Crimsonbridge Foundation Team

Gabriela Smith

Founder and President

Gabriela Smith is the founder and president 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. She also served as a member of the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, and is currently a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents, the Georgetown Scholarship Program Advisory Board, and the Georgetown Visitation Salesian Center Advisory Council.

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.

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Danielle M. Reyes

Executive Director

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.

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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 at 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.

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Caitlin Furey

Program Officer

Caitlin Furey 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 An Bryce 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.

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

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Brendon Smith

Program Associate

Brendon Smith joined the Crimsonbridge Foundation as a Philanthropy Fellow in 2018, where he had the opportunity to assist in the development of the foundation’s grantmaking programs and support the implementation of the first year of the Bridges for Schools program.  In 2019, after completing graduate school, he returned to the foundation as a program associate.  In this role, Brendon supports all grantmaking program areas and contributes to the foundation’s communications work.

Brendon is a graduate of Exponent Philanthropy’s Next Gen Fellows program.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Marketing from American University.

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Lauralyn Beattie Lee

Lauralyn Beattie Lee

Consultant

Lauralyn Beattie Lee supports Crimsonbridge Foundation’s College Success work. A proven executive and lawyer, Lauralyn advises leaders of mission-driven nonprofit organizations and educational institutions on a range of complex issues, including institutional and strategic planning, stakeholder and community engagement, and educational equity. She has substantive expertise in higher education and community relations.

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