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The Team

National Board

Jeff David

COO Method Co and Founder of Jeff David Hospitality

Lisa Wise

CEO, Chief Flockster

André Robert Lee

Director • Producer • Keynote Speaker • Teacher

Jonathan McNair

Deputy Chief of Staff to Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie at Council of the District of Columbia

Marla M. Dean, Ed.D

Board Chair. Servant. Advocate. Innovator. Dean's List Consulting.

Pavan Khoobchandani

General Counsel & Secretary

Community Advisors

Terinee Bonds

Realtor, Keller Williams

Rhonda M. Anderson

Founder, Anderson Law Group


CEO and Founder, Principals with Principles, LLC


Founder, CEO : Moya Design Partners


President, Building Bridges Across the River

Asila Calhoun

Calhoun Coaching & Consulting

Torrence S. Traynham

President + Chief Talent Officer: D9 Resume Exchange

Ruby Taylor

Founder: Legacy! Card Game & Financial Joy School

Kayla Baker

Founder and Principal, Ryse Local Ventures

Lateefah Durant

Vice President of Innovation at CityWorks DC


President, CEO : Latin American Youth Center

Dr. Julie Lopez

Founder of Viva Partnership

Alicia Sokol

Owner: barre3


Executive Director : District Alliance for Safe Housing


Project Manager on the Real Estate Team at Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Frederick Hill

The Hill Group


CEO : Expecting Health

Larry Waddell

EVP Digital Marketing at Seer interactive


Managing Director : The Community Foundation


Community Advocate

Natalie Dallard

Director of the Evidence Based Practice and Innovation Center at Community Behavioral Health

LaToya Fowler

Realtor, Keller Williams Elite


Co-owner : Creative Grounds DC


Founder, 2Gether-International


Development Director for the Washington Area Office at United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Tatiana Torres

VP of Public Affairs at SKDKnickerbocker

Harrison Beacher

Managing Partner, Coalition Properties Group, Keller Williams Capital Properties

Ayesha M. Hudson

Chief Executive Officer of A-Peace, LLC,


Senior Director of Business Operations, Shared Support, Inc.

Stacie Whisonant

Equitable Financial Innovator

Greg Reaves

Founder and co-owner of Mosaic Development

The Team

Lydia La Motta

Director of Engagement

Grace Langham

President, Flock DC

Steph Toler

Vice President of Operations, Birdwatch

Benjamin Cyprien

Finance Specialist

Veronica Vivas

Chief People Officer

Chelsey Kelly

Vice President, Roost

Jennifer Green

Vice President, Nest

Leslie Case

Executive Director

We are proud to partner with Flock and welcome birdSEED into the Greater Washington Community Foundation family. This program comes at a time when our region, and our nation, is reckoning with its past and searching for solutions to address the history of discriminatory policies that Black and Brown folks have endured in our communities. We look forward to working with our community to grow the seed of this work to a scale that matches the disparities we see and the aspirations we share for a racially equitable and just region.

Tonia Wellons - President + CEO, The Greater Washington Community Foundation


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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