Board of Trustees
Kannon Shanmugam, Chair
Mr. Shanmugam is a partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, specializing in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. He has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court. Washingtonian magazine recently selected him as one of the top lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court and also as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 practicing in Washington. Kannon earned his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and his M. Litt. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Jerome Epstein, Vice Chair
Mr. Epstein is a partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, DC office. He handles a wide array of commercial disputes for Fortune 500 companies, with particular emphasis on complex contract and fraud litigation. In 2007, Jerry was recognized by Legal Times as one of the ten Leading Business Litigation Lawyers in DC. He earned his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jocelyn Henderson, Treasurer
Jocelyn Henderson is Vice President of Corporate Audit Services at Graham Holdings Company, managing the internal audit function and several other compliance programs for the Company. She joined Graham Holdings (formerly The Washington Post Company) in 2005 as assistant controller. Prior to joining the Company, Henderson spent much of her professional career in Atlanta in related public accounting, audit and finance fields primarily with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. Henderson, a certified public accountant, graduated cum laude from Duke University with a BS in accounting and a BA in psychology.
Betty Jackson, Secretary
Ms. Jackson has been an employee of the Federal Transit Administration for over 20 years in the Office of Budget and Policy and the Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. She currently serves as the Workforce Development Program Manager. Ms. Jackson graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology and a 2nd Lieutenant Commission in the United States Army, from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Salisbury State University. In 1996, Ms. Jackson graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is currently seeking professional licensure within the District of Columbia.
Mr. Baffer is a Rear Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and serves as the Director of Acquisition Programs, where he manages a portfolio of new ships, boats, aircraft and computers in support of all Coast Guard missions. He holds a BSCE from the Coast Guard Academy, an MSCE from the Univ. of Illinois, an MBA from the Univ. of Massachusetts, an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT and an MS from the Marine Corps War College. He is a licensed professional engineer and a DHS certified level III acquisition professional.
Mr. Brown is Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Responsible Lending in their Washington, DC office. The Center for Responsible Lending is focused on policy research and advocacy to stop predatory lending practices. George’s distinguished 30-year career includes founding the Community Development Corporation and working for the District of Columbia Government and the United States Department of Housing and Development, as well as teaching courses at the University of the District of Columbia in the School of Business and Public Management. George is a graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Hale is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc. She is actively involved in the Institute’s efforts to create action and learning networks to improve outcomes for children and their families. She earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and her Ed. M. and MPA from Harvard University.
Ms. Pasley has over nine years of volunteer experience in D.C. public schools as well as in D.C. public charter schools. She has served as a Parent Partner, a liaison with school leadership, and has advocated for reading programs. She is currently pursuing a degree in Network Engineering. Ms. Pasley’s daughter, Chloe Pasley, is a 10th grader at Thurgood Marshall Academy.
Mr. Roe is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the director of its Street Law Clinic. In addition, Rick established and directs the D.C. Family Literacy Project, which helps incarcerated parents of young children to build their capacities to develop their children’s literacy, and the Georgetown Even Start Project, which works with homeless families. He earned his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Maine.
Mr. Rosenberg has over 20 years of experience as a lobbyist, Capitol Hill staffer and former congressional candidate. In 2010, he co-founded the bipartisan lobbying firm of Thorn Run Partners, which now has ten members. Throughout his career, Mr. Rosenberg has counseled a wide range of corporations, trade associations and non-profits on strategic matters involving public policy. Mr. Rosenberg received his bachelors of arts in History and Russian Studies from Amherst College, and obtained his masters degree in Urban and Environmental Planning, as well as his law degree, from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Stoel is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Hogan Lovells US LLP. He represents clients in the arbitration and litigation of international trade and investment disputes and with respect to international economic policy issues. In 2012, Jonathan was recognized as a “Rising Star Under 40,” International Trade by Law360.com. Mr. Stoel is a Washington, DC native and received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.