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The Meyer Foundation is sad to learn of the passing of Calvin Cafritz, a Washington-area developer and one of the region’s leading philanthropists.   Cafritz was a native and longtime resident of Washington, DC. His father, Morris, established one of the Washington region’s leading philanthropic entities, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.   For Calvin, philanthropy demanded

The Meyer Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of the newest members to the Foundation’s board of directors, as well as the newly elected executive committee, effective January 1: Angie Reese-Hawkins, CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Washington; Harold Pettigrew, Jr., CEO of Wacif; Jeff Capizzano, founder and president of The Policy Equity Group; and Layli Miller-Muro, principal at Miller-Muro Consulting and founder of the Tahirih Justice Center. Read on to learn more about our newest board members and executive committee updates.

The work of these organizations spans policy advocacy in housing and education, organizing workers to push for living wages and safe working conditions, and assisting immigrants who are creating worker-owned cooperative businesses.

Pictured: Edgar Aranda-Yanoc

As we’ve deepened our work at the Meyer Foundation to advance racial and economic justice over the past six years — and especially since we began to organize our grantmaking around geography rather than issue areas — we’ve come to understand that immigrant communities and their experiences are central to our partners’ work in Virginia.

George L. Askew, M.D.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Meyer Foundation announced that George L. Askew, M.D. will serve as the Foundation’s next president and chief executive officer, effective April 1. Dr. Askew brings decades of experience as a former pediatrician and leader in federal policy, local government agencies, and nonprofit management spaces. The appointment follows an eight-month executive search

Julian Haynes

When Julian joined the Meyer Foundation in January 2016, we’d just begun our journey to center racial equity in our work. At the time, I don’t know that we fully realized how much the organization and we as Meyer staff would be transformed by this process. But, as Julian notes in his farewell message, Meyer

Councilmember Jawando, Council Vice President Albornoz and County Executive Elrich Announce New Guaranteed Income Pilot Program at Press Conference on Oct. 26 at 12:30 p.m. Special appropriation of nearly $2 million will be introduced at the Council to fund the program with additional financial support from the Meyer Foundation.

Janice Thomas (Photo By: Lydia Kearney Carlis for C-Suite Pics®)

Meet Janice Thomas (she/her), our interim chief executive officer at the Meyer Foundation! As our interim CEO, Janice works with the board and staff in setting and leading the strategic direction of the Foundation. Prior to stepping into the role of interim CEO, Janice served as the Foundation’s vice president for finance and operations, where she was

To bring about a just and equitable COVID-19 recovery, the focus of Meyer’s grantmaking in 2021, the Foundation awarded $3,015,000 to 26 organizations in May 2021.

Stephanie Sneed Headshot

The Meyer Foundation board and staff are thrilled to announce our newest addition to the team: Stephanie Sneed will join Meyer in the newly created role of Director for the Fund for Black-led Change, effective June 1.