ABOUT The Civic Circle

The Civic Circle is a Silver Spring, Maryland-based nonprofit that will bring 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 ecarney@theciviccircle.org.


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.

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. She is the Civic Circle’s Vice President.

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 represents nonprofit entities with respect to their governance and obtaining exemptions from income tax.

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 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.

Kathleen Orem is a career nonprofit professional with extensive experience in board governance for professional membership associations, museums, arts, and cultural organizations. She is currently Governance Director at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She is the Civic Circle’s Secretary.

Ritchie Porter is a longtime Washington area drama instructor, theater director, actor and playwright. For the past 18 years, he has served as theater director and drama instructor at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, where he also has served as the Chair of the Performing Arts Department.

Bryan Straathof is senior vice president of finance for First Book, a national nonprofit focused on providing new books to teachers and programs serving children in need. He previously held financial leadership roles with nonprofits focused on international development as well as with the Peace Corps. He is the Civic Circle’s Treasurer.

Jeffrey Walker is a is rising youth leader, teacher and mentor currently serving as Silver Spring-based program manager for the Latin American Youth Center, where he directs youth trainings that focus on social and emotional learning, cultural competency and professional development. He leads multiple grant-funded projects with Montgomery County’s Public Schools, Recreation Department, and other local partners.

For more information ...

Please contact Civic Circle Founder Eliza Newlin Carney at (301) 588-5019, or ecarney@theciviccircle.org.