Principal Staff

Eddie W. Banks is Director for the Youth Safe Haven Police Ministation Program. A hands-on professional, he provides encouragement and opportunities for inner-city youth. After twenty years with the D.C. Police Department, Eddie retired as a Sergeant. His commitment to improving the lives of youth continued. He became the Director of Field Operations for the Metropolitan Boys' and Girls' Club and later joined the Eisenhower Foundation in 1995.

Margie Christian is Director for Operations. She has over thirty 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 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 President Carter’s 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 12 books. He served on the Executive Committee of Partners for Democratic Change, which teaches democratic decision-making world-wide and was a Trustee of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Curtis 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 Programs. 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, including Charles Young Elementary School, Head Start, and the Browne Junior High School Girls' Basketball Team. With the Eisenhower Foundation, Ms. Felder has assisted youth development initiatives for over ten years.

Nancy Hall is Director for Finance. She has over thirty years’ experience in working with nonprofit organizations, primarily in the areas of administration, legal structure, and financial management. For seventeen years, she was a key staff member at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where she was Director of Finance. Ms. Hall is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches courses on nonprofit finance and nonprofit management. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Hall’s company, HB Financial, which trades under the name 501(c)Solutions, is an MBE firm registered with the State of Maryland.


JennieBarabara Dunn is Advisor on the Quantum Opportunities Program. She is Vice President of the Remediation and Training Institute. She began her career as a program officer for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Youth Programs.

JennieSteven LaFrance 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. Steven has provided evaluation, research, and technical assistance services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and public agencies. He 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.

sinclair Leila McDowell is Strategic Communications Advisor. A former Vice President for Communication with the NAACP, she has spent her career helping organization communicate their messages. She directed media outreach for the Eisenhower Foundation’s fifty year update of the Kerner Commission, Healing Our Divided Society.



sinclairJessica Manta-Meyer is Advisor on Mentoring and Youth Development. She is currently a Research Associate with Public Profit. She has many 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.

JennieKristin Moore is Advisor on Evaluation and Youth Development. 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 directs the Youth Development research area at Child Trends, where she is expanding information on programs that work, implementing rigorous approaches to evaluation strategies, and working to share knowledge with practitioners, funders, journalists, and policy makers. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

sinclairCorey Newhouse is Advisor on Mentoring and Youth Development. She is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit in Oakland. Ms. Newhouse has a wide range of experience in evaluating programs that serve children and families. She 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.

sinclairCharlene Sinclair is Advisor on Conference Organizing and Advocacy. Dr. Sinclair has organized many of the Foundation's national workshops and conferences on the Kerner Commission and National Violence Commission. She holds a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary.


sinclairJim Zepp is Evaluation 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.