ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Philanthropy Fellows program is an exclusive partnership with the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Through the program, WRAG connects our member organizations with UMD graduate students studying philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy.
This innovative internship pipeline and professional development program provides WRAG members with knowledgeable and skilled fellows. It also provides the next generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in grantmaking, build a professional network, and learn about local community needs.
WRAG members: For more information about the program and how to apply for a fellow, please contact Rebekah Seder.
Leigh Courtney, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
An incoming Master's of Public Policy student specializing in social policy with a passion for the nonprofit sector and charitable giving, Leigh is excited to work with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region as a Philanthropy Fellow. Prior to graduate school, Leigh worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at two nonprofit organizations: Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (IBARJP) and the Champaign-Urbana Area Project (CUAP). At CFNCR, Leigh will be working closely with the Foundation’s Senior Philanthropic Services Officer to provide support for the Safety Net Initiative and Philanthropic Services (PS) grantmaking programs.
Brandy Espinola, Community Foundation for Prince George’s County
As a Public Policy graduate student, Brandy Espinola is excited to contribute her skills and experience to the overall vision of the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County by providing technical and program assistance. Previously, Brandy has worked to develop and maintain databases as well as manage website content in her various roles at organizations such as Everyday Green, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the Miami-Dade Department of Parks and Recreation. As a fellow at the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, Brandy will provide support for the Foundation in its fundraising activities.
Sara Gallagher, Calvert Foundation
As a second year Master's of Public Policy student specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership who aspires to strengthen the nonprofit sector on a macro level, Sara Gallagher is excited for the opportunity to be a fellow at the Calvert Foundation. Previously, Sara has worked in various roles in the nonprofit sector, including a Development Associate at the Arlington Arts Center and a Communications and Marketing Philanthropy Fellow at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Sara is passionate about emerging giving practices such as social entrepreneurship and is enthusiastic to work with Calvert Foundation to launch and expand several new initiatives to new audiences and investors in its Innovation Lab, including the Women Investing in Women Initiative.
Kevin Gates, AARP Foundation
With a background assisting the proposal and procurement process for large government grants, Kevin Gates is excited to work as a Philanthropy Fellow with the AARP Foundation. At the University of Maryland, Kevin is working towards his Master's of Public Policy, specializing in International Development. Kevin’s most recent experience includes working at Democracy International, where he wrote the drafts and final versions of past program performance reviews, employee biographies, and a full budget narrative for an 80 million dollar USAID - South Sudan grant. As a fellow at the AARP Foundation, Kevin will create a plan for its government funding strategy.
Nathan Hurwitz, Bernstein Family Foundation
A second year Master's in Public Policy student, Nathan Hurwitz is excited to apply his academic knowledge about how non-profit organizations engage the public and his professional work experience working with federal agencies and nonprofit organizations as a fellow at the Bernstein Family Foundation. Previously, Nathan worked as an intern with both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Energy, where he briefed supervisors on a range of public policy issues. As an undergraduate, Nathan worked with Autism Speaks U to fundraise over $20,000 through the promotion of a 5K walk/run at the University of Maryland. As a fellow at the Bernstein Family Foundation, Nathan will work on several key projects critical to the Foundation’s overall strategy and impact.
Patrice Mobley, Venture Philanthropy Partners
As a joint MBA/Master's of Public Policy student, Patrice Mobley is very excited to leverage her skills and experience at Venture Philanthropy Partners. Previously, Patrice worked at various organizations such as Share Our Strength, the Congressional Hunger Center, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Most recently, Patrice spent last summer at Ashoka, collaborating on models to determine what makes a change maker impactful. As a fellow at VPP, Patrice will work with the Director of Outcomes, Assessments, and Learning to develop tools and models for social return on investment analysis for VPP’s portfolio organizations.
Allison Ray, Association of Small Foundations
Allison Ray is working towards her Master's in Public Policy, specializing in nonprofit management and leadership and international development. With various experiences in event planning and international development, Allison is excited to maximize her education through her fellowship at ASF. Previously, Allison travelled to Tunisia and Oman with the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic and has worked on various projects at the University of Maryland’s Department of Residential Life including advising, creating educational materials, and organizing large-scale events targeting teenage and adult populations. As a fellow at ASF, Allison will work with the Member Services Team to support the development of ASF’s 2014 National Conference.
Andrea Wieters, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
A second year Master's of Public Policy student specializing in nonprofit management and leadership, Andrea Wieters is excited to leverage her experience and skills as a fellow at WRAG. Previously, Andrea held several positions in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations such as the Middleton Place Foundation in South Carolina. As a fellow at WRAG, Andrea will assist with the building of a new, entrepreneurial Corporate Social Responsibility curriculum from the ground up.
Ervin Bishop, Pepco
Beginning his final year at the University of Maryland, Ervin Bishop is studying Criminology and Criminal Justice and hopes to work in the field of public policy after earning his degree. Currently, Ervin works as a Community Assistant for the Department of Resident Life and South Campus Commons. He has also interned with the NAACP DC, coordinating the organization’s Men’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk to educate the community of the importance of prostate cancer screenings. As a fellow at Pepco, Ervin will assist with its general operations including data entry, public relations activities, news monitoring, and special projects as needed.
Kelsey Nelson, D.C. Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
With a long commitment to community service, Kelsey Nelson is excited to leverage her skills and experience as a fellow at the D.C. Office of Partnerships and Grant Services. Kelsey’s various work experiences include working in her community and various nonprofits. As host of the Minor Football League and Washington Chiefs, Kelsey was able to initiate the organization in Montgomery County’s “Adopt-A-Road” program and runs the MFL’s “Dollar Campaign” that aims to help fund children and youth programs. Kelsey is also the treasurer and community service chair for the Sisterhood of Unity and Love, a student group at UMD. Last summer, Kelsey had the opportunity to intern at NASCAR, where her responsibilities included helping the NASCAR foundation with their various community service initiatives. As a fellow at OPGS, Kelsey will assist the Director with the implementation of the Workforce Development Nonprofit Collaboration Pilot Program.
Allyson Winburn, Community Foundation for Montgomery County
With experience in nonprofit organizations and an interest in government, Allyson Winburn is excited to put her skills and experience to use as a fellow at the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. Allyson’s past experience includes working at One Million Bones D.C. and Costco as well as various leadership positions at the University of Maryland, including the Help Center and the Public Leadership Program. As a fellow at the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, Allyson will assist staff in the administration of grants in the following areas: safety-net services, education, and workforce development.