Press Release

VPP+Raise DC Welcomes New Directors and Elects Officers During Annual Board Meeting 

Washington, DC, March 16, 2022VPP+Raise DC is pleased to welcome nine new Directors ahead of our new fiscal year starting on April 1, 2022.

The Directors are: Antoinette (Toni) Bush, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp; Manal Corwin, Principal in Charge at Washington National Tax, KPMG; Clint Grimes, Senior Vice President/Chief Procurement Officer, Capital One;  Josh Edelman, Senior Advisor, Gates Foundation; María S. Gómez, Founder, and Former President and CEO, Mary’s Center; Jermaine Johnson, Regional President Greater Washington and Virginia, PNC Bank;  Bill Keating, Owner and CEO, Waste Acquisition Group LLC; Marcela Urrutia Zamora, Vice President Federal Government Relations, Verizon; and Ivan Zapien, Partner, Hogan Lovells.

The Board also elected a new Chairman, Antonio (Tony) Marquez, Senior EVP, President of Commercial Banking, EagleBank. Tony succeeds longtime Chairman Frank LaPrade, Chief Enterprise Services Officer & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Capital One.

About his new role, Tony shared, “I am so excited to be taking on an expanded leadership role with this very passionate and talented Board and to follow in the footsteps of Frank LaPrade, who brought so much energy and thoughtfulness to his role as Board Chair.  We work from real and measured outcomes for young people in our region and I am looking forward to providing ongoing stewardship for the mission of VPP+Raise DC.”

“We are fortunate that VPP+Raise DC’s Board collectively represents the breadth of expertise, talent, and perspective needed to advance our mission. Each member of our Board shares a strong passion for creating a future where all young people have the opportunity to succeed and contribute to the productivity, health, and well-being of Greater Washington,” said VPP+Raise DC President and CEO Carol Thompson Cole.

Other Board Officers elected on March 16, 2022:

Vice-Chairman: Cliff White, Founding Partner, NEW Customer Service Companies;

Treasurer: Jack Davies, Founder, AOL International;

Secretary: David Sylvester, Partner, 3rd Gen Law Group LLP;

VPP+Raise DC President and CEO: Carol Thompson Cole (Ex Officio).

Directors continuing on the Board are: Catherine Buell, Director, Housing Equity Fund, Amazon; Curtis L. Buser, Chief Financial Officer, The Carlyle Group; Wendy Goldberg, Philanthropist; Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Charlene M. Dukes, President Emeritus, Prince George’s Community College; Leana Katz, Philanthropist; Leland Kruvant, President & CEO, Creative Associates International; Doyle Mitchell Jr., President and CEO, Industrial Bank; Mario Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute; Co-Founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Stu Solomon, President & CEO, Connected DMV; Rachel Weller, Science & Technology Writer and Investor






Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)+Raise DC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that acts as a regional backbone for cross-sector collaboration and direct investments, supporting children and youth (ages 0-24) and their families in Greater Washington. With a racial equity lens, VPP+Raise DC tackles barriers to success by engaging businesses, community members, funders, government leaders, non-profits, and philanthropists. Through financial investments, coupled with our strategic assistance in strengthening organizational capacity, VPP+Raise DC has deployed more than $110M to programs and organizations serving over 57,000 children and young adults in our region annually to yield healthier families, improved academic achievement, and higher graduation rates. Learn more at


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