Since becoming the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia in 2005, Eileen has helped reinvent and reimagine the Community Foundation’s work and purpose. Today, it is an influential social and civic voice that helps grow local philanthropy and lead and convene the community. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded $7.1 million in grants and scholarships, a record level of impact, and currently reports $66 million in charitable assets.
Under Eileen’s leadership, the Community Foundation launched the Community Investment Funds, the Innovation Fund, the Business Women’s Giving Circle, the Loudoun Impact Fund, the Environment Fund, the Healthy Kids Grants, the Permanent Fund, and the Opportunity Index for Northern Virginia, a data rich dashboard of 29 data indicators reflecting the region’s health and well being which will be updated annually to illustrate emerging trends. In 2017, the Community Foundation hosted the inaugural Shape of the Region Conference that welcomed the entire community to a dialogue about opportunity, inequality, and mobility from poverty.
Eileen currently serves on the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board, the Northern Virginia Regional Board for GO Virginia, and the Advisory Board for George Mason University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Jenn Brown is the Executive Director of Civic Nation. Prior to her current role, she was the founding Executive Director of Battleground Texas, a long-term project dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Texas. Before starting Battleground Texas, Jenn was the Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio in 2012. There she oversaw 650 staff and 120 offices. Before moving to Ohio, Jenn managed nine states in the 2010 midterm election as the Mid-Atlantic & Ohio Valley Director for Organizing for America. Jenn moved into that role after serving as the Minnesota State Director for Organizing for America in 2009 and a Regional Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio in 2008. Prior to being involved in political campaigns, Jenn worked at several social justice organizations, including Vote Hope, the Center for Progressive Leadership and the United States Student Association. Jenn attended the University of California, San Diego.
Kasha Patel fills the unknown demand of female Indian comics from West Virginia. Now based in DC, she is a stand-up comedienne, writer, and on-screen personality who focuses her jokes on her life as an Indian-American in the U.S and science.
The founder of “DC Science Comedy,” she produces one of the nation’s only regularly occurring science shows where only science jokes, stories, songs, and bits are allowed with sold out crowds. She has been featured in BBC World, The Washington Post, hosted a mini-series on NASA TV, and appeared on the Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum." She currently hosts Undark magazine's science podcast.
Kasha grew up in West Virginia, majored in chemistry at Wake Forest University, and earned her Master's degree in Science Journalism at Boston University. From her standup debut in Boston, Kasha has performed coast to coast from San Francisco to New York City.
Marissa Sumathipala is a biotechnology entrepreneur, researcher, and student at Harvard University. She’s the founder and lead developer of Theraplexus, a biotechnology startup transforming rapid, low cost drug discovery with artificial intelligence and network science analytics. She has 4+ years of training in both traditional molecular biology and computer science from world-class institutions: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Campus. She has been recognized as a US Presidential Scholar, Davidson Fellow, Regeneron Science Talent Search 'Junior Nobel Prize’ Finalist, Coca Cola Scholar, RSI Scholar, record breaking 4-time International BioGENEius Finalist, and record breaking 2-time Best of Category Grand Award Winner at the International Intel ISEF. As a 2019 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader, Marissa was recognized as one of the most influential social entrepreneurs under age 19. Marissa seeks to positively impact industry, transforming personalized medicine with artificial intelligence and bioinformatics to bring lifesaving drugs to market faster and cheaper.
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog "Reflections from the Hogan." Mark is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” Mark’s forthcoming book on the Doctrine of Discovery entitled Truth be Told is being published by InterVarsity Press and will be available in 2019.
Mark is active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram under the username: wirelesshogan.
Unapologetically curious, Michael Morales is passionate about asking great questions. An Air Force pilot with over 200 combat airlift missions into Afghanistan and Iraq, he has spent his career advising political and military leaders globally, from leading teams planning and executing all U.S. military exercises in Central and South America and the Caribbean, to building partnerships with air forces in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Currently on the Secretary of the Air Force’s congressional liaison team, Mike previously served as a White House Fellow and Senior Advisor to the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration across two administrations, where he led major strategic partnerships with the tech sector and worked as the policy lead for Puerto Rico, where he is from. Before that, Mike was a squadron commander in Kabul, Afghanistan, leading a multinational combat flying advisory team responsible for developing the Afghan Air Force’s airlift capability. Mike serves on the advisory board of CivikOwl, a tech startup focused on exposing fake and biased news and providing high quality perspectives from across the political spectrum. He is a 2017 French American Young Leader and 2018 US-Japan Leadership Program Delegate. Mike, his bride, and their four sons live in Vienna, VA.