Candice C. Jones, President & CEO
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.
Sarah Joy Albrecht, Program Analyst
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.
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.
Katayoon Majd, Program Director for Youth Justice
Since 2010, Katayoon 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, Katayoon 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, Katayoon 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.
Katayoon received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Stanford University.
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.
Jessica Rhau, Executive Assistant to President & CEO
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
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
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.