Meet our Trustees
Grace is an executive coach. She devises creative communications strategies that help clients navigate their most difficult business challenges. To do this, Grace leverages the media relationships and business expertise that she has cultivated during her nearly 15 years of experience working as a news reporter and corporate attorney.
Grace has worked in newsrooms across the country, including The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. While at the Tribune, Grace developed the ability to successfully identify and pitch stories that piqued news editors’ interest, received prominent placement, and got results. For instance, a front-page series that Grace wrote about a disabled student’s struggle to graduate from high school spurred Illinois legislators to fix a loophole in state education law, a solution that has since benefitted hundreds of disabled students in Illinois. Likewise, her contribution to a series of articles written about United Airlines’ bankruptcy was recognized with a nomination for a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting.
Grace also has worked as an attorney at some of nation’s top law firms. After graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, Grace began her legal career at Williams & Connolly LLP—ranked the top law firm in Washington, DC—where she worked as a litigator and provided strategic counsel to an array of Fortune 100 companies, corporate executives, and prominent individuals.
Grace is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan who now resides in Washington, DC. She is a proud graduate of Wayne State University and The University of Michigan Law School. In her spare time, she works as a volunteer performance coach and helps produce live storytelling shows in the District.
Adrian is a native Washingtonian who attended DC public schools from elementary school through graduation from Woodrow Wilson HS. Adrian graduated from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, School of Business & Industry located in Tallahassee, Florida. While enrolled at Florida A&M he also participated in various extracurricular organizations and was active within the university’s student government association. After graduating, Adrian began a career in government consulting specializing in federal budget formulation & execution, as well as project management, consulting for clients such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FEMA and the Department of Veteran Affairs. After 6 years of federal consulting, he received an appointment as Senior Policy Analyst for the Committee on Government Operations (Council of the District of Columbia), chaired by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Since moving back to the District, Adrian has stayed actively engaged within the community and currently serves as an elected Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. Adrian is a devoted husband and father of one son.
Stephen is the Chief of Strategy and External Affairs for Common Cause. He works to advance the organization’s mission of open democracy and accountable government.
Stephen was previously the Special Counsel to Commissioner Ann M. Ravel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) where he advised her on campaign finance law, policy, public engagement, and management of the agency. Before joining the Commissioner’s staff at the FEC, he was the Legal Director and Senior Policy Counsel at Common Cause. Stephen was also a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, a trial preparation assistant in the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and a law clerk in the Office of Legal Counsel to former Gov. Martin O’Malley (Maryland).
Stephen has appeared widely on television and radio, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s 1A, All Things Considered, On Point, and numerous shows on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. His analysis has been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Atlantic, The Hill, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and many other local outlets. His writing has appeared in Salon, Politico, USA Today, The Hill, and the Huffington Post.
Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Haverford College, and his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice.
Clara Haskell Botstein (Chair)
Clara is the Associate Vice President of the Bard Early Colleges, Bard College’s network of tuition-free early college programs. In that role, Clara oversees new school and program development and federal, state, and local policy and advocacy work. Clara has a background in advocacy and policy research and has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations and government agencies on a full-time and consultant basis, including United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the Civic Federation, the City of Chicago, and Newark Public Schools. Clara holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University.
Ali Khawar (Secretary)
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Jason Miller (Treasurer)
Jason is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington D.C. and has operated his own Accounting/Finance Practice (JSMG PLLC) since late 2012. Jason also recently entered into an Accounting practice partnership where the firm's focus is on Technology Businesses (SoftwareCPAs). His practices focus on outsourced CFO, Controller, and other Accounting services such as tax and consulting for medium sized for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to starting his own business, Jason was CFO for UATP, a Globally airline owned charge card product. Jason also spent time at Marriott International and several years with both Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG. Jason received his BS in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MBA from George Washington University. He has been a DC resident since 2001 and resides in Capitol Hill with his wife Carolyn, daughter Clara, and son Christian.
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Senthil is Director of Development at EDENS in the Mid Atlantic headquarters office in Washington, DC focusing on the acquisition, entitlement and development of mixed-use, urban infill, real estate development projects in the District of Columbia. Prior to EDENS, Sankaran served as Director of Development for the Government of the District of Columbia where he managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of large-scale, mixed use, public-private real estate development projects on behalf of the District—most of which required the structuring and deployment of layered public financing tools such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF), proceeds of securitized revenue bonds, capital budget funding and real property tax abatements. Before joining the Government of the District of Columbia, he served as a real estate financial advisory consultant with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Public Institutions practice in Washington, DC. Sankaran received an MBA as a John F. Connelly Foundation Scholar of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and holds a BA in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University as well.
Reem Labib Tyson
Reem, M.Ed., is the Founder and President of EDspired, a global education consultancy and currently serves as a Coach for Urban Teachers in DC. Reem has participated as a team member in school quality reviews for 12 years, evaluating schools serving students in grades PK through 12. She has served as head of schools, supervising multiple principals, principals of an inclusive arts-infused elementary school, and also as deputy director of professional development for a school district. Reem earned a BA in Psychology from The George Washington University and a M.Ed.in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.
Ann has resided in Washington, DC for more than 40 years, having graduated from Trinity College (now Trinity University) in 1969. She spent her career in the public policy arena. For 15 years, before retiring in 2008, Ann served as vice president of global public policy and government affairs for two Fortune 500 healthcare companies. Prior to that, she led a cross-industry advocacy coalition, served as vice president of a national trade association, and worked for a member of Congress. Ann has long been active in community and professional organizations.
Anne brings over fifteen years of experience in education and human development to the Two Rivers Board. She teaches master’s level courses in leadership and organizational change at The George Washington University, and has conducted extensive research on leadership coaching. She is an experienced leader, having served as the school principal of Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School, where she successfully led the expansion of the first all-girls public charter school in New York City. Anne holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College, and an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. Anne lives in Potomac, MD with her husband Victor and children, Russell and Daniela.
Eli is an Associate University Counsel for George Mason University. Eli also serves as an Assistant Attorney General for Virginia who is appointed to serve as counsel for George Mason. Eli assists members of the University community with legal issues related to student conduct, university life, technology, contracts, admissions, and other areas of the University. Eli also represents Mason in litigation.
Prior to joining Mason, Eli was an associate at Williams & Connolly where he represented companies and individuals in complex civil litigation. He handled a wide-range of litigation matters, with a focus on defending lawyers and law firms against legal malpractice claims. In addition to representing clients at Williams & Connolly, Eli also ran the firm's partnership with Dunbar High School. Through that program Eli and other associates taught a Street Law class and coached students participating in a city-wide mock trial competition. Eli was also the founder and co-chair of the firm's Environmental Sustainability Committee and the leader of its Generous Associates Campaign to raise funds for DC Legal Aid.
Eli clerked for Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau for two years. As a member of the Bureau he represented low income clients in eviction and domestic relation cases. Before going to law school, Eli received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he received a Masters Degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate.
Eli lives Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Emilee and recently born daughter, Carmen.
Justin Valentine (Vice Chair)
Justin Valentine has over 15 years of strategic sourcing and management consulting experience and has been responsible for sourcing over $1B in goods and services globally. He is currently an advisor to the Chief of Corporate Procurement at the World Bank. Prior to his current position, Justin was most recently a Consultant to the General Services Administration where he led a team that was responsible for designing the Federal Government’s category management program. He also served as VP of Strategic Alliances at FedBid and as a Director of Procurement at SunGard, a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for oversight of $335M in annual spend and procurement process improvement. As a management consultant for Novantas, he specialized in airline industry sourcing and industry merger economics. Focusing on technology and outsourcing initiatives including CRS Management, telecom and F&A off-shoring, Justin spent over five years in sourcing organizations at United Airlines and Lufthansa. He has an MA in International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a BA from the University of Virginia, and completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.