Staff & Advisors
Tawana Bandy is the Vice President for Programs and Evaluation. She has over six years of experience studying how programs and interventions impact the lives of children and families with disadvantages. In her previous position as a Senior Research Analyst at Child Trends, she played a central role in designing, conducting, and managing implementation and outcome evaluations of child- and youth-risk prevention programs. She has substantive experience in quantitative and qualitative data methodology, program evaluation, survey and protocol development, and statistical programming and analyses. She has authored briefs and articles on a wide range of topics including child well-being, family dynamics, mentoring, adolescent mental health, welfare and poverty, and substance use. Tawana has a B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, and is currently a doctoral student at Howard University.
Eddie W. Banks is the Director for Field Operations and Director of the Youth Safe Haven Police Ministation Program. A hands-on professional, he provides encouragement and opportunities for inner-city youth and is widely recognized as a "doer". After twenty years with the D.C. Police Department, Eddie retired as a Sergeant; however, his commitment to improving the lives of youth continued. He became the Director of Field Operation of the Metropolitan Boys' and Girls' Club and later joined the Eisenhower Foundation in 1995.
Margie Christian is the Vice President for Finance and Operations. She has over 30 years of experience in financial and operations management for non-profit organizations, She has worked for the National Court Reporters Association and Music Educators Association on programs such as closed captioning for the hearing impaired, real time translation and art and education grants from NEA-as well as youth and outreach programs.
Alan Curtis, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the Foundation. Dr. Curtis was the Executive Director of President Carter's Interagency Urban and Regional Policy Group, served as Urban Policy Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and later administered the $43 million employment and crime prevention demonstration program in public housing that was part of National Urban Policy. Earlier, he was co-director of the Crimes of Violence Task Force of President Johnson's National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. He is author, co-author, or editor of 11 books and former member of the Executive Committee of Partners for Democratic Change, which teaches democratic decision-making world-wide. He is a former trustee of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has an A.B. in economics from Harvard, an M.Sc. in economics from the University of London and a Ph.D. in urban studies and criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. For the full bio on Alan Curtis, click here.
Tracey L. Felder is the Director for Technical Assistance. A DC native, she graduated with honors from Spingarn Senior High School in 1992. Her background experiences include work for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Department of Justice. With a history of volunteerism, she has contributed her skills to the community in a number of organizations, which include Charles Young Elementary School, Head Start, and the Browne Junior High School Girls' Basketball Team.
David Yanjie Wang is Evaluation and Operations Assistant for the Foundation. He has experience in marketing and data analysis for a number of corporations, including Adidas. He has assisted in organizing printing exhibitions, such as PROPACK with Domino Printing Science in Shanghai. At the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, he was a student ambassador at the USA Pavilion. David has a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Jiajing Wang is the Research and Evaluation Assistant for the Foundation. She is a graduate candidate majoring in Statistics at George Washington University. She has experience in data analysis at Nielsen-CCData and National Bureau of Statistics of China. She is good at designing of forecasting models for market strategy evaluation.
Barabara Dunn, is an Advisor on On-line Education. She is Vice President of the Remediation and Training Institute. A graduate of Worcester State College (now University) she began her career as a program officer for the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Youth Programs. Since then she has developed career academy high schools in shopping malls; designed and managed pilot operation of a retail skills center model for National Retail Federation; and managed a joint initiative for a shopping center developer and Communities In Schools for nationwide replication of the mall academy model. Recently she has been developing strategic partnerships with Virtual Learning Network Partners for cyber schools and alternative schools and Reach For Tomorrow for after-school programs approved under No Child Left Behind.
Richard C. Foote, is the Foundation’s CPA. A graduate, with distinction, from American University, Mr. Foote also has attended the Graduate Business Schools of American and George Mason Universities and the Law School of American University. He holds life memberships (40 + years) in the American and Greater Washington Institutes of C.P.A.s and also is a member of the Virginia Society of C.P.A.s. Mr. Foote is an ardent amateur musician as well as the Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Vienna Choral Society.
Steven LaFrance, MPH is Evaluation Advisor to the Foundation. He is the founder and Principal of LFA Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping social nonprofit organizations achieve their greatest possible impact. Over the course of 15 years, Steven has provided evaluation, research, and technical assistance services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and public agencies. Steven is a nationally recognized leader in the field of organizational effectiveness, with a focus on strategy development and the use of information to maximize social impact.
Leila McDowell is Strategic Communications Consultant.
A former Vice President for Communication with the NAACP, she has spent her career helping organization communicate their message to the world.
Jessica Manta-Meyer is an Advisor on Mentoring. She is currently a Research Associate with Public Profit. She has several years of experience creating, directing and evaluating a range of social service and health programs, including publicly funded after school programs. Prior to joining Public Profit, Jessica administered three comprehensive after-school programs in Oakland, including financial and program reporting, human resources, and agency-led evaluations.
Kristin Moore, Ph.D. (University of Michigan), is Advisor on Evaluation. A Senior Scholar and Program Director at Child Trends, Dr. Moore is a social psychologist who studies trends in child and family well-being, positive development, the determinants and consequences of early sexual activity and parenthood, fatherhood, the effects of family structure and social change on children, and the effects of public policies and poverty on children. She heads the Youth Development research area, where she is working to expand information on programs that work, implementation approaches that are effective, and rigorous approaches to evaluation, as well as working to share knowledge with practitioners, funders, journalists, and policy makers.
Corey Newhouse is an Advisor on Mentoring. She is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit a program improvement organization. Ms. Newhouse has a wide range of experience in evaluating programs that serve children and families. Ms. Newhouse earned her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and her Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Charlene Sinclair is a Advisor on Conference Organizing and Advocacy. Ms. Sinclair, a doctoral student at the prestigious Union Theological Seminary, has organized the Foundation's national workshops with sites and conferences on the Foundation's update of the Kerner Riot Commission and National Violence Commission.
Jim Zepp is an Advisor for Crime Analysis. Mr. Zepp formerly was the Training and Technical Assistance Director for the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). In this capacity he has frequently spoken or taught at national and regional conferences on information technology uses and program evaluation issues in the criminal justice field. He has consulted with Federal, state, and local agencies on a wide variety of automation needs and data applications. One of his major projects was the development of a Web site for the US DOJ’s Weed and Seed Initiative that features annual GPRA data, interactive maps with aerial photos, custom demographics, and evaluation studies for each of the over 300 local sites funded under this national effort. With over 30 years of experience in criminal justice policy and data analysis and technology fields, his work has included developing graphics for reports and presentations, assessments of automated records management systems, crime analysis/computer mapping, applied statistics, computer security/crime issues, and artificial intelligence/expert system technologies. Among his previous positions, he was a Programmer/Analyst with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and a Grants Manager/Evaluation Specialist with two local United Ways. His background also includes extensive work with regional planning, human services, environmental, and neighborhood agencies.