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 including, 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, 2015, and 2017, and a Washingtonian of the Year in 2016.

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 a certain very cute granddaughter, watch TV series and discuss them with her professor husband, and read extremely long novels. Barbara also likes speaking and writing -- these days, about philanthropy.

Rita Shapiro Interim Executive Director rshapiro@cfp-dc.org

Rita joined the Catalogue in February 2019. Rita has a long record of leadership within the DC community. For fifteen years, Rita served as the Executive Director for the Washington, D.C-based National Symphony Orchestra, where she oversaw matters artistic, financial, operational, educational and everything in-between. Most recently, Rita has served as the Interim Executive Director for The Washington Chorus.

Rita has a bachelor’s degree in Music, as well as Masters in Music, Voice, and Opera, both from the Boston University.

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)!

Matt Gayer Director of Community and Nonprofit Developmentmgayer@cfp-dc.org

Matt joined the Catalogue in February 2017, and is overseeing and developing the training and support we offer our nonprofit partners, as well as expanding our impact beyond our network for the first time. He’s 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 Dallas—a 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 loves all things DC. 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.

Aaron Gonzales Director of Developmentagonzales@cfp-dc.org

Aaron joined the Catalogue in August 2017 and brings with him a unique mix of fundraising, marketing, and resource development experience from his time in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to joining the Catalogue, Aaron was the Director of Development at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County where he led all aspects of the organization’s resource development efforts with a particular focus on corporate and individual giving. He also served as Donor Relations Coordinator and subsequently as Director of Operations at A Wider Circle, a human services nonprofit based in Silver Spring, MD.

Before making the switch to the nonprofit sector, Aaron led a successful career as an investment management attorney in the DC area. He started his legal career at an AmLaw 100 law firm in DC where he represented banks, brokerage firms, and hedge and mutual fund clients in regulatory and compliance matters. Aaron then served as general counsel to an online brokerage firm based in McLean, VA where he oversaw all legal aspects of the company’s business.

Aaron received a BA in Economics from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Jenny, their daughter Eva, and their great dane Fia.

Elyse Nelson Operations Managerenelson@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, son, and a whole menagerie of pets. 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.

Nancy Erickson Nonprofit Programs Intern nerickson@cfp-dc.org

Nancy joined the Catalogue for Philanthropy in October 2018, and assists primarily in educational material development, workshop implementation, and research. She feels honored to have this opportunity to gain experiential learning in nonprofit best practices and support the Catalogue’s outstanding partners.

From 2014-2017, Nancy lived in Rwanda as a Peace Corps Volunteer. There, she worked for two years in a rural village as a community development facilitator and educator. Her primary assignment entailed teaching English as a Foreign Language to Rwandan high school students and creating her own educational materials and lesson plans. Her secondary projects in her community included leading healthy living extra-curricular clubs, coordinating programming and logistics for youth leadership camps, refurbishing her school library, and facilitating weekly financial literacy lessons for a farming cooperative. In her final year of Peace Corps, Nancy joined a small Rwandan nonprofit Health Development Initiative as a Technical Adviser. There, she provided various administrative and programmatic assistance in the creation of grant proposals, monitoring and evaluation reports, and marketing, educational, and program materials.

Nancy is obtaining her Masters of Public Administration from American University, where she is a recipient of the School of Public Affair’s first annual Coverdell Fellowship. In 2014 she received her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language certification from Seattle Pacific University.

Laura Rosenbaum Learning Commons Intern lrosenbaum@cfp-dc.org

Laura joined the Catalogue in June 2018 as our summer Learning Commons intern. She works directly with Matt Gayer, Director of Nonprofit Programs, assisting with developing workshops and providing support to our nonprofit partners.

Laura is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis where she majors in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Global Health & the Environment. Prior to working at the Catalogue, Laura was a research assistant in a clinical psychology lab. Her interest in the nonprofit world developed as a result of an immersive course, where she cultivated relationships with locals in the St. Louis community. Through helping others achieve goals they set for their communities, Laura discovered she had a particular passion to help other people reach their highest potential. Her internship at the Catalogue allows her to continue this mission.

Laura is originally from Atlanta but loves living on the GW campus. In her spare time, she is exploring DC and taking full advantage of being in our nation’s capital.

Board of Directors

  • Mary Brown, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhood Initiative
  • Jennifer Browning, Nonprofit Consultant
  • Oktay Dogramaci, Senior Director of Product Management, PayPal
  • Mitchell Dolin, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Amira El-Gawly, Founder and CEO, Manifesta, LLC
  • Dave Henderson, President, US Operations, CGI
  • Rachel Kronowitz, Partner, Gilbert LLP and Director, Reneo Consulting LLC
  • Lauralyn Lee, President, Lee Partners LLC
  • Noni Lindahl, Director, Many Hands
  • Thomas Raffa (Board Chair & Treasurer), CEO, Raffa, PC
  • Kathryn Stephens, Independent Consultant, Interim Executive Services
  • John R. Vogt, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Banking, EagleBank
  • Barbara Harman (ex officio), Founder and President, Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington; Executive Director, Harman Family Foundation
  • Rita Shapiro (ex officio), Interim Executive Director, Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
  • Advisory Board

    • Eileen Daly, President, Philip L. Graham Fund
    • Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
    • Leon Harris, NBC 4 Washington
    • Don Neal, Founder & CEO, 360 Live Media
    • George Schindler, CEO, CGI Global