Interim Executive Director

Rita Shapiro

Rita Shapiro is a long-time Washingtonian with a significant background in nonprofit management and the arts. Her career has included tenures at several renowned arts institutions, where she held various positions leading to more than 15 years of executive leadership at the National Symphony Orchestra. She has guided staff and board teams through strategic and creative planning processes and has mentored young artists throughout her career. Rita has previously held Interim Executive Director positions with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, as well as The Washington Chorus. Read More

Program Manager

Sofia Phay
Sofia Phay joined ASF in August 2020. 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
North Star Strategies, LLC

Elizabeth Sarah Gere, Vice President
Retired Attorney

David Levie, Secretary
Venable LLP

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

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