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Mitchell Anderson is the Senior Director of Finance. He has over 20 years of accounting experience with 15 years in nonprofit accounting at the CFO level. He is a graduate of Strayer University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He also received a post-graduate certificate in accounting from the University of Virginia and completed the Executive certificate program in Non-Profit Transformational Leadership at the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame University. Prior to being an accountant, Mitchell served 13 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the first Gulf War.
Ana Maria Argudo-Lord is CFED’s Senior Manager of Donor Experience & Engagement. Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Argudo-Lord was the Director of Development at The Global Fund for Children, an international grantmaker. At GFC, she managed a portfolio of 150 major donors and oversaw the stewardship and engagement of domestic and international leadership councils. She helped execute the organization’s first international, multi-million dollar campaign, and was responsible for planning and managing cultivation events such as galas, regional events, and donor trips.
Before moving to D.C., Ana Maria was the Director of Donor Relations for Bridges to Community, an international development organization. She began her career at BTC as a program coordinator, where she worked with communities to design development projects. During her time at BTC, she also facilitated over 300 service learning and donor trips. Impacted by what she experienced in Nicaragua, she sought to make a difference on a larger scale through fundraising.
Ms. Argudo-Lord holds a master’s degree in international development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre & literature from Hunter College.
Roberto Arjona serves as Associate Director, Creative Services at CFED. As a key member of the Communications Team, Mr. Arjona manages the graphic design efforts - from conceptualization to production - for CFED’s digital and non-digital (print) products. He also guides the look and feel of CFED’s publications, websites and events, and manages relationships with outside print services/ promotional product providers. Mr. Arjona comes to CFED with extensive experience developing creative campaigns within the nonprofit sector. Before joining the CFED team, Mr. Arjona worked for a nonprofit media development organization that focused on the empowerment and education of underserved communities. He brings to CFED his passion for helping others become equipped with the necessary tools to improve their quality of life.
Mr. Arjona holds a BA in Graphic Design from University of Maryland, College Park and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Graphic Design from Corcoran College of Art & Design.
Karianna Barr is CFED’s Database and Sponsorships Manager, overseeing development operations and managing conference sponsorships. Most recently, Ms. Barr worked with the development and marketing teams of The SEED Foundation, whose urban, public boarding schools serve DC, Maryland and South Florida. She has served as an Americorps *VISTA and as a volunteer for organizations such as the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, and also brings a decade of service and hospitality management experience with her.
Ms. Barr received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University.
Felipe Barroso is a research associate with the applied research team at CFED.
Megan Bolado is a Program Manager on the Savings & Financial Capability team at CFED. In this role, she provides technical assistance and thought partnership to support integration and holistic delivery of financial capability programs.
Public service and citizen engagement are a priority in Megan’s private and professional life – and she has a particular passion for issues facing low-income households. Other previous work includes youth development and employability program development and implementation at Points of Light and the International Youth Foundation, leadership pipeline and organizational strategy at Independent Sector, and partnership and development work with the Center for Digital Inclusion in Rio de Janeiro and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
She holds a PNP-MPA, Public and Nonprofit Policy Masters Public Administration, from Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service of New York University. She earned her BA in International Relations from the University of Georgia.
Larry Cain is Associate Director of Finance at CFED and has over twelve years of nonprofit budgeting and finance experience. As a member of the Finance Team, his responsibilities include monthly budget reporting and analysis, project budget development, organizational budget analysis, as well as overall Finance department support. Larry attended Bowie State University, majoring in Accounting.
Andre Carneiro is the IT Specialist, Training and Help Desk at CFED.
Justin Chu is a Program Associate for the Field Engagement team at CFED. In this position, Justin serves as the point person for the Taxpayer Opportunity Network with duties ranging from external communications and learning opportunities to internal data monitoring. In addition, Justin regularly maintains network correspondence with general members and the staff.
Before coming to CFED, Justin received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in International and Global Studies at Brandeis University. Previously, he interned at NeighborWorks of Southern Massachusetts where he provided new fundraising techniques.
Parker Cohen is Associate Director, Savings & Financial Capability Team at CFED. In this role, Mr. Cohen provides program coordination, research and writing for projects that provide matched savings accounts and other financial empowerment tools to adults and children.
Prior to joining CFED, Mr. Cohen worked as the community development manager for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers, where he provide strategic planning support to community health centers and helped establish the West Baltimore Primary Care Access Collaborative. He also previously worked to provide technical assistance to community centers in federally insured and assisted housing properties through the HUD Neighborhood Networks program.
Mr. Cohen holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Macalester College.
Monica Copeland is a Senior Program Manager on the Children’s Savings team. In this role, she manages the operations of the 1:1 Fund, leads the planning and execution of learning events and convenings, and coordinates the team’s communications work. Prior to joining CFED, Monica was a Senior Program Officer at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) where she managed initiatives focused on increasing access to safe and affordable financial products and creating opportunities to build wealth for low-income individuals and families. She also led and supported programmatic and policy efforts which addressed the financial needs of underserved communities through her work at the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign, the IDA and Asset Building Collaborative of North Carolina, and Self-Help. Monica holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
Kamolika Das is a State & Local Policy Manager at CFED. In this role, Kamolika helps advance policy development, analysis, and advocacy on critical asset building policies across the nation. Prior to joining CFED, Kamolika interned at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) where she researched the policies that dictate how different states spend federal dollars dedicated to improving outcomes for former foster youth. Before attending graduate school to refocus her career on domestic social policy, she spent several years at a cybersecurity consulting firm researching and analyzing federal cybersecurity policies, regulations, and proposed legislation for government and private sector clients.
Kamolika holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College.
Kate Davidoff is the Associate Director of Affordable Homeownership at CFED where she focuses on programs, legislative advocacy and policy to connect Americans to affordable homeownership opportunities. Kate has been working in housing and community development for over 10 years in a variety of non-profit and governmental roles. Prior to CFED, she worked at Pew Charitable Trusts where she analyzed and researched city responses to fiscal distress, how city and state governments collaborate on tax incentives, and how states use data to improve decision and policy making. Kate holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Ebony Davis is the HR and Operations Coordinator at CFED.
Dara Duratinsky is CFED’s Program Manager, Field Engagement. In this role, Dara manages and serves as the point of contact for the Assets & Opportunity Network and provides the Network and the field with technical assistance and connections to local and national stakeholders. Dara also identifies leaders in the field and promotes and supports other Network activities. Dara also provides similar support to the Taxpayer Opportunity Network. During her time at CFED, Dara has researched policies for the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, helped plan in-person meetings and larger events, written and disseminated Network newsletters and managed social media for the Assets & Opportunity Network. Prior to joining CFED, Dara interned at ASGK Public Strategies, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Office of Senator Durbin in Chicago, providing assistance in online-based research, social media and media outreach. Dara holds a B.A. in Public Communication from American University.
Sandiel Grant serves as the Senior Creative Services Associate at CFED. She supports the Communications Team by assisting with the design of publications and communications tools for CFED’s internal and external clients. She is excited to join CFED because the organization’s vision aligns with her goals to use her talents and skills to help improve society.
Ms. Grant comes to CFED with over five years of experience in print and digital design. Prior to joining the team she served as a Graphic Designer at The Florida State University’s Center for Global Engagement, where she developed marketing collateral to promote campus-wide cultural events and programming. She also completed a design internship with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts where she created various publications and promotional materials for their Summer 2013 season.
Ms. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Florida A&M University and is currently completing a certificate in Web Design & Management at Prince George’s Community College.
Alicia Hadley is a Program Associate for the is the Savings & Financial Capability team CFED. In this capacity, she helps in testing, expanding and facilitating the effectiveness of a range of financial empowerment activities and programs.
Prior to joining CFED, Alicia was a Program Coordinator at the Latino Economic Development Center, where she coordinated trainings and technical assistance for small businesses in the D.C. Metro Area. Alicia also provided administrative and programmatic support at the Center for Popular Democracy, a national capacity-building organization that focuses on transforming the local and state policy landscape. She also coordinated trainings and site visits for a government contractor to the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Alicia holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Hiba Haroon is a Program Manager on CFED’s Savings and Financial Capability Team. Prior to joining CFED, Hiba worked in Houston, TX at the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, a community-based agency which provides comprehensive services to refugees, immigrants, and low-income residents of the Greater Houston Area. At the Alliance, she first served as a Financial Coach and Program Manager of the Financial Opportunity Center, which provides income-support, workforce development, and financial coaching as well as Individual Development Accounts, Small Business loans, and Credit Builder products to Houston residents. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing all program outcomes, coordinating outreach, marketing, counseling, eligibility processing, and partnerships with other non-profits, funders and financial institution partners. Recently, she was serving as the agency’s Director of Community Programs, being responsible for the operation and management of the following programs: Adult Education and Literacy; Employment Services; Driver’s Education; ACA Navigators; Interpreter Services’; and the Financial Opportunity Center as well as writing federal and non-federal grant proposals, monitoring budgets and program performance and establishing and maintaining relationships with funders and stakeholders.
Hiba completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas-Houston in International Studies and Philosophy and her graduate studies at Syracuse University in Cultural Foundations of Education.
Emily Hoagland is a Senior Research Manager on CFED’s Applied Research team, where she designs and manages research and evaluation projects on financial security and well-being, supports the research needs of other CFED teams, and provides methodological expertise on a variety of projects.
In the past, Emily has worked in administrative and planning positions for the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences and the Aspen Institute in New York City. As a graduate student she ran a social psychological research laboratory and served as a Teaching Assistant for numerous Sociology courses and as a Research Associate on multiple NSF grant-funded projects. Most recently, she served as a teaching associate for the Cornell in Washington program, mentoring 18 undergraduate students through semester-long, in-depth research projects.
Ms. Hoagland has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University, where her main areas of focus were inequality, gender, and experimental and survey methods, and a B. A. in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College.
Tonia Kallon serves as the Human Resources Manager at CFED. In this role, she is responsible for providing support to a full range of operational and talent management issues, including payroll and benefits administration, recruitment, staff development, and performance management.
Tonia comes to CFED with over five years of business operations experience within the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the team, she served as Operations Manager for iCivics, Inc., where she revamped the human resources function through implementation of employee benefits to support recruitment and retention as well as development of employee policies to ensure compliance. In addition to business operations, Tonia previously worked on programmatic and museum education initiatives at The National Geographic Society and the White House Historical Association.
Tonia graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Mass Communication. In addition, she holds her SHRM-CP designation for human resources.
Lisa Kawahara is the Executive Assistant for Bob Friedman and Office Manager for CFED in San Francisco, CA. She also manages a small family foundation whose giving focus is economic development. Prior, she was self-employed, working with nonprofit community organizations and foundations.
Ms. Kawahara received an Associate's degree in Business Management and furthered her studies at New College in San Francisco.
Irina Krivosheenko is Senior Accountant at CFED. She is responsible for a variety of complex daily and periodic tasks to provide the organization with accurate and timely financial information on a regular basis.
Before joining CFED, Ms. Krivosheenko was interning in the accounting department at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. For the previous three years at CFED, Irina first served as an Accounting Associate and then as a Staff Accountant.
Irina is a graduate of George Mason University's School of Management, where she majored in Accounting. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Susan Krupka is Special Assistant to the President at CFED.
Stephanie Landry is a Program Manager on the Savings & Financial Capability team at CFED. In this role, Ms. Landry provides writing, research, technical assistance and program coordination for initiatives that help adults and children build financial capability. She also works to advance strategies for integrating asset-building services into a range of social services.
Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Landry interned with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she analyzed the distributional impacts of federal tax and budget proposals. She has also previously interned with the Senate Finance Committee, the IRS and the National League of Cities. She previously worked at a low-income credit union in Hartford, CT, where she helped families and individuals achieve their financial goals.
Ms. Landry holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs concentrating in International Economics from the George Washington University.
Melissa Lanham joined CFED as Meetings & Events Manager in 2015. Because CFED loves bringing people together, Melissa's role is essential; she works across the organization to plan, coordinate and execute online and in-person events of all sizes, including CFED's signature event, the Assets Learning Conference.
Prior to joining CFED, Melissa was a Meeting Planner at The Optical Society, where she was responsible for planning and managing complex domestic and international conferences each year ranging from 150 to 15,000 attendees per event. With over ten years of experience in the industry, Melissa brings CFED a variety of knowledge and experience from across the field, including a wedding featured on WEtv’s “Platinum Weddings;” Derek Jeter’s birthday party; formal dinners for foreign consulates and prominent elected officials, such as Representatives Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi; and an anniversary gala featuring Jay Leno.
A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Melissa earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. She recently earned her designation as a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), the industry-recognized standard for meeting planners.
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Natash McGrath is an accomplished senior HR executive with more than 15 years in the HR field, mostly within the hospitality industry’s domestic and international markets, joining CFED in February 2016.
In her role as Senior Director of Human Resources, Natasha is responsible for building a comprehensive human capital structure and team culture that attracts and retains the talent necessary for CFED to meet its vision and mission. This includes recruiting, diversity/inclusion, training, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations. Today, her team supports all the employees throughout our offices in Washington, DC; Durham, North Carolina; and San Francisco, California.
Prior to joining CFED, Natasha worked for Northwest Community Credit Union in Eugene, Oregon, where she was the Director of Human Resources. Northwest Community has a diversified membership of more than 100,000 members and $1 billion in member-owned assets served by 22 branches in 13 Oregon cities.
Natasha also functioned in human resources leadership roles at Colonial Management Group, LP, which owns and operates 65 private outpatient substance abuse treatment clinics in 18 states across the US. It provides treatment for persons addicted to opioid class of drugs, including prescription pain medications and heroin. Prior to that, she worked for the Chicago-based Aon Hewitt, the global leader in human resource solutions, where she advised and executed on a wide range of employee health and retirement benefits for Fortune 500 companies including HCA, UPS and McDonald's. She started her career working in many divisions of Marriott, including Marriott Vacation Club, where she worked for 10 years both in Strategic Partner Marketing and later on as Human Resources Manager of Talent and Organizational Capability.
Natasha attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, she graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration both with an emphasis in Human Resources.
Dennis Medina is CFED’s Development Associate. In this role, he helps facilitate many facets of the Development team’s operations. Prior to joining CFED, Dennis worked at the Economic Policy Institute and The Washington Center in Washington, DC. Dennis brings extensive experience in retail service, business-to-business sales and customer service to his role at CFED. Dennis has a genuine desire to help make the world a better place.
Dennis received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Public Administration from New Jersey’s Montclair State University.
Arohi Pathak is Associate Director, Field Engagement at CFED. In this role, she manages the Northwest Area Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Policy Action Initiative, which helps organizations from across the Northwest advance state and tribal legislative and administrative policies that lead to long-term prosperity in low-income communities, Native American communities and communities of color. Ms. Pathak also helps these organizations build enduring policy and advocacy capacity through targeted coaching and technical assistance, strategic planning and peer learning.
Prior to CFED, Ms. Pathak worked on domestic policy issues, including welfare, early care and education, Medicaid and workforce supports. She spent seven years at the Service Employees International Union doing state and federal policy analysis on issues impacting low-income and working Americans and union members. Ms. Pathak also has a background in civic participation and political engagement, and holds an M.A. from American University in International Communications and Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Diego Quezada is a Program Associate with the Children’s Savings Accounts and Entrepreneurship teams. He provides research, writing and event-planning support for the 1:1 Fund, the Campaign for Every Kids Future and the Entrepreneurship team.
Prior to joining CFED, Diego served as the Research Service-Learning Coordinator for the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University. He also worked as an intern for the Center for American Progress’ immigration team and U.S. Representative David Price’s (D-NC) congressional office. Diego received a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 2015.
Craig Sandler is a Program Associate for the Field Engagement team at CFED. In this role, Craig provides support for the Assets & Opportunity Network and the Taxpayer Opportunity Network, assisting with website and social media content, internal data collection, network member correspondence and learning opportunities.
Previously, Craig interned with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and with Fission Strategy, where he provided new media and strategic communications support. He has also been a staffer on the Online Hotline at the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, where he conducted crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault.
Craig holds a B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University.
Ariel Sankar-Bergmann is a Program Manager on the Savings & Financial Capability team at CFED. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance to support the integration and delivery of financial capability programs.
Before joining CFED, Ms. Sankar-Bergmann worked at the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she focused her research on reentry programs and strategies to reduce prison and jail populations. She also worked as a Parent Advocate at the Bronx Defenders, a public defenders office located in the South Bronx, where she helped advocate for the needs and rights of over 200 families involved in the justice system.
Ms. Sankar-Bergmann has a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan and an M.P.A. specializing in policy analysis from New York University.
Fatima Schoemaker Minardi is the Associate Director for Institutional Fundraising at CFED. Prior to joining CFED, she was the Senior Foundation and Corporate Development Officer for The Global Fund for Children, an international grant-maker. Ms. Schoemaker Minardi worked closely with the organization’s development and program teams to build and maintain strong relationships with corporate and foundation donors. Before joining GFC, she was the grant writer for Refugees International, a nonprofit advocacy group, where she was responsible for securing nearly 50% of the organization’s annual operating budget. She previously served as the operations and planning manager for the Native American Youth and Family Center, a nonprofit serving the urban Native community in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Schoemaker Minardi worked in the organization’s asset-building and poverty-reduction department, supporting program planning efforts and helping to raise millions in government and foundation funding. As an undergraduate, she studied human rights and women’s rights issues in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, focusing on the impacts of domestic violence, race and socioeconomic factors on the lives of people living in border towns. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goucher College.
Bryn Scott is the Salesforce Administrator at CFED.
Carmen Shorter is the Senior Manager for Learning at CFED.
Michael Suh is the Web Manager at CFED. In this role he supports the Communications Team with web projects and website updates, which includes updating content pages and the blog. He also works on the ALC website and websites for CFED’s various programs. He collaborates with the team and staff across the organization on content strategy and development. He ensures that CFED’s web presence is up-to-date and optimized for a digital-first world.
Michael has an extensive digital and web background and has worked on website and content migrations, user experience testing, and web analytics. Previously, he served these roles at Pew Research Center and, most recently, the American Council on Education.
He has a BA in Linguistics from University of Maryland, College Park and has a Certificate in Project Management from Duke University.
Caryn Sweeney is CFED’s Senior Director of Contracting and Institutional Fundraising. Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Sweeney led program development efforts for the Aga Khan Foundation USA, securing resources and managing programs for multi-sector poverty alleviation in Africa and Asia. Ms. Sweeney also spent more than a decade at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in a number of functions, including program management, research and evaluation, and new business development for social and economic development programs in the United States and around the world. As a freelance writer, she has written about responsible travel, the NGO sector, and food security for a variety of online and print publications. A member of the Board of Directors for the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, Ms. Sweeney holds a B.A. and Ed.M. from Boston University and was a visiting student to St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK.
Alan Thompson is CFED’s Director of Information Technology. Responsible for ensuring that CFED’s staff enjoy a modern and reliable IT infrastructure, he comes to the job with more than fifteen years’ experience in nonprofit and association IT. During that time, he has done everything from front-line user support, to designing network infrastructure and website and database development. His current interests include expanding mobile access to key systems and developing affordable ways for smaller groups to take advantage of leading edge developments in IT.
Mr. Thompson is a native of Scotland, and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.
Rebecca Thompson is the Project Director for the Taxpayer Opportunity Network (TON) at CFED.
Yuliya Tsimafeishyna is an Accounting Assistant at CFED. She provides accounting and administrative support to CFED's Finance team. Her responsibilities include coordination and processing of accounts payable/receivable, data maintenance and customer service.
Yuliya graduated from George Mason University School of Public Policy with an M.A. in International Policy.
Jalal Vardag is the Accounting Associate at CFED.
Ola Wadibia is a Program Manager with the Savings & Financial Capability team at CFED.
Holden Weisman is a State & Local Policy Manager at CFED. In this role, Holden supports efforts to research and develop strategies for the implementation of state and local policies focused on improving the financial security of low- and moderate-income households in communities across the country. He also helps manage CFED's annual em>Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, analyzing and documenting state and local progress on a range of policies focused on asset building, asset protection and equitable economic development.
Previously, Holden served as the Senior Policy Analyst for the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC). While at NCTC, he researched and analyzed federal and state policies related to taxes and consumer protections for low- and moderate-income working households. As part of NCTC’s Policy and Advocacy Team, Holden advocated on behalf of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs and other initiatives related to the community tax preparation field.
Holden holds a Master of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tasha Wright is CFED’s Administrative Office Assistant. Prior to joining CFED, Tasha was the Administrative Assistant for Ricoh, contracting for the American Diabetes Association, where she managed the organization staff and assisted with projects. While working at ADA, Tasha served as a Human Resource Recruiting Assistant, supporting the HR team in job postings, background checks and new hire orientations, which help the organization retain great talent on their staff.
Tasha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix.
Mikah Zaslow is Program Associate for Affordable Homeownership at CFED.