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


Todd Pittman, he/him | Director, Member Experience

Todd leads WRAG’s Membership + Communications work and orchestrates relationships with 100+ of the Greater Washington, D.C. region’s leading foundations and corporate giving programs to implement WRAG's mission and the pursuit of achieving racial equity. At the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility (iCSR), Pittman drives post-COVID strategies and operations to meet rapidly changing learning needs, including a greater focus on racial equity and ESG investing.

He brings to WRAG a wealth of experience in domestic and international philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. During his career span, he has been directly accountable for generating more than $100M for domestic and international operational and program community support. He has been recognized as a national expert trainer, author, and speaker of successful strategies to liaise with the public, private, and community representation when designing, implementing, and measuring the success of local and national programs and events in multicultural communities. Todd has been quoted in Black Enterprise, the New York Times, and numerous other publications, and has appeared on Bob Villa and Spotlight on Television Broadcasts. He has written numerous papers and articles including those published in the Journal of Urban Affairs.

Todd studied Business Management at Syracuse University and is currently attending Seminary at Luther Rice in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree. Todd is a proud father of four and husband to Dr. Yolonda Pittman.


Chioma Iwuoha , she/her | Director,Programs & Partnerships

Chioma Iwuoha is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She is a native of Washington with extensive community organizing, fundraising, and community engagement experience. At the astonishingly young age of fifteen, Chioma launched her community organizing career by joining Determined Teens Take a Stand, a youth led group heavily devoted to discussing pertinent social justice issues affecting Black youth in the D.C. community. Chioma’s social activism continued when she was awarded Posse Foundation’s full-tuition leadership scholarship to Lafayette College, in Easton Pennsylvania, double majoring in Africana studies and Anthropology.

Now, Chioma has leveraged her organizing experience into politics as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 7B01 and the At-Large Committeewoman for the DC Democratic Party with a specialized focused on increasing youth participation in the Democratic party. She also founded Melanin Uprising; a youth-led collective that runs a six-week social justice program every summer. In doing so, she hopes to inspire a generation of strong, resilient, self-actualized leaders who advocate on behalf of themselves and their peers.

She enjoys composting, learning how to invest, and raising her artistic and brilliant daughter.


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.


Esteban Serrano Montufar, he/him | Associate, External Affairs

Esteban manages WRAG's strategic communication platforms, including website, social media, and weekly newsletter. He also coordinates member events and maintains WRAG's database.

He graduated from The George Washington University in 2020 with a Master's degree in Global Communications. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics and French Studies from Emory University.  Esteban has global experience having studied and worked in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

In his free time, Esteban enjoys, playing soccer and playing the guitar.


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.