The Junior League of Washington’s Board of Directors leads and advises the League in promoting volunteerism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Board members represent various membership segments and have devoted numerous years of service and volunteer hours to the Junior League. As the League’s governing board, they ensure the League’s adherence to the mission, vision, and strategic plan.
President Jessica Taylor White (Email)
Jessica Taylor White serves as the 2020-2021 Junior League of Washington (JLW) President and a member of the Board of Directors. Jessica has been in JLW since 2009. During her time in the League, she has served on the Transfer Committee, New Member Committee, Friends of the JLW, A Wider Circle, Member Recruitment, New Membership Council Director, Ways & Means Council Director, and as President-Elect. She has worked closely on redefining the league’s fund development efforts, setting best practices and procedures for fundraising events and has worked to further grow the League’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Jessica is currently a full-time community volunteer. Jessica has been a small business owner, event planner, corporate recruiter, elementary teacher, and fund development professional. She also volunteers at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and serves on the Annual Fund Council at Washington and Lee University. Jessica graduated from Washington and Lee University and is originally from Maryland. She lives in Kensington with her family. You can follow Jessica on Instagram @jesstaylorwhite.
President-Elect Amanda Walke (Email)
Amanda Walke serves as the 2020-2021 JLW President- Elect and a member of the Board of Directors. Amanda has been in JLW since 2003. During her time in the League, she has served on the Member Communications, New Member, TGVR, and Nominating Committees, served as a leader on the Esprit, Public Relations, and Transfer Committees, as the Co-Chair of the Centennial Luncheon, as Membership Council Director, JLW Secretary, and most recently, as the Relationship Manager for the Jubilee JumpStart multi-year grant.
Amanda is a Chemical Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Amanda graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is originally from Havre de Grace, Maryland. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running, cooking, gardening, and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens and UNC Tar Heels.
Secretary Mandy Asgeirsson (Email)
Mandy Asgeirsson serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors. Mandy has been in JLW since 2011. During her time in the League, she has served in a variety of capacities on the New Member Council, including Chair of Recruitment, ACD, and Council Director. In addition, she served as the ACD for Home & Heritage and as an Assistant Treasurer on the Finance Council.
Mandy is an Associate Director at BRG and has been with the firm for eight years. She works in litigation consulting and performs economic and data analyses for healthcare companies. Mandy graduated from the George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s in public health. In her spare time, Mandy loves running, sailing, and practicing yoga.
Treasurer Marta Hernandez (Email)
Marta Hernandez serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. Marta has been in JLW since 2010. During her time in the League, she has served as Communications & PR Council Director for two years, chair of the Literacy Events Planning Committee, and a member of the Nominating Committee. She has also served on the Holiday Shops, Folger Shakespeare Library, and New Member Committees. She spearheaded efforts such as the National Book Festival and Kids in the Kitchen, and as Council Director, worked to ensure chairs had communications resources at their disposal, including designing communications training for leaders; currently, she also leads communications efforts for JLW’s 20th anniversary of literacy celebration and serves on the Board of Directors Communications Working Group. She has completed JLW’s Get On Board training and attended AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute in 2016. Marta received the President’s Award for Community Placement in 2016 and the President’s Cup in 2017.
Marta has served as Communications Director on Senate Armed Services Committee since March 2019. Previously, she worked as Deputy Communications Director for the House Appropriations Committee and as Press Operations Manager at a public affairs firm. Marta graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and is originally from suburban Chicago. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband Tyler and dog Gracie. Gracie is a big supporter of the Junior League, and you can follow her exploits at @therealgraciebelle. You can also find Marta on Twitter at @MartaDHz.
Vice Treasurer Samantha Nagle
Samantha Nagle serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Vice Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. Samantha has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served on the Nominating and Development & Training committees as well as the Research & Evaluation task force. She also has spearheaded efforts such as co-chairing JLW’s 20th Literacy Focus Readers2Leaders special project committee and as an Assistant Treasurer focused on improving our budget request process.
Samantha is a Vice President at UnitedHealthcare and has worked at UnitedHealthcare for nearly 9 years. Samantha graduated from Gettysburg College and subsequently received masters’ degrees in public policy and business administration. Samantha is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband, Will, and their black cat. You can follow Samantha on Instagram @sam.o.nagle for lots of photos related to food.
Communications & Public Relations Council Director Katherine Rodriguez (Email)
Katherine Rodriguez serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Communications & Public Relations Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Katherine has been in JLW since 2012. During her time in the League, she has served as the New Membership Council Director, an Assistant Council Director for the Ways & Means Council, a member of the Nominating Committee, Co-Chair of the New Member Committee, and a volunteer on Member Recruitment, Community Family Life Services, and Tossed & Found. Katherine served as the 2019-2020 New Membership Council Director and has completed JLW’s Get On Board training and attended AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute (ODI).
Katherine is a Managing Director at DCI Group, a public affairs firm, working with clients on strategic communications and campaign management. Katherine graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Political Science and The George Washington University with a master’s in political management. She is originally from Orlando, FL, and loves to create new recipes and baking treats, travel, and volunteer with the Chi Omega Fraternity as an advisor at GWU. She lives in Washington, DC, and you can follow her on Instagram at @KathyContessa and Twitter at @kathmarie1.
Community Affairs Council Director Deena Smith
Deena Smith serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Community Affairs Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Deena has been in JLW since 2011. During her time in the League, she has served on the Centennial Celebration, Archives, Literacy Events Planning, and Folger Shakespeare Library committees. She has also served on Nominating, as an Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs Council, on the Incubation Task Force, and as the Cultural Community Placements Council Director.
Deena is a librarian and has managed a federal law library for nine years. Previously, she worked at the Prince George’s County Law Library. Deena graduated from North Carolina Central University and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She lives in Maryland with her lucky black cat, Licorice. In her free time, Deena enjoys watching HBCU sports, attending concerts, and investigating which was better – the book or the movie. You can follow Deena on Twitter at @DeenaIsGreat.
Adult Community Placements Council Director Charlyn Stanberry
Charlyn Stanberry serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Adult Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Charlyn has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served as Chair of the Leadership Institute, Assistant Council Director for the Membership Development Council, a volunteer with Community Outreach and Horton’s Kids and as the Strategic Advisory Board Liaison.
Charlyn serves as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09). Previously, Charlyn served as Vice President of External Affairs for Net Communications, Counsel for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, and Professional Staff for the Congressional Black Caucus. Charlyn earned her JD from Florida International University’s College of Law and her BSBA. and MPA from the University of Central Florida where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, she currently lives in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys dance classes (ballet and modern), live concerts, and watching soap operas. You can follow Charlyn on Twitter @charlyn_esq.
Cultural Community Placements Council Director Lauren Dudley
Lauren Dudley serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Cultural Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Lauren has been in JLW since 2016. During her time in the League, she has volunteered on the Folger Shakespeare Library Committee and served as Chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library Committee and as Assistant Council Director for Cultural Community Placements. Lauren completed the Get On Board training in Fall 2017.
Lauren works for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as Counsel. Previously, she worked as Counsel for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and has worked on Capitol Hill for a total of 6 years. Lauren holds a B.A. from University of Maryland College Park and JD and LLM from American University Washington College of Law. Lauren is originally from the Washington, DC, area and currently lives in the District near the National Cathedral with her sister Ruthie and two cats Rocco and Blossom. In her free time, Lauren enjoys meeting with her JLW book club, exploring local museums, and doing hot yoga. You can follow Lauren on Instagram (@ldudley25) and Facebook.
Youth & Family Community Placements Council Director Allegra Formento Bartscherer
Allegra Bartscherer serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Youth & Family Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Allegra has been a member of JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served on the Member Recruitment Committee, the Literacy Events Planning Committee, the Transfer Committee, as Chair of the Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) Committee twice, and was the Youth & Family Community Placement Assistant Council Director. As inaugural Chair of the KITK Committee, she spearheaded JLW’s participation in the AJLI Food Security Network, working to stimulate opportunities for communication, information sharing, and the breaking down of silos between Leagues working towards common food-related community goals.
Allegra is the Marketing Communications Director at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Globalization Studies, and is originally from Princeton, NJ. Her twin sister is a member of the Junior League of Palm Beaches. Allegra lives in Washington, DC, with her husband Zach. She additionally serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Tewaaraton Foundation, and in her spare time, enjoys competing with the Washington Lacrosse Club and taking improv classes.
Membership Development Council Director Chloe Taylor (Email)
Chloe Taylor serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Membership Development Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Chloe has been in JLW since 2013. During the 2019-2020 League year, she also served as the Membership Development Council Director. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Council Director for the Membership Development Council and chair for two years on the Membership Outreach Committee.
Chloe is a Partner at HawkPartners, a marketing strategy consultant firm. She has been there for three years. Previously, she worked at a public relations firm doing primary and secondary market research, as well as at a political polling firm. A native of Alexandria, VA, Chloe graduated from Lehigh University. She lives in Alexandria with her husband, Troy, and two dogs. You can follow Chloe on Instagram (@chloetmullins).
New Membership Council Director Christina Babcock (Email)
Christina Babcock serves as the 2020-2021 JLW New Membership Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Christina has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served on Tossed & Found as a Co-Chair in 2018-2019 and was recently the Assistant Council Director for the New Member Council.
Christina is Senior Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton and has worked in this role for seven years. Previously, she worked as the Deputy Director for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), and prior to that served as an Air Force Officer for 10 years. Christina graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Arts in Human Relations and is originally from Southern California. She lives in Fairfax Virginia with her husband Bill and two children Isaac and Rylee. In 2016, Christina was named the Working Mother of the Year for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Nominating Committee Chair Rita Lee
Rita Lee serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Nominating Committee Chair and Director-at-Large as a member of the Board of Directors. Rita has been in JLW since 2010. During her time in the League, she has served on the Celebration Committee, was a New Member advisor, Rising Chair and Chair for Development & Training, Patron Vice Chair on Holiday Shops, Nominating Committee member, Membership Development ACD, Targeted Grants & Volunteer Resources (Presidential Appointment), and Co-Chair of the 1912 Legacy Society (Presidential Appointment). She has also spearheaded an effort to better Nominating committee processes as part of the Nominating Task Force.
Rita is in Securities regulation and compliance and is also a licensed psychotherapist. Rita is a proud graduate of Hampton University and Johns Hopkins University, and is originally from Silver Spring, MD. She lives in Gaithersburg, MD. Rita, a self-described foodie, loves going to new restaurants around town, traveling, hiking, reiki, and spending time with her family and friends.
Strategic Sustainability Council Director Laisha Dougherty
Laisha Dougherty serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Strategic Sustainability Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Laisha has been in JLW since 2015. During her time in the League, she has served as the Chair of the Development & Training committee, and currently serves as the Assistant Council Director for the Strategic Sustainability Council. She also has spearheaded efforts such as participating on the Fund Development Task Force and serves as a secondary for the Folger Shakespeare Library Committee.
Laisha serves as the Community Relations Specialist for the DC Powerline Undergrounding Initiative (DC PLUG), which is a joint project between Pepco and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and has worked in this role for two years. Previously, she held several roles with the Council of the District of Columbia. Laisha graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Political Science and George Mason University with a master’s degree in public policy. Laisha is a proud fourth generation native of Washington, DC. She grew up in Adams Morgan and currently resides in Capitol Hill.
Sustainer Committee Chair Barbara Franklin
Barbara Franklin serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Sustainer Committee Chair and Director-At-Large as a member of the Board of Directors. Barbara has been in the JLW since 1990. During her time in the League, she has served on Strategic Planning, Community Training, Hotline, as President-Elect, and as President.
In 2018, Barbara retired from the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, after 35 years of federal service. Before law school, Barbara worked as a civilian employee of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. Barbara graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in History, the University of Iowa College of Law with a JD, and the Georgetown University Law Center with an LLM. Barbara lives in Arlington, VA, and is blissfully single. You can follow Barbara on Facebook.
Ways & Means Council Director Robin Jones Griffin (Email)
Robin Jones Griffin serves as the 2020-2021 JLW Ways & Means Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Robin has been in JLW since 2007. During her time in the League, she has served on numerous community placement committees, Holiday Shops, and Nominating Committee. She also has served the League in various leadership positions including steering committee, vice chair, chair, and assistant council director.
Robin is an Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget and has worked in this role for two years. Previously, she worked in various capacities at the Department of Health and Human Services. Robin graduated from Pepperdine University and is originally from Nashville, TN. She moved to Washington in 2004 and lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, son and daughter, and two dogs. You can follow Robin on Facebook, Instagram (@robinmaledy), and Twitter (@rmjinDC).