Staff Bios

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Henry L. Berman

Chief Executive Officer

Henry leads Exponent Philanthropy using his wealth of experience managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He was instrumental in helping the Association of Small Foundations (ASF) evolve into Exponent Philanthropy.

In his formal philanthropic career, Henry has served as a foundation president and co-trustee, gaining significant experience working closely with grantees and evaluating funded programs. In his continuing role as a foundation trustee, Henry has been a dues-paying member of Exponent Philanthropy since 2003. He served on the Exponent Philanthropy (then, ASF) board from 2008–2010 and was appointed CEO in 2011. Through his experience as a member and a leader within the organization, he brings to the CEO role a firsthand understanding of the needs of philanthropists with few or no staff.

Before joining the staff at Exponent Philanthropy, Henry had a long career in educational media and technology. He also served as a board member, volunteer, fundraiser, and/or marketer for several organizations including the American Society for Training and Development, the American Occupational Health Association, and the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation. He is a founding board member of the Museum of Broadcast Technology and also currently serves on the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the National Council of Nonprofits. 

Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, a master’s and doctorate in education from Boston University, and a certificate in business and management from the Harvard University Extension School. 

Originally from Massachusetts, Henry now lives in Washington, DC. When not here, you might find him, still camera to his eye, exploring back roads and wilderness trails.

Kim

Kim Adkinson

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

Kim manages our social media efforts, PhilanthroFiles blog, and quarterly publication Essentials. She is also our in-house “word wizard” and provides editorial support across the organization. Before joining Exponent Philanthropy in 2005, Kim was member services director at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and philanthropy fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kim works remotely from her home in Howard County, MD, which she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two pets. 

AleshaAlesha Burk

Development Associate

Alesha supports the development department and manages our Directory of Foundation and Philanthropy Advisors. She is passionate about serving nonprofits, and her diverse prior experience includes supporting scholarship students and donor engagement at the Penland School of Crafts and working for the U.S. National Arboretum in the Bonsai and Penjing Museum.

Alesha is new to the Washington, DC area and enjoys discovering more about her new home. When not at Exponent Philanthropy or volunteering in the arts and horticultural local community, she is an active sculptor and works in her studio as much as possible.

Andy

Andy Carroll

Senior Program Director

Andy develops resources and programs on grantmaking, leadership, and trends in small-staffed philanthropy and is a trained facilitator in civic reflection. He works to empower more foundations and donors to take advantage of their unique position to provide leadership on important issues they feel passionate about.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, he developed programs at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and before that at the Council on Foundations. Andy has an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, and has 30 years of experience in management, training, and program development for nonprofit organizations.

Andy is a DC native and has spent countless hours exploring the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and daughter.

Andrea

Andrea Clay

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Andrea works to help our corporate partners achieve their business goals and provide value to our members. She loves the challenge of finding the value proposition on both sides of a partnership and thrives as a liaison to our partners. Much of Andrea’s career has been in the patient advocacy space, with a special focus on colon cancer.

When she isn’t making deep connections with people, Andrea can be found in her kitchen trying new recipes or enjoying college football with her family including two college-age daughters and two rambunctious Labrador Retrievers.

Marice FernandoMarice Fernando

Manager of Knowledge Management & Member Engagement

Marice is the heart of our membership team, answering member questions and facilitating member renewals and new member applications. She is also the point person for our database, keeping staff informed and member information current.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Marice worked at the National Housing Conference, supporting its membership and events departments. She holds an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University, and a BA in international studies from Berry College.

Marice is passionate about supporting the development of community focused nonprofits both locally and internationally and enjoys cooking, baking, and running in her free time.

Serenity

Serenity Greenfield

Director of Marketing

Serenity works to ensure the growth and success of our programs, content, and membership through innovative marketing and communications strategies. She is a marketing nerd to the core and has been championing the work of associations for the majority of her career.  

Serenity graduated with a degree in Marketing from Montana State University and secured her passion for non-profits by pursuing a graduate degree in Non-profit Management from George Mason University. In her free time, you’ll find her chasing after her two small children or searching for an opportunity to squeeze in a few extra minutes of sleep.

Althea

Althea Georgantas

Program Manager

Althea keeps our member informed and connected through creative education programs and learning opportunities. She coordinates our biennial CONNECT Conference and manages the organization’s distance learning programs, bridging the geographic gap of our national membership.

Althea brings national nonprofit programming experience from her previous position at the World Affairs Councils of America, where she also helped to spearhead and manage grant-making activities. She has a BA in International Relations from American University, including one year of study in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. She possesses professional and personal experience in international exchange and citizen diplomacy and is passionate about global issues and the importance of lifelong education.

Originally from Massachusetts, Althea lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog and enjoys cooking, museum-hopping, and road trips.

Nikki HilgertNikki Hilgert

Program Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Nikki creates avenues for members to engage with our staff, one another, and peers in the field of philanthropy by managing our Local Engagement Programs. Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, she worked collaboratively with several small nonprofits in New Haven, CT as an AmeriCorps volunteer and program coordinator at Squash Haven, a thriving youth development organization. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in leadership and service from Mercer University.

Nikki gives time, talent, and treasure to her church community and to organizations that support social justice, education, and music. She enjoys taking advantage of all the DC area has to offer with her husband and two young children.

Lauren Kotkin

Lauren Kotkin

Director, Educational Programs

Lauren blends creativity and detail to deliver Exponent Philanthropy's educational programs. She is the leader of the Educational Programs Team and plans our biennial National Conference and contributes to our collection of daylong seminars.

In her first career, Lauren was an early childhood educator and served as the education director of a children’s museum near Boston. She holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and master's degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, with a focus on using arts in education.

Lauren is a collage artist. She volunteers for and exhibits her work at DC-area arts organizations.

Ruth

Ruth Masterson

Senior Program Director

Ruth works closely with members and staff, creating highly valued written materials and training curricula. She also answers member questions on wide-ranging topics including governance, administration, and tax/legal.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, she served nonprofits in her work at Adler & Colvin, the Council on Foundations, and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. She has been on boards of directors at Dolores Street Community Center and the Center of Creative Intent, executive director at Build Community Art Space, and a reviewer for The Foundation Review and the Maryland Association of Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence certification program. Ruth earned her master’s in public policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus in nonprofit management, a certificate in international development at JHU’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Outside of Exponent Philanthropy, Ruth enjoys the challenges and rewards of parenting a toddler. When time allows, she looks forward to returning to volunteering with a Buddhist organization and a dog rescue group, and once again immersing herself in home improvement projects and gardening.

Laura

Laura McHugh

Digital Marketing Manager

Laura works to provide value to our members by ensuring the effectiveness of our online communications and leveraging our website as a useful communications tool. She excels at creating digestible content out of complex ideas and processes. 

As a former small-town journalist, Laura has focused her career on all things digital. Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, she developed digital media and managed online communities for the Mathematical Association of America and worked as a line producer for Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal on PBS.

Native to the DC area, Laura loves exploring the city on foot or taking advantage of the surrounding area on long biking excursions.

Jeanne Metzger

Jeanne Metzger

Chief Development and Marketing Officer

Jeanne leads our development, marketing and membership efforts and is a member of our leadership team.  She is keenly focused on maximizing Exponent Philanthropy’s resources, expanding its reach, and elevating its position within the philanthropic sector.

Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, Jeanne served in a variety of management roles at the National Venture Capital Association where she launched a social entrepreneurship initiative and helped build the Association’s membership, public relations, marketing, and non-dues revenue functions.

Jeanne is excited about the changing landscape of philanthropy and the blurring line between for-profit organizations and the social innovation sector. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and logging miles on her bike.

Contact Jeanne about ways to financially support our mission and programs, partnership opportunities and press inquiries.

Kristina

Kristina Nygaard

Program Associate

Kristina manages our one-day seminars and provides support to our Programs and Services Team. She is the master of our registration system and is key in providing excellent support and assistance to members. Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, she interned at the United Nations Global Compact in New York, calling on companies to align their operations with universal principles on human rights and labor.

Having worked in four countries, Kristina is passionate about exploring new corners of the world. Her free time in D.C. is spent cultivating this passion, and volunteering with The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. 

CynthiaCynthia Schaal

Chief Program Officer

Cynthia Schaal leads our content, programs, and services efforts and is a member of our leadership team. She works with in-house teams, foundation practitioners, and sector leaders to bring the most relevant expertise and practical guidance to our membership. She brings extensive past experience in generating best practice insights and resources for nonprofit hospital and health system leaders.  

Cynthia received her undergraduate degree in Russian from Georgetown University and her master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

When not spending time with her family, Cynthia enjoys writing, dabbling in various hobbies, and participating in initiatives that empower children and families.

Madelyn

Madelyn Schorr

Content Associate

Madelyn provides program support to the Content Services team to ensure our members have access to resources that help them amplify their impact. She assists in writing, editing, and distributing content to our members. Before joining Exponent Philanthropy, she worked as a Summer Associate at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and as a Regional Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped develop policy trainings for members and plan regional  conferences.

Madelyn graduated from The University of Alabama with a BA in Digital Media and Anthropology. She is passionate about people, public policy, and a proud supporter of the oxford comma. When she isn’t at work, Madelyn can be found experimenting with new foods in the kitchen, going for long walks around the city, or reading a book for her book club.

Peter

Peter Tajat

Director of Finance and Operations

Peter keeps our building and our systems running smoothly and he is the first person we turn to for everything from questions about equipment managing our program budgets. He has a range of key responsibilities, including internal technology support, building management, accounting, staff support, and managing our front line staff. 

Peter moved to the DC area from Slovakia and has an MBA in management from Comenius University. He spends his free time with his family and enjoys playing soccer and being active outdoors.