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November 25, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Lindsey Buss, Desiree Griffin-Moore, Debbi Jarvis, and Yanique Redwood elected to WRAG Board

The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is very excited to announce the addition of four new members to our board of directors. At our annual meeting last week, the membership unanimously elected:

  • Lindsey Buss, World Bank Group
  • Desiree Griffin-Moore, The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County
  • Debbi Jarvis, Pepco
  • Yanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation

Prior to their election, the nominees shared thoughts on why they were interested in joining the board. You can read them – and short bios of each person – here. WRAG President Tamara Copeland says:

I am delighted by the election of Lindsey, Desiree, Debbi, and Yanique to the WRAG Board. What a great combination of fresh perspectives and seasoned leadership. Each of these individuals uniquely complements and strengthens our dynamic board. I’m looking forward to working with them in 2014 and in the years ahead.

WRAG | It was great to see so many people at our annual meeting last Thursday. It was our biggest crowd ever, and we had a lot of fun. We posted some pictures from the event on Facebook.

NONPROFITS | Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, has announced that he will be leaving the organization to pursue new career opportunities. Schmitz has led Public Allies for 13 years. (Chronicle, 11/25)

Related: Last year, Schmitz delivered the keynote address at WRAG’s annual meeting, Leadership Matters. Following the meeting, Terri Lee Freeman, head of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and chair of WRAG’s board, called him “inspiring and entertaining” and shared thoughts on his talk. (CFNCR, 12/4/12)

PHILANTHROPY/ARTS | Opinion: The Wall Street Journal takes issue with Bill Gates’ stance on arts funding. Gates recently tried to make a moral argument against supporting the arts, but this piece makes the case that he’s completely wrong. (WSJ, 11/21)

– The D.C. Council is expected to vote today on a proposal that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50. (WAMU, 11/25)

– Obviously, the story can’t stop there. Mayor Gray thinks that $11.50 is too high and will hurt the job market. He wants wages raised to $10 an hour. (WAMU, 11/25)

YOUTH | Judith Sandalow of the Children’s Law Center writes about the effects of trauma on children. (HuffPo, 11/25)

COMMUNITY | Ephonia Green, an administrative assistant at the Association of American Medical Colleges, has been accused of stealing more than $5 million from the organization since 2005. According the Post, Green avoided detection for so long through a subtle tactic (WaPo, 11/25):

The court document contends that Green enriched herself by registering company trade names and opening bank accounts in business names that closely resembled those of legitimate vendors to the association.

At the association, Green had enough access to key financial systems that she was able to create fake invoices in the names of legitimate groups that she then approved for payment, the court files contend. And when the checks were ready, she had them returned to her, not sent to the vendors, prosecutors charge.

– A new study from a researcher at the Cleveland Federal Reserve takes a detailed look at gentrification in major American cities over the last decade. You might be surprised by the findings about the relationship between gentrification, race, and inequality. (Atlantic, 11/21)

– Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions (Atlantic, 11/25)

Writing about our awesome new board member Yanique Redwood reminded me of the phonetically similar French rapper Yannick. If you haven’t heard it before, check out his song Ces Soirees-la. You’ll recognize the tune, and then you’ll probably try to sing along in incomprehensible gibberish! Unless you’re fluent in Francais, in which case, excuse me.

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend!

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