John is currently the Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for General Dynamics where he oversees the executive compensation, health and wellness programs for about 100,000 employees across the US and internationally. Prior to joining General Dynamics, he was the head of Total Rewards and Performance Management for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (the sovereign wealth fund) in Abu Dhabi. John’s career prior to ADIA includes consulting on behalf of two large benefits consulting firms and as a Partner with the global accounting firms of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. His career was primarily in the New York City region before coming to the DC area in late 2014. John has contributed to the not for profit arena as an advisory board member to the Women’s Club of White Plains in its charitable mission and in Abu Dhabi for Operation Smile and Make a Wish Foundation. John has his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Dr. Caira Woods, Ph.D. is Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she develops and advances the foundation’s U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy, a national effort to increase the number and range of actors committed to dramatically increasing mobility from poverty. Dr. Woods oversees investment portfolios dedicated to improving public understanding of mobility barriers and solutions as well as enabling greater coordination in the field. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Woods served in senior advisory roles at the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she provided leadership on policy priorities including opioids, advancing equity and empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. In addition, Dr. Woods previously held positions at the U.S. House of Representatives; National Institutes of Health; and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Woods is a proud alumna of New York University and Spelman College, and serves on the boards of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and Thompson-Markward Hall.
Chrisi West is a digital communications manager focused on nonprofit engagement and advocacy. She has worked on electronic communications, websites, social media, and online advocacy for a number of nonprofits, both as a staff member and a volunteer, and leads trainings for campaign volunteers, students, and advocates on social media ethics and using social networking tools for activism. She received a B.A. in Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Ms. West is an aspiring writer who is passionate about literacy and education for at-risk youth, women’s health issues, and voter participation.
Born in NYC to Jamaican Immigrant parents and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL, Kassie May Edwards graduated from the Florida State University in 2010 with a B.A. in African American Studies.
Her eagerness to help young people became a focus after noticing the lack of a culturally diverse curriculum in public school systems. That led her to be an AmeriCorps Museum Educator at Providence Children’s Museum.
After serving her community, Kassie wanted a meaningful job that would further advance her ideas in community engagement. Since moving to Washington, Edwards has served as an Investigative Support Assistant for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and currently serves as Director’s Assistant at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Kassie resides in Laurel, MD and attends Restoration Praise Center and serves in the Young Adult and Children’s Ministry as events coordinator and teacher respectively. She also serves on the Executive Board of Greater Washington Urban League’s Thursday Network as Social and Cultural Events Chair. She enjoys teaching others about Black history, performing spoken word poetry, thrift stores, vintage apparel and making an impact in her community. As a campus rape survivor Kassie enjoys bringing awareness to issues that affect victims of sexual assault.
Dora Szalai has more than 15 years experience in marketing, public relations and organizational communication, both in the public and private sectors. She served as marketing and communications director at BCN Systems House, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom in Budapest, Hungary. Before that she was marketing manager for a national health promotion project run by the Hungarian government and sponsored by the World Bank. Earlier in her career, as director of public relations in Hungary for Estée Lauder Companies, she introduced the Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness program to the country in 1995, a campaign that continues to this day. A native of Hungary, she moved to the U.S. in 2008 where she has concentrated on volunteer work, most recently in voter registration efforts in Fairfax County, Virginia. Dora earned a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Szeged (Hungary) with a triple concentration in English literature, history and education. She also holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University Business School (U.K.). She speaks Hungarian and English.
With fifteen years of lobbying experience, Haley has worked with a wide range of non-profit, foundation, and corporate clients at both the state and federal level. However her passion, and much of her client work, is focused on social justice. Haley brings her experience and commitment to bear to create and implement policies and programs that reflect her progressive values. Over her ten year tenure at the Raben Group, she has worked to improve services to traditionally underserved communities including inmates, returning citizens, homeless children and youth, court-involved youth, and survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.
In addition to her policy work, Haley manages the firm’s strategic planning division. An organization’s strategy is at the center of its work; it is about how a non-profit allocates resources to achieve its vision of the future. By working with clients to help them align their service and business delivery models and distinguish between an organizational strategy and its accompanying tactics, Haley is able focus her client’s resources on the issues that matter most and help them do what they do better.
Haley earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Tulane University and M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Karen L. Davis, ABD, is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University, where she earned a graduate certificate in disability studies from its Institute on Disability in 2006. Ms. Davis consults as a principal investigator, project evaluator, proposal writer, writer and content editor for universities and nonprofit organizations. (Her longest term consulting arrangement has been with The Catholic University of America.)
In spring 2016, she completed 7+ years as PI on Project Peer with funding from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women. Focused on expanding supports to help women with disabilities heal from experiences of sexual or domestic violence (SV/DV), the project’s Women’s Knowledge Development work group continues without outside funding. (The project received two awards from OVW.
The work group’s members are women with developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues who have survived SV/DV.) Ms. Davis has authored, co-authored and “ghosted” peer-reviewed, published articles in anthropology, special/inclusive education and early childhood education. Before becoming a consultant in 2001, she was Director of Sponsored Projects and Strategic Initiatives, and prior to that Director of Development and Community Affairs, at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a regional disability services provider.
Prior to that, she provided Washington representation for the undergraduate liberal arts colleges that are members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Earlier, she worked in public relations for national trade associations and as a travel writer. Ms. Davis earned a bachelor of arts with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of science from the University of Southern California – European Degree Programs.
In October, 2017, Ms. Davis joined the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center. Since 2012, she has served on the President’s Council of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. She just recently completed a seven-year term on the Advisory Council of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute and previously was on the board of DC Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, also for seven years. There she chaired the Program & Policy Committee and served on the Executive and Finance-Investment Committees. (She continues today as an active member of the P&P committee.)
Ms. Davis has also served on the board of the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she co-chaired the major gifts committee, and she has chaired the national development committee of TASH, the disability advocacy organization. Ms. Davis has been married to Clark T. Madigan for 33 years. They have one daughter, Caithlin Tara Madigan, a 2011 graduate of Stanford University, who currently works for the Governor of New York.
Jocelyn Moore serves as the NFL's Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. In this capacity, she leads the league’s public policy and legislative agenda and coordinates closely with NFL clubs on local and salient legislative and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining the NFL, Jocelyn served as a Managing Director in The Glover Park Group’s Government Affairs Division and spent 15 years in the United States Senate, most recently as the Deputy Staff Director of the United States Senate Finance Committee. As a member of Senator Ron Wyden’s senior leadership team, Jocelyn advised on all issues before the Senate Finance Committee relating to taxes, health care, energy, human services, pensions, Social Security, transportation and trade. While at the Senate Finance Committee, she led efforts to enact the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Prior to joining the Senate Finance Committee, Jocelyn served as Senator Wyden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director and as Legislative Director for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. As Senator Rockefeller’s long-time health policy advisor, she led the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, helped write key portions of the Affordable Care Act, and led bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Jocelyn began her career in the office of Senator Zell Miller and later worked as a senior policy advisor to Senator Bob Graham.
Jocelyn is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters of Education.