Press Release

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

Washington, DC, March 19, 2021 – This week, Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)+Raise DC elected new members and officers to the Board of Directors (Board). New members include Catherine Buell, Head of Community Development, Amazon; Joe Del Guercio, President and CEO, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Wendy Goldberg, advocate for children and Raise DC leader; Michael Smith, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Director of Youth Opportunity Programs, Obama Foundation; and Stu Solomon, President & CEO, Connected DMV.

“We are fortunate that VPP+Raise DC’s Board collectively represents the breadth of expertise, talent, and perspective needed to advance our mission,” said Chairman Frank LaPrade.

“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.

Board Officers are Frank LaPrade, Chief Enterprise Services Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Capital One, as Chairman; Cliff White, Founding Partner, NEW Customer Service Companies, as Vice Chairman; Carol Thompson Cole (Ex Officio), VPP+Raise DC, as President and CEO; Jack Davies, Founder, AOL International, as Treasurer; David Sylvester, Partner, 3rd Gen Law Group LLP, as Secretary; and Charles Redmond, Vice President, Finance and Operations, as Investment Director and Assistant Treasurer.

Directors continuing on the Board are:

Curtis L. Buser, Chief Financial Officer, The Carlyle Group
Emma Dockery, Co-founder, Yellow Ribbons United
Charlene M. Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College (retired)
Leana Katz, Philanthropist
Leland Kruvant, President & CEO, Creative Associates
Tony Marquez, Executive Vice President and Chief CRE Lending Officer, EagleBank
Doyle Mitchell Jr., President and CEO, Industrial Bank
James Mitchell Jr., Partner, Palladian Hill Securities
Mario Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute; Co-Founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Brig Owens, Partner, Bennett & Owens
Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow & Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute
Rachel Weller, Science & Technology Writer, 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. 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 50,000 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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