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What's a Village?
MEET THE TEAM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Imani Woody: Board President
Dr. Woody has extensive experience in nonprofit management and has served as a long-time advocate for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. She is the principal of IWF Consulting where she helps clients develop more effective staff and boards. Dr. Imani also currently serves as the Executive Director at Mary’s House for Older Adults, a nonprofit that aims to serve LGBTQ elders experiencing housing insecurity and isolation. Dr. Imani holds a PhD in Human Services, specializing in nonprofit management.
Ally Shandell: Board Secretary
Ms. Shandell is a Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. She has investigated, litigated, and negotiated settlement agreements to prevent unnecessary institutionalization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and physical disabilities in several states under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. Prior to joining the Civil Rights Division, Ms. Shandell worked in private practice and as a law clerk to a federal district court judge.
Cathy Madison: At-large Board Member
Ms. Madison has 18 years of professional grant writing experience. She has worked at various nonprofits throughout the District, including Seabury Resources for Aging, where she learned about and became interested in access to affordable services for older adults. At Seabury, Ms. Madison was the lead grant writer for successful proposals to the Department on Aging and Community Living, totaling $8M per year. She is currently a grant writer at Howard University.
Ra Amin: At-large Board Member
Mr. Amin is a leader in the greater Brookland community and brings a breadth of experience to the board. He was elected to be an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 5B04 in Brookland in January of 2019. Mr. Amin is involved in several local initiatives, including the Monroe Street Farmer’s Market.
Charlie Wood: At-large Board Member
Mr. Wood is a lawyer, activist, volunteer, and recent Brookland transplant whose first memories of Thanksgiving are of joining seniors in Chicago-area care facilities to help them celebrate the holidays. While those parties were set up for to relieve isolation for the seniors in those facilities, what stuck out to him were the fantastic stories and wisdom the seniors were eager to share. Ever since, Charlie has looked for opportunities to engage in intergenerational opportunities, most recently as a volunteer with Capitol Hill Village. Mr. Wood is also an active supporter of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Jewish Voices for Peace, and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. In his free time he enjoys making ceramics, exploring the Virginia forests with his dog Coco, and tasting his way through the eclectic D.C. restaurant scene.
Emma Brownstein: Executive Director
Ms. Brownstein spent the earlier part of her career working with DC youth from underserved communities, where she realized the power of intergenerational relationships. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she focused her studies on nonprofit management and social impact.