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Board of Directors

Learn more about the Stand for Children Leadership Center Board of Directors.

Stand for Children, Inc.

Emma Bloomberg, Chair
Chief of Staff, Robin Hood Foundation
Emma Bloomberg is the Chief of Staff at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City. In this role, she oversees governance and communication, and supports the President and C.O.O. in the development and execution of strategic initiatives and projects including Robin Hood’s efforts in public policy and advocacy, Relief and the Veterans Initiative.

Katherine Brittain Bradley
President, CityBridge Foundation
Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president and co-founder of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, DC.  Mrs. Bradley serves as a board member for America’s Promise Alliance, the KIPP Foundation, Fight for Children, the University of the District of Columbia, and Princeton University.  She also chairs the Washington regional board for Teach for America.  In the winter of 2010-2011, Mrs. Bradley co-chaired Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education transition team. 

Phil Handy
President and CEO, Strategic Industries
Phil Handy is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a portfolio of 18 companies in diversified service and manufacturing businesses.  All of the companies have been significantly restructured and taken to a global presence and enhanced profitability.  Phil is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, an Advisor to the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  Until January, 2007, he served for six years as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, a seven person board appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, which has constitutional responsibility for Florida’s public educational system (over 4 million students).

Eliza Leighton
Independent Consultant

Eliza Leighton is the co-founder of Stand for Children. In 2001, after five years of leadership with Stand, Eliza left Stand to attend Yale Law School. Upon graduation, she went to work for a legal services organization for Latino immigrants in Prince George's County, Maryland. Eliza now serves as an independent consultant.

Michael L. Lomax, Ph. D.
President and CEO, UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
Dr. Michael Lomax is president and chief executive officer of UNCF, the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. Before coming to UNCF, Michael was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at Morehouse and Spelman colleges. He also served as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta, the first African American elected to that post. Michael serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of African American History and Culture and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He founded the National Black Arts Festival.

Lisette Nieves
Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy, City University of New York at Brooklyn College

Lisette Nieves is currently the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Lisette is also serving as the National Director of Strategic Program Pilots for Year Up’s new Million Person Model strategy. Lisette was recently appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Lisette served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York. She currently sits on the boards of the Nation Institute and Fund for the City of New York and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton Advisory Council.

Don Washburn
Private Equity Investor
Don Washburn is a private equity investor who has held executive positions at Northwest Airlines, Inc.; the Marriott Corp.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to his involvement in Stand for Children, Don is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and non-profits, including the Portland Citizens' Commission on Homelessness, the Portland Citizens' Crime Commission, Northwestern University Law School, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Key Technology, Inc., and Amedisys, Inc.

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