The Lever Fund's Board members are committed to fighting poverty in the DMV through the power of nonprofit innovation and collective philanthropy.

Board of Directors

Chike Aguh

currently serves as a Principal at Inncuvate, an innovation consultancy and venture studio dedicated to generating the next wave of innovation businesses, particularly in communities that need them most.  Before Inncuvate, Chike most recently served as CEO of EveryoneOn, a national social enterprise, that has connected over 500,000 low-income Americans in 48 states to affordable internet, computers and digital skills. He is a 2018 Washington Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, 2017 Wharton 40 under 40 honoree, term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, former member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Alumni Board of Directors, and member of 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County.

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.

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 an accomplished founder, investor, and finance executive. His deep background in financial planning and modeling, business development, fundraising, investment selection and management has been honed over more than 18 years' experience with large firms and start-ups alike. Tim enjoys spending time with his family and working on projects that make a difference.

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.


Ann Marie Habershaw

(1962-2018) was a cofounder and board member of the Lever Fund. In this November 2017 blog post, Ann Marie wrote, "I have had the opportunity to work throughout my career with people who focus each and every day on creating equality of opportunity for all. It is why I was inspired by a group of like-minded people to help start the Lever Fund." At the time of her death, she was Chief Operating Officer of Bully Pulpit Technologies and had previously 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.