Our Board of Directors

Our board members have deep and longstanding ties to the Capitol Hill community. All serve on a volunteer basis.

Sharon Ambrose served as Ward 6 Councilmember from 1997 until her retirement in 2007. She has lived on Capitol Hill since 1969.

Nicky Cymrot, our president emeritus, also heads the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. She has been engaged in residential and commercial real estate investment, construction and management on Capitol Hill for more than thirty years.

David Dantzic is a relative newcomer to the Hill where he has lived since 2007. He is a partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP specializing in corporate transactions and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as outside general counsel to Charter Board Partners.

John Franzén, our foundation vice president, ran a political media consulting business on Capitol Hill for three decades and served for five years as senior communications officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. A resident of the neighborhood since 1973, he is the founding chairman of the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project.

Rosemary Berkley Freeman, our foundation secretary, is a public affairs consultant and former principal at the law firm of DLA Piper. She has worked in the media, as press secretary to a congressman and a governor, and as a communications advisor to businesses and non-profits.

Brian Hanlon is a third generation Washingtonian and has lived on the Hill with his wife and children since 2005. He is Vice President of Brailsford & Dunlavey, a world class planning and program management firm.  He served as Director of the Department of General Services during the Gray administration and prior to that practiced architecture, planning, and economics for 22 years. He has deep expertise in architecture, business planning, and facility management.

Guy Martin, our foundation president, has been an active member of our community for more than thirty years, heading fundraising efforts for Peabody School, Capitol Hill Day School and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. A former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, he is now a partner at Perkins Coie.

Donna Scheeder is Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress and is a widely respected expert on libraries and information systems. A longtime Capitol Hill resident, she has served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and since 2004 has served as Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.

Jennifer Smith is Senior Director of Program Growth in Flamboyan Foundation's DC office. Her work focuses on sustainability of the Foundation's current programs, coaching and support for nine partner schools, and scaffolding long-term program growth.

Hal Wackman, our foundation treasurer, was a division leader for industrial, energy and infrastructure projects during his 28 years at the World Bank. He worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe and served as Country Director in Kenya. He now consults for the World Bank and sits on a number of non-profit boards.

Bonny Wolf is a Capitol Hill writer and editor. She was chief speechwriter for former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and does commentaries now for National Public Radio.

Cathie Woteki is Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture's Research, Education, and Economics mission area, as well as the Department's Chief Scientist. Cathie is a long-time resident of the Capitol Hill community.