2016-2017 Board of Directors
Robin Salomon, Board Chair
President, Skyline LLC
Robin is a developer of multi-family rental housing, with interests in roughly 4,800 units located in nine states and Puerto Rico. He started his career as a corporate lending officer at Irving Trust Company in New York, and subsequently worked as executive assistant to the former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Mr. Salomon currently serves on or has served on a variety of non-profit boards. He is Interim Chair of Community Bridges in Silver Spring, Maryland, which provides services to at-risk girls. Mr. Salomon is a board member and past Chairman of Pyramid Atlantic, an arts non-profit in Hyattsville, Maryland. He is also the board of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He was Treasurer of Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture located in Glen Echo Maryland. Mr. Salomon is a graduate of Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Lori Rounds, Board Secretary
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Montgomery College
Lori is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at Montgomery College. In this role, Lori provides leadership for all IT campus management related support and services. She recently served as Chair of the College’s Administrator Governance Council, and as Co-Chair of the Academic Master Plan Steering Committee on Excellence. Her career in IT spans several decades and includes work in corporate, K-12 and higher education arenas. She joined the Community Bridges Board in 2016. She has served on several other boards in the past, including Chair of the Maryland Community College Technology Advisory Board and the Maryland Education Enterprise Council. Lori is a graduate of MCPS (Magruder), the University of Maryland, College Park (B.A., Art History), California Lutheran University (B.S., Computer Science) and Virginia Tech (M.A., Instructional Technology). Her hobbies include painting and fitness, and her travels have taken her to all seven continents.
Lori has a keen interest in helping to develop young girls into confident, healthy and empowered future leaders. She strives to inspire young girls to consider careers in STEM.
Shannon Billings, Board Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff at American Council of Young Political Leaders
Shannon has more than two decades of experience working with nonprofit civic engagement and political organizations including the Alliance for Justice, the Sierra Club and EMILY’s List. A life-long resident of Montgomery County, she is delighted to be a member of the Community Bridges board and support the organizations’s efforts to empower girls and young women in our community. Shannon resides in Silver Spring with her husband. She and her two children are graduates of Einstein High School in Kensington.
Partner, Alexion Fischer LLC
Alicia is a management and fundraising consultant serving the association, nonprofit and political communities. Alicia’s career includes executive counsel and strategic decision-making for a wide range of organizations, along with nonprofit financial management, fundraising assessments and planning, board and staff recruitment and training, major donor fundraising, event management, and nonprofit and political compliance. Prior to her current consulting role, Alicia served as Executive Vice President of the Trust for the National Mall, where she managed a $6 million annual operating budget and led the senior management team in development, communications, special events and daily operations of the Trust in its historic $350 million campaign to restore the National Mall.
Alicia earned her MBA from George Washington University and is a proud graduate of Penn State, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She resides in Bethesda with her husband, Ed Krauze, and her two sons.
Owner, Capizzi Designs
Cara is owner and creative director of Capizzi Designs, an independent graphic design studio working with associations, non-profits and large and small businesses. Prior to launching her business full time in 2015, Cara worked as a senior designer at Abt Associates and several design studios in the area focusing on branding and marketing collateral. Cara is a native of Baltimore, MD and settled in Washington, D.C. after earning a BA in graphic design from American University.
Coming from a family of teachers, Cara believes that with the right support and guidance all children and youth have an opportunity to succeed and become healthy, productive adults who contribute to society. She also volunteers with Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a non-profit that provide a safe and productive space for children to experience play while living in homeless and transitional shelters in D.C.
Alicia Criado Hampshire
Regional Strategist, Office of Community Affairs, CFPB
Alicia is a Regional Strategist for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Prior to joining the CFPB, Alicia was with National Council of La Raza. She is the author of a report, Now Hiring: Latinos and the Job Creation Policies in the South Atlantic, which analyzes the impact of state job creation policies in the South Atlantic region on the local Latino workforce, and contributes to the production of NCLR’s Monthly Latino Employment Report that serves as a vital resource to help policymakers and press understand Latino labor force trends and emerging policy proposals. Prior to joining NCLR, Alicia was a Labor and Education Specialist at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (UC Berkeley Labor Center). In that role, she served as a co-facilitator, recruiter, and program evaluator for the California Lead Organizers Institute (CLOI) and oversaw the production of CLOI’s training manual for lead organizers. Alicia has also worked as a research assistant at the Center for American Progress; as an organizer for both the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Service Employees International Union; and as a community development specialist in Honduras with the Peace Corps.
During 2011-2012, Alicia was a fellow in the inaugural Leadership Institute class at the Center for American Progress. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a native of San Diego, California.
Account Supervisor, District Communications Group
Dana is an Account Supervisor for The DC Group bringing more than five years of experience leading public affairs initiatives for private sector clients in the Washington, DC, region. She currently supports external and internal strategic communications efforts for the VA Learning University (VALU).
Prior to joining The DC Group, Dana served as the Public Affairs Director for Chesapeake Public Strategies. She developed and implemented communications strategies for Walmart, Costco, Comcast, T-Mobile, Barwood Taxi, and several other clients throughout the Washington, DC, area. Dana’s expertise in traditional and digital communications advocacy cultivated positive buy-in from local elected officials, community members, and key stakeholders. Dana’s notable work also includes managing a large, multi-faceted community outreach campaign for Clarksburg Premium Outlets®, which was recognized nationally by the MarCom Awards and received high honors by Public Relations Society of America’s Maryland Chapter, “Best in Maryland.”
Before joining Chesapeake, Dana worked in public relations for the Airport Council International and Comcast Cable Communications. Dana is a Communications graduate from the University of Maryland. She is also very involved the in local community and is a member of several professional associations.
Senior Business Associate, United Solutions
Jennifer provides operational leadership for United Solutions, a technology company providing thought leadership, superior consulting services, and innovative technologies to help transform and modernize government agencies, non-profit organizations, and commercial enterprises.
Jennifer has a strong passion for her community at-large and advocates for the betterment of women and girls. She is the 1st Vice-President of Programs for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince George’s County, volunteers as a mentor for Girls in Technology and supports the House of Ruth Counseling Center in Maryland.
Edward (Ted) Geier
Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Ted joined the board of Community Bridges is 2014. He brings to the board skills having served on the boards of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Washington Episcopal School, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is currently on the board of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. He has an MBA from George Washington University. Ted is married, has three daughters and says he sees in Community Bridges an empowerment and leadership curriculum invaluable for today’s young women.
Sharon Gleason, CFRE, ACFRE
Executive Vice President of Financial Development and Communications, Armed Services YMCA of the USA
Sharon is the Executive Vice President of Financial Development and Communications and part of the executive leadership team for the Armed Services YMCA of the USA, a $25 million organization that serves the basic needs of junior enlisted military families at 59 major Department of Defense installations. She is a nonprofit senior executive with a 25 year track record of creating, leading and growing nonprofits and is internationally recognized as a change agent and for forging innovative cross-sector strategic partnerships with corporations, governments, foundations, philanthropists and nonprofits. Sharon has worked for and served in senior executive positions for the National Council on Aging, Girl Scouts, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Federation of American Scientists, City of Hope National Medical Center/National Cancer Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker’s National Commission on Public Service. In the past decade, she has more than doubled the philanthropic income of several organizations she has worked for.
Sharon created and Chaired Herndon Voices, a Political Action Committee, which elected the town’s first female Mayor and most diverse Town Council since Herndon founding in 1858. She serves as the Audit & Grievance Chair of the CFRE International Board of Directors, where she is serving her second, internationally elected, term as a board member. She also serves on the following AFP International Board Committees, Government Affairs, Finance, Marketing & Communications. She has served on the Fairfax Democrats Finance Committee and as a grassroots volunteer for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012. Sharon earned her M.Ed. in Psychology from Harvard, a M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics, and a B.A., Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
Associate at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Maryam joined the Community Bridges board in 2012. As someone very committed to serving the needs of children, Maryam is passionate about Community Bridges’ mission. She is an Associate at the Washington office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. where she practices Environmental Transactional law. Maryam focuses her pro bono legal work on family law and children’s rights issues.
Program Officer, Social Innovation Fund (SIF)
Kimberly is a Program Officer with the Social Innovation Fund, which is a unique Federal Government program with the goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people. The SIF is housed within the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is the home of the AmeriCorps programs.
Prior to joining the Corporation for National and Community Service, Kimberly spent 15 years working at various non-profit organizations. She is a strong advocate of public service; she spent three years in Senegal with the Peace Corps and also served as an AmeriCorps member with Hands On Atlanta.
Retired Federal Government Attorney
Mier is a retired federal government attorney. He is a long time volunteer for a number of County organizations. He is the former Mayor of the Town of Chevy Chase for 9 years and served for 24 years on the Town Council. He also serves on the board of The Writer’s Center, which he chaired, Roundhouse Theatre, CareerCatchers, and the Pyramid-Atlantic in Hyattsville. Mier has also served on the boards or committees of the western area recreation board, Chevy Chase Recreation Association(CCRA), the 1990 Bethesda Sector Plan committee, the Georgetown Branch committee for opening the trail from Silver Spring to Bethesda, the B-CC High School Foundation and the County Sister Cities program. He learned about Community Bridges when Sister Cities took several of their girls and Ana Van Bulen, former director, to El Salvador several years ago where we were creating a partnership with our county. Mier has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from St. John’s University.
Christina Taylor Serrano
President & CEO, TaylorMade Experience
Christina Taylor Serrano is President & CEO of TaylorMade Experience, an event management, strategic planning and fundraising firm she founded in 2008. With more than a decade of experience and a track record of creating value for her non-profit and for-profit clients, Christina is addicted to helping companies succeed. She has a history of producing winning strategies and proposals and has raised millions of dollars through corporate sponsorships and fundraising events. With each gala, conference, golf tournament, celebration and event, she’s patterned it to perfection, drawing on her expertise, energy and high standards. Christina believes every event deserves the same enthusiasm and professionalism, regardless of size and/or budget. For all of TME’s clients, Christina identifies and embraces new challenges and opportunities which lead them to higher performance levels and greater visibility.
When not running to and fro, Christina also volunteers for organizations she’s passionate about, including Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club DC, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and previously was an advisory board member at Dress for Success, DC. To support other women owned businesses, Christina and TME have partnered with Her Corner in the Commit to Grow program which strengthens, encourages and awards female entrepreneurs.
Christina lives with her husband and daughter in Silver Spring, MD.
After-School Activities Coordinator, Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Alicia Escoto is an after-school activities coordinator for high school students with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. She joined Community Bridges in 2014 through their High School Mentoring Program and has been a mentor with the program since. She brings to the board experience in working hands-on with youth ages 14 through 18 from all across the County. Alicia also has a background in media relations, public communication, business-to-business marketing, and nonprofit marketing. Prior to working for Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation, Alicia worked in the County’s Office of Public Information, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and a specialized financial publications firm.
Alicia graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Communications, as a social and behavioral science, and Spanish Language, Culture and Business. She has a passion for working in her community and helping youth to develop into strong, confident and empowered young adults.