Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Evan Piekara, Chair
Senior Solutions Architect
Change Management at Acumen Solutions, a Salesforce Company\

Iris Drayton-Spann, Vice Chair
Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development
WETA-TV in Arlington

Kristen Grigorescu, Secretary
Senior Manager

Roderick Johnson, Treasurer
Lending Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

Kanch Algama
Senior Associate
Toffler Associates

Debra Curtis
DC Resident

Joe Eggleston
Associate General Counsel, Legal Retail
Brookfield Properties

Jeff Hild
Policy Director
Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, GW School of Public Health

Laura Itzkowitz
Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Advisor

Allyson Jernagin

Athena Katsampes
Wilmer Hale

Rachelle P. Nigro
Senior Community Relations Specialist
Pepco Holdings

Lindsay Spadoni
Senior Counsel
Federal Housing Finance Agency


Noah Sullivan
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Petrina L. Williams
New Endeavors by Women Alumna
So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Wanda F. Steptoe   
Ex officio, Executive Director
New Endeavors by Women

NEW Staff

Executive & Operations

Wanda F. Steptoe, Executive Director

Sarah Gochenaur, Director of Development & Communications

Moira E. McLaughlin, Development Associate

Sylvia HogueAccountant

Janet Banks, Bookkeeper

Renee Roberts, Facilities Manager

Patrice Brown, Food Services Coordinator

Housing Programs & Support Services

Claudine Brown, Program Manager

Antoinette Norris, Program Manager

Naisha Price, Program Manager

Case Managers

Wakeena Corbin
Bisola Duyile
Crystal Fleming
Matthew Lang
Millicent Owusu
Wanda Robinson-Scott
Denise Ziegler

Dominique Dipini, Resident Resources Coordinator

Shirley Tolbert, Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) Life Skills Specialist
Tyondra JeffersonYouth Enrichment Program (YEP) Teacher

Support Staff

Tecoy Bailey-Wade
Marshila Davis
Andrea Grayton
Consuela Hilton
Hilary Knuckles
Coretha Robinson

It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.