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Lisa Curtis

Her Favorite BookThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.It was the first book I read that made me really connect with a character – it made me cry. Her Mantra“What I do matters.”When I think about that, it reminds me that…
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Melinda Cooperman

What was your journey to becoming the Associate Director of Marshall Brennan?I have about 10 years of experience in civic education, and I’ve always been interested in teaching. I was a volunteer with an organization called the San Francisco…
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Eshauna Smith

What was your journey to becoming the CEO of Urban Alliance?How much time do you have? I’m just teasing. My own background is that I come from a strong family that had its share of economic challenges, among other struggles, and I grew…
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Jim Beck

What was your journey to becoming the Vice President of Planning, Development and Evaluation for Sasha Bruce?Before Sasha Bruce I had worked at a great non-profit in San Francisco called Haight Ashbury Free Clinics. In 2004 my partner and…
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Sarah Lefton

What was your journey to becoming the founder and executive director of Bimbam?I worked in media, advertising, and tech when I was in my 20’s, and on the side I became really excited about adult Jewish learning. Coming from a small southern…
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Jason Benkendorf

What was your journey to becoming the Executive Director of AU Hillel?I came to American University as an undergraduate when I was 18, and when I came to American I thought that I was going into politics- my dream at the time was to be a…
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Rabbi Aaron Miller

What inspired you to create Metro Minyan - the flagship program of Washington Hebrew’s Young Professional Group, “2239”?2239 has been thriving for 15 years. It started as a way to engage Washington Hebrew’s young professionals in…
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Megan Beyer

You recently became the Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. What is your vision for the Committee and how does your work play into and support the Arts and Humanities in communities throughout the nation?…
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Sixth & I Synagogue

Sixth & I has grown to become one of Washington’s most valued religious and cultural landmarks. With a non-denominational, non-traditional approach, the synagogue has welcomed thousands of people through its doors, and distinguished itself…
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Kate Goodall

S&R Foundation embodies the embrace of ingenuity and creativity in the nation’s capital. Entering its sixteenth year, its visionary mission is to support and foster innovation among talented artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs.…