Danielle Verbiest
Sofia Phay - Headshot

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

Program Associate

Sofia Phay
Sofia Phay joined ASF in August 2020 as its new Program Associate. In this role, Sofia helps coordinate programming and events, maintain communication with Scholars and mentors, and provide general administrative support for ASF's operations. Sofia comes to ASF after completing an AmeriCorps service year with Higher Achievement in Washington, D.C., where she served as the Program Support Fellow. 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

Aaron Jenkins*, President
The Expectations Project

Elizabeth Sarah Gere, Vice President
Retired Attorney

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

James McClelland*, Treasurer
Fannie Mae

Carmen M. Banerjee
U.S. Department of Justice

Kristy L. Carroll
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Bruce Charendoff
BlueWave Merchant Partners

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

Linda Fienberg
Retired Attorney

Susan M. Friedman
Retired Attorney

Marilyn Goldhammer
Retired Educator

Mitchell Lerner
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC


* Former ASF Scholar

David Levie
Venable LLP

Gail A. Lione
Dentons US LLP

Myles V. Lynk
District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel

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 E. Robertson
Peterson Wilmarth and Robertson LLP

Roger Sanchez*
Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

Brian L. Schwalb
Venable LLP

Margaret C. Simms
Retired Economist

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

Jie Wang

Volunteer / Student Liaison

Linda McKoy