James D. Weill, President
Mike Ambrose, Web Communications Coordinator
Signe Anderson, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst
Alexandra Ashbrook, Director of Special Projects and Initiatives
Lauren Badger, Anti-Hunger Program Associate, D.C. Hunger Solutions
Colleen Barton Sutton, Communications Director
Susan Beaudoin, Senior Development Associate – State Initiatives
Rashan A. Datcher, Human Resources Associate
Maris Feeley, Social Media and Content Marketing Associate
Crystal FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs
Wendy Forbes, Content Writer/Technical Editor
Michelle Griffin, Staff Assistant
Qwamel Hanks, School Breakfast Project Associate
Heather Hartline-Grafton, Senior Nutrition Policy and Research Analyst
Clarissa Hayes, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst
Geraldine Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs
Patrilie Hernandez, Anti-Hunger Program Associate, D.C. Hunger Solutions
Jessie Hewins, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst
Tam Lynne Kelley, Anti-Hunger Program Associate, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Alison Maurice, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst
Brooke McCauley, Senior Manager, Anti-Hunger Programs, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Etienne Melcher, Senior Child Nutrition Program Coordinator
Denise Odell, Executive Assistant
Emily Pickren, Senior Manager, Communications
Randy Rosso, Senior Research and Policy Analyst
Richard Ryans, CPA, Director of Finance
Alan Sharpe, Technology Coordinator
Kate Sims, Senior Government Relations Associate
Marko Stankovic, Development Assistant
Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs
Polly Thibodeau, Senior Manager of Foundation Relations
Rachel Tucker, Senior Program Associate, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Ellen Vollinger, Legal/Food Stamp Director
Barbara Western, Director of Human Resources and Operations
Beverley Wheeler, Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions
Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Ashley Worthington, Anti-Hunger Program Assistant, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Patrick Youngblood, Director of Development
Jim Weill has been President of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) since February 1998. Jim has devoted his entire professional career to reducing hunger and poverty, protecting the legal rights of children and poor people, and expanding economic security, income and nutrition support programs, and health insurance coverage.
Prior to joining FRAC, he was at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) as Program Director and General Counsel. He led CDF’s efforts in 1985 that produced the first major expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, oversaw CDF’s Medicaid expansion, child care, and child support enforcement reform efforts, and was a key leader of the campaign to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997.
Before CDF, Mr. Weill was Deputy Director and Director of Federal Litigation at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. He litigated major law reform and class action cases in the federal court of appeals and Supreme Court on Social Security, Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, SNAP/Food Stamps and other public benefits issues, and the rights of children born out of wedlock.
Mr. Weill is chair of the board of directors of the Alliance for Justice Action Council and is a member of the boards of OMB Watch and the National Center for Youth Law. He serves on the advisory council to the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. He has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UNICEF Executive Board.
Mike joined FRAC in January 2008. As web communications coordinator, he is responsible for maintaining and updating FRAC’s website, and the sites for D.C. Hunger Solutions and Maryland Hunger Solutions. He also writes and distributes FRAC’s Weekly News Digest.
Mike has more than 20 years of national nonprofit communications, program management, development and conference planning experience. His background includes extensive education and public health program work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the “Optimal Oral Health for All” award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and writing awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.
Mike has an M.S. in telecommunications from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Signe joined FRAC in 2010 and is a senior child nutrition policy analyst. She works with local, state and national governments as well as with anti-hunger organizations to expand the use of child nutrition programs. Her focus is to increase participation in afterschool and summer nutrition programs.
Before joining FRAC, Signe was program coordinator at Visions in Action, an international development organization in Washington, DC, which advocates for human rights, education, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Signe earned a Master of Science in food policy and nutrition from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Russian literature from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Alex is the Director of Special Projects and Initiatives, where she works to implement cross-program projects and drive new nutrition and anti-hunger strategic initiatives at the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).
From 2007–2015, Alex served as the director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of FRAC. Through a combination of advocacy, outreach, policy, and public education, Alex led D.C. Hunger Solutions’ efforts to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income residents of the nation’s capital. Under her leadership, D.C. Hunger Solutions succeeded in sharply reducing the number of people who would have otherwise lacked sufficient food by maximizing local use of federal nutrition programs. She participated in many citywide coalitions, chairing the Mayor’s Healthy Youth and Schools Commission (2010–2015) and the Mayor’s Commission on Food (2008–2010) and serving as the co-chair of the Obesity Plan’s Policy Committee (2009–2010) and on the steering committee of the Fair Budget Coalition (2008–2015).
Alex joined FRAC in January 2007, bringing extensive advocacy experience to her role, much of which focused on the needs of vulnerable youth. While at Georgetown Law School’s D.C. Street Law Project (1994–1996), Alex supervised law students teaching at DC public high schools. From 1996–2006, Alex served as a senior program director at Street Law, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming democratic ideals into citizen action. Alex received her J.D. and LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Haverford College.
Lauren joined D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) in December 2014 as an Anti-Hunger Program Associate. In this role, she is responsible for work to improve Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and policies and help reduce senior hunger.
Before coming to DCHS, Lauren’s work focused on community nutrition outreach and research on gerontology and government nutrition programs. Her graduate thesis work consisted of developing an advocacy training program to increase SNAP participation among older adults in Georgia. She also worked in state government at the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, where she administered SNAP-Ed (food stamp nutrition education) and SNAP Outreach programs.
Lauren has a B.S. in both dietetics and consumer foods from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia. Lauren also completed the dietetic internship at the University of Georgia to become a Registered Dietitian.
Colleen joined FRAC in October 2014, as communications director. In this role, she spearheads the development and implementation of a multi-faceted strategic communications framework to help advance the organization’s mission to end hunger in America.
Prior to FRAC, Colleen was the founder and principal of Red Jacket Communications, LLC, a boutique public relations and event firm. Colleen designed and executed strategic communications plans for global and national policy and program initiatives, research reports, brand development, fundraising promotions, product launches, and major events. Her clients included government contractors, small businesses, and international and national nonprofits. In her previous work with nonprofits, including Catholic Charities USA, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Save the Children, Colleen created and implemented communications efforts that increased awareness, advocacy and greater investment in programs and services aimed at underserved populations. At Save the Children, she built a media program in a newly created public affairs department, and led the U.S. agency’s media response to major humanitarian crises, including post-9/11, the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Haiti Earthquake as well as the agency’s first advocacy-awareness campaign, Every Mother, Every Child and its signature research report, The State of the World’s Mothers.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Homestretch, a nonprofit in Northern Virginia that helps transition families out of homelessness.
Colleen received her B.A. in English, with a public relations concentration, from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Susan joined FRAC in September 2012 and is senior development associate for state initiatives. She is responsible for fundraising activities to support FRAC’s state-based efforts with D.C. Hunger Solutions and Maryland Hunger Solutions.
Prior to joining FRAC, Susan served as coordinator of the Food and Health Network of South Central New York, program assistant with the Washington Youth Garden, and administrative assistant with the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. Susan holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in African and African diaspora studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Rashan joined FRAC in May 2011 and is FRAC’s human resource associate. In this role, Rashan works closely with the director of human resources and operations on a variety of office procedural, HR-related, and administrative fronts. She also coordinates processes related to position openings and coordinates the internship program.
Rashan has a B.A. in business administration from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta Georgia and an M.A. in human resource management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Maris joined FRAC in June 2016 as the social media and content marketing associate. In this role, she utilizes digital media to connect online audiences to FRAC, in order to inform, educate, and influence public attitudes on hunger. Maris promotes FRAC research and expertise through social platforms, and supports the hundreds of national, state, and local partners united with FRAC.
With a background in grassroots communications and advocacy, Maris has previously interned for the Digital Media department of The ONE Campaign, an international organization focused on eradicating global hunger and promoting public health in developing countries. Before ONE, she worked as a Peace Organizing Intern for the Washington Peace Center, a local DC resource center for activism and education. Additionally, her work has included political organizing for both local and national causes.
Maris has a B.A. in international studies, with a cross-cultural communications concentration, from American University in Washington, DC.
As director of school and out-of-school time programs, Crystal directs FRAC’s work on the child nutrition programs that serve school-age children. She analyzes policy to advocate for legislative and regulatory improvements to increase low-income children’s access to the nutrition programs. She helps develop strategy and direct field efforts to achieve program improvements. She provides technical assistance, conducts training, and develops materials for national, state, and local organizations. She frequently speaks at national afterschool conferences and meetings. Crystal is the author or co-author of numerous publications, including Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (2009). Her previous work experience includes the Center for Community Change as a policy analyst on transportation issues and Housing Comes First, Missouri’s statewide low-income housing coalition, as director of tenant organizing. She holds a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Carroll College and an M.S.W. from Washington University.
Wendy joined FRAC in September 2015 as content writer/technical editor. In this role, she is responsible for promoting FRAC’s mission, its brand, and its programs through media, publications, events, and online communications. She also edits and writes content across a range of platforms that compellingly convey FRAC’s mission, proposals, positions, work, and leadership.
Wendy has over 15 years of project management and federal government experience in both domestic and international arenas. She has also served as a writer, editor, teacher, and liaison to bridge professional and cross-cultural interests.
Wendy has a B.A. in English and political science from the University of Minnesota-Morris, and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.
Michelle Griffin joined FRAC in May 2016 as FRAC’s staff assistant. She works closely with the Director of Human Resources and Operations and the Director of Finance. Michelle has over 15 years of bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and accounts payable experience and has worked in both the nonprofit sector and in banking.
Michelle has an Associate Degree in accounting, and she plans to return to complete her studies to acquire her bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Mel joined FRAC in February 2017 as the school breakfast project associate. She is responsible for expanding low-income student participation in the School Breakfast Program by providing technical assistance to targeted school districts in implementing effective strategies and models that result in increased breakfast consumption.
Mel is a registered dietetic technician with several years of experience with community nutrition programs for minority and low-income populations. Her background includes working with a SNAP-Ed Family Nutrition Program and United Way of North Central Florida.
She holds a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Specialized in Dietetics from the University of Florida. She is recently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at George Washington University.
Heather is a senior nutrition policy and research analyst at FRAC. Heather’s work primarily focuses on obesity, dietary quality, and health outcomes among low-income and food-insecure children and families, with emphasis on how the federal nutrition programs improve health, nutrition, and well-being. She also is actively involved in FRAC’s work on screening for and addressing food insecurity in health care settings.
Heather, who joined FRAC in January 2009, has a rich background in nutrition policy research, obesity prevention, and healthy eating strategies, including her prior work at the American Cancer Society, Mathematica Policy Research, and Tulane University. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds honors bachelors’ degrees in nutritional sciences and dietetics from the University of Delaware, an M.P.H. in nutrition from the University of North Carolina, and a Dr.PH. in community health sciences from Tulane University.
Clarissa Hayes joined FRAC in February 2015 as a child nutrition policy analyst. She works with anti-hunger organizations as well as with local, state, and national governments to expand the use of afterschool and summer nutrition programs.
Before joining FRAC, Clarissa was an anti-hunger program associate at Maryland Hunger Solutions (an initiative of FRAC) and worked to increase participation in the child nutrition programs across the state. She has also completed two years of national community service through AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA.
Clarissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.
Geri is the director of nutrition policy at FRAC. Geri’s work focuses on nutrition policies, such as increasing the healthfulness of nutrition programs, necessary to reach the goals of eradicating domestic hunger and improving the nutrition and health of low-income individuals and families.
Geri is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Requirements, which has the task of creating nutrition standards to bring the meals served into compliance with the Dietary Guidelines. Geri is the current chair of the legislation and policy committee of the American Public Health Association’s Food and Nutrition section. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Management Improvement Task Force.
She has been honored to receive awards for her work on the Child Nutrition Programs from the Sponsors Association, the National Sponsors Forum and the California Roundtable. Most recently, the National Association of Family Child Care honored Ms. Henchy with their Advocate of the Year Award.
Geri is the author of numerous policy briefs on the federal child nutrition programs. She has co-authored a number of publications, including Making WIC Work for Multicultural Communities: Best Practices for Outreach and Nutrition Education, Time for a Change: WIC Food Package Guide, WIC In Native American Communities: Building a Healthier America, and WIC Partnerships and the Nurturing Parent. Ms. Henchy is also the author of a number of web-based tools, including most recently the Child Care Wellness Tool Kit: Child and Adult Care Food Program.
She is a Registered Dietitian and has an M.P.H. in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrilie joined D.C. Hunger Solutions in December 2014 as the Anti-Hunger Program Associate for Child Nutrition Programs. Her role is working to increase participation and improve benefits in the child nutrition programs in the District of Columbia through advocacy, research, outreach, technical assistance, public education, and program monitoring. As part of the D.C. Hunger Solutions team, she also works to advance the overall goals of the initiative, to support the efforts of partner coalitions, and to address broader food security issues in Washington, DC.
Patrilie has more than five years of experience working in food insecurity and nutrition education. Her work started as an undegraduate at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Patrilie volunteered to coordinate several projects in food deserts, including nutrition advocacy and community gardens. Following graduation, she moved to Mobile, Alabama, and became a VISTA at the Bay Area Food Bank. As Volunteer & Food Drive Coordinator, Patrilie participated in several internal and external volunteer partnerships, most notably the Feeding America Hunger Study. After completing her year of service, Patrilie relocated to Washington, DC, upon receiving an offer to become the Nutritionist and Food Education specialist at Centronia.
She has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in nutrition education at American University.
Jessie joined FRAC in May 2012. As a senior child nutrition policy analyst, she works in target states, school districts, and schools to increase access to school breakfast programs and increase the number of schools offering breakfast in the classroom free to all students.
Before joining FRAC, Jessie was a fellow at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, where she helped to facilitate a national collaborative of medical associations, insurers and employers to offer health benefits to prevent and treat childhood obesity. While in law school, Jessie worked with a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations including the Los Angeles City Attorney, the California Department of Justice, and the Disability Rights Legal Center.
She has a B.A. in political science and history from the University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Tam Lynne joined Maryland Hunger Solutions in January 2014 as an Anti-Hunger Program Associate. Her focus is on efforts to ensure that all children start their day with a healthy breakfast. She works in partnership with schools, community groups, and coalitions such as the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger.
Tam Lynne has worked in social services and public health for over 15 years. She has worked with people experiencing homelessness, English language learners, and people who are HIV-positive.
She received a B.A. in sociology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Social Work with a concentration in management and community organizing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and she is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (L.G.S.W.) in the state of Maryland. In addition, she holds a Global Health Graduate Certificate from University of Maryland, Baltimore, which further fueled her passion for social justice and work that addresses the social determinants of health.
Alison joined FRAC in February 2017 as a child nutrition policy analyst. She works with anti-hunger organizations and state and national agencies to expand access to school breakfast programs for students across the country.
Before joining FRAC, Alison served through AmeriCorps as a case manager at a health clinic for homeless adults in Washington, DC, with a primary focus on connecting individuals with public benefits. During her master’s program, she interned at FRAC with the child nutrition division and after graduating she worked as a data contractor for FRAC collecting and analyzing Community Eligibility data.
Alison has a B.A. in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.S.W from The Catholic University of America.
Brooke is Maryland Hunger Solutions’ senior manager, anti-hunger programs, and supports the director and staff in their efforts to end hunger, promote health, and improve the well-being of low-income Maryland residents. She takes a leadership role in policy development, advocacy, and coalition building as well as providing team leadership, staff development, communications and project management support. Brooke ensures that the policies and practices of Maryland state and local agencies and school districts are designed to allow low-income families and individuals maximum access to nutrition programs; and that the state, counties, school districts, and community-based providers take advantage of options in federal law to maximize access and benefits.
Brooke’s career spans 20 years and includes political and community organizing, public relations, advocacy, and nonprofit leadership, with extensive experience with the NAACP, American Red Cross, and county government. She founded McCauley & Associates public relations and campaign consulting firm in Detroit, MI. She holds a B.A. in journalism, with a minor in public relations from Wayne State University.
Etienne joined FRAC in November 2007. In her current role as a senior child nutrition program coordinator, she works with a diverse group of national and state partners to expand the use of the School Breakfast Program among low-income children and increase the number of schools offering breakfast in the classroom free to all students in target states, school districts and schools.
In her previous role as FRAC’s Senior Legislative and Public Affairs Associate, she worked with FRAC’s network and Congress, advocating for federal legislation to improve access and participation in domestic anti-hunger programs.
Prior to joining FRAC, Etienne worked with RESULTS’ domestic policy campaign on early childhood development issues.
She has a B.A. in political science and religious studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN.
Denise has worked for the last 10 years as executive assistant at FRAC. In this role, she has helped manage the details, logistics, and support for the activities that promote FRAC’s mission. Denise’s experience in development, combined with her attention to detail, collaborative work style, and her commitment have helped FRAC, its Board, and its President to achieve their goals. In addition to her FRAC responsibilities, Denise — a native Washingtonian and University of Maryland alum — is a professional photographer with numerous exhibits at fine arts galleries throughout the region.
Emily joined FRAC in October 2016 as the senior manager, communications. In this role, she develops and implements media relations strategies and manages outreach to media, stakeholders, and the public. She provides strategic communications support to staff across all of FRAC’s program areas.
Emily brings a decade of experience to her role. Before joining FRAC, she served as communications manager at The Education Trust, where she developed and executed communications plans and strategies for the organization’s K–12 programs and initiatives. Previously, she worked at the National League of Cities and managed communications for their Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. Emily has also served as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working to tell the stories behind their work and shed light on how public programs and services can make a difference in the lives of Americans from all walks of life.
Emily holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she studied anthropology and English.
Randy rejoined FRAC in April 2016 as a senior research and policy analyst, after previously working for FRAC from 2003–2006. In this role, he is responsible for managing and analyzing data on federal food and nutrition programs, poverty, food insecurity, and the economy. He provides data for all of FRAC’s statistical reports on program participation and hunger in America.
Randy has 17 years of policy research and data management experience, including over 10 years focused on food and nutrition policy. While with Mathematica Policy Research, he wrote or contributed programming for U.S. Department of Agriculture reports on the participation trends and household characteristics of SNAP participants, and also worked on national evaluations of SNAP demonstration pilots and the Summer Food Service Program. His experience also includes six years in the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where Randy studied factors in neighborhood change and worked to analyze and democratize local indicators available in federal data. Randy is fluent in SAS and Stata programming, and well-versed in processing large data sets containing millions of records.
He has a B.A. in sociology and Master of Public Policy, both from the College of William and Mary.
Richard joined FRAC in May 2011 as Controller, and became Director of Finance in September 2014. In this role, he is responsible for performing all accounting, financial processing, and payroll activities. Duties include general accounting, audit liaison, cost accounting, financial analysis and forecasting, budget planning, cash flow monitoring, and development of monthly status reports.
Richard has over 35 years of financial, accounting, budgeting, and analytical experience. His background includes controllerships at WellPoint, Washington Gas, SAP America, Lucent, AT&T Paradyne, and Honeywell. In addition, his expertise includes performing competitive analysis and developing strategic and financial plans.
Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, with a concentration in accounting. He has his CPA certification from the state of Maryland.
Alan is FRAC’s technology coordinator. For nearly 27 years, Alan has served in various support capacities as a member of FRAC’s administrative staff. Initially secretarial, his duties have expanded with technology and the onset of computerized office functions. In his current position as senior administrative assistant/information systems coordinator, he oversees FRAC’s information technology needs, provides in-house computer “help desk” and administrative support for program staff, and serves as liaison between FRAC and its various IT consultants and vendors.
Kate joined FRAC in May 2012 as a child nutrition policy analyst supporting the expansion of the at-risk afterschool meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Now as senior government relations associate, Kate works with FRAC’s network and Congress advocating for federal legislation that protects and strengthens the federal nutrition programs.
While earning her graduate degree, Kate completed her advanced year field placement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Division. Kate had previously interned with USDA’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships and Outreach at the Food and Nutrition Service and completed her foundation year field placement for graduate school with the local anti-hunger organization Bread for the City.
Kate has a B.A. in women’s studies and globalization from Gettysburg College and an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Marko joined FRAC in April 2012 as development assistant. His job duties include processing all donations and grants, maintaining communication with donors and grantmakers, and assisting senior staff members in writing grant proposals. Prior to joining FRAC, he had fundraising internships at the International Student House and Education USA. Marko holds an M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University.
As director of government affairs, Ellen Teller directs the development and implementation of FRAC’s legislative agenda. Working with Congress, national organizations, and FRAC’s diverse state and local grassroots field network, Ellen advocates for improved access and participation to domestic anti-hunger programs for low-income individuals and families.
Ellen joined FRAC in 1986 as a staff attorney and had previously worked at the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Consumer Federation of America.
Ellen has a B.A. in political science and English literature (1978) from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law (1983). She is a Member of the DC Bar and serves on a the Boards of the Coalition on Human Needs (Chair); Manna Food Center, Rockville, Maryland; ActionAid USA; and the Bill Emerson Hunger Fellows Advisory Committee, Congressional Hunger Center. Honors include: National WIC Association Leadership Award, 2006; Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association Award, 2003 & 2010; and the Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellows’ Fairy Godmother Award, 2008.
Polly joined FRAC in February 2013 and is senior manager of foundation relations. In this role, she crafts funding proposals and reports for institutional funders in support of FRAC’s breadth of work.
Polly has 15 years of experience writing and managing grants. She previously served as the Director of Development at Joy of Motion Dance Center, where she was responsible for planning and implementing all of its contributed income activities. Prior to that, Polly provided comprehensive research and grants administration for a portfolio of externally funded projects, including a $3 million Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Risk Science and Public Health at The George Washington University. She has also written grants for the local modern dance company Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.
She has a B.A. in sociology from Hood College and a B.A. in dance from The George Washington University.
Rachel joined Maryland Hunger Solutions in November 2013 and is senior program associate. In this role, she focuses on increasing access to healthy food for low-income Maryland residents and Food Supplement Program policy improvements. Rachel has a background in farmers’ market benefit programs, content development and writing for online media, and culinary youth education. Before joining Maryland Hunger Solutions, Rachel was the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Market Coordinator at the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas. Rachel holds an M.A. in food systems from New York University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ellen Vollinger is legal director for FRAC. She has responsibility for directing FRAC’s advocacy on behalf of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps). Ellen has led FRAC’s efforts to bolster SNAP/Food Stamps, particularly to serve working families, legal immigrants and victims of disasters. She has worked with administrators, elected officials, industry representatives, and nonprofit partners on strategies to provide a more accessible and effective nutrition assistance safety net. She serves on the eGovernment Payments Council.
Her prior positions include serving as director of the nonprofit National Committee for Full Employment as well as a practicing attorney with the Washington, DC law firm of Ross, Dixon and Masback.
Ellen has a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College, master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the American University’s Washington College of Law.
Barb joined FRAC in March 2012 as the director of human resources and operations. In this role she is responsible for overseeing overall organizational operations, including the technology infrastructure, and is directly responsible for human resources policies and employee benefits and relations.
Barb has over 20 years of experience working with national nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas that include: human resources, operations, finance, board development and support, fundraising, events management, strategic planning, and advocacy. Most of her skills were acquired through her many years of work at OMB Watch, where she played a variety of roles, most recently the Director of Operations. Prior to her work at OMB Watch she worked for Legal Times.
Barb has a B.S. in journalism from Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University.
Beverley joined FRAC in 2015 as the director of D.C. Hunger Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for leading the efforts to improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition and increase the availability of healthy affordable food in low-income areas; maximize participation in all federal nutrition programs (SNAP, school meals, early childhood nutrition, WIC, and summer meals); and educate the public about both the stark reality of hunger’s existence in the nation’s capital and the real opportunities for effective solutions.
Dr. Wheeler has over 30 years of progressive experience in all phases of public and private sector policy development working in process development, crisis resolution, civic engagement, community/economic development, and planning as well as policy development and implementation. She has 20 years of experience working with the District of Columbia (DC) government and the DC Council at the executive level as Executive Director of the State Board of Education and Neighborhood Action; Chief of Staff to Phil Mendelson; and Special Assistant to three City Administrators. She is the former president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools.
She holds a B.S. in social and decision science, an M.S. in management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.
Michael joined Maryland Hunger Solutions in July 2013 as Director. In this role, he is helping to lead Maryland’s premier hunger advocacy, education, and outreach organization as it works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income families in Maryland. Michael serves in a leadership role in many statewide coalitions and is a core advisor in the Governor’s Partnership to End Childhood Hunger.
For more than three decades, Michael has been a leading advocate for economic and social justice. He worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative and press assistant for the late U.S. Representative Charles Hayes (IL). He also served in numerous positions at the U.S. Department of Labor, culminating as Chief of Staff in the Employment Standards Administration where he coordinated legislative, regulatory, communications, and policy development. Michael also was an international officer and director at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union where he headed the legislative and political department and led the union’s efforts in food policy and worker advocacy. Michael served as a FRAC Board Member for more than a decade, as well as a Board Member for the Consumer Federation of America and Americans for Democratic Action, where he also served as National Director. He received the Community Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area in 2009, the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award in 1997 and 1999, and a Special Commendation from the Wage and Hour Division in 1997.
Michael has a B.A. in communications arts and sciences from Michigan State University.
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Patrick joined FRAC in January 2004 as director of development. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of FRAC’s fundraising activities.
He has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising. Before coming to FRAC, he served as assistant manager of major gifts at the Kennedy Center, associate director of development for major gifts at the Washington National Opera, and director of development at American Rivers.
He holds an M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from the University of London.