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Board of Directors

HyeSook Chung

Executive Director

For the past 16 years, HyeSook Chung has worked to improve the lives of children through direct service, program management, philanthropy and advocacy. HyeSook has worked for various nonprofit organizations focusing on the areas of child care, early childhood development, welfare-to-work and school readiness.

In the fall of 2007, she began consulting for Washington Area Women's Foundation to support the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative and the DC State Board of Education. While supporting the Collaborative, she worked with corporations and foundations to design and implement goals, programmatic design and grantmaking strategies for the Collaborative. For the DC State Board of Education, she conducted a preliminary Birth to Three Needs Assessment.

Before beginning a career in consulting, HyeSook worked at the National Association of Counties managing two grant-funded educational and technical assistance projects in the areas of early childhood development and school readiness. In addition, she coordinated activities for the presidential task force on early childhood development, which included working with a special task force of county commissioners.

Earlier in her career, much of HyeSook's work was training and assisting family support workers, home visitors and outreach workers in community-based programs in the greater Boston area. In addition, HyeSook worked with the Head Start Quality Improvement Center and the Early Head Start Resource Center supporting the Early Head Start programs throughout the country.

HyeSook serves on numerous advisory boards focused on social change and outcomes for children, including the Annie E. Casey’s KIDS COUNT steering committee, DC Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Home Visitation Council and DATA KIND.

She is a proud mother of two DCPS students.

J.R. Clark

Chair

J.R. Clark is a partner in the Public Finance Practice Group at Squire Sanders. He focuses his practice on public finance. He has extensive experience as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a variety of tax exempt and taxable borrowings including revenue bonds for the benefit of 501(c)(3) organizations and corporations operating in enterprise zones, governmental obligations structured as tax increment financings, certificates of participation and payments in lieu of taxes. He also represents his clients’ interests before legislative and other governmental bodies. He was named part of the Legal Elite for 2009 by the readership of Washington SmartCEO.

Before joining Squire Sanders, J.R. served in the executive office of the mayor of Washington, DC as director for council affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, where he advised the mayor on all legislation before the District of Columbia Council. In this capacity, he oversaw the implementation of the mayor’s legislative agenda. 

Before working with the mayor, J.R. served as assistant general counsel in the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. There he worked with the legislative branch on the District of Columbia’s budget and finances. 

J.R. is a member of the National Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American Bar Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of the DC Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Trustees of Graduate School USA. J.R. serves on the boards of several local organizations including the American Red Cross National Capital Region and Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, and on the Advisory Board of the African American Real Estate Professionals and Jumpstart.

Jacquelyn L. Lendsey

Jacquelyn Lendsey has two decades of service managing national and local nonprofits, many of which focused on service to and advocacy on behalf of children, youth, women and families. More recently, she served as vice president for programs and communications at the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. Previously Jacquelyn led national public policy and advocacy efforts for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Jacquelyn has served on the Boards of Directors of Mentors, Inc., Davis Memorial Goodwill and the National Minority AIDS Council. She is also a former member of the national board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She currently serves on the board of the Consumer Health Foundation and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington.

A native Washingtonian, Jacquelyn received her master’s of education from Howard University.

Erica Lurie-Hurvitz

Secretary

Erica Lurie-Hurvitz is the director of public policy at ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit organization supporting professionals, policy makers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. She is responsible for leading the organization’s federal and state policy and advocacy work on issues affecting vulnerable infants, toddlers and their families. Her expertise includes early care and education and child welfare policy. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE in 1996, Erica did development work for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a national organization focused on increasing opportunities for people in low-income communities.

Erica earned her J.D. from Georgetown University. She lives in the District with her husband, John, and three incredible children, Arthur, Asa and Ruby.

Warren Romine

Vice Chair

Warren Romine is a Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office, where he is a member of the Aerospace Defense Government (ADG) Group. His responsibilities include leading acquisition support assignments, fairness opinion valuations, and divestiture and sale advisory engagements.  

Warren has advised Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market public companies and privately held businesses. He has led several cross-border transactions with Canadian and European companies. His experience includes advisory assignments for government contractors, such as Raytheon, M7 Aerospace, and DME, and aviation-related companies, such as PAS Technologies, Avborne Heavy Maintenance and DynaBil.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Romine worked in the investment banking divisions at Jefferies Quarterdeck and Merrill Lynch & Co. and had advisory assignments with DNE Systems, Esterline Technologies, Engineered Support Systems, Smiths Group PLC, Wescam, BBA Group PLC and Indal Technologies.

Warren earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in accounting from Morehouse College, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Warren serves as a director for RELM Wireless, a developer and manufacturer of communication devices for federal, state and municipal agencies. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal (Series 7, 24 and 63).

Nicole Wade

Treasurer

Nicole Wade is a Senior Compliance Specialist for Fannie Mae where she performs risk assessments, testing, and reviews for legal/regulatory compliance, MBS Trust compliance and enterprise anti-fraud controls.  Prior to joining Fannie Mae, she spent several years at IBM as a Financial Analyst and Business Controls Advisor. 

Nicole earned an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Human Development from Howard University.  She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is working toward completing her Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.  She and her husband Derrick live in Bowie, MD with their son Justin.

MarceÈ White, MD, FAAP

Marceé White, MD, FAAP is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and the Medical Director of Children’s National’s Mobile Health Program, Children’s Health Project of DC and the Children’s Health Center at THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus).  She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Director of the Community Health Track for Children’s National’s Pediatric Residency Program.

Marceé earned her Medical Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and a B.S. degree in Biology Pre-Medicine from Xavier University of Louisiana. She completed her pediatric residency training from the Children’s National/Howard University Community Health Track.  Prior to joining the faculty at Children’s National, she served as Chief Pediatric Resident.

 Marceé has a certificate in leadership development from the George Washington University Master Teacher Leadership Development Program.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She is also a member of the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition.  

 Marceé resides in Bowie, MD with her husband David and their son Jayden.  

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