Board of Advisors
Donald Brown, Founder and Director, The JBG Companies
Don Brown, an attorney and real estate entrepreneur, has been active in real estate development and finance for over 50 years. In 1956, he founded the law firm of Brown, Gildenhorn & Jacobs in Washington, D.C., which specialized in real property and housing. Mr. Brown was a senior partner of the law firm since its inception. 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 senior lecturer on the faculty of the Harvard Business School from 1983 to 1995.
He was a trustee of the D.C. Preservation League, a founding member of the Arena Stage, chairman of the board of directors of the Washington Area Tennis Patrons, trustee of The Sidwell Friends School and of the University of the District of Columbia, and president of Woodley House, one of the first psychiatric halfway houses in the United States. Mr. Brown was a founder of the Women’s National Bank and of the National Bank of Rosslyn. He was a trustee of the Milton Hershey School, WETA, and a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council and a member of the World Resources Institute, a member of the D.C. Committee on Public Education, and served on the board of directors of the Corporation Against Drug Abuse. Mr. Brown received a Presidential appointment in 1988 to serve as a commissioner of the International Cultural and Trade Center, in Washington. He was also a member of the board of trustee of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., one of the great private art museums in the United States.
Mr. Brown is a permanent resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and summers in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Whitney Cohen, Education Director, Life Lab
Whitney Cohen is the Education Director at Life Lab in Santa Cruz, California. Life Lab is a nationally-recognized organization that teaches people to care for themselves, each other, and the world through farm- and garden-based programs. Guided by her passion for sharing the joy of being outside with children, she is the author of the award-winning Kids’ Garden activity card set and The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, and a contributor to various other garden-based learning activity guides. She presents hands-on garden education workshops to a wide variety of audiences, including schoolteachers, parents, college students, food service directors, and Master Gardeners across the country. Her expertise in gardening with children comes from years as an environmental educator, a middle school science teacher, a teacher trainer and, most recently, a mother. Whitney and her husband, Tod, love nothing more than spending time outdoors with their son, Nation.
Michael Curtin, Executive Director, DC Central Kitchen
Mike Curtin had a 20 year career in the hospitality business before joining DC Central Kitchen in 2004. During those 20 years, Mike owned and operated his own restaurant, The Broad Street Grill, in Falls Church, Virginia. Drawing on his experiences as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business, Mike has spent significant time expanding DC Central Kitchen’s social enterprise initiatives. Over the last four years, DC Central Kitchen has generated over 12 million dollars (nearly half of what it costs to run all of the Kitchen’s programs) through fee-for-service contracts, catering events, and other social enterprise ventures. One of the many programs that the Mike has brought to the Kitchen is a contract with DC Public Schools through which the Kitchen provides locally-sourced, scratch-cooked meals to seven schools.
Mike has spoken on the Kitchen’s many innovative social enterprise programs at the Social Enterprise Alliance Conference, the World Social Enterprise Summit, and the Social Capital Conference. He has also been a featured speaker at Georgetown University, the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Williams College, the Darden School of Business, and many other academic institutions across the country. He was recently asked to sit on an advisory board for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Actress
Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of the great young actresses of today. She gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for ”Best Supporting Actress” for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. After receiving rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lion’s Gate’s Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical”, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Actress”, a Chicago Film Critics’ Award for “Most Promising Performer”, A Boston Film Critics’ Award for “Best Actress”, a National Board of Review Award for “Breakthrough Performance” and an IFP/ Gotham “Breakthrough Performance” Award.
Maggie made her feature film debut in 1992, alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in Waterland. This was followed by a memorable performance as “Raven”, the Satan-worshipping make-up artist in John Waters’ quirky Hollywood satire, Cecil B. Demented, which led her to a co-starring role in Donnie Darko, a fantasy-thriller about disturbed adolescence.
Gyllenhaal is a 1999 graduate of Columbia University where she studied Literature.
Allan M. Holt, Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group
Mr. Holt is currently the Co-Head of the U.S. Buyout group focusing on opportunities in the Aerospace/Defense/Government Service, Industrial & Transportation, Consumer, Healthcare, Technology, and Telecom/Media sectors.
Mr. Holt is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his M.B.A from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Holt is a member of the Board of Directors of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., HCR Manor Care Inc., NBTY, Inc., and SS&C Technologies, Inc.
He is also a trustee of The Barker Foundation Endowment Fund and a board member of The Hillside Foundation, Inc., The National Children’s Museum, and The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Jill Iscol, President, IF Hummingbird Foundation
Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations and has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe.
As a Democratic Party activist, Jill served as Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee and as National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee. Jill’s first book, Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, was released in November 2011.