The two new Board members will begin their first of two possible three-year terms on July 1, 2014. The Board oversees the Foundation’s mission to mobilize the community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. The new directors bring decades of experience in the highest levels of business, finance, nonprofit management and philanthropy.
“Donna and Karen embody the mission of The Women’s Foundation and bring with them the talent, energy and experience needed to take our work to the next level. We are so pleased to welcome these exceptional leaders to the Board and gain their expertise and guidance as we continue to serve the women and girls in our community,” says The Women’s Foundation Board Chair, Carolyn Berkowitz, President at Capital One Foundation.
Donna Callejon, in her current role as chief business officer at GlobalGiving, is responsible for the development of corporate and other strategic partnerships. She works with companies to help them contribute positively to communities around the world. She joined GlobalGiving in 2003, and has worked for the organization in many capacities, including as chief operating officer. Donna also serves on the Boards of GlobalGiving UK, Women's Funding Network, and Water for People. She previously served on The Women’s Foundation’s Board as Chair for three years, as well as the Board of Business for Social Responsibility.
Prior to joining GlobalGiving, Donna was a senior executive of Fannie Mae having, over a dozen years, led business units as varied as strategic planning, international consulting, marketing, product development, and customer technology. She holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.
Karen R. Wawrzaszek, as managing director based in Pitcairn’s Washington, DC office, leads Pitcairn’s DC metro-area relationship management team, advising multi-generational families. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring long-term financial plans, focused on asset allocation, portfolio management, and tax planning. Karen works closely with families on matters of philanthropy through private family foundations, donor-advised funds, and various other giving techniques. She serves on Pitcairn’s Investment Strategy Committee, leading the firm’s impact investing efforts. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Development and Operating committees.
Karen has more than 15 years of wealth management experience. Before joining Pitcairn in 2011, she was a director at Citi Private Bank where she helped to expand the financial planning division in Seattle, Washington. Karen holds a bachelors degree in Finance from Wichita State University and has earned the Certified Trust Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner designations. Karen is a member of the Women’s Committee for the Trust for the National Mall and the Family Firm Institute. She is also a member of the North Virginia Estate Planning Council.
“There are nearly 200,000 women and girls living in poverty in the DC metro area. It is crucial that we take bold steps and elevate the voices of these women and girls to ensure that each one has the resources and opportunities needed to achieve economic security,” says Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat. “As The Women’s Foundation continues to increase our impact in the region, the expertise and commitment that Donna Callejon and Karen Wawrzaszek bring to the Board will further strengthen our ability to promote economic security for all women and girls in our region.”
Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a DC-based public foundation dedicated to mobilizing our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. Learn more about The Women’s Foundation’s mission to transform the lives of women and girls, the Washington region, and the world by visiting us online (http://thewomensfoundation.org/