internet marketing, and security-related companies such as Bidtellect and Vubiquity. Prior to Vallhalla, Art was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he was directly involved in over 60 portfolio company investments. He also serves as the chairman emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and is on the board of VPP.

Steve & Roberta Denning

Steven A. Denning is the chairman of General Atlantic LLC, a global private equity firm with twelve offices around the globe and over $20 billion of assets under management. Mr. Denning is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and former co-chair of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He remains on the board of TNC and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bridgespan Group.

Roberta Denning currently chairs Stanford’s Arts Advisory Council and Humanities and Sciences Council. She is a trustee of the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York and a trustee of SFMOMA, and she is a member of the management committee for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

William & Denise Dunbar

Will Dunbar co-founded Core Capital Partners in 1999. Prior to Core, he was founder and CEO of Pebble Hill Capital, an early-stage, technology-focused investment company, and an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history. Will began his investment career at Venture America, where he was involved in the early-stage funding of Discovery Communications and Digene, both of which became multibillion-dollar companies.

Kristin Ehrgood & Vadim Nikitine

Kristin Ehrgood is the president and board chair of the Flamboyan Foundation, a path-forging private family foundation that generates catalytic and sustainable results in education for students most affected by inequity in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Her previous work included co-founding with her husband Sapientis, a Puerto Rico-based organization that worked to eradicate poverty and inequity through quality education for all students, as well as various positions with Teach for America, including the director of New Site Development and executive director, of the NJ Region. Ehrgood currently serves as the board chair of DC School Reform Now, sits on the boards of Teach for America–DC and Venture Philanthropy Partners, and is a trustee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundations.

Vadim Nikitine is the founder, owner and president of CCM Group, a holding company with assets in the commercial real estate and clean energy sectors. CCM’s real estate companies are partners in approximately 9 million square feet of commercial space, and the company is actively involved in all phases of the development, leasing, and management of a wide array of residential and commercial properties. In 2006, with his wife, Kristin Ehrgood, he co-founded the Flamboyan Foundation, a path-forging private family foundation that generates catalytic and sustainable results in education for students most affected by inequity in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Vadim sits on the boards of RARE and the Maret School and is a trustee of the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundations.

Michelle Freeman / The Carl M. Freeman Foundation / Joshua M. Freeman (in memoriam)

Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a real estate company established in 1947 that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development, and redevelopment and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers, and commercial properties. Ms. Freeman is also president and chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, which has been giving grants to organizations where her employees live, work, and play since 1947.

Michele V. Hagans

Michele V. Hagans is the president and CEO of the Fort Lincoln Realty Company and Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation. She sits on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Federal City Council, HEROES, Inc., and Fight For Children. Michele holds undergraduate and master’s degrees and a doctoral degree from Howard University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Robert G. Hisaoka

Robert G. Hisaoka is the president of Luxury Imports of Bowling Green and chairman of Carsquare. He is both an investor and on the boards of Sionic Mobile, Precise Target, and Carsquare. Robert is an active angel and venture investor. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and a trustee of the Federal City Council. Robert founded and chairs the Joan Hisaoka Gala to honor his late sister, Joan and to fulfill her desire to help others living with cancer.

Allan & Shelley Holt / The Hillside Foundation

Allan M. Holt is a senior partner and managing director of The Carlyle Group and chairman of Carlyle’s US Buyout group, the firm’s largest investment fund. Mr. Holt is vice chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and a director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

David & Michelle Joubran

David Joubran is the co-founder, president, and CEO of Acumen Solutions, a privately held business and technology consulting firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to Fortune 500 companies and government clients. Acumen Solutions is a recognized leader in enterprise cloud transformation, working with customers to develop strategies to migrate their business processes and systems into cloud-based architecture.

Jack Davies & Kay Kendall

J.L. (Jack) Davies is a minority owner of Monumental Sports and Entertainment. Following his retirement as founder and president of AOL International, Jack has been very engaged with VPP, serving on the board and the Executive Committee. Jack is also on the board of Scholastic, the global children’s media company, and has served on countless other nonprofit boards. Currently, he is on the board of Teach for America DC Region and the Economic Club of Washington.

Kay Kendall serves as chair of the DC Arts and Humanities Commission following a long-term involvement with the arts in D.C., including having served as president of the board of the Washington Ballet. Kay is also a past board chair for the Maret School and currently is on the board of THEARC in Anacostia and CityDance.

Jeong & Cindy Kim

Jeong H. Kim is the chairman of Kiswe Mobile Inc., a start-up focusing on interactive mobile video. Prior to that, he was the 11th president of Bell Labs, the communication industry’s most heralded research organization. His background ranges from being a CEO of a high-technology start-up to a senior executive of a Fortune 500 corporation.

Charito Kruvant

Charito Kruvant is the founder and CEO of Creative Associates International. She is also a board member of the Calvert Group and WETA and on the advisory board for the Global Education Innovation Initiative.

Cal & Jeff Leonard

Jeff Leonard is the co-founder and CEO of the Global Environment Fund, a private equity firm established in 1990. GEF invests around the world in growing businesses that produce technologies, products and services leading to a lower carbon economy, more efficient use of resources and environmental improvement. Jeff is a founding board member of Beacon House, an educational program in NE Washington, D.C., as well as of the National Council on Science and Environment. He is a member of the board of New America and previously served as board chair for City Year–DC. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman with special passions for adventures in oft-piste skiing, wilderness hiking and fly fishing.

Jimmy Lynn

Jimmy Lynn is a co-founder and board member of Kiswe Mobile. He’s also an adjunct faculty member and special advisor at Georgetown University. He is on the board of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition as well as the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Phillip Merrick & Caren DeWitt Merrick

Caren DeWitt Merrick is a founding investor in VPP. She is also an entrepreneur, investor, and board member in innovative technology companies, social impact nonprofits and financial services businesses.

Mario & Dana Morino

Mario Morino is the chairman of the Morino Institute and co-founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners. His career spans more than 50 years as an entrepreneur, technologist and civic and business leader. Mario now focuses his time as a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which advances the theme that “performance matters.”

 

Fred & Karen Schaufeld

Karen Schaufeld is passionate about creating and supporting effective philanthropy. She founded 100WomenStrong to create change in Loudoun County through grants to nonprofits. She also co-founded AART (All Ages Read Together), a school readiness program for low-income preschool children.

 

Doug & Gabriela Smith

Gabriela Smith is the founder and president of The Crimsonbridge Group and the Crimsonbridge Foundation. In over 15 years of active philanthropic work, she has designed and launched innovative programs and partnerships in education. She is a founding investor and board member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and serves on the Georgetown University Board of Regents and the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council. Her professional experience includes roles at the World Bank and Catholic Charities. She received a MA in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and both an MA in Latin American studies/economic development and a BA in economics from UCLA.

Earl & Amanda Stafford

Earl W. Stafford is the chairman and chief executive of The Stafford Foundation, Inc., a faith-based charity that promotes the precepts of Jesus Christ by providing support and assistance to the underserved, helping them to become self-sufficient.

C. Eugene Steuerle

Gene Steuerle is a fellow at the Urban Institute, where he founded or cofounded the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, the Retirement Project, and the Project on Opportunity and Ownership. He is also the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 18 books and over 1,500 articles and columns largely addressing issues of federal policy. In addition to spending time with his wonderful wife, two children, five stepchildren, and grandchildren, he is a cofounder and chair emeritus of ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation.

Harry (in memoriam) & Rachel Weller

The Weller family cares about education.

Catherine West

Catherine West spent nearly 30 years in financial services with increasing P&L responsibility. She worked closely with the White House and Elizabeth Warren to set up the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau before joining the Capital One Financial Corp board.

Jim Feldman & Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler is an education writer and the board chair of The Writing Revolution, a nonprofit that trains teachers at high-needs schools in a method of expository writing instruction. She also serves on the board of the DC Scholars Public Charter School. She previously worked as a lawyer and a legal historian and has written three novels.

Cliff & Debbie White

Cliff White was a founding partner of NEW Customer Service Companies Inc. (NEW), the nation’s leading provider of extended service plans and buyer protection programs. He is also currently a partner in SWaN investors, a diversified private investment fund with several dozen investments, including the Washington Nationals Baseball Club & Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Mr. White also sits on the board of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, where he and his wife have their family foundation, where he serves on the Foundation’s Sharing Montgomery Grants Committee, and where he is the founder of the Foundation’s Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund, which assists vulnerable county residents in need of safety net services, as well as workforce development and educational opportunities.

Peter Barris

Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Peter joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and was named the managing general partner in 1999. Since that time, NEA’s assets under management have grown from $1B to over $13B and the firm has expanded its operations to India and China. Under Peter’s leadership, NEA has invested in industry-transforming technology companies like CareerBuilder, Tableau, Diapers.com, Groupon, Juniper Networks, Macromedia, Salesforce.com, TiVo, and Workday. Peter has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors, to Crain’s Chicago 50 Top Tech Stars, to the Washington Tech Council’s Hall of Fame, and to the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

David M. Bradt, Jr.

Managing Director, Andersen Tax

David Bradt is a Managing Director for Andersen Tax, one of the largest independent tax firms in the world. David has 39 years of experience in tax practice and has extensive experience providing investment consulting, tax planning, financial planning and tax-reporting services to high-net-worth individuals, family offices, corporate executives and family business owners. In addition, David has been named one of the 250 Best Financial Advisors by Worth magazine and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Richard S. “Dickie” Carter

Founder & CEO, Urban Service Systems Corporation

For more than forty years, Richard (“Dickie”) S. Carter has been engaged in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. In 1972, he founded Urban Service Systems Corporation, which has developed into an environmental services company specializing in solid waste, bio solids management, and recycling. Since 1970, Mr. Carter has also worked with financial institutions and founded the MCAP Bonding and Insurance Agency, Inc., the first minority surety bonding agency granted underwriting authority by the Aetna Insurance Company.

Carol Thompson Cole

President & CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners

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Jack Davies

Founder, AOL International

J.L. (Jack) Davies is a minority owner of Monumental Sports and Entertainment. Following his retirement as founder and president of AOL International, Jack has been very engaged with VPP, serving on the board and the Executive Committee. Jack is also on the board of Scholastic, the global children’s media company, and has served on countless other nonprofit boards. Currently, he is on the board of Teach for America DC Region and the Economic Club of Washington.

Emma Dockery

Co-founder, Yellow Ribbons United

Emma Dockery is the co-founder of Yellow Ribbons United (YRU), a military support initiative dedicated to enriching the lives of children of the fallen by creating various marketing initiatives with national brands and professional sports teams. Prior to creating YRU, Emma created a number of brand awareness marketing campaigns, including the enhancement of the Washington Redskins Think Pink Breast Cancer initiative. During her career, she was also a consultant for the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, which during her tenure primarily focused its efforts on serving at-risk youth in the Washington, D.C. community.

William Dunbar

Managing Director, Core Capital Partners

Will Dunbar co-founded Core Capital Partners in 1999. Prior to Core, he was founder and CEO of Pebble Hill Capital, an early-stage, technology-focused investment company, and an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history. Will began his investment career at Venture America, where he was involved in the early-stage funding of Discovery Communications and Digene, both of which became multibillion-dollar companies.

Kristin Ehrgood

President, Flamboyan Foundation

Kristin Ehrgood is the president and board chair of the Flamboyan Foundation, a path-forging private family foundation that generates catalytic and sustainable results in education for students most affected by inequity in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Her previous work included co-founding with her husband Sapientis, a Puerto Rico-based organization that worked to eradicate poverty and inequity through quality education for all students, as well as various positions with Teach for America, including the director of New Site Development and executive director, of the NJ Region. Ehrgood currently serves as the board chair of DC School Reform Now, sits on the boards of Teach for America–DC and Venture Philanthropy Partners, and is a trustee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundations.

Carol Emig

President, Child Trends

Carol Emig is the president of Child Trends, an independent research center focused on improving the lives of children and youth. Her career has focused on using research and evidence to strengthen public policies and programs that serve children and youth. Prior to leading Child Trends, she was executive director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and deputy director of the National Commission on Children.

As a strategic partner, Child Trends provides data collection, data analysis, and research design support to VPP. This includes the administration of school climate surveys to support the Ready for Work initiative in Prince George’s County, analyzing youthCONNECT partner data and working with VPP investment partners to produce high-quality evaluations for programs supported by the Social Innovation Fund.

Terri Lee Freeman

President, National Civil Rights Museum

Terri Lee Freeman was appointed president of the National Civil Rights Museum in November 2014. Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Museum chronicles the history of the American civil rights movement, examines today’s global human and civil rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate, and serves as a catalyst for positive change. She also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the New Memphis Institute and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Nora Gardner

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nora Gardner is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C. office and the leader of the intersection between McKinsey’s Organization and Public Sector practices. She led the development of McKinsey’s Talent System Assessment Tool and has expertise in human capital, leadership development, human capital analytics and organizational change. Prior to joining McKinsey, she held postdoctoral fellowships from the American Cancer Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She is married, has two daughters, and in 2015 was named Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother magazine.

As an advisor to the VPP board, McKinsey provides guidance in matters of overall governance and stewardship. In particular, McKinsey has played a key role in shaping VPP’s approach to comprehensive planning, refining VPP’s “core definitions,” and setting direction for the organization. The firm also provides significant guidance on candidate assessment and conducts strategic planning efforts for some of VPP’s investment partners.

Michele V. Hagans

President, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation, Inc.

Michele V. Hagans is the president and CEO of the Fort Lincoln Realty Company and Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation. She sits on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Federal City Council, HEROES, Inc., and Fight For Children. Michele holds undergraduate and master’s degrees and a doctoral degree from Howard University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan

Principal & Managing Partner, Leveraged Leadership, LLC

Ms. Hampshire-Cowan is the founder and principal of Leveraged Leadership Group, LLC. She recently completed a 24-year tenure at Howard University, which included serving as senior vice president and secretary, interim chief operating officer, and acting president. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer but is also recognized for her profound concern for children, underserved populations, quality education, and the future of the Greater Washington region.

M. Charito Kruvant

Founder, President & CEO, Creative Associates International, Inc.

M. Charito Kruvant is the founder and CEO of Creative Associates International. She is also a board member of the Calvert Group and WETA and on the advisory board for the Global Education Innovation Initiative.

Frank LaPrade

Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Chief Enterprise Services Officer & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Capital One

Frank G. LaPrade is a member of Capital One’s Executive Committee and serves as the company’s chief enterprise services officer and chief of staff to the CEO. He also serves on many of the company’s management committees, including those relating to asset-liability management, costs and investments, infrastructure, risk management, and financial oversight. During his tenure at Capital One, Mr. LaPrade has been engaged in numerous philanthropic, policy, and community activities on behalf of the company. Mr. LaPrade is married with five children and resides in the District of Columbia.

Arthur J. Marks

Managing General Partner, Valhalla Partners

Art Marks is the managing general partner for Valhalla Partners, where he works with media, Internet marketing, and security-related companies such as Bidtellect and Vubiquity. Prior to Vallhalla, Art was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he was directly involved in over 60 portfolio company investments. He also serves as the chairman emeritus of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and is on the board of VPP.

James Mitchell Jr

Managing Director, The Rock Creek Group

James Mitchell Jr has a decades-long track record of commitment to the community in which he lives through serving as a volunteer, board member, or business advisor for a few select nonprofit organizations. He offers his business acumen, time, and a portion of his financial resources to organizations that have proven that they can impact individuals and families.

Mario Morino

Chairman, Morino Institute; Co-Founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners

Mario Morino is the chairman of the Morino Institute and co-founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners. His career spans more than 50 years as an entrepreneur, technologist and civic and business leader. Mario now focuses his time as a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which advances the theme that “performance matters.”

Brig Owens

Partner, Bennett & Owens

Brig Owens is a partner at Bennett & Owens, a sports management and real estate development firm. Owens also created the Professional Athletes Youth Foundation and Community Service Department of the NFLPA, where he raised over $10 million to implement a youth development program in ten cities across the nation. He is a thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League and seven-year player representative and defensive captain for the Washington Redskins. Owens also developed a highly recognized drug prevention program in Washington, D.C. high schools called Super Leaders. He was one of six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 1990 for his commitment to the community, and he is a published author.

Lauren Peterson

Director, Peterson Family Foundation

Lauren Peterson is the director of the Fairfax, Virginia-based Peterson Family Foundation, which focuses its efforts on human services, health care and education. In support of her family’s philosophy of giving back in communities where they live and do business, Lauren shows her dedication to the community by serving on several boards including the Schar Cancer Institute, Gleaning for the World, Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center and Teach for America, just to name a few.

Julie Rogers

Consultant

Julie Rogers is the immediate former president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation and the founder of Washington Grantmakers. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she continues to advise nonprofit and philanthropic leaders.

Karen G. Schaufeld

Co-Founder, All Ages Read Together; Founder & President, 100 Women Strong

Karen Schaufeld is passionate about creating and supporting effective philanthropy. She founded 100WomenStrong to create change in Loudoun County through grants to nonprofits. She also co-founded AART (All Ages Read Together), a school readiness program for low-income preschool children.

Jeffrey Schragg

Partner, BDO

Jeff Schragg is a Partner at BDO Greater Washington, DC with over 30 years of experience counseling clients on highly complex tax and business matters. He also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience and has brought sophisticated tax planning and advice to Fortune 500 companies, S corporations and partnerships. In addition, Jeff has conducted and lead several tax courses for local universities, the DC Bar, AICPA and Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

In his role as advisor, Jeff brings his strong background and expertise, advising VPP on corporate structure, tax, legal and compliance matters.  BDO provides auditing and tax services to VPP, including performing the annual financial and A-133 audits and preparation and review of the annual IRS Form 990.

Bradford L. Seamon, Sr.

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Seamon Corporation

Bradford Seamon is the chief operating officer and co-founder of the Seamon Corporation, which supports federal programs and private organizations that deliver health, safety, and human services to communities across our nation and the world. After starting Seamon Corporation, he was the chief administrative officer for Prince George’s County, returning to Seamon Corp. as COO when his tenure as chief administrative officer of Prince George’s County ended in May 2014. Prior to starting at Seamon Corporation, he served as a senior staff auditor at Deloitte, controller at Synergics, Inc., and project controller at SMS Data Products, Inc.

Bill Shore

Chairman, Community Wealth Partners; Founder & CEO, Share Our Strength

Billy Shore is the founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, an organization founded with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the fight against hunger and poverty. The organization is known for finding scalable, pragmatic solutions to social problems and today is focused on ending child hunger in America, where one in five kids do not get the food they need, through the No Kid Hungry campaign. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Partners and the author of four books focused on social change.

Les Silverman

Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Les spent much of his professional life as a management consultant, including 23 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was a founder and the first leader of McKinsey’s Nonprofit Practice (later the Social Sector Office). Les was an adviser to Mario Morino and VPP from its earliest days and is now a member of the board and Executive Committee. He currently chairs VPP’s Investment Committee.

Edward Skloot

Consultant

Edward Skloot consults with social sector organizations, helping them strengthen their programs, management and cultures. Before starting this “third act” in 2013, he was, for five years, a professor of the practice of public policy at Duke and the founder of its Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. Immediately preceding his academic tour, he worked 18 years as the founding CEO of the Surdna Foundation, a $1 billion grantmaker based in New York City. Edward is on several boards, writes and speaks about the sector and provides pro bono help to numerous groups. Surdna was the lead foundation funder of VPP. Edward served on its board for several years and became an honorary board member in 2014.

Gabriela Smith

Founder & President, The Crimsonbridge Foundation

Gabriela Smith is the founder and president of The Crimsonbridge Group and the Crimsonbridge Foundation. In over 15 years of active philanthropic work, she has designed and launched innovative programs and partnerships in education. She is a founding investor and board member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and serves on the Georgetown University Board of Regents and the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council. Her professional experience includes roles at the World Bank and Catholic Charities. She received a MA in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and both an MA in Latin American studies/economic development and a BA in economics from UCLA.

Eugene Steuerle

Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute

Gene Steuerle is a fellow at the Urban Institute, where he founded or cofounded the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, the Retirement Project, and the Project on Opportunity and Ownership. He is also the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 18 books and over 1,500 articles and columns largely addressing issues of federal policy. In addition to spending time with his wonderful wife, two children, five stepchildren, and grandchildren, he is a cofounder and chair emeritus of ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation.

Courtney Straus

Executive Director & Senior Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Courtney is an Executive Director and Banker at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Washington, D.C. As a banker with 24 years in the industry, Courtney provides strategic advice and consultation to high-net-worth families, foundations and endowments. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Courtney is active in the DC area community by serving on the boards of the S&R Foundation and the Middleburg Film Festival.

In her role as advisor, Courtney brings her strategic guidance and the broad network of the J.P. Morgan team in support of VPP’s philanthropic goals.  J.P. Morgan is the financial advisor to VPP, managing our financial assets consistent with our board-approved investment policies and guidelines.

David Sylvester

Partner, 3rd Gen Law Group LLP

David Sylvester is a partner with 3rd Gen Law Group LLP, where he represents emerging technology companies and the investors in those companies. A New Orleans native and former resident of that city’s Calliope Housing Projects, David is active as a volunteer in education and economic development issues in the Greater Washington area and in New Orleans. A former partner at VPP, David currently serves on the Board of Directors of VPP.

Bob Templin

Senior Fellow, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute

Bob Templin is a senior fellow in the College Excellence Program who is focusing on the preparation of the next generation of community college leaders. Templin served as the president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) from 2002 to 2015. During that time, NOVA became Virginia’s largest public institution of higher education, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse community colleges and one of the leading associate’s degree-granting institutions in the United States. Templin also serves as a professor in the community college leadership program at North Carolina State University.

Cliff White

Vice Chair, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Founding Partner, NEW Customer Service Companies

Cliff White was a founding partner of NEW Customer Service Companies Inc. (NEW), the nation’s leading provider of extended service plans and buyer protection programs. He is also currently a partner in SWaN investors, a diversified private investment fund with several dozen investments, including the Washington Nationals Baseball Club & Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Mr. White also sits on the board of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, where he and his wife have their family foundation, where he serves on the Foundation’s Sharing Montgomery Grants Committee, and where he is the founder of the Foundation’s Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund, which assists vulnerable county residents in need of safety net services, as well as workforce development and educational opportunities.