Junior League of Washington Names First African-American President-Elect

League Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors for 105th Anniversary Year

WASHINGTON, DC — The Junior League of Washington (JLW) welcomes its 2017-2018 Board of Directors, the team of women who will lead the charitable, educational organization throughout its 105th anniversary year.

The newly elected Board of Directors includes Tycely Williams, who will serve as President-Elect in 2017-2018 before assuming the role of President in 2018-2019, the first African-American and woman of color to serve in these roles in the Junior League of Washington’s history.

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors includes:

President – Aimee Picard Soller

President-Elect – Tycely Williams

Treasurer – Frazier Schulman

Vice Treasurer – Molly Boyl Fromm

Secretary – Courtney Mesmer

Communications & PR Council Director – Marta Dehmlow Hernandez

Community Affairs Council Director – Lauren Wilk

Community Placement Council Director, Adult Literacy – Katherine Tyrrell

Community Placement Council Director, Cultural Literacy – Jennifer Lackey

Community Placement Council Director, Youth & Family Literacy – Sarah Berg

Membership Development Council Director – Anna Pugh

New Membership Council Director – Jessica Taylor White

Nominating Committee Chair, Director-at-Large – Genevieve Moreland

Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Director-at-Large – Sara McGanity

Ways & Means Council Director – Joy Shepard

“The 2017-2018 Board of Directors is composed of extraordinary female civic leaders whose personal, professional, and volunteer experience will help them guide our organization to sustained success in our 105th year and beyond,” Soller said. “I look forward to leading as President, seeing all that our Board and our more than 2,300 members will accomplish this year, and welcoming Tycely in her historic role.”

“I am honored to be the Junior League of Washington’s first woman of color and African-American President-Elect,” Williams said. “Junior League of Washington women are united by one driving mission: empowering women to improve our community through our volunteer work. Our diversity – be it of race, religion, national origin, or otherwise – strengthens our efforts, allowing us to tackle the problems facing our city in meaningful and innovative ways. We will champion this diversity into our second century of service to Washington, DC.”

Soller, the 2017-2018 President, is a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and son. She has been a member of JLW since 2002.

Williams, the 2017-2018 President-Elect, is the Vice President of Development for YWCA USA. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she now resides in Springfield, Virginia. She has been a member of JLW since 2006.

In 2017-2018, the Junior League of Washington will commemorate the 105th anniversary of its founding. The League will celebrate its legacy and its membership throughout the year with its “Thrive in 105” campaign.