Capital Cause Board
Board of Directors
Chair – Kezia M. Williams
Kezia M. Williams is a community leader, young philanthropist, and social entrepreneur, who has experience working in the fields of nonprofit management and organizational development. She has used her skills to benefit local and national nonprofit organizations to include companies in major cities such as: the District of Columbia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.
Currently, Ms. Williams serves as Chair of Capital Cause, which is a DC-based nonprofit dedicated to getting young professionals involved in giving back to their communities. Her work with this organization has included growing the organization from five vested members to over 3,000 young professionals influenced by the Capital Cause message of employing young philanthropy to affect real change.
Through managing and working with a team of ten committed volunteers, Williams oversees the planning of successful events that yield grants for local nonprofits, works collaboratively to increase membership by over 50%, and directs efforts to continuously brand Capital Cause as a nonprofit of choice for young professionals searching for creative ways to invest in their communities.
Ms. Williams’ achievements have been recognized by EnVest Foundation who selected her as one of the 2010 National Capitol Region’s Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals. She was also featured as a speaker for the One National Rally and delivered remarks about public service to nearly 250,000 people.
From 2005 – 2008, she served as the youngest member on the City of Alexandria’s Human Rights Commission, and from 2005 – 2007, she served as the first Director of Political Engagement for the Northern Virginia Urban League, Young Professionals Network. In 2008, she raised $250,000 through grassroots organization efforts to support a 2008 presidential campaign. She did this in less than ninety days and starting with a zero dollar budget.
Ms. Williams is a proud alumna of Christopher Newport University, and is a native of Richmond, Virginia.
Follow Her: @keziamw
Strategy – Corey Ponder
Corey is a native of the Atlanta area. He is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Music. He is also an alumnus of University of California, Berkeley, earning his Master’s in Public Policy. Corey served several organizations in both Nashville and Berkeley, earning several accolades for his role as a leader promoting diversity, academic achievement and unselfish service, including the Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award, Rob Roy Purdy Award, and Chancellor’s Diversity Award Accolade. In DC, Corey has served as a team leader with City Year’s Young Heroes/City Heroes mentoring program for middle and high school students and currently mentors with Thurgood Marshall Academy in Anacostia. Corey also served as a board member for the Young Benefactors’ Group – an organization connecting young professionals to the Institute for Responsible Citizenship and I4RC’s mission.
Board of Administrators
Capital Administrator – Darla Bunting
Growing up in small-town Bridgeton, NJ, Darla became aware early on that in America where a child is born has great influence on his/her life’s outcomes. This experience led Darla to commit her life to using education as a means to empower people growing up in poor and under- resourced communities. Darla attended the University of Maryland and received many accolades for her service, including Sally S. Byrd Citizenship Award, Maryland Medallion Society Inductee, and University of Maryland John B. Slaughter Outstanding Senior Award. After graduating, Darla taught in New Orleans as part of Teach For America, and relocated to Washington, DC to teach at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary School in 2010. Darla is currently the Manager of Volunteer and Alumni Engagement at College Summit and a student at American University earning her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, on the Education Policy and Leadership Track. Outside of serving with Capital Cause, Darla is co-chair of First Book-DC. Darla is a 2011 recipient of the EnVest Foundation’s 40 under 40 award and a passionate public servant.
Deputy Capital Administrator – Jalisa Whitley
Jalisa Whitley grew up in Upstate New York and is an alumna of Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she majored in Public Policy and Sociology. She received the President’s Civic Engagement Award for her work with local organizations, including Jumpstart and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Currently, Jalisa is pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy specializing in Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park.
She currently runs her own business, Non-Profit Help, an organization that provides administrative and programmatic services to small non-profits in the D.C. metropolitan area. She also serves as a Philanthropy Fellow, working on safety net and housing security issues at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Jalisa is committed to helping non-profit leaders effectively leverage their time, money and talents to fulfill the missions of their organizations.
Jalisa has been a member and supporter of Capital Cause since 2012, receiving the Capital Award demonstrating an outstanding commitment to giving back financially to a nonprofit or cause through participation with Capital Cause, and now serves as Deputy Capital Director.
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Cause Administrator – Karla Morrison
Karla Morrison is the Cause Administrator for Capital Cause.
Karla has a passion for giving back and helping others. Since graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Art Studio, she has used her skills to affect change domestically and internationally.
Karla is the Program Manager of the Internship Program at T. Howard Foundation. She recruits, interviews, places and trains college students of color for internships with major media companies. Prior to joining T. Howard in 2010, she lived in Burkina Faso, West Africa and volunteered as a Community Health Educator with Peace Corps. In this role she worked in a rural village and led a number of projects including malaria awareness campaigns and nutrition education programs. After graduating college, Karla left her home state of Maryland and moved to New York City where she spent nearly three years working at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO).
Deputy Events Administrator – Andrea Boudreaux
Andrea J. Boudreaux, MA, MPH is a native Houstonian. She is a graduate of Howard University, Texas A&M University, and American, School of Professional Psychology where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology with a double concentration in child & family therapy and diversity issues in psychology. Her research interests include the integration of spirituality/religion and psychotherapy, the underutilization of mental health services within the African American community, and eliminating the parity between mental and physical health. She is currently a child, adolescent, and family therapist at Appalachian Therapy, Consultation, and Assessments in Marlow Heights, MD and the Director of AGAPE, Mental Health ministry at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Andrea’s network includes membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association of Health Services Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Psychological Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area.
Deputy Membership Administrator – Jeff Raphael
Jeff Raphael is a Divisional Finance Manager with DaVita HealthCare Partners, one of the largest and most innovative healthcare communities in the nation. At DaVita, Jeff oversees the financial planning and analysis for operations in the state of Maryland as well as the District of Columbia. Jeff also supports the firm’s Corporate Development team in evaluating potential acquisition targets and identifying other avenues of growth. Prior to joining DaVita, Jeff’s professional background was primarily based in investment banking, starting in New York City as an Analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Credit Suisse, and most recently as a Senior Analyst at KippsDeSanto & Co. where he focused on providing transaction advisory services – primarily mergers & acquisitions, financing, and strategic consulting – to U.S. based, growth-oriented companies.
While building his brand professionally, Jeff has simultaneously and consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community around him through service and philanthropy. While living in New York City, Jeff became heavily involved as a mentor-coach to a first-generation college student through an organization called New York Needs You. Since moving back to the DC area, he has maintained active involvement with 100 Black Men, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (DC Alumni Chapter), and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In addition, Jeff has regularly attended various fundraising events throughout the metropolitan area in support of causes, particularly in education and economic development.
Jeff attended the University of Maryland where he majored in Economics. His ultimate goal (in the event that becoming a rock star fails) is to help create a virtuous cycle of education, wealth, and service for this generation and beyond.