Meet the board
Molly Singer | Board Chair
A senior executive with a record of building effective strategies, programs, and teams to achieve ambitious goals to expand community and economic development in under-served communities. Skilled at supporting leaders and organizations in going from articulating strategy to achieving outcomes collaboratively across business lines. Praised for effective operational systems, fiduciary management, marketing and communications, particularly among diverse constituent groups. Proven experience in managing staff and volunteers. Accomplished fundraiser across sectors including business, corporate, foundation, government and individual donors. She has worked across sectors including private, education, non-profit, government (local, state, federal) as well as with association and national non-profits.
Alvin (Al) Bready | Board Vice-Chair
Retired Air Force officer and current Deputy Director at Missile Defense Agency with significant experience in strategy development, budget development and oversight, business processes, and developing diversity programs. Program manager and senior analyst with over thirty-eight years experience in the development and integration of large scale programs, fielding and deployment of weapons systems, and the combat employment of aerospace systems.
Elliott Bales | Treasurer
Elliott Bales is a DC–based actor who returned to performing following a 26 year career as a US Army officer. His recent credits include: Chief Carl Stann in The Coming Storm from Rocket Media/FBI; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age at Unexpected Stage; Occupied Territories at Theater Alliance; Victor/Argument in The Wonderful World of Dissocia at Theater Alliance (2015 Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Play); Ruby in The Last of the Whyos at Spooky Action Theater; Frank Riley in Not Enuf Lifetimes at The Welders; and Ernest Herbert in Porch at Peter’s Alley Theater. Elliott holds a BA in Communications and Drama from Abilene Christian University and an MS in Strategy from the National War College.
Kahlill Palmer | Secretary
Kahlill Palmer is a trained mediator, arbitrator, ombudsman and attorney. He received his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Mr. Palmer is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Palmer has served as a foreclosure mediation expert for the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the Massachusetts Foreclosure Impacts Task Force, the Uniform Laws Commission and other mediation service providers. Mr. Palmer serves as Co-Chair of the ADR Committee for the District of Columbia Bar.
Carlos Velázquez is the CEO of HMA in Washington DC, a communications firm that specializes in shaping narratives about health inequities. Mr. Velázquez has launched national social marketing campaigns that address mental health, substance use disorders, tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, food insecurity, breast cancer and adult immunization.
He serves as the Chair of the Arlington County Human Rights Commission which receives, investigates and conciliates complaints from those who believe they have been victims of unlawful discrimination. Mr. Velázquez also serves on the Arlington County Commission for the Arts for which he chairs the grants committee and the Cultural Equity Task Force.
In Minneapolis he was on the Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee; American Legacy Foundation Steering Committee for Special Populations; and the West Side Medical Center Board. In Nevada he worked on the boards of Health Insight, Nevada Hispanic Services, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Nevada Museum of Art and he also supported the HIV Commission for the City of Alexandria in Virginia.
His love for theater began as a sophomore in high school when he saw A Chorus Line in San Francisco at the Curran Theater and he pursued an education in theater and communications.. He is award winning author, speaker, and contributes as a guest blogger on issues related to men’s health and social justice.
Colin Hovde | ex-officio
Colin has served as Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance since 2011, and served as the Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance from 2005-06. Before taking his post as artistic director Colin worked for the Department of State for the international Cultural Visitors Program, founded a new works development company in DC called Artists Bloc and worked internationally in Macau as one of the Festival Directors for the Worldwide Arts Collective Festival.
Michael McIntyre has served on TA’s board for over a year. He is an avid theatre goer and arts patron as well as a voracious reader and music lover. In his professional life, he is a manager and instructor at Delta Air Lines and has been in the travel industry for twenty years. Throughout his career, he has traveled to numerous countries and has had the opportunity to enjoy the arts abroad and at home. He is also involved in community engagement through his work with KaBoom, Habitat for Humanity, Food & Friends, Fisher House, and other non-profit organizations. He is proud of his association with Theater Alliance and its commitment to social justice through art.
David A. Mayorga
David is the head of communications for D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Mayorga was senior spokesperson for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he led strategic messaging and media relations for the agency. Before joining the CFPB, Mr. Mayorga managed the communications team for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, providing communications strategy for the national SunShot Initiative. Prior to his work in federal government , Mr. Mayorga provided policy and public relations counsel to clients in the financial services, energy and environment, transportation, and telecommunications industries. He also served as a policy aide to former Congressman Michael A. Arcuri and to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. Mr. Mayorga holds a B.A. from the University of Florida. He resides in Ward 4.
CARLA THOMAS MCGINNIS
Carla is an artist and a leader. At 23, she served as the youngest president of the civic association for the 1,700-home community in Detroit Michigan where she was born and raised. She served as the Living History Project Coordinator for The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In this position she produced dramatizations of 20th century historical events bringing to life the museum’s permanent exhibition. She went on to manage all of the Museum’s educational and public programs and services, a time during which she oversaw more than 100 programs and events and created more than 40 partnerships.
She worked as a directing fellow and project manager for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Working with one of DC’s first charter schools, she pioneered an arts integration curriculum and drama program crafted to increase student academic performance. She has also served as a senior program manager for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She managed their Ambassadors Program, uniquely designed to engage 40 and under donors. She helped to grow the program from 75 to 1,000 donors, raising more than $5M in pledges with gifts between $5K and $25K. Additionally, she helped cultivate and manage the collaborative relationships with the Museum’s Advisory Council, an exemplary group of highly influential corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders including Laura Bush, Colin Powell and Oprah Winfrey. In 2016, when the museum opened, Carla helped to manage the various opening previews, galas and dedication ceremony with Presidents Bush and Obama.
With her extensive background in the arts, she was elected and serves as a judge with TheatreWashington, who presents the region’s highest honors in theater – the Helen Hayes Awards. Currently, she works as the Director of Operations for Barber & Associates, LLC, a boutique fundraising consulting firm focused on helping non-profit organizations achieve their full fundraising potential.