Meet the board

Alvin (Al) Bready | Board Chair

Retired - Deputy Director - Warfighter Strategic Interface, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

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.

Cecelia Thomas

Sr. Gov't Relations Mgr, Trust for America's Health

Cecelia (CeCe) Thomas is Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America’s Health. In this role, Cecelia leads TFAH’s advocacy around infectious disease and other public health issues, including funding for prevention. Most recently, Cecelia served as Manager of Legislative Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In that capacity, Cecelia advocated to protect federal funding for health centers, implemented PPFA’s legislative strategy and co-led the National Sex Education Coalition.  Prior to her time with PPFA, Cecelia was a senior advisor in the U.S House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Associate Director of Oversight at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Secretary. She has also served on the staff of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders. Cecelia received her J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and graduated cum laude from University of Michigan with a degree in political science.

Michael McIntyre | SECRETARY

Customer Service at Delta Air Lines

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.

Carlos Velázquez

CEO - HMA

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. 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.

David A. Mayorga

Head of Communications for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

David is the head of communications for D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, he 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, he 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, David 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. David holds a B.A. from the University of Florida. He resides in Ward 4.

CARLA THOMAS MCGINNIS

Director of Operations - Barber & Associates

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.