Gabriella has been active in the nonprofit world since 2013. She has communication and leadership experience working with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program, CISV international youth camps, and local churches. Before starting with HumanitiesDC, she worked as a 5th grade math teacher and filmmaker, helping produce a 2021 Tribeca film festival official selection. As a native Washingtonian, Gabriella has a passion for the city and her local community and is excited to work on the communications team of HumanitiesDC. Gabriella holds a B.A. in Communications and Chinese from the University of Maryland, and, outside of work, she loves reading, writing, and producing short films. Her favorite TV show is currently Money Heist.
Eli co-manages HumanitiesDC’s grants portfolio supporting cultural and educational programming and projects. Eli has previously served as the lead of grantmaking for United Way of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY, annually managing a $1.2 million portfolio and supporting a total of over 100 social service agencies for nearly four years. Eli has significant experience with grants management, grant writing, partner relations, program development and implementation. Eli holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Medicine, Health, & Society from Vanderbilt University.
Jimmy was born and raised in Washington DC’s Ward 8 and has spent the past eight years working for and supporting local nonprofits. A graduate of Bates College, Jimmy obtained his bachelor’s degree in English before completing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Most recently, Jimmy served on the Board of Directors for Words Beats & Life, taught playwriting at the Young Playwright’s Theater, and joined the Black Swan Academy as their administrative assistant. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys writing music, exercising, and raising his cat, Ghost, who he secretly thinks is his direwolf.
Beth has 10+ years of experience working behind the scenes to support movements for racial and social justice in DC and nationally. Before joining Purpose Possible as a consultant, she was the Development Director at Building Bridges Across the River, the non-profit that runs THEARC in Ward 8. She also served as the field associate at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and then as donor relations manager at Higher Achievement. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Beth has called DC home since 2011. She spends her free time gardening, hosting friends, and seeing live music.
Karen believes that numbers help tell stories and that solid systems can allow HumanitiesDC’s community to thrive and grow. As Director of Operations her responsibilities include finance and accounting, human resources, operations and administration, and supporting a strategy to build a stable internal structure to support the growth of our programs. Karen’s diverse experience includes more than 10 years in nonprofit management, as well as a short stints in local politics, education board service, management consulting, and technical marketing. She holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College.
Lois brings twenty+ years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors including management positions with AmeriCorps and the Social Innovation Fund. Her expertise includes program design and implementation, program operations, nonprofit capacity building and all phases of grantmaking. Most recently she has been a nonprofit consultant, providing capacity building support. She looks forward to being part of HumanitiesDC’s efforts to document, strengthen and amplify DC’s history, culture and arts through its residents.
Rebecca Lemos Otero
Rebecca is a native Washingtonian who has served her community as an executive leader in the non-profit sector for more than two decades. Rebecca grounds her work in social justice and community driven programming. Before starting at HumanitiesDC in 2021, Rebecca co-founded and served as Executive Director for City Blossoms an organization dedicated to fostering community well-being through providing safe, accessible kid-driven green spaces. Lemos Otero is a graduate of Fordham University, received an M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Arts and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.
Jasper manages all aspects of the DC Oral History Collaborative program. Jasper has previously worked in curatorial and collections management at the Dittrick Medical History Center and President Lincoln’s Cottage. He has also held positions with the National Building Museum and the Western Reserve Historical Society and has worked as an independent consultant in historical research. Jasper holds a Master of Arts in Public History from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Case Western Reserve University.
Dana is a journalist and Washington, DC native. For the last five years, she has worked as a journalist for the Invisible Institute in Chicago where she has investigated and reported on police accountability and criminal justice issues. She received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting as part of a team of journalists for the series “Mauled: When Police Dogs Are Weapons,” a year-long investigation of K-9 units and the damage police dogs inflict on Americans. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, The Marshall Project, The Daily Beast, Chicago Reader and The Indianapolis Star.
After returning to her hometown, Dana became a District Fellow with HumanitiesDC in 2022. In this role, she supported the work of the DC Oral History Collaborative to document and preserve the stories of DC residents. Passionate about community storytelling, Dana is eager to explore the possibility of a journalism resource for District residents that provides them with the skills and training necessary to tell their own stories.
Dana graduated from the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C. in 2012. She studied history at the Claremont Colleges in California where she developed a lasting interest in oral history. She earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2019.