Board of Directors
David Perlin (Chairman) has spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs and his entire 30 year career working in the financial markets. He previously co-managed the International Equity business in the US for Goldman from 1997-2004, working on some of the largest global equity transactions in firm history. David was a founding Partner of Keel Capital, a global equity hedge fund based in Connecticut, from 2004-2007. David also held senior equity management roles at Morgan Stanley and HSBC. David holds a BS/MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. David supports many charitable organizations – he was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Urban Technology Center (www.urbantech.org), a non-profit educational organization that serves inner city school children nationally and was an active participant in Goldman Sachs’ mentoring program with under-served high school students in NYC. In his current role at Goldman, David and his team work with several non-profit clients in an endowment management function, matching the organization’s financial planning and asset allocation decisions with the mission of the organization. David lives in the Kenwood neighborhood near Bethesda, MD with his wife Skye and their 3 young children – Ava(8), Monty(5) and Thea(2). Skye and David support the scholarship and annual funds at Beauvoir where their children are attending school. David is also the father of 3 older boys that grew up in Chappaqua, NY – AJ(24) – a musician/waiter living in NYC, Reese(21) – a rising senior at Marist College in NY and Corey(18) – a rising freshman at the University of Colorado/Boulder.
Laura Herman (Secretary) brings more than eight years of experience to her role as Senior Director and Partner within Advisory Board’s Population Health and Value-Based Care solutions team, providing research, strategies and financial outcomes management for members transitioning to value-based care models. Previously, Ms. Herman served in a variety of roles with Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., including as Director, Health Plan Solutions and Senior Analyst in the firm’s best practice research division. Prior to her work with Advisory Board, Ms. Herman served on the Health Services Team at John Snow Inc., a Boston-based healthcare consulting firm, and with the Clinton Health Access Initiative at The Clinton Foundation. Ms. Herman holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and community health from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Heidi Keller (Treasurer) is currently a business process consultant for Blue Ally. She has held a number leadership positions for Freddie Mac in accounts receivable, business rules, and production systems. Heidi has also worked as a consultant on domestic and international banking systems projects. She has extensive experience in operations management including risks and controls, Six Sigma process management and improvement techniques, change management methodology, and project management. Heidi holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan – Flint. Heidi is an avid supporter of the local food movement. Her husband jokes that she likes to name her fruits and vegetables and discuss their hobbies prior to eating them.
Rubén García is the Research and Development Director for chef José Andrés at Think Food Group. Working alongside the celebrity chef, he has developed, styled and produced award winning TV shows and cookbooks. In addition to providing direction for Andres’ creative projects, Garcia works on menu development, quality control, special events and promotions and provides leadership to culinary teams. Prior to joining ThinkFoodGroup, García spent five years working alongside chef Ferran Adrià at world renowned El Bulli. Ruben’s two children fuel his passion to educate young people about the virtues of cooking.
Aaron Jones is a strategy and policy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. In his current role, Aaron advises the Department of Defense on strategic policy initiatives which affect the procurement of $50 billion in healthcare contracts. Prior to becoming a consultant, Aaron was a teacher in the Peace Corps, serving in the countries of China and Romania. Following his service, Aaron worked as a corporate attorney at the Silicon Valley firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing both private and public companies as outside general counsel, while completing dozens of transactions ranging from equity and debt financings to mergers and acquisitions. Aaron holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. Aaron is a supporter of Community Supported Agriculture and Farmers’ Markets in Washington, D.C.
Kim Larson has dedicated her career to promoting healthy lifestyles through a variety of organizations from safer farm practices (Board Director, Rodale Institute) to school lunchrooms (Founding Board Member of the Coalition for Better School Food) to promoting more access for urban children to outdoor places (Special Advisor to Children and Nature Network). She also serves as Vice President of the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation dedicated to educating visiting international journalists about conflict resolution across racial and ethnic divides. Kim has fundraised on behalf of various cultural institutions including museums, libraries and arts organizations, as well as causes focused on conservation and climate change. She is often found at the intersection of strategy and philanthropy, catalyzing change and action. With a particular passion for youth music education as a vehicle for broad-based learning and life skills, she is an ardent advocate for programs incorporating and integrating interdisciplinary sectors. An outdoor enthusiast, Kim has cycled across America, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked across England and led numerous cycling and hiking trips to Europe and Latin America. A graduate of UC Berkeley with Honors in Urban Studies focusing on Urban Agriculture, she holds a master’s degree from the Elliot School of Public and International Affairs at George Washington University in Science, Technology and Public Policy. She lives in DC with her husband Gary Knell and together they have 4 grown children.
Amanda McClements is the founder and creative director at Salt & Sundry. After writing about food and travel for more than 10 years in Washington, DC, Amanda translated those passions into Salt & Sundry, a housewares boutique in the newly revitalized Union Market. The shop features a thoughtfully curated selection of tableware, furniture, linens, gifts, small-batch foods and vintage finds. Before opening Salt & Sundry in November 2012, the North Carolina native worked as a food critic, blogger, editor and graphic designer. Her writing has appeared in Food and Wine, Martha Stewart Living and The Washington Post, among others.
Drew Nannis serves as the chief marketing officer for the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), joining the organization in 2011 as one of its first employees. PHA works with the private sector and its honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for busy parents and families. Drew’s role at the partnership covers all aspects of its marketing and communications efforts from advertising campaigns to events, including PHA’s Building a Healthier Future Summit. He previously served as senior vice president at AARP for media relations and strategy, and in various communications roles on Capitol Hill. Drew is honored to be a part of DC Greens; it is his first board appointment.
Laura Rankin is Director of sweetlife and events for sweetgreen, the culinary lifestyle brand dedicated to smartly sourced, seasonal food, and to living the sweetlife. As Director of sweetlife, Laura is responsible for driving brand affinity and engagement through various community events + initiatives. Since 2010, Laura has produced and grown sweetlife, sweetgreen’s annual festival, from an 800 person community block party to one of the regions premier celebrations, attracting 22,000+ attendees, featuring high profile artists, outstanding food from top chefs and hundreds of aligned partners. Laura also oversees sweetgreen in schools, sweetgreen’s nutrition education program that educates kids about nutrition, sustainability, seasonality, fitness and eco-literacy through fun, hands-on activities. Since taking over the program in January 2012, Laura has transformed it from a one-week curriculum into a series of wellness workshops, impacting more than 3,500 students annually in DC, New York City, and Boston. Prior to joining sweetgreen in 2010, Laura founded a full service brand and events agency, Green with Envy Events where she led creative and conceptual design, brand development, pr strategy, strategic partnerships and event production for a variety of clients. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Psychobiology. Laura enjoys traveling the world with her family, and supporting organizations that focus on key global issues affecting the world’s children.
Dana Thompson, as Principal with the Podesta Group, brings more than a decade of federal and state government experience and has developed strong connections on Capitol Hill in key caucuses and in governors’ offices, state agencies and organizations from Maryland to Texas to California. Dana was one of the very first African Americans appointed to serve as director of a US governor’s Washington, DC, office. Under Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Dana acted as the governor’s key liaison to the National Governors Association (NGA) and its Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), among other organizations. Dana also draws on his broad knowledge base from working on the Hill, where he built relationships with members and staff in leadership and on key committees, and with member organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). Dana previously served in Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) office as her legislative director and chief counsel where he focused on issues before the House Committee on Financial Services and its Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and the House Committee on the Judiciary and its Subcommittees on Immigration; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations; and Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. Dana also served as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) chief of staff, staffing her on key international missions to Africa. Dana received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America. Dana is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A DC native, Dana lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
Dr. Trenor Williams is the CEO and co-founder of Clinovations, a clinically focused advisory consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and over the last eleven years he has been a national consulting leader in the healthcare provider and government sectors. Dr. Williams has extensive experience in the implementation of healthcare technology, clinical process redesign, consumer market strategy development, and clinical adoption strategy development for leading hospital systems here in the United States and around the world. Trenor has written or contributed to numerous articles and books including Electronic Health Records for Dummies.
Board of Advisors
Richard Bradley, Senior Advisor, DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) Corporation
Mr. Bradley was formerly the Executive Director of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, an organization which has lead the revitalization of downtown Washington over the last 15 years. He was instrumental in creating the organization in 1997. Before then, Mr. Bradley joined the International Downtown Association in April 1984. He served as President of the organization whose mission is to be an advocate and champion for vital and livable urban and community centers throughout the world.
Prior to assuming the position of President of IDA in 1984, Mr. Bradley was the Executive Director of the Downtown Hartford Council of Hartford, Connecticut. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Transportation for the State of Connecticut. He was appointed to this position in 1979 by Governor Ella Grasso. Mr. Bradley is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1964 and a Masters of Education in 1965. He is married with two children and currently resides in the District of Columbia
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 adolescents.
Gyllenhaal is a 1999 graduate of Columbia University where she studied Literature.
Allan M. Holt, Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group
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 has extensive private equity investment experience, most recently as Co-head of US Buyout for 14 years.
Prior to joining Carlyle in 1992 he spent three and a half years with Avenir Group, Inc., an investment and advisory company. Mr. Holt was also previously the Director of Planning and Budgets at MCI Communications Corporation, responsible for the development, review, and analysis of MCI’s multibillion-dollar financial operating and capital plans.
Mr. Holt is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of several Carlyle portfolio companies, including HCR Manor Care Inc., Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, and Veritas Technologies. Mr. Holt is Vice Chairman of the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Vice Chair of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and is a Member of the Wilmer Eye Institute Board of Governors.
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.
Melissa Jones, Philanthropic Consultant and Food Systems Advocate
After a decade of experience working in the public sector both as an inner city school teacher and a nutrition educator, Melissa Jones has spent the last four years doing a deep dive into the philanthropic sector to explore what drives system-wide change for the better. Her passion lies in equity building and dismantling structural racism, often through the lens of the food system. She spent two years in the Bay Area drawing on the resources of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and working with the Social Venture Partners network. In 2014, Melissa returned to the DC area to expand SVP to the region, and consult with local nonprofits on building more connected networks and turning donors into advocates for their causes.
Kirsten Lodal is CEO and Co-Founder of LIFT. Lodal founded LIFT in 1998 and has devoted herself since then to guiding the development of LIFT’s innovative program model to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. Lodal is committed to bringing increased national attention to issues of multigenerational poverty and opportunity in the United States, especially for women, children, and families. She participates in numerous poverty- and service-related working groups and actively serves as the Chair of the Board of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP). Additionally, she is dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit sector as a whole through her work to coach leaders of emerging social ventures, and she is a frequent public speaker on such topics as social entrepreneurship, program evaluation, and civic engagement. In 2004, she received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service and her leadership with LIFT has been featured on NBC Nightly News,The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and CNN. Lodal holds a BA from Yale University and has completed the Executive Management Program at the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.