Sandy Merilan

Development Operations Coordinator

Sandy is a first generation Haitian-American from Brooklyn, New York. She is a fundraising and development specialist with nearly a decade of nonprofit experience specializing in grant writing, fundraising, donor stewardship, information systems and constituent relationship management.

She began her career in Washington D.C. while attending Howard University majoring in political science and economics. During her undergraduate career, Sandy focused on volunteering and interned for local political campaigns, community organizations and local law firms. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she worked as Youth Outreach Coordinator for Upward Bound in Philadelphia and Director of Programs and Development for College Tribe. Sandy started her nonprofit consulting group Rev Afrique in 2016, providing administrative and development support to nonprofit organizations who specialize in underserved communities in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Jamaica and Haiti.

These experiences have shaped her passion and commitment to serving at-risk communities and help empower communities to create the resources needed to improve their quality of life.


Bethany Rubin Henderson

Executive Director

Katrina Owens

Chief of Staff

Sean Hinkle

Chief Program Officer

Tony Francavilla

Chief Development Officer

Michael Holstein

Director of Marketing & Communications

Charity Blackwell

Director of Creative Arts and Education

Katie Lu Clougherty

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Carl Cohen

Special Projects Fellow

Tyler "Toney" Ellis

Soccer Program Coordinator

Ana Galeas Martinez

Soccer Coordinator

Chris Hudler

Soccer Program Manager

Jessica Lindenberg

Program Coordinator

Alexandra Mack

Soccer Program Coordinator

Owen Maguire

Communications Fellow

Sandy Merilan

Development Operations Coordinator

Lorena Palacios

Community Engagement Coordinator

Greta Poku-Adjei

Operations Coordinator

Angel Reynolds

Finance Manager

Lindsey Sharp

Manager of Partnerships and Events

Will Sutton

Director of Program Operations

Jim Thomas

Soccer Program Coordinator

Jessica Trevelyan

Director of Foundation & Government Grants

Kyla Yager

Program Coordinator


Bruce D. Schulman

Vice-Chair, NGP Energy Technology Partners

Andrew Howell

Sustainability Chair, Monument Policy Group

Anna Schneider

Sustainability Vice-Chair, Volkswagen Group of America

Christopher S. Richardson

Secretary, Washington Latin Public Charter School

David Barritt-Flatt

Assistant Secretary, Clark Construction Group, LLC

Wally Okpych IV

Treasurer, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alex Diaz-Asper

Assistant Treasurer, VentureCount

Loren Angelo

Audi of America

Takita Battle


Ben-James Brown

Wells Fargo

Mark Cowan

Potomac International Partners

Tim Delaney

Association of Corporate Counsel

Alexis Gallagher

Pepco Holdings

Ian Kline

The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Chip Lohmeyer


Victor Melara

D.C. United

Olga Palacios

Valley Consulting and Support LLC

Skye Perryman

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Julia Rao

True Blue Insights

Devin Talbott

Enlightenment Capital

Advisory Council

Alex Bearman

District Sports

Joe Beninati

Advanced Resources International

Erika Bowman

Hogan Lovells LLP

Jay Carmel


Elle Carne

Brailsford & Dunlavey

Jason Finney


Kemba Ford

Food and Drug Administration

Josh Freedholm

Daedalus Ventures

Laurie Gonzalez


Luke Mohamed

D.C. United

Philippe Monfiston


Tim Preotle

JTP Capital Management

Mike Riggins

Clark Construction

David Shams


Erich Walizer