About The Civic Circle
The Civic Circle is a Silver Spring, Maryland-based nonprofit that brings civics alive for very young children with music and drama shared in assembly and after-school programs. For more information, please contact Eliza Newlin Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Brown is Director of Exchange and Training at World Learning, a nonprofit that provides international education through exchange, training and study abroad programs. He has 22 years of nonprofit leadership experience advancing community development, youth empowerment and economic growth in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. He has also taught English as a Second Language and musical theater at the high school level, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer.
Eliza Newlin Carney
Eliza Newlin Carney is a longtime Washington writer, editor and columnist specializing in democracy issues. She is a columnist and former senior editor for The American Prospect, and previously held senior positions at CQ Roll Call and National Journal. The Civic Circle grows out of Carney's passion for democracy, and for cultural and civic life in Silver Spring, where she has lived for more than two decades. She is the Civic Circle's Founder and President.
Manuela Ekowo is policy manager at The Impact Project, a nonprofit that advances progressive economic and democracy policies in 10 states. Her previous posts include media associate at ReThink Media, where she provided strategic communications for organizations working to strengthen our democracy, and policy analyst at New America, where she focused on the use of technology to improve student academic achievement. She is The Civic Circle's Secretary.
Ann Levin is an international health economist and president of Levin and Morgan, LLC, which provides expert public health technical assistance to such clients as the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization, among others. She has served on the boards of the Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network, Friends of Families with Children from China, and the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. She is The Civic Circle’s Treasurer.
Tami Mark is a leading public health expert specializing in behavior health care financing and services. As health economist and senior director at RTI International, she leads research projects to improve the financing, organization and delivery of mental and substance abuse services. She also serves on Montgomery County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, and on the board of Cornerstone Montgomery.
Tony Nam is finance director at Indivisible. He previously served as senior campaign financial manager with the Center for Community Change, a national nonprofit focused on community organizing and economic justice advocacy. He is also a Washington-based actor who has worked with many of the region’s top theater companies, as well as in film, commercial and voice-over. He is The Civic Circle's Treasurer.
Vanesa Pinto is Empowerment and Leadership Development Program Director at CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research), where she oversees advocacy and community organizing in Long Branch. Previously an accountant in La Paz, Bolivia, she is a 20-year Long Branch resident, organizer and volunteer. She previously taught Spanish and computer literacy to New Hampshire Estates Elementary School parents, through the county’s Linkages to Learning program.
Catherine Sheehy is Global Lead for Sustainability Partnerships at the safety science organization UL. For more than two decades, she has worked at the intersections of business, economics and society to advance corporate responsibility efforts and LGBTQ+ workplace policies. She previously held posts at Accenture, The Human Rights Campaign and the Investor Responsibility Research Center. She chairs The Civic Circle’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Ericka N. Stevens
Ericka Stevens is a native Washingtonian with more than 15 years of experience supporting nonprofits and grassroots groups in grants management and capacity building. As Director of Contracts & Operations at Employ Prince George’s, she leads contractual and operational processes and policies that govern the administration for workforce and economic development throughout Prince George’s County and the D.C. region. She is The Civic Circle's Vice President and its Fundraising Chair.
Michael L. Amilcar
Michael Leslie Amilcar is the owner and CEO of Cook Ross Inc., a certified woman-owned diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in downtown Silver Spring. She has more than two decades of experience helping mission-driven organizations plan strategically, adhere to diversity best practices, and expand their profitability, performance and value.
Mady Chalk is a senior consultant at The Chalk Group with extensive experience in strategic planning and leadership development, including civic education, for nonprofit organizations. She is a well-known behavioral health expert focusing on quality and improvement in the organization, financing, and delivery of mental health and addiction treatment services. In her current post, she consults to Medicaid agencies as well as private and public health plans.
Theodore Goldstock is a business attorney with Lerch, Early, & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda, practicing in the areas of corporate law, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience advising nonprofit entities on all aspects of their governance, including mergers, joint ventures, and obtaining exemptions from income tax.
Carson Henry is the Chief of Operations for the Silver Spring Urban District. He is President of the Downtown Silver Spring Rotary Club, and previously was District Executive and Association Executive, Social Responsibility for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
Margo Reid brings decades of experience as a writer and producer in documentary film to her current consulting work with Capacity Partners in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, and consensus facilitation. Her clients include arts, social service, and educational organizations. Volunteer work includes board positions with Glen Echo Park Partnership, Bethesda Cares, and Community Bridges. Her work to advance social action through film included the Oscar-nominated documentaries BULLY, and How to Survive a Plague.
Jeffrey Walker is an educational program manager and youth advocate. He is a consultant to Maryland MENTOR, and is director of operations at Drugnet Enterprises, which employs "edutainment" to keep kids drug free. He previously was Silver Spring-based program manager for the Latin American Youth Center, and has led multiple grant-funded projects in Montgomery County.
Trevor Schmutz is a Masters of Public Policy candidate at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School. He joins The Civic Circle as a Program Development Specialist and AmeriCorps VISTA team member. He has a background in nonprofit arts management, and brings a passion for equity and inclusion in democracy to The Civic Circle.
Italia Massalla is a Montgomery College STEM and Nursing degree candidate with a passion for teaching and mentoring young students. She has classroom experience teaching students ranging from 1st to 5th Grades in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is a Civic Circle Teacher.
Diana Duran has experience in elementary school, early childhood education, and special education. She has taught at Berwyn Heights Elementary School, and has managed preschool classrooms at Two Birds Child Care. She has also worked with Middle and High School students in Prince George’s County, and has volunteered as a Latino Student Fund Tutor with Maryland Mentor. She is a degree candidate in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland.