Staff Bios

Kristen Barney -- As a Capacity Building Specialist for Fair Chance, Kristen brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including serving as a Vice President for the Millennium Institute, an international capacity building nonprofit which partners with coalitions in developing countries to enhance national planning and economic, social, and environmental outcomes using system dynamics modeling, systems thinking, and cross-sector dialogue. From 2007 to 2014 Kristen supported $1M to $3M environmental, youth, and sustainability nonprofits in the DC area, resulting in improved relationships, revenue, and results, through her independent coaching and consulting practice, Opening Creativity LLC. Kristen holds an M.S. in Organization Development from American University/NTL Institute, and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Kristen has expertise with fundraising, board and leadership development, executive transition. Kristen's capacity building approach combines strength-based executive and board coaching designed to bring out authentic, adaptive, strategic leadership and innovative approaches to enhancing organizational sustainability, strengthening evidence-based design, and program outcomes.

Benjamin Bradburn -- Benjamin became Fair Chance's Director of Development in January 2015. Prior to joining Fair Chance, he spent over five years in several leadership positions in development and administration at Friendship Place, the fastest growing homeless service provider in Washington, DC. He brings with him a proven record in fundraising, nonprofit management, board governance, strategic planning and external relations. Before serving at Friendship Place, Benjamin spent nearly six years in external relations and development at Washington National Cathedral. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Benjamin worked in international business and industry in New York City. His last position there was in new product development and marketing at American Express Company. Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Manhattanville College. He has served on various boards, including as a director of a local nonprofit early childhood education center and on the leadership team of an international anti-genocide advocacy organization.

Terra Blissett -- Terra Blissett is the Program and Evaluation VISTA at Fair Chance. She graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2016 where she majored in Government and Politics and minored in International Development and Conflict Management. She is interested in advocacy work and wants to build a sustainable environment for Fair Chance partners to help build a better future for DC youth.

Arthur L. Cutler II -- Arthur serves in the Chief Operating Officer at Fair Chance. Arthur previously served as a part-time Capacity Builder for Fair Chance and President of The Excelsior Consulting Group. Arthur's considerable experience in organizational management, operations, board governance, human resources, strategic planning, resource development and training has significantly added to Fair Chance's knowledge base. He has served as the Coalition Membership Director at the National Crime Prevention Council, Deputy Director of Network Growth with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and Director of Organizational Management with the National Disability Rights Network. He has worked with The Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, the King County Sheriff's Department, The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm Agency (ATF), and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHS). Arthur is also a former Presidential Management Fellow. He received a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College, a law degree from Michigan State University and completed his Nonprofit Executive Management studies at Georgetown University. Arthur is also an adjunct law professor teaching Nonprofit Law & Tax Exempt Organizations at Michigan State University College of Law.

Linzee A. Feigenbaum -- Linzee has held a leadership role with Fair Chance's Development and Events team since 2013. Before joining Fair Chance, she served as the Director of Development for the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, raising funds and community support to restore a historic, 27-acre park in Georgetown. Linzee has also worked in marketing and design for a Washington architecture practice and co-authored a guide to community planning and land protection for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Linzee received her B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.

Gina Fulbright-Powell -- Gina Fulbright-Powell works as a Director of Programs and Evaluation. Gina is a former member of our Board of Directors. She has many years of experience in capacity building and was a part of the launch of AmeriCorps, the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program, and the Social Innovation Fund. While on staff at the Peace Corps, she provided management oversight for training programs for volunteers serving local communities and strengthening the capacity of nongovernmental organizations in Africa. Gina earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University/NTL Institute, a Master of Arts in Guidance and Career Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She is also a certified Program/Project Manager.

Reginald Grant -- Reginald Grant joined Fair Chance in 2009 and works as a Capacity Building and Training Specialist and Network Services Manager Reginald received a B.S. in nonprofit management from Southeastern University, and completed his Nonprofit Executive Management studies at Duke University. Prior to joining Fair Chance he served as a National Deputy Director of Youth Programs with the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation where he was responsible for leading the technical assistance team, who provided organizational and program development expertise to youth-serving organizations in cities with the highest concentration of youth poverty in United States; prior to that post, he served as the Executive Director of the Carver Terrace Youth Safe Haven, providing enrichment and mentoring services to children of incarcerated parents/guardians and adjudicated young adults residing in the Carver/Langston community in Washington, DC. Reginald also held positions as a Youth Drug Elimination Counselor with The Public Housing Authority of Savannah and served as a Program Manager with the Chatham-County Youth Futures Authority. He was honored by the Edgewood Brookland Family Support Collaborative, in Washington, DC, with the Violent Green Caring for Children Award and has authored editorials published in the Washington Post and the Family and Youth Services Bureau's Mentoring Children of Prisoners Journal.

Marcus Hughes -- Marcus is a Public Allies AmeriCorps member serving as the Communications and Outreach Associate at Fair Chance. He is a student at The University of District of Columbia working towards a Bachelors of Political Science. Marcus is no stranger to working with Non- Profits, which makes him a good fit for Fair Chance. Marcus is currently serving as the President of the Next Generation Action Network DMV chapter. He served as the Youth Advisor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 2008 to 2016. In addition to serving in nonprofit civil rights organizations, Marcus also lends his voice and energy towards eliminating Sickle Cell Disease through his works with Faces of Our Children partnered Stomp Out Sickle Cell 5K Walk with the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell.

Maya Jefferson Maya is the Development Associate/VISTA Leader with Fair Chance. She supports and coordinates our AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program and supports all forms of donor acquisition and cultivation. She brings event planning, community organizing and communications experience to her position. She has worked or interned for organizations including Teach for America, City Year and the National American History Museum. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University in Women's and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Political Science.

Anjali Nagpaul -- Anjali Nagpaul is an experienced organizational development and nonprofit management professional, having served as a Capacity Building Specialist with Fair Chance since 2010. Anjali's particular expertise centers on internal systems related to financial management, board development, and leadership development. She also currently serves as Fair Chance's Program Manager, leading the process to recruit and select Fair Chance's nonprofit partners. Prior to joining Fair Chance, Anjali served the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project for seven years. During her tenure, she quadrupled the organization's budget, expanded the staff, and created programming that assisted hundreds of Asian/Pacific Islander victims of domestic violence in the DC area. Anjali is a past recipient of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund's Public Service Award and the DC Mayor's Outstanding Community Service Award. She also spent five years teaching second and third year law students about domestic violence as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University Law School.

Salome Odera -- Salome Odera is the Program and Communications Associate at Fair Chance. In this role, Salome oversees Fair Chance's various communications channels and provides event and administrative support across the office. Prior to assuming her current role, Salome served as a Public Allies AmeriCorps member at Fair Chance. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Cornell University and has a background in youth engagement, volunteer engagement, and community outreach.

Denis Slutskyi -- Denis joined Fair Chance in 2014 in the role of Financial and Information Manager. He started his career with the International Committee for the Red Cross in Ukraine, where he was responsible for cash management, credit card and bank reconciliations, as well as payroll. Upon relocating to the United States, he worked for an intermediary of the Russian Embassy, in accounting and financial oversight.  Denis has a MA in International Economics.

Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD -- Gretchen has been working on issues related to civic engagement, capacity building, and leadership development in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Fair Chance.

Gretchen's career began at the University of Maryland where as a doctoral student she studied leadership development in higher education, tracked the participation of students and faculty in community service activities, and was involved on several local community boards. She was then tapped to help launch the AmeriCorps program during the Clinton administration and served in various leadership roles at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through the Bush and early Obama years. At CNCS she was responsible for strategies to improve the sustainability and performance of thousands of CNCS grantees, participated in the launch of the Nonprofit Capacity and Social Innovation Funds, directed the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, championed a leadership institute for nonprofit executives, and served as the Acting Executive Director of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Through the years, she has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for the Universities of Maryland and South Carolina and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in George Washington University's Human Service and Social Justice Program teaching Nonprofit and Organization Management and Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice.