About The Team

Barbara Harman Founder & President bharman@cfp-dc.org

Barbara Harman began her career as a college English professor, landing at Wellesley College in 1977 where she taught literature and writing for 25 years. A graduate of Tufts University with a PhD in English from Brandeis University, she is also the author of three books (Harvard University Press, University of Virginia Press, Garland Publishing). After completing a study of women in the public sphere in 19th century British fiction, which she wrote over a ten-year period in a very small room in her house, she decided it was time to step out into the public sphere herself. She became Executive Director of the Harman Family Foundation in 2000 and founded the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington in 2003. Barbara has received numerous awards and commendations, most recently, with Jane Harman, the Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts. She was named one of Washington's "most powerful women" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013 and 2015.

Barbara enjoys living half in a bucolic suburb of Boston and half in the busy Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood of DC. She likes to walk fast, work out on her arc trainer, hang out with her kids (when they let her), watch TV series and discuss them with her professor husband, and read extremely long novels. She dreams about taking vacations but never actually takes them. Barbara also likes speaking and writing, these days, about philanthropy.

Nancy Swartz Managing Editor & Director of Special Events nswartz@cfp-dc.org

Nancy Swartz has been with the Catalogue since its beginning in 2003 and is also the Grants and Operations Manager at the Harman Family Foundation. She began her career as Associate Producer for Special Projects at The Good Day Show at ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV/ Channel 5 in Boston, and worked in television production and media for over 20 years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Mass Communication, Nancy has been a board member of the Needham Education Foundation and the Needham Friends of Music, as well as a longstanding volunteer in her community.

In her dreams, Nancy would be on a stage in New York City singing and dancing. In the real world, she would like someday to work in the theater department of a local college or university. For now, she couldn't be happier collaborating with a wonderful group of people who entertain her daily! When not working at the Catalogue, Nancy loves to spend time with her kids, listen to music, sing (as long as no one is listening), try to beat her parents at scrabble, read, watch movies, jog, work out, and laugh (which her husband makes her do on a regular basis)!

Cari Rudd Marketing and Communications Manager cbrudd@cfp-dc.org

Cari Rudd is a strategic communications consultant. Cari brings her unique blend of politics, advertising, and marketing toward integrated and effective media strategies for campaigns and causes. Cari joined the Catalogue in September of 2016.

Cari has a long history of advocacy serving 12 years as a board member to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Board Chair to EWGs Action Fund. She currently serves as a board member to As You Sow, Rachel's Action Network and the EthicMark Award for socially responsible advertising.

Cari lives in Washington DC with her husband, David, and teenage son, Lucas. Being outdoors as much as possible is what makes Cari happiest; biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, gardening, even shoveling snow.

Elyse Nelson Operations Coordinatorenelson@cfp-dc.org

Elyse joined the Catalogue in December 2015, where she serves as the primary point of contact and manages logistics and support. She is committed to helping donors realize the full potential of their dollars by building capacity for local nonprofit organizations, and previously served in this role at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Before moving to the Greater Washington area, Elyse served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she developed a long term disaster recovery program for a flood-affected community in Colorado and managed a volunteer coalition to end homelessness. She holds a degree in economics from Colorado College.

Elyse lives in Maryland with her husband and a very large orange cat named Herbie. In her spare time, Elyse volunteers for the Red Cross, practices her skills in trivia and amateur photography, and has been known to play a video game or two.

Matt Gayer Manager of Nonprofit Programsmgayer@cfp-dc.org

Matt joined the Catalogue in February 2017, and is overseeing and developing the training and support we offer our nonprofit partners. Hes passionate about the role nonprofits play in the community, and about building their capacity to grow their impact. Before joining CFP, Matt worked in leadership development at The Advisory Board Company. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., Matt made his way across the South. He worked in Atlanta as a Fellow for Break Away, a nonprofit focused on civic engagement, and previously lived in Dallas, where he founded Health Literacy Dallasa nonprofit focused on health communication.

He holds a Masters of Public Administration degree with a focus in nonprofit management from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics from Southern Methodist University.

Matt lives in Northeast DC and loves living in the District. In his spare time, Matt writes for a local newsletter called 730dc, tries to be a good trivia teammate (with mixed results), and loves to find the hidden gems this city has to offer.

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Board of Directors

  • Mary Brown, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhood Initiative
  • Oktay Dogramaci, Senior Director of Product Management, PayPal
  • Barbara Harman, President, Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington; Executive Director, Harman Family Foundation
  • Dave Henderson, President, US Operations, CGI
  • Jayne Jerkins, Trustee, The Field School
  • Rachel Kronowitz, Partner, Gilbert LLP and Director, Reneo Consulting LLC
  • Michael Lainoff, Director, Lainoff Family Foundation
  • Lauralynn Lee, Senior Advisor to the President for Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Georgetown University
  • Noni Lindahl, Director, Many Hands
  • Sandra McCoy (Board Chair), The McCoy Family Fund
  • Thomas Raffa (Board Vice Chair & Treasurer), CEO, Raffa, PC
  • John R. Vogt, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Banking, EagleBank
  • Anita Whitehead, Managing Director, Global Grants Practice, KPMG LLP
  • Advisory Board

    • Eileen Daly, President, Philip L. Graham Fund
    • Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
    • Leon Harris, Anchor, WJLA TV/ News Channel 7
    • Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute
    • Don Neal, Founder & CEO, 360 Live Media
    • George Schindler, Chief Operating Officer, CGI Global