Staff

 

Ruth LaToison Ifill, she/her | President & CEO

As President & CEO, Ruth leverages partnerships and member engagement to begin strategic planning, streamline operations, and align programs to WRAG’s mission of creating a more equitable region.

Ruth comes to WRAG with experience in national and local nonprofits and membership organizations. Most recently, Ruth served as the Vice President of Culture, Talent & Equity at the Council on Foundations, where she developed and implemented programming and training for Council staff and its members to improve organizational culture and operationalize racial equity.

She enjoys hiking with friends, trying new foods, and spending quality time with her husband and two young children


 

Leni Dworkis, they/them | Director, Strategy & Administration

Leni is the Director of Strategy and Administration at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. In this role, they develop internal strategies, policies, and practices to promote a culture of equity and inclusion in the day-to-day of WRAG. They provide support to staff, board members, fiscally sponsored programs, and other partners to maximize administrative function and optimize operations.

Leni comes to WRAG having worked both in philanthropy and nonprofit spaces. In their most recent role as the program manager at the Weissberg Foundation, they provided people-centered and responsive programmatic support to grantee partners seeking to advance social and racial justice. Through their work they seek to break down binaries, challenge social norms, and dismantle white supremacy.

They hold both their master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the George Washington University in sociology. Outside of work, Leni spends their time reminiscing about rugby, putting on make-up just to take it off, powerlifting, ordering too much take-out, and trying, unsuccessfully, to snuggle their cat Arya.

 


  Amber Robinson, she/her | Learning and Operations Coordinator

 

Amber is the Learning & Operations Coordinator and reports to the Director, Strategy & Administration. She coordinates and manages calendaring for CEO and Board meetings. She also supports internal operations and administration, vendor and contract relations and assists with learning and data opportunities for WRAG.

Amber graduated from James Madison University and holds a degree in Communication Studies. She owns a pop-up barre fitness class in the DMV area that focuses on giving back to the community.


Zimar Batista, he/him | Associate, Programs

Zimar reports to the Director of Programs and Partnerships and is responsible for supporting the development, design, and facilitation of WRAG programmatic events. In addition, he helps the Director in identifying, cultivating and managing new and possible relationships with communities, organizers, policymakers, nonprofits, and foundations.

An advocate in resolving public policy issues, he holds a bachelor's degree in Economics with a double minor in International  Studies & Spanish from the American University School of International Service (SIS). Currently, he is pursuing a master's degree in Public Policy at The George Washington University. Ultimately, Zimar aspires to become a policy analyst one day.

Zimar enjoys exploring new bookstores,  attending comedy shows, and hiking in his free time.


 

Pamela Edwards, MNO, RYT | HR Consultant

With over 25 years of professional experience  in community engagement and community improvement science through implementing strategic, solution-oriented approaches to human capital management, program and project management, and employee workplace needs. She is a detail-oriented, credentialed professional who strives for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the workplace and beyond. 

Pamela is effective in hands on training while providing motivation on all levels toward the achievement of individual and organizational goals. She is instrumental in cultivating new and bridging community partnerships to help promote and achieve equity across communities and programs. 

Prior to working for ARM as a human resources consultant and racial equity, and DEI subject matter expert, she has co-designed organization racial equity tools and DEI training curriculum. Pamela also worked for non-profits, federal and local state government, leading health promotion and prevention programming.

Ms. Edwards holds a Masters in Nonprofit Organization from Case Western Reserve and a Bachelors in Human Resource Management from Cleveland State University. Pamela is a certified integrative yoga therapy instructor. She enjoys self practice and sharing her time and talent, making yoga a more equitable option in underserved communities. 

Pamela was instrumental in the co-developing the Racial Equity Learning and Action Community, a group of concerned social justice advocates spanning east to west coast on a journey to dismantle institutional and systemic racism.