The Lever Fund's Board members represent a new kind of philanthropic leader - the leader who values innovation and authentic measurement of nonprofits' impact

Board of Directors

Patrice King Brickman

is Executive Director of the Scott and Patrice Brickman Family Foundation, and has served on several nonprofit boards both locally and nationally. While her primary passion has been centered on poverty and homelessness, Patrice also has been involved with nonprofits focused on education and the arts. She currently serves on the boards of CharityWorks, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Peer Health Exchange, and Wolf Trap. Patrice served for eight years on the board of the National Center for Children and Families, where she chaired the development committee, and for nine years on the board of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, where she chaired board governance.

Connie K. N. Chang

is an advisor, consultant, and public speaker for clients in government, academia, and the private sector, and the co-owner of a creative analytic design firm, Graphicacy, located in Washington, DC. She brings twenty years of program evaluation and leadership experience to the Board.

Matt Clyne

is the CEO and President of Direct Connect.  Headquartered in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect is an emerging leader in the financial technology industry. A Blue Diamond-award winning company, Direct Connect has been providing customized electronic payment processing to over 15,000 businesses across the United States since 1994.

Andre Collins

is Executive Director of the NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation. After 10 seasons in the NFL and prior to joining the NFLPA, Andre served as Head of the Emergency Registration Department at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Charlotte Fallon

has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in the professional services sector, most recently as a National Director of Marketing for Deloitte. Prior to that, Charlotte was the Marketing Director for Powell Goldstein, a law firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Children’s School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rosalyn Levy Jonas

Board Member Emerita, is a past president of the JCC of Greater Washington and was National Board Chair of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Maura O. Kahn

is Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, of Noxilizer, Inc. Previously, Maura was Senior Director of Marketing at MedImmune. She spent nine years at Eli Lilly in U.S. Diabetes Marketing, Sales Management, Business Development and Global New Product Planning.

Peter Kirsch

is Managing Partner, Blue Marlin Partners. He served as Managing Director of the Lever Fund during the organization’s start-up phase.

Tim Lee

is Managing Director of Empower Investments, where he identifies, selects, and manages a portfolio of investments in early-stage businesses. He is also a senior officer at CommuniClique, a late-stage voice software firm. Tim brings more than 15 years of experience providing successful entrepreneurs with strategic planning and financial advice to these roles. After beginning his career at Merrill Lynch, Tim became an entrepreneur himself when he co-founded and then successfully exited Monument Wealth Management, a private wealth management firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

John T. Monahan

is the Senior Advisor for Global Health and Engagement to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Public Policy and a Senior Scholar with its O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Over the course of his professional career, John has played senior leadership roles at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation; served as Counsel to U.S. Senator David Pryor; and held senior positions in multiple political campaigns, including President Clinton’s 1992 race.

Yanev Suissa

is the Founder of SineWave Ventures, a new fund focused on connecting Silicon Valley to the public sector. Prior to founding SineWave, Yanev was an investor at New Enterprise Associates in their Washington, DC, office. Yanev serves on the Technology Advisory Board for NJIT and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, as well as on the boards of NYCVC, a group dedicated to building relationships among the next generation of New York venture capitalists, and Generation Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens.

Founders

Ann Marie Habershaw

is the Chief Operating Officer of Bully Pulpit Technologies. Previously, Ann Marie served as the Chief Operating Officer of Obama for America and as Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Gary Jonas

(1945-2014) believed that together we could be a force for good in our community. He was CEO of Strategic Planning Advisors, and was the first Managing Partner of Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington, DC, where he hired the leadership team and executed an analysis of potential investments. He touched each of us, sharing with us his passion and commitment, and making us think boldly about how we could have the greatest impact. We miss him greatly and we will not forget him as we carry on the fight.

Jeannette O’Connor

President of Woodside Park Strategies, is a communications and advocacy consultant who specializes in strategic communications and campaign planning for nonprofits and foundations. Jeannette has held leadership positions at GMMB and the Children’s Defense Fund.

Nathaniel Pearlman

is the Founder of NGP VAN, Inc., and Founder and President of Graphicacy. Nathaniel is an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully led a number of businesses in the Washington, DC, region, including NGP Software (now NGP VAN), the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations. He is currently the President of Graphicacy, a firm that tells stories with graphics.

Mark Swartz

is the Lever Fund's part-time Managing Director. Mark is also a writer and communicator who helps nonprofit organizations tell their stories. He previously served as Senior Manager of Communications of the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City.