OUR TEAM

 
Gabriela Smith

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Gabriela Smith is the founder and executive chair of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and the Crimsonbridge Group, and has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, education and the nonprofit sector. She designed and launched innovative partnerships in education, as well as nationwide initiatives to improve outreach and services to the Hispanic and immigrant communities.  She actively provides strategic guidance and support to Mind, Brain, and Education Science  applications and professional development. She has also designed and implemented numerous scholarship and educational programs for children and youth.

 

Gabriela is a founding investor of Venture Philanthropy Partners and has been an active member of its Board since 2001, currently serving in an honorary role. She has also served as a member of the Dean's Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Georgetown University Board of Regents, the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Board, the Visitation's St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center, and the Georgetown Scholarship Program Advisory Board, organizations with which she continues to be engaged. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of FADICA, the nation's premier Catholic Philanthropy Network, as President of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders Washington Chapter, and as a consultant to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.      

 

Her professional background includes supervising health and education projects for the World Bank, as well as launching the Hispanic Families Leadership Program while serving as a social worker in Los Angeles. In this role, she worked extensively with the homeless, unemployed, and immigrant communities, helping provide essential social, health and educational services.  

 

Gabriela is a photography enthusiast and created The Crimson Gallery to share her work. She received a master's degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and both a master's degree in Latin American Studies and Economic Development and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Danielle M. Reyes

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Danielle M. Reyes is the executive director of the Crimsonbridge Foundation. In this role she leads the daily operations, team, and grantmaking programs of the Foundation. Danielle has worked in education, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years. She has extensive experience in the Greater Washington region and has worked regionally, nationally, and in the Caribbean, as a leader and strategist in innovative and inclusive philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, leadership and organizational development, and communications.

Before joining the Crimsonbridge Foundation, Danielle served as a senior program officer for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, where she specialized in grantmaking related to economic security, nonprofit sector development, and played a leadership role in developing the foundation’s social media strategy. Prior to that role she served as the executive director of the Latino Student Fund, helping increase access and information on educational opportunities to the Hispanic community of the DC metropolitan area. She also served as the first Western Region Team leader for Reading Is Fundamental. In addition to leading education focused nonprofit organizations, her teaching experience includes several years as a public school teacher, university instructor, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

A conservationist, fitness coach, and entrepreneur, Danielle founded Yoga Hikes DC, LLC in 2013 and has spent more than a decade as an active leader in DC’s outdoor fitness community. She currently serves on the board of Rock Creek Conservancy and the DC Bar Foundation. She has served on the national board of directors of The Taproot Foundation, Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and as a commissioner of Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. She is also a member of the Conservation & Climate Task Force of Audubon Naturalist Society. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, holds a master’s degree in Teaching from Manhattanville College, where she received the Alumni Valiant Educator Award, and a master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she co-chaired the Hispanic student society, Comunidad Latina.

 
 
Caitlin Furey Mayo

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

Caitlin Furey Mayo joined the Crimsonbridge Foundation as a Program Officer in 2016. In her current role, she oversees the Foundation’s Education and Capacity Building partnerships. Caitlin developed a passion for the nonprofit sector, and in particular for youth empowerment and equality of opportunity in education, during her four years working at Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. As the Program Manager at Girls on the Run, Caitlin worked with hundreds of volunteers in schools throughout Montgomery County and focused on expanding program delivery in Title I schools. She continues to support the mission of Girls on the Run by volunteering as a coach and serving on the Girls on the Run 5K Committee. She is also the President of the Girls on the Run Young Professionals Board.

Outside of work, Caitlin served as a mentor with the An Bryce Foundation from 2015-2017. The AnBryce Foundation strives towards a world where young people have equal opportunity for upward mobility, regardless of their circumstances. In 2017, Caitlin participated in Leadership Greater Washington’s Rising Leaders program, a six-month program for young professionals interested in developing their personal leadership style and connecting with peers working in various sectors.

A graduate of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC, Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2012.  In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and reading a good book.

 

 

Robyn Attebury Ellis

PROGRAM OFFICER

Robyn Attebury Ellis is the program officer for College Success and Leadership. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served for 7 years as the Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). During that time, Robyn provided leadership and direction for college readiness programming and managed the largest and most inclusive dual enrollment program in DC. She established partnerships with 45 DC public and public charter high schools and adult education programs, and facilitated orientations, recruitment, and targeted interventions to improve student success. Additionally, Robyn assisted in expanding academic partnerships by creating professional development opportunities between high school teachers and college instructors in 17 Associate’s degree programs.

Prior to joining UDC-CC, Robyn worked as the Early College Coordinator at DCPS’ Bell Multicultural High School where she managed the early college and early high school programs and taught a college seminar. Prior to moving to DC, Robyn was the College Persistence and Volunteer Coordinator at Breakthrough Austin where she also mentored teachers in an intensive summer program for middle school students, the first in their family to go to college.

Robyn spent three formative years in the classroom in Austin, Texas, first as a special education teacher at a residential treatment center for girls ages 7-21, and then as a 9th-12th grade English teacher at a Title I public high school.

Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education at the University of London in England. She lives in DC with her partner and their two children.

 

 
 
Abigail Galván

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROGRAM OFFICER

    

Abigail Galván is the communications and program officer of the Crimsonbridge Foundation. In the communications role, she leads the Foundation’s efforts to convey its work through written and visual content, marketing, and PR. In the program officer role, she will work to increase the bilingual communications capacity of parishes and develop programs to integrate recommendations from V Encuentro. 

 

Before joining the Crimsonbridge Foundation, Abigail served as the development director of the Religious Freedom Institute, where she spearheaded their development strategy and helped them grow their budget from $530,000 to $2.9 million. Prior to this, she helped devise, finance, and launch the Bethlehem Museum for Heritage and Culture as the special programs officer of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. In 2018, Abigail had the privilege of participating in the V Encuentro as a region IV delegate. She has been involved in the execution of the strategies and recommendations made and looks forward to continuing this work in a professional capacity at Crimsonbridge.

Abigail is passionate about amplifying the impact of the organizations she serves through effective communication. A people-person she loves using her trade to build community and establish lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial for all involved.

Abigail received her bachelor’s degree in International Politics with a concentration in International Law, Norms, and Institutions from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is a proud Georgetown Scholarship Program scholar. A voracious learner, Abigail enjoys reading, hiking, and hosting friends in her DC home when she is not busy honing her communications craft.

Danielle Verbiest

OPERATIONS AND GRANTS MANAGER

Danielle Verbiest is the Crimsonbridge Foundation’s operations and grants manager. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the Foundation’s operations and overseeing the grants management process. A firm believer in the power of education, Danielle is passionate about providing young people an equal opportunity to quality education so they can realize their full potential.

Danielle brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit operations, management, and capacity building to her work at the Foundation. Most recently she provided leadership and management as the Executive Director of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit focused on providing scholarships and comprehensive mentoring support to DC public high school graduates attending four-year colleges. During her tenure, Danielle transformed the 30-year-old foundation into a stronger, more efficient, and focused organization by building its operational, programmatic, financial, and organizational systems and infrastructure. Under her leadership, the organization reshaped its mentoring program model, established data management and evaluation systems, and cultivated and leveraged multiple capacity building partnerships.

After moving to the United States in 2010, Danielle began her nonprofit career as the development and operations manager with Voices for Children Montgomery, a nonprofit that advocates for the timely placement of abused and neglected children in safe, permanent homes through the recruitment, training and on-going support and supervision of volunteers serving as Court Appointed Special Advocates. Later in her career, Danielle served as the Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, MD, a nonprofit that sustains and grows the social and economic equity of adults in the region through English literacy education and workforce training. Prior to nonprofit management, Danielle worked in operations and project management for several multinational organizations, including Bridgestone Netherlands.

Drawing from her all-round experience in operations, finances, strategic planning, and grants management, Danielle is excited to contribute to the Foundation’s ongoing success and growth. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in Oriental Languages and Communication from Hogeschool Zuyd and holds a master’s degree in International Non-Governmental Organizations from Webster University Leiden. She lives with her husband and daughter in Montgomery County, MD.

 
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