Leading in the Moment - LGW Action Update
May 26, 2020
LGW leaders are fighting the impact of COVID-19 in the DC region, leading the pivot to recovery and giving support for those most vulnerable to the consequences of the pandemic.
DowntownDC BID President and CEO Neil Albert (’13) served as Co-Chair of the ReopenDC Retail and Small Business Committee. The committee has provided recommendations and guidance for reopening DC businesses and retail storefronts. The goal is to inform the community of ways we can work together to thoughtfully build toward a more equitable, resilient, and vibrant city post-pandemic as we move into a safe and sustainable rebuild.
George Mason University School of Business Dean Maury Peiperl (‘19) found an inspiring and creative way to congratulate Class of 2020 graduates. He provided congratulations to new graduates via video, which he introduced with a piano segment from Billy Joel’s “Summer Highland Falls.” He credited students for persevering in the face of extraordinary circumstances and reminded them that their experience in triumphing over adversity will serve them in years to come.
Helios HR CEO Kathy Albarado (’20) and team are helping businesses attract, engage and retain top talent. They have produced a breadth of excellent thought-leadership resources to help hiring-managers and human-resources professionals navigate new challenges during the pandemic. When they aren’t busy helping leaders navigate change, they are holding local drives for food and personal items in support of local community-based non-profits that provide crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to families experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.
ICMA-RC, one of our nation’s leading providers of public sector financial services, are honoring public service employees serving our local communities on the front lines during this crisis in an inspiring and creative way. Lynne Ford (’15), ICMA-RC’s CEO and president has been hosting virtual jam-sessions with a variety of musicians - more than 450 team members participated in their first jam.
Joe’s Movement Emporium provides arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. They are celebrating 25 years as the largest independent arts-provider in Prince George’s County with a virtual gala. Executive Director Brooke Kidd (’17) is planning the June 20 event which will include a wonderful lineup of artists, dignitaries, and community members and a DJ-led dance party. Howard W. Stone Jr. (’96) will be among those honored with this year’s Mighty Joe’s award.
Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) President and CEO Keith J. Sellars (‘20) recently teamed up with Neil Albert (‘13) to shape the direction of recommendations for the ReopenDC Retail and Small Business Committee. In addition, WDCEP has set up a COVID-19 Business Guidance & Resources hub and published an excellent recent report on Opportunity Zones in DC which can help accelerate investment and economic recovery from COVID-19 while creating more equitable conditions.
Acquired Data Solutions, Inc., led by founder and president Steve Seiden ('12) announced the availability of a new contact tracing platform to reduce exposure and curb the spread of COVID-19. Their system uses wi-fi networks and smartphone device identification to locate and monitor potential exposure in real-time. For more information on the initiative click here.
America’s Promise Alliance has created a platform for youth (ages 6-25) to share their experiences about life during COVID-19. Among this and other efforts underway to improve the lives and futures of America’s youth, Nathaniel Cole (’16) Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships is co-facilitating the Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) program. Together we continue to help young leaders make progress towards goals and stay engaged, collaborate, and take action in this challenging time.
APEX Home Loans is helping people across the community understand forbearance issues. Craig Strent (’09) and his team are also hard at work helping clients navigate refinancing while interest rates are decreased. Their Mortgage Forbearance Resource Center is a helpful guide for families at risk.
Aspire! Afterschool Learning is adapting to meet the challenges their students are facing now. With a focus on academic support and well-being, Courtney Reeve (’13) and her team are offering daily options to help students engage and cope.
Bright Beginnings president and CEO Marla Dean (’20) leads over 400 early childhood and family learning centers in DC focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. 30 of these centers are still open right now, serving the children of essential workers and frontline responders. You can support their relief efforts for children on their website.
Building Bridges Across the River president and CEO Rahsaan Bernard (’20) shared the news that his organization is providing food, unemployment resources, and a monthly stipend for hundreds of vulnerable families in the DC neighborhoods east of the river. They have provided 10,000 meals for families in need as of May 21, 2020. Get involved here.
Busboys and Poets , led by Andy Shallal (’17) is supporting artists and performers in our community by personally commissioning storefront murals around the region to spread messages of hope. Poets and musicians are performing on the Instagram Live, giving them an outlet for community-building, social action, and connection. Connect with the response here.
The Cadmus Group is holding a free webinar on Wednesday, May 20 focused on helping organizations develop an effective recovery strategy. Erik S. Gaull (’09) serves as Principal, Emergency Management, and is providing leadership to help implement effective solutions for organizations and government as they pivot from response to recovery. Learn more about their initiatives here.
Capital Area Food Bank is raising money that directly goes to feeding those facing food insecurity because of lost wages, unemployment, and illness. Christel Hair ('11) is calling for action to help make sure no one goes hungry during this emergency.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, where Jeffrey Rostand (’17) is vice president and CFO, continues to serve people most vulnerable to COVID-19 by providing access to food, shelter, and critical resources. Jeffrey shared the news that they are providing a webinar on May 19 to help Spanish-speaking community members. Recent data released by the commonwealth of Virginia shows the Hispanic population makes up 9.6 percent of the state but represents 27.7 percent of COVID-19 cases.
Chaia Tacos owner Bettina Stern (’20) has set up a fund to help feed frontline healthcare workers in need. Each day she personally makes sure her business can reach customers sheltering in place. Treat yourself to something from the menu or help a healthcare worker with a meal. Taco Tuesday is now every day.
Cigna, where Monica Schmude (’20) serves as president of the Mid-Atlantic market, has partnered with local businesses to help feed over 4,300 first responders, police officers, and firefighters throughout the Greater Washington area, with more deliveries on the way. Cigna waived all customer cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment. They have deployed hundreds of on-staff clinicians to provide much-needed care. Access their comprehensive online resources here.
City National Bank put forth a tremendous effort to make sure their clients received PPP loans before the deadline. Juan M. Jara (’17) senior vice president and marketing manager, recently shared that after two grueling weeks of processing, his team helped protect the incomes of nearly 3,000 workers in our region.
The Crimsonbridge Foundation’s Executive Director Danielle M. Reyes (’13) emphasized the urgent need for bilingual/Spanish language communications resources in last week’s LGW Town Hall. The Crimsonbridge Foundation continues to support the success of students, parents, organizations, and nonprofit leaders working through the crisis. This update provides details of the ways the Crimsonbridge Foundation is working in support of their partners and the community during the pandemic.
DC Action for Children, where Kimberly Perry (’04) serves as executive director is providing up-to-date resources for organizations serving children, youth, and families in DC. They co-chair the Under 3 DC Coalition, which released a brief last week giving a detailed overview of the need for increased funding for childcare facilities to enable providers to meet the needs of our community and create a successful economic recovery for our region.
DC Bar Foundation, led by Kirra Jarratt (’15) is calling upon the community to support the increased need for access to justice due to COVID-19. If there is an important justice issue impacting our community with a need for support, DC Bar Foundation is offering help.
DC Hospital Association president Jacqueline Bowens (’97), is leading advocacy efforts for healthcare equity in DC neighborhoods that lack facilities. She shared news of victories this week in health care access, announcing public-private partnerships underway for two new hospitals, one in Anacostia and another at Howard University to help strengthen our community post-pandemic.
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) has a COVID-19 Fundraiser providing rapid support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. DASH, led by Koube Ngaaje ('20), remains on the frontlines, ensuring every survivor and child in their network receive maximum support as they face increased risk.
EverFi, where Bobby Moran (’19) serves as Chief Revenue Officer, is providing their groundbreaking resources for students and learners at no cost to advance the reach of digital education in this time of critical need.
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, led by president and CEO Victor Hoskins (’16), is providing resources and assistance for businesses navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Their COVID-19 Business Resource Hub contains tools to match job seekers with employers and provides businesses with information and critical resources during this emergency. Victor and the team are giving direct assistance virtually to help business leaders successfully continue operations.
Generation Hope, led by founder and CEO Nicole Lynn Lewis ('16) has created a Scholar Emergency Fund to provide direct financial support to student parents to relieve impacts brought on by illness, food insecurity, domestic violence, unemployment, housing instability, and transportation issues.
Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) are hosting virtual mentorship sessions for scout troops in our region. Lidia Soto-Harmon (’07) led the first online mentorship program and more than 50 scouts joined to stay connected while physically distancing. GSCNC is offering a range of helpful resources to keep kids safe and engaged.
Jubilee Housing is holding an Emergency Drive to support their residents who are unable to buy food and pay their bills at this time. Jim Knight ('19) is calling for action in support of Jubilee Housing residents bearing the greatest burden in the crisis.
Jubilee JumpStart is an early-care child education facility. Many of the families they serve have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Tom Bartlett (’20) serves as board chair and is seeking support in the direct effort to deliver surplus food, formula, diapers, and hand sanitizer for families in need. Tom is the co-founder and president of 20 Degrees, which helps nonprofits and social enterprises unlock new forms of revenue.
Kaiser Permanente is offering free Coronavirus testing for plan beneficiaries in the DC region. They have also increased employee sick leave benefits for frontline workers. The benefits apply to 6,000 employees across our region. Kim Horn (’15) is Regional President for Kaiser Permanente.
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) led by President and CEO Lupi Quinteros-Grady (’20) supported the distribution of nearly 700 Chromebooks & 250 resource kits to under-resourced families in Prince George’s County last week. LAYC is engaged in multiple initiatives to provide food, tele-mental health appointments, and essential resources for families around the region. Learn more about their active response here.
Life Pieces to Masterpieces, led by Mary Brown (’09) is now working harder than ever to serve disadvantaged boys and young men east of the river who are being deeply impacted by the toll of the pandemic. They pivoted fast to create ways to keep the young people they serve socially connected, providing crucial outlets for artistic expression and emotional relief. Learn more about their powerful impact here.
March of Dimes is empowering families with knowledge and tools to promote wellness. Stacey D. Stewart (’01) President and CEO, March of Dimes convened a virtual panel this week titled, “Healthy Moms, Strong Babies: Tips for Moms & Moms-to-be to Relieve Stress & Anxiety During the #COVID19 Pandemic.” The March of Dimes has launched an emergency intervention and support fund.
Mary’s Center is providing crucial services for the elderly, the sick, and families in need of immediate care throughout our region. Maria S. Gomez (‘92) and her team launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to help their frontline providers continue their crucial work during the crisis.
Miriam's Kitchen, led by LGW leaders Scott Schenkelberg ('13) and Adam Rocap ('20), has activated an Emergency Flex Fund to support older individuals with complicating health factors and those experiencing homelessness. They are providing meals, supplies, and connecting vulnerable populations to critical medical care.
National Capital Region Red Cross is responding to the strain on the blood supply in our region due to COVID-19. Please make an appointment to donate. Locations are available in DC, Rockville and Fairfax. President and CEO Linda Mathes ('97) is urging our community to help maintain the critical blood supply in our region during the crisis.
Northern Virginia Family Service is seeking food, grocery gift cards, goods, and donations in support of neighbors in need. Cliff Yee ('15) and team are marshaling resources for aid to serve vulnerable residents directly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency
O2 LAB, led by Denise Hart (’08) and Robert McVearry (’13), have insights for marketing success in the midst of this troubling time. Their article this week provides three practical steps businesses and organizations should be taking today.
One Common Unity co-founder and Executive Director Hawah Kasat (’20) is helping young people tap into the power of arts and music to continue providing therapy and healing for young people in these dire circumstances. Their clinicians are offering their innovative programming via teletherapy during this time of physical distancing.
Orr Group senior director Katy Moore (’19) shared that her organization is providing comprehensive free online resources for nonprofits designed to help leaders and their teams with fundraising and recovery efforts during these challenging times. The resources can be found here.
Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) members started Hook Hall Helps to support restaurant and foodservice industry workers seeking relief. President and CEO Kathy Hollinger ('04) is empowering the community to help our foodservice economy sustain and recover.
Rosslyn BID President Mary-Clare Burick ('15) announced that they will provide $100,000 in relief funding to Rosslyn small businesses as part of the Arlington County Small Business Emergency GRANT Program (Giving Resiliency Assets Near Term). The fund is designed to help the many small businesses left behind in the federal grant process. Find more information on their community response here.
Trinity University is providing the space for a drive up/walk up testing site for coronavirus (COVID-19) administered by Children’s National Hospital, where Kathleen Chavanu Gorman (’16) is President and CEO. Barbara Goliday (’09), Director of Major Gifts at Trinity Washington University shared the news. Families are encouraged to book an appointment through their physician if a child is showing symptoms. Children's National can be supported through their Emergency Action Fund.
United Way of the National Capital Area has launched an Emergency Assistance Fund to help community-based organizations deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic needs supplies. Rosie Allen Herring ('02) is spearheading the initiative to provide food, economic assistance, and basic necessities to families.
Volunteers of America (VOA), where Jatrice Martel Gaiter ('02) and Joe Budzynski ('06) serve on the executive leadership team, are responding to surging needs for our elderly, homeless, and families during this health crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, VOA teams have activated emergency plans providing round-the-clock care for seniors, children, and families.
Washington Area Women's Foundation, president, and CEO Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat ('15) and team launched their new 'Stand Together Fund' to support women and girls of color in our region who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Their goal is to meet critical gaps in funding to protect women and families experiencing domestic violence and help safeguard frontline workers.
Washington Post BrandStudio has created a directory of local businesses and organizations entitled "Doing Our Part, At Home.” Ethan Selzer (’17) is spearheading efforts to promote this database that lays out the current status of businesses in the D.C. metro area. The resource helps local audiences support the businesses and organizations that are meaningful to them. We encourage you to add your information today via this easy form.
World Central Kitchen board director Lizette Corro (’08) cares deeply about giving a helping hand to the underserved. Her unique expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, and global event management is helping drive the work of Jose Andres’ nonprofit, which has provided 100,000 meals and counting to those in need across our region. For ways to get involved visit their site.
LGW leaders, log in to The Connector and create a post in our "Opportunities" section under "COVID-19 Needs/Resources," we encourage you to post anything from hyperlocal to regional, and to share helpful resources and needs.
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