Staff

Seated (from left): Diane Camper, Phillipa Taylor, Mary McClymont, Robert Shull, and Ana Yáñez-Correa. Standing (from left): Josh Perry, Ellen Gordon (until 2/26/16), Alyssa Piccirilli, Ivana Busuttil (until 6/7/17), Katayoon Majd, Margaret Fitzgerald (until 4/28/17), Sarah Joy Albrecht, and Maria-Veronica Banks. Not pictured: Kaitlin Heinz, Derek Johnson, & Precious Thompson.

 

Mary E. McClymont, President & CEO

Ms. McClymont serves as president and chief executive officer of the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, a national private grantmaking foundation working  to advance justice and opportunity for people in need.  She is also a board member ex-officio.  Previously, she served as executive director of Global Rights, an international human rights capacity-building organization; and as president and chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.  She also held various executive positions at the Ford Foundation, including vice president of the Peace and Social Justice Program.

Earlier in her career, Ms. McClymont served as the national director for legalization of the Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Catholic Conference; as senior staff counsel for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union; as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and as assistant director for corrections of the National Street Law Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Currently, she serves on the board and executive committee of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She is the co-founder of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She is a member of The New Perimeter Advisory Board, a global pro bono program of the DLA Piper law firm. She was the chair of the board of the Migration Policy Institute; and served on the boards of, among others, Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Advisory Committee of Elma Philanthropies Services and the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, USAID. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the District of Columbia bar.

Ms. McClymont has an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sarah Joy Albrecht, Program Analyst

Sarah Joy joined the Foundation in 2011 as a Program Analyst, providing research and support for the Program Directors.  Most recently, she served as the Manager of Human Resources and Administration at Global Rights.  She previously coordinated a Leadership Development Program for the Sierra Club and was the Legislative and Policy Associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity.
Maria-Veronica Banks, Grants Manager

Maria-Veronica came to the Foundation in 2014 as the Grants Manager and is responsible for tracking grant-making activities and distributing grants. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked with the International Youth Foundation where she produced legal agreements and tracked the successful completion of grants in 86 countries. She also has experience in business development, having worked on various proposals for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense.
Diane Camper, Communications Officer

A former Assistant Editorial Page Editor at The Baltimore Sun and former Editorial Board member at The New York Times, Diane has been Communications Officer at the Public Welfare Foundation since 2008. Between writing editorials for the Times and the Sun on education, child welfare, criminal and juvenile justice, and other social welfare issues, Diane served as Public Affairs Manager and Senior Fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has also been a Washington bureau correspondent for Newsweek.
Kaitlin Heinz, Controller

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.

Derek Johnson, Program Assistant

Derek joined the Foundation in 2017 as the Program Assistant, providing a broad range of support across the Foundation’s core program areas. Previously, he served as Executive Coordinator for the Executive Office at the Center for Community Change, where he also developed his passion for the issues of criminal justice, youth justice, and workers’ rights. Before that, he worked as a paraprofessional teaching English as a second language for grades K-5.

Katayoon Majd, Program Director for Youth Justice

Since 2010, Ms. Majd has been the Public Welfare Foundation’s Program Director for Youth Justice, running a grant-making portfolio focused on ending the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth nationwide.

Her career has centered on advocating for the rights of youth – in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Majd worked as a senior staff attorney at the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she helped coordinate a national initiative to ensure fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in delinquency courts. She has also worked as a staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, representing youth as a guardian ad litem in child welfare cases. And, as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, her work focused on racial equity issues in California’s public education system.

In 2012, Ms. Majd was appointed to the advisory committee of the National Girls Institute, a project of the federal Office of Youth Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She has also taught courses as an adjunct faculty member at Howard University School of Law and Washington College of Law at American University. In 2000, she was awarded a two-year New Voices Fellowship, a leadership development program for the nonprofit sector.

Ms. Majd received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Stanford University.

Josh Perry, Executive Assistant to the President

Josh serves as the Executive Assistant to the President and liaison to the Board of Directors. He joined the Foundation in 2012 as Administrative Associate, his first major position after graduating from college. In 2014, he served as Program Assistant, providing administrative and management assistance to the program staff. Previously, he worked as a Guest Services Associate at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and as a summer intern providing administrative support to the nonprofit Africa Faith and Justice Network in Washington, DC.
Alyssa Piccirilli, Director of Administration

After starting at the Foundation as the Receptionist-Administrative Assistant in 2010, Alyssa became the Administrative Associate in 2011, the Manager of Administration in 2012, and the Director of Administration in 2017. In that capacity, she manages human resources and oversees office operations, including preparation of the Foundation’s annual budget. She also manages the Foundation’s space rental program and helps with facilities management.
Robert Shull, Program Director for Workers' Rights

Since 2008, Mr. Shull 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, Mr. Shull 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, Mr. Shull 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, Mr. Shull 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, Mr. Shull 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.

Mr. Shull received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Phillipa Taylor, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

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.
Precious Thompson, Management Associate

Precious joined the Foundation in 2017 as the Management Associate, her first major position after graduating from college. She coordinates the Foundation’s space rental program and provides overall administrative support. Previously, she worked as a supervisor at the multi-purpose athletics facility at the University of Maryland and served as an intern at the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project and at Faces & Voices of Recovery in Washington, DC.

Ana Yáñez-Correa, Program Director for Criminal Justice

Dr. Yáñez-Correa joined the Foundation as Criminal Justice Program Director in November, 2015 to run a grant-making portfolio focused on ending over-incarceration through sentencing reform, particularly in the states.

Before coming to the Foundation, Dr. Yáñez-Correa served as executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing smart justice policies to safely reduce high incarceration rates in the state. During her 10-year tenure at TCJC, Dr. Yáñez-Correa led a team of policy analysts and attorneys that helped to advance more than 150 smart-on-crime bills, and helped to close three adult corrections facilities and nine youth facilities in the state without compromising public safety. Throughout her time at TCJC, Dr. Yáñez-Correa successfully built relationships with a wide range of coalition partners, including criminal justice practitioners, law enforcement groups, civil rights organizations, and other community members.

Prior to leading TCJC, Dr. Yáñez-Correa served as policy director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Texas and as chief of staff for a Texas State Representative, focusing on criminal justice-related policies.

Dr. Yáñez-Correa was formally honored by the Texas Legislature in 2007, and she has received numerous other awards, including a Women of Distinction Award from the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and the Pacesetter Award from the Texas State Conference of NAACP branches.

She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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