Support & Guidance for DC Scholars since 1991

Our Team

Danielle Verbiest

Executive Director

Danielle Verbiest
Danielle Verbiest is an experienced nonprofit executive who believes that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. A firm believer in the power of education, Danielle believes that all young people should have the equal opportunity to attend college and follow their dreams, and that providing equal educational opportunities can be a catalyst to bringing about societal change that will improve the lives of all. Read More

Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of members of the District of Columbia’s legal, business, nonprofit, and other professional communities. We support all aspects of the Foundation’s operations and often serve as mentors to Abramson Scholars.

Abramson Board

Leah J. Tulin, President
Maryland Office of the Attorney General

Aaron Jenkins, Vice President
The Expectations Project

Deborah Blackhurst Doddy, Secretary
Duke Ellington School of the Arts (volunteer)

James McClelland, Treasurer
Fannie Mae

Michael Aniton
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Carmen Banerjee
U.S. Department of Justice

Linda Fienberg
Retired Attorney

Elizabeth Sarah Gere
Retired Attorney

Christoffer Graae
cox graae + spack architects

Hon. Ellen S. Huvelle
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Hon. Gladys Kessler (Ret.)
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Jamie Lee Kiles
Aviv Foundation

Mitchell Lerner
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Hon. Richard Levie (Ret.)

Michael J. Madigan
The Law Offices of Mike Madigan

Samuel Maruca
Covington & Burling LLP

Hon. John McCabe
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Walter McEwen
Retired Attorney

Reginald B. McKnight

Irvin Nathan
Retired Attorney

John F. Olson
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Hon. Richard W. Roberts (Ret.)
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Diane Robertson
Peterson Wilmarth and Robertson LLP

Addy R. Schmitt
Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Pauline A. Schneider
Retired Attorney

Brian L. Schwalb
Venable LLP

Amy Schwartz
Moment Magazine

Linda Singer

Hon. Emmet G. Sullivan
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Jie Wang
Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC

Douglas Ward
The Waters Ward Company, LLC

Elizabeth Wilkins
Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia


Volunteer / Student Liaison

Linda McKoy