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

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

James McClelland, Treasurer
Fannie Mae

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

Carmen Banerjee
U.S. Department of Justice

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

Linda Fienberg
Retired Attorney

Elizabeth Sarah Gere
Retired Attorney

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.)

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

Brian L. Schwalb
Venable LLP

Amy Schwartz
Moment Magazine

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

Jie Wang
Fintech Startup

Volunteer / Student Liaison

Linda McKoy