Sarah Joy Albrecht, Program Analyst

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Sarah Joy joined the Foundation in 2011 as a Program Analyst, providing research, writing, and strategic support for the Foundation’s grantmaking.  She previously served as the Manager of Human Resources and Administration at Global Rights, coordinated a Leadership Development Program for the Sierra Club, and was the Legislative and Policy Associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity.

John Bae, Program Director for Criminal Justice

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John Bae joined Public Welfare as its Criminal Justice Program Director in 2019.

Previously, he served as an advisor for the Art for Justice Fund, a five-year grantmaking initiative to reduce mass incarceration launched by Agnes Gund and implemented by the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Prior to joining the Art for Justice Fund, John was with the Vera Institute of Justice, where he was part of the team that launched Vera’s national public housing project. He also led technical assistance to Second Chance Pell sites; facilitated the evaluation design of Renewing Communities in California; and provided technical assistance to the New York City Housing Authority to increase public housing access for formerly incarcerated people. Before Vera, John was with the College Initiative, where he led a team to provide resources and supports for justice-involved college students.

John is a native New Yorker. He holds a BA and an MA in criminal justice from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and was an adjunct faculty member at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Mary Cousins, Director of Administration

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Mary joined the Foundation in 2019 as the Director or Administration and is responsible for human resources, office operations and facilities.  Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Administration for the National Housing Conference, a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to helping ensure that all Americans have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing.  She is a long-time volunteer at Community Club, a local tutoring program in downtown DC.  Mary is a native of western New York and received an MPA from the University of Delaware specializing in nonprofit management.   

Jina Freiberg, Grants Manager

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Jina joined the Foundation in 2018 as the Grants Manager and is responsible for tracking grantmaking activities and distributing grants. Most recently, she worked for the City of Falls Church, VA, where she was responsible for managing state and federal grants for transportation and infrastructure projects. Before locating to the Washington, D.C., area, she worked in New York, NY, where she served as the grants administrator and assistant program officer for the Leon Levy Foundation, and she worked in fundraising for the 92nd Street Y and Girls Inc. She received her B.S. from Syracuse University.

Kaitlin Heinz, Controller

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Kaitlin serves as Controller, with primary responsibility for the Foundation’s accounting function. In 2016, she served as the Manager of Accounting. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the Center for American Progress as the Assistant Controller, and she worked previously as an outsourced accountant for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. Kaitlin is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia.

Candice C. Jones, President & CEO

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Candice joined the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC as its President and CEO in 2017. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization that focuses on gun violence in Chicago. In that role, she worked on securing greater investments for violence intervention programs as an alternative to the criminal justice system.  

Prior to her work with Chicago CRED, she served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet level state agency where she supervised operations, programming, budget matters, and communications. During her tenure, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody.

She also served as a White House Fellow, managing a portfolio within the U.S. Department of Education that included developing education strategies for correctional institutions and shepherding a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody.

Earlier in her career, Candice served as a program officer with the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and on improving the quality of defense for indigent youth.

She currently serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a Chicago-based civil legal service organization.

Candice received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Galit Lipa, Program Director for Youth Justice

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Galit Lipa joined Public Welfare as its Youth Justice Program Director in 2019.

Most recently Galit was a supervising lawyer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. While there she represented people accused of serious felonies including numerous children being tried as adults. Galit was also responsible for supervising and training newer attorneys at the agency. Prior to her work at the Public Defender Service Galit was one of the original lawyers at the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School where she engaged in a multi-pronged campaign to change California’s punitive three strikes law. Her responsibilities included selecting cases for litigation, partnering with community organizations to promote change through the political process, and developing a media strategy. Galit concluded her time at Stanford by serving as Director of the law school’s Criminal Defense Clinic.

Galit started her career as a lawyer at Georgetown University Law Center’s Prettyman Fellowship Program where she tried numerous juvenile cases. She also taught and supervised law students in Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Galit has her B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Alise Marshall, Director of Strategy and New Ventures

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Alise joined the Public Welfare Foundation as Director of Strategy and New Ventures in 2018 to identify new levers for impact and build cross-sector collaborations for social change.

Alise has dedicated her career to advocating for opportunity for people in need and leading system reform for transformative change. Prior to joining Public Welfare, Alise served as Senior Manager for Economic Opportunity at Walmart Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion portfolio, among others. In that role she led the strategic design and management of a combined $10 million philanthropic portfolio dedicated to accelerating impact for new majority communities (people of color, the LGBTQIA community, individuals with disabilities, and women and girls).

Prior to joining Walmart Foundation, Marshall spent six years in the Obama administration. She last served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education where she managed the development of the Department’s strategic plan and led efforts to create transformative impact in low/moderate income communities. Marshall was on the launch team for the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Federal Task Force and managed its policy apparatus, designing solutions to expand access to opportunity for and address barriers experienced by boys and young men of color. She also led the administration’s Rethink Discipline effort to encourage more effective policies to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and served on the Second Chance Pell selection committee providing Pell Grants to incarcerated students.

Alise is a native of Shelbyville, KY and received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky.

Jessica Rhau, Executive Assistant to President & CEO

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Jessica joined the Foundation in 2018 with an extensive background in cross-sector collaboration and organizational development. Most recently, she supported initiatives at the American Society of Hematology to improve the quality of care provided to patients nationally and globally affected by blood diseases.

Previously, she served as the special assistant to the international president of the Service Employees International Union supporting the president’s partnerships and alliances in preserving affordable health care, increasing minimum wage, immigration reform, and improving industry standards for those working in health care, property services, and the public service sector. Jessica also spent several years as a community organizer working on voting rights, housing justice, women’s rights, and health care reform issues.  She has worked on local, state, and national political campaigns, including the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.  

A native of Chicago, IL, Jessica is the proud daughter of immigrants. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Robert Shull, Program Director for Workers’ Rights

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Since 2008, Bob has been the Public Welfare Foundation’s Program Director for Workers’ Rights, running a grant-making portfolio aimed at improving working conditions for low-wage workers.

An experienced advocate for systemic reform, consumer protection and good government at the national, state, and local levels, Bob served previously as deputy director for Auto Safety and Regulatory Policy at Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy organization. His portfolio there included auto and truck safety, and fuel economy. Prior to his work at Public Citizen, Bob served as director of regulatory policy at OMB Watch, where he built and led a coalition of labor, green, consumer, faith-based, and human needs groups in major legislative advocacy campaigns.

While at Public Citizen and OMB Watch, Bob testified on regulatory process and science policy issues before Congressional committees, state and local government hearings, and the National Academies of Sciences. He has also commented on good government and consumer issues in a variety of media outlets, including National Public Radio, CNBC, Congressional Quarterly and Rolling Stone.

Currently, Bob serves as co-chair of the Funders for a Just Economy, a grantmaker network housed at the Neighborhood Funders Group. He is also on the steering committee of the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force (GIST), a funder affinity group focused on poverty and economic opportunity.

Bob received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Phillipa Taylor, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

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Phillipa came to the Foundation in 2000 as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, with oversight responsibility for all financial and administrative operations. She supervises human resources, grants management, investments, information technology, and facilities management, including the space rental program. Phillipa previously served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Council on Foundations, which serves nearly 2,000 institutional members and as Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Cooperative Housing Foundation, the non-profit government contractor. She has also held management-level positions with other non-profit organizations, a regional public accounting firm and the state of Maryland. Phillipa is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Maryland.

Zakiyah Williams, Events Manager

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Zakiyah joined Public Welfare Foundation in 2018 with a background in event management, communications and development. Most recently, she worked for Sasha Bruce Youthwork supporting efforts to improve the lives of at risk and homeless youth in the District of Columbia. Zakiyah is passionate about helping underserved populations work together to better themselves and their surrounding communities. As an active volunteer she works to support efforts around education, healthcare, women’s rights and young people. Zakiyah is a California native and received her B.A. from Howard University.

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