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Cecelia Thomas

Board Chair

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.

Rashida Moore

Vice Chair

Rashida is a performing artist, arts administrator and fundraising professional with over 12 years of experience in non-profit development and external relations. She currently serves as the Manager of Annual Giving at the Land Trust Alliance in DC. Rashida has contributed to the success of fundraising campaigns and initiatives at various organizations in her home state of Texas and Washington D.C., including theaters, museums, higher education and conservation institutions.

As a strategist, change-maker and forward-thinking arts leader, Rashida values and respects the arts as powerful and creative pathways to transcend historical and contemporary societal boundaries and advance peacebuilding, justice, empathy, dialogue and intercultural exchange, both locally and globally. Rashida holds a Master of Arts in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Applied Music from Baylor University.

Ellys Abrams

Treasurer

Ellys Abrams serves as the Director of Customer Service for Democracy Engine LLC, a donation processing platform, supporting nonprofits, professional fundraisers, and candidates at all levels. Her true passion is theatre and has a decade of experience in nonprofit management, most recently, as the General Manager for Theater Alliance and prior to that, Ringleader for Organizational Advancement for dog & pony dc. Ellys is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University and holds a B.A. from Smith College. When she’s not working or studying, you can find her walking her dog, Gherkin, through the streets of Shaw, or learning to crochet and weld.

Liz Ho

Secretary

Born in Rockville MD and a life-long resident of Washington DC, Liz has seen the DC region grow & change throughout her time exploring the region. A student of Psychology and American History, Liz has been able to employ her advanced skills as a real estate agent.  Liz now lives in Chevy Chase, DC with her fantastic husband George Ho and their 15-year-old ragdoll cat Mortimer Clyde. When she’s not working, you’ll find her cooking big meals for friends, on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts for family, and active in entrepreneurship & feminist communities.

Patty Koscinscki

Board Member

Patty is Senior Director for Single-Family Acquisition Risk and Portfolio Management at Fannie Mae. It’s her job to make sure that the loans Fannie Mae buys are sustainable for the borrowers and within the company’s risk appetite, while prioritizing access to credit for borrowers who might not be able to get a mortgage without the company’s support. In a prior role, she developed program usage estimates for the Treasury Department’s Making Home Affordable program, which helped more than 1.8 million homeowners avoid foreclosure during and after the financial crisis. She believes in data driven decision-making, systematizing the pursuit of innovation and growth, and building teams of curious, creative individuals.

Serving on the Theater Alliance board is a means of reconnecting to the arts after abandoning her dreams of a vocal performance career to pursue a much more practical philosophy degree. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St John’s College (Annapolis) and an MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading, writing, or gardening.

Carla Thomas-McGinnis

Board Member

Carla is an artist and a leader, working in and between education, theater and museum spaces. Early in her career she served as the Living History Project Coordinator for The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, producing dramatizations of 20th century historical events.

In the DC area, 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. At the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture she has served in several roles, including fundraising, donor stewardship and council (advisory board) management. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Council Operations and Museum Initiatives.

Shonali Burke

Board Member

Shonali Burke is Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Vice President for Arena Stage, where she’s engineered multiple post-pandemic box office hits including American Prophet in 2022, and Ride the Cyclone and Swept Away in 2023. Prior to joining Arena Stage, Shonali ran a successful marketing consultancy working with mission-driven organizations including Oxfam America, the United Nations Foundation and USA for UNHCR.

Earlier, she led media & communications for the ASPCA, spearheading its response to the 2007 pet food recall and Michael Vick case. The first Indian American woman to be named to PRWeek’s “Top 40 Under 40” list, Shonali is adjunct faculty with The Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communication, and a 2021 graduate of the Harvard Business Analytics Program. She volunteers with the State of Maryland’s Medical Reserve Corps and serves on the Preview Night Host Committee for the 2024 Smithsonian Craft Show. An avid dancer, home cook and animal lover, her home is run by Pickles the Corgi.

Trés McMichael

Board Member

Trés McMichael is a joy filled arts leader and performer who is passionate about community empowerment, arts education, and social justice. Originally from Baltimore, Trés is an alumnus of Elon University, where he graduated with degrees in Music Theatre (BFA) and Arts Administration (BA). He also holds an MFA in Arts Leadership and a certificate in Fundraising Leadership from Seattle University. While pursuing his graduate degree, he was named an EDI Research Fellow with the Association of Arts Administration Educators. He has worked with various nonprofit and arts organizations such as Arena Stage, DC Collaborative, and the NAACP. In 2018, Trés was awarded First Place in the Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He currently serves as the Senior Program Manager for Social Impact Civic Alliances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Over the years, Trés has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, Playbill, and Time Magazine and has performed on the stages of Mill Mountain Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Signature Theater, Rep Stage, and Lincoln Center. Through his work, Trés strives to do work that is in and with, not to or for, the communities he serves.