Here's what LeaderBridge Alumni are up to!

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September 23, 2022

Two LeaderBridge Alumni Selected for Prestigious LGW Signature Program

Two LeaderBridge alumni, Yasmine Arrington, Founder and Executive Director of ScholarCHIPS and Rebecca Lemos Otero, Founder of CityBlossoms and Executive Director of HumanitiesDC were selected to participate in Leadership Greater Washington’s 2023 Signature Programs. Congratulations to Yasmine and Rebecca – two long-time nonprofit champions of the Washington, DC community!

Yasmine Arrington & Rebecca Lemos Otero

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July 15, 2022

Amalia Lopez Promoted to Deputy Director of Girls on the Run Montgomery County

Amalia Lopez was promoted to Deputy Director of Girls on the Run of Montgomery County after working as their Director of Operations for three years. She has been with Girls on the Run for eight years.
LeaderBridge alum Amalia completed Leadership Greater Washington’s Rising Leaders program in 2018. Congratulations on your promotion, Amalia!

Amalia Lopez

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July 1, 2022

Alycia Chuney Starts at Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families

Since completing the Emerging Leaders program in 2020, LeaderBridge alumna Alycia Chuney has accepted a new position as the Project Director at Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families. Congratulations on the new role, Alycia! Learn more and connect with Alycia on LinkedIn here.

Alycia Chuney

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May 4, 2022

Dani Faulkner Steps Into Senior Role

LeaderBridge alum, Dani Faulkner was promoted to Senior Director of Development at Baltimore Corps recently! Dani completed the CPNL spring cohort program in April 2022.

Dani Faulkner

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August 7, 2022

Janaiha Bennett featured in The Washington Post

Congratulations to LeaderBridge alum Janaiha Bennett, Executive Director of the Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF), which was featured in the Washington Post article “Summer programs help area students, educators with learning loss” (8/7/22). YLF’s summer program teaches core curriculums and offers one-on-one mentoring. “The mentorship is the bread and butter of YLF,” said Janaiha Bennett, the foundation’s executive director. “We realize the importance of the individual — that everyone’s story is different, everyone’s needs are different.” Janaiha has worked at YLF for ten years and was promoted to Executive Director in 2018, after completing Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. Link:

Janaiha Bennett

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July 12, 2022

Nora Morales Appointed to Montgomery County’s Early Care and Education Coordinating Entity

Nora Morales, Program Director at Identity, Inc., was recently appointed by the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Marc Elrich to serve on the Coordinating Board for the new Early Care and Education Coordinating Entity. The ECECE will work to ensure that high-quality, affordable early childcare programs are available in Montgomery County. LeaderBridge alum Nora completed the Inspire Leadership School’s Public Narrative Training in Spring 2022. Learn more about Nora’s experience in Public Narrative at

Nora Morales

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May 18, 2022

Daniela Hurtado Presents at National Main Street Conference

Daniela Hurtado, Director of Operations and Programs at La Cocina VA, presented a session on powerful cross-sector partnerships at the National Main Street Conference in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of the conference was celebrating community resilience. LeaderBridge alum Daniela completed the LGW Rising Leaders Program in 2018 and the CPNL certificate program in 2019.

Daniela Hurtado

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April 20, 2022

#AskHer Interview Featured Diana Ortiz

LeaderBridge alum Diana Ortiz shared many insightful tips for nonprofit leaders and teams in conversation with C. Marie Taylor of Equity Through Action and Jackie Lendsey, Interim Executive Director of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation on April 20th. Watch a recording of the webinar here. Diana completed the CPNL summer 2020 cohort, the Catalogue for Philanthropy ED Cohort program, and the Positive Intelligence Program.

Diana Ortiz

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August 5, 2022

Patrice Sulton Honored by the National Bar Association

The National Bar Association awarded Patrice Sulton with the
Nation’s Best Advocates award at this year’s annual convention in Memphis. Patrice is the Executive Director of DC Justice Lab, an organization she founded to
fully transform the District’s approach to public safety. New LeaderBridge alum Patrice completed the Positive Intelligence program with the summer 2022 cohort. Congratulations on this honor, Patrice!

Patrice Sulton

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July 8, 2022

Joseph Hooks accepts a position at LAYC of Montgomery County!

This summer, LeaderBridge alum, Joseph Hooks has accepted a new position at Latin American Youth Center as the Managing Director of Montgomery County. Congratulations on the new role, Joe!.
Joe completed the Leadership Greater Washington Rising Leaders Program in July 2022. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn at:

Joseph Hooks

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May 12, 2022

Daon McClarin Johnson Presents At Mentoring Summit

LeaderBridge alum, Daon McClarin Johnson (CPNL, 2017) presented at the Mentoring Matters Summit of Tennessee in May. Learn more about his organization, MENTOR Maryland here.

Daon McClarin Johnson

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April 19, 2022

Jhae Thompson Launches The Coaching Annex

LeaderBridge alumna Jhae Thompson launched her own company, The Coaching Annex, a boutique coaching agency which works with individuals to help them align their reality with their goals. The Coaching Annex provides individuals with personalized, targeted, and integrative coaching services to establish balance and find solutions.

Jhae Thompson


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