Board of Directors


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.

2019-2020 JLW Board of Directors


President Carly Mitchell (Email)

Carly Mitchell serves as 2019-2020 Junior League of Washington (JLW) President and a member of the Board of Directors. Carly has been a member of the JLW since 2007. During her time in the League, she has served as the President-Elect; Community Affairs Council Director during JLW’s Centennial year; member of the Nominating Committee; Chair of the Leadership Institute; Co-Chair of the New Member Committee; Co-Chair of Holiday Shops; Chair of the Literacy Event Planning Committee; a steering committee member for the New Member Committee (Special Events) and Holiday Shops (Communications twice, Rising Co-Chair); and a multi-year committee member of the Langley Residential Senior Services, Holiday Shops, New Member, and Literacy Event Planning Committees. 

As the 2018-2019 President-Elect, Carly led several operational and mission-focused projects for JLW, in partnership with 2018-2019 President Tycely Williams. In past roles, Carly created the first iteration of Resolution Read, which focused on reading aloud to children of all ages and helped to spearhead the 100,000-book Resolution Read campaign during the JLW’s 100th year. She also led the 2018 Women’s Leadership Breakfast and continued growth of JLW’s leadership training programs, including bringing training on unconscious biases, diversity, and cultural awareness to the JLW. Carly is a two-time recipient of the JLW’s President’s Award (In-League Service in 2009-2010 and Community Placement in 2011-2012). 

Outside of JLW, Carly is a Director at Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector) specializing in strategy, management, and governance for PwC’s financial services clients. She leads high-end strategy projects for commercial and public sector clients focused on revenue growth and organizational transformation. She has also led 10+ organizational transformations or stand-ups since joining the firm for both public and private sector organizations. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Carly was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College with a dual degree in Economics and Philosophy and Cum Laude from Phillips Academy Andover. She is also a participant in the 2019 Leadership Greater Washington Signature Program. Carly lives in Chevy Chase, DC, with her husband, Art; their young daughter, Madeline (Maddy – 1 year old), who is already a fixture at many JLW events; and their two German Shepherds, Sieger and Schatze. Carly is a former dancer, National Champion coxswain, and avid fitness enthusiast. You can follow Carly on Facebook and Instagram (@carlysusan35). 


President-Elect Jessica Taylor White (Email)

Jessica Taylor White serves as 2019-2020 JLW President-Elect 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 New Membership Council as Council Director, Transfer Chair, and New Member Advisor, as Ways & Means Council Director, on Friends of the JLW, and on A Wider Circle. 

Jessica is currently a full-time mom and volunteer. Previously, she owned and operated a catering and event planning company. She has worked for Nordstrom in corporate recruiting and was a Teach For America Corps Member, teaching first grade in a DC Public School. Outside of JLW, she also volunteers with the Washington and Lee University Alumni Board and the Noyes Library in Kensington. Jessica graduated from Washington and Lee University (BA) and American University (MAT) and is originally from Maryland. She lives in Kensington, MD, with her husband, Alex and son Andrew. You can follow Jessica on Instagram @jesstaylorwhite or on Facebook.


Secretary Kimberly Price (Email)

Kimberly Price serves as 2019-2020 JLW Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors. Kimberly has been in JLW since 2012. During her time in the League, she has served as Membership Outreach Vice Chair and Chair, Member Resources Chair, Assistant Council Director for Membership Development Council, and the Membership Development Council Director. She also has spearheaded efforts such as revamping the Volunteer Opportunities Brochure (VOB), piloting technology tools for the League, updating the member directory, and creating processes and procedures around the Placement Fair process and Member Resources.

Kimberly is the Vice President of Relationship Development and a Partner at InfoNarus, LLC. She has worked in this role since she and her business partners started the company three years ago. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Business Development at ISM Services, Inc, and as the Business Development Manager for the Federal Government team at ARCHIBUS, Inc. Kimberly graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and is originally from Montgomery, AL. She lives in Arlington (Fairlington) and enjoys spin class, cooking, wine tasting, interior design, live music and Auburn Football! You can follow Kimberly on Facebook, Instagram (@kbp813), Twitter (@kbp813), and LinkedIn.


Treasurer Amy Shuart Gingrich (Email)

Amy Shuart Gingrich serves as 2019-2020 JLW Treasurer and a member of the Board of the Directors.  Amy joined JLW in 2008. Previously, Amy served as the Council Director for Community Affairs, Assistant Council Director for Membership Development, the Chair of Literacy Lab and Resolution Read, as well as the Vice Chair of Folger Shakespeare Library and Vice Chair of Diamonds & Desserts on Tossed & Found.  Amy received the 2013 President’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism for Community Placement. 

Amy works for the Committee on Ways and Means as the Social Security Subcommittee Staff Director, a position she has held since 2015. She first joined the Committee as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2009, on loan from the Social Security Administration. Originally from Hampton, VA, Amy holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and an M.P.Aff. from The University of Texas. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband Pete and cocker spaniel, Chessie. In her free time, Amy enjoys Virginia Tech football, live music, and trying new recipes.


Vice Treasurer Marta Hernandez

Marta Hernandez serves as 2019-2020 JLW Vice Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. Marta has been a member of the JLW since 2010. During her time in the League, she has also served as the Communications & Public Relations Council Director, the chair of the Literacy Events Planning Committee, the chair of the Innovation & Incubation Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee, a member of the Holiday Shops Committee, and a New Member Advisor.

Marta is the Communications Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Previously, she was Deputy Communications Director for the House Committee on Appropriations. Marta received her BA from Tulane University in New Orleans. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Marta lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Tyler, and her dog, Gracie. You can follow her on Twitter at @MartaDHz.


Communications & Public Relations Council Director Tara Andersen (Email)

Tara Andersen serves as 2019-2020 JLW Communications & Public Relations (CPR) Council Director and member of the Board of Directors. Tara has been a member of the JLW since 2012. During her time in the League, she has also served as a volunteer on Literacy Lab, as chair and rising chair of the Magazine Committee, and as an assistant council director on the Community Affairs Council and on the CPR Council. 

Tara is a managing director at consulting firm, Purple Strategies, where she counsels Fortune 100 companies on reputation management and public affairs communications. Previously, she was a vice president at global public relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Tara received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from Oklahoma, Tara lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Bryan, and daughter, Cora. You can follow her on Instagram @tkrohde.


Community Affairs Council Director Alison Ottenbreit

Alison Ottenbreit serves as 2019-2020 JLW Community Affairs Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Alison has been a member of the JLW since 2007. She previously served as the Literacy Events Planning Chair and chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library committee. Alison has been an Assistant Council Director on the Home and Heritage Council, and she co-chaired a Membership Task Force, where she provided recommendations to improve membership satisfaction and retention. She has served on the Holiday Shops and New Member steering committees, as Tossed & Found treasurer, and as a New Member advisor. Other committees she has served on include Membership Outreach, Langley Residential Services, and the Women’s Center (sunset). 

For the last four years Alison has been a stay-at-home mom. Previously, she worked as a social science researcher for companies such as Ipsos and Booz Allen Hamilton. Alison graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Music and Psychology, and from the University of Maryland with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband David and two children, Ruby (7) and Rhodes (3). 


Adult Community Placements Council Director Colleen (Colli) McKiernan

Colleen (Colli) McKiernan serves as 2019–2020 JLW Adult Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Colli has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has volunteered for the National Museum of Women in the Arts Committee in a variety of roles (including as the chair), served as a new member advisor, and sat on the 2018–2019 Board of Directors as the Cultural Community Placements Council Director.

Colli has worked as a Senior Consultant in the Federal Health and Human Services market for the Lewin Group for seven years. Colli graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Science in Health Policy and is originally from Randolph, Massachusetts. She lives in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. You can follow Colli on Instagram @ColliMcKiernan.


Cultural Community Placements Council Director Deena Smith

Deena Smith serves as 2019-2020 JLW Cultural Community Placements 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 Committee, Archives, Literacy Events Planning, Folger Shakespeare Library, Nominating, and as Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs Council. For two consecutive years she chaired the Community Outreach Committee, leading the team responsible for the Annual Poetry Contest, Community Roundtables, and the Meg Graham Scholarship.   

Deena is a librarian with experience in special, academic and government libraries. Since 2010, she’s managed a federal law library, and prior to that worked five years at the Prince George’s County Law Library. She graduated with a B.A. in History from North Carolina Central University and obtained a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland. She lives in Prince George’s County with her lucky black cat, Licorice. In her free time, Deena enjoys HBCU sports, concerts, and investigating which was better – the book or the movie. You can follow Deena on Twitter at @DeenaIsGreat.


Youth & Family Community Placements Council Director Carolyn Lowry

Carolyn Lowry serves as 2019-2020 JLW Youth and Family Community Placements Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Carolyn has been in JLW since 2011. During her time in the League, she has served on N Street Village Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. She has spearheaded efforts including the development of Impact 2022, JLW’s 5-year strategic plan, as well as the establishment of the new Strategic Sustainability Council.

Carolyn is lawyer in the policy group at K&L Gates LLP. Carolyn graduated from Lake Forest College and George Washington University Law School and is originally from Ripon, WI. She lives in the Parkview neighborhood of Washington, DC, often with a foster dog. 


Membership Development Council Director Chloe Taylor (Email)

Chloe Taylor serves as 2019-2020 JLW Membership Development Council Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Chloe has been in JLW since 2013. During her time in the League, she has served as chair of the Membership Outreach Committee for two consecutive years and as Assistant Council Director for the Membership Development Council. She was awarded the President’s Award for In-League Service in 2017.  

Chloe is a Partner at HawkPartners, specializing in market research and marketing strategy consulting. Previously, she was a director at KRC Research, the research arm of Weber Shandwick. Chloe graduated from Lehigh University where she met her husband. An Alexandria native, she lives there today with her husband and two dogs and is an avid Redskins fan. You can follow Chloe on Instagram @chloetmullins.


New Membership Council Director Katherine Rodriguez (Email)

Katherine Rodriguez serves as 2019-2020 JLW New Membership 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 Co-Chair the New Member Committee, served as a volunteer on Member Recruitment, Community Family Life Services, and as a member of the Nominating Committee.

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 Masters 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 and Twitter at @kathmarie1.


 Nominating Committee Chair Carrie Meadows

Carrie Meadows serves as 2019-2020 JLW Nominating Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors. Carrie has been in JLW since 2006. During her time in the League, she has served as the Chair of the Literacy Events Planning Committee, Assistant Council Director for the Community Affairs Council, Co-Chair of the 58th Annual Holiday Shops, Assistant Council Director for Youth and Family Community Placements, and has previously served on the Nominating Committee.

Carrie serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04).  Carrie has served as the Chief of Staff since Congressman Newhouse joined the Congress in 2015.  Prior to being named to lead Congressman Newhouse’s staff, Carrie served as Legislative Director for Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06).  Carrie has over a decade of Capitol Hill experience.  Carrie is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Strategic Sustainability Council Director Bridget Shea Westfall

Bridget Shea Westfall serves as 2019-2020 JLW Strategic Sustainability Council Director and member of the JLW Board of Directors. Bridget has been a member of the JLW since 2007. Her League experience includes as a volunteer with the Higher Achievement Program and Esprit, Vice Chair of Esprit, Chair of Membership Outreach, member of the Nominating Committee, presidential appointee to the Centennial Celebration Committee, Targeted Grants and Volunteer Resources Committee, and Incubation Task Force, and Assistant Council Director of the Community Placement Council-Adult Placements. She was recognized as the JLW Outstanding Volunteer-Sustainer in 2019 and by Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity for Community Service with the Amy Harris Robbins Community Service Award  in 2009.

Bridget is a supervisor in grants management at the Administration for Children and Families where she manages a portfolio of competitive grants aimed at innovative strategies and improvements in social science program implementation, research and evaluation. She has worked at HHS since 2005, primarily as a social scientist on youth development, asset development for low-income individuals and communities and child care, Head Start and home visiting. She was a class of 2005 Presidential Management Fellow, where she was detailed to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Department of Education. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Bridget graduated with her Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She has served on the board of directors for the Junior Friends of The Campagna Center, the Young Ambassadors Council at The Children’s Inn at NIH, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and the Government Relations committee of ZTA. Bridget lives in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria with her spouse, Rick and sons, Jameson and Patrick. You can follow her on Instagram @bridgetsheawestfall.


Sustainer Committee Chair Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey serves as 2019-2020 JLW Sustainer Committee Chair and Director-at-Large, and a member of the Board of Directors. Sarah has been in JLW since 2003 and has experience with councils across the League. Sarah has her own design studio and holds an MFA from The George Washington University. Born in the US and having lived abroad in her childhood, Sarah now resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Bryan, and dog, Bailey. She is an advocate of animal adoption, particularly of senior pets, and focuses her research on the impact of design on animal welfare. 


Ways & Means Council Director Sara McGanity (Email)

Sara McGanity serves on the Board of Directors for JLW as the Ways & Means Council Director. In this role, she oversees fundraising efforts and implements the League’s overall fund development strategy. Prior, she served as the Special Project Lead for Strategic Sustainability, where she advised two task forces and helped stand up the newly established Strategic Sustainability Council. Since joining the League in 2008, she has served in leadership across a number of councils, including Ways & Means, Communications & PR, and Membership Development. She is a past Board member, serving as Strategic Planning Committee chair in 2017-2018 and has also served on the Nominating Committee. 

Sara is a vice president for a healthcare research and advisory firm, where she has worked since 2012. A native of San Antonio, TX, she earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond.