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November 13, 2013 / Christian Clansky

The Washingtonian’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ in the region

Joining the ranks of individuals like Michelle Obama, Christine Lagarde, and the female members of the Supremes Supreme Court, we are very proud that six leaders in the WRAG community were named to the Washingtonian’s Most Powerful Women list. List members are being honored at a luncheon today.

The full list is available in the November print edition of Washingtonian magazine. Here are excerpts from the issue (Washingtonian, Nov. 2013):

Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area. In June, Allen-Herring tookover an almost entirely female senior staff at the DC branch of the country’s largest charity. She now oversees millions in grants, most of which go to midsize-to-large charities.

Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. As head of the biggest private foundation focused on Washington, Cleveland doled out more than $18 million in grants last year to arts, education, health, and community organizations.

Terri Lee Freeman, president, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. When local tragedies warrant relief funds – such as the September 11 attack on the Pentagon and this year’s shootings at the Navy Yard – the funds are administered by Freeman’s Community Foundation, which also manages many smaller, private foundations.

Nicky Goren, president and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation. As head of the 15-year-old foundation, Goren oversees grant-giving and programming efforts that empower women and girls in the area.

Julie Rogers, president, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. Next June will bring an end to Roger’s 28-year tenure directing grant administration and management assistance on behalf of the Meyer Foundation, which funds mostly community and educational organizations.

Victoria Sant, president of the board, National Gallery of Art. A major philanthropic force in Washington, Sant has supported not only the National Gallery, but also the Summit Foundation, the Smithsonian, and Vital Voices.

HOUSING | In What Funders Need to Know earlier this year, we mapped out transportation and housing costs to show where a family of four could afford to live in the area. A new interactive tool called the Location Affordability Portal takes a similar approach. (WaPo, 11/12)

NONPROFITS | NASDAQ for Nonprofits? A Wharton grad came up with the idea when she was in school. Over the last year, she has made a huge amount of progress on the innovative idea. At the moment, lawyers are working with the SEC to examine its feasibility. (NYT, 11/12)

HEALTHCARE | Former President Bill Clinton was interviewed by the digital magazine Ozy about the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. He makes four main points, some of which are optimistic and some of which are potentially cause for concern. (Ozy, 11/12)

Related: Troubled HealthCare.gov unlikely to work fully by end of November (WaPo, 11/13)

LOCAL | Is Washington broken? Not for the city’s exploding startup scene. (WaPo, 11/12)

FOOD | Cuts To Food Assistance Puts Strain On Maryland Families And Institutions (WAMU, 11/13)

SEQUESTRATION | Imagine there’s no research. It’s easy if you try. No data to inform us. We might as well cry. In a survey of research universities, seven of 10 respondents said that sequestration is delaying their research projects. (WaPo, 11/12)


We are completely surrounded by advertisements, so it’s refreshing to see genuine creativity injected into the fray.* Here are some truly clever ads, though I think the Kung Fu Panda one might have been ironic vandalism.

* This comment was brought to you by your friends at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

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