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 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.  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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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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Beth Hess

GRANTS AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

As Grants and Communications Officer at the Crimsonbridge Foundation, Beth Hess provides grants management and is responsible for administering grant processes. She also supports the Foundation’s communications including its website, publications, and social media presence.

Beth brings more than a decade of experience in nonprofit communications, program management, and capacity building to her work at the Foundation. Most recently she raised awareness of behavioral health issues and helped to connect Maryland families to needed support as Director of Social Marketing and Outreach at Maryland Coalition of Families. This role included coordination of an annual statewide public awareness campaign on the importance of children’s mental health. Previously, she connected nonprofits throughout Greater Washington to capacity building resources and supports as Director of Communications and Membership at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.  In this role she used a variety of communications strategies to share best practices around nonprofit management, leadership, and board governance with organizations across the region.

In prior communications and program management roles, Beth has helped to bring hands-on afterschool science education to elementary-age children in communities across the country, and supported media relations for a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Beth is an artist primarily working and teaching using hot glass. She enjoys exploring nature and supporting local crafts people.

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Laurie Fisher

CONSULTANT

Laurie Fisher supports the philanthropic work of the Crimsonbridge Group by engaging with community-based and national social service organizations that are providing vital services in the areas of health and family, children and youth, education and community outreach. Laurie is an experienced educator and community outreach organizer in nonprofit program development and management. Her professional background includes serving as the executive director of the Literacy Council of Frederick County, Maryland.

Previously, as senior associate with the American Red Cross International Services program in Washington, DC, she organized national training workshops for students and educators from secondary schools, colleges/universities and law schools for a nationwide public education program on international humanitarian law, relief and development programs and global humanitarian issues. She regularly represented the American Red Cross at higher education conferences working with teaching faculty to share best practices in global education initiatives and led a national train-the-trainer program to develop a national cadre of volunteer instructors. She is currently a Red Cross volunteer disaster responder in Montgomery County, Maryland. Previously she worked internationally with the American Red Cross disaster response program in El Salvador, domestically in Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and in southern California teaching earthquake preparedness and safety programs for the Hispanic community and developed a voter registration program in York, Pennsylvania for Puerto Rican residents.

Laurie received a Master in International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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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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Steven Muñoz

Senior Grants Advisor

Originally from New Mexico, Steven came to Washington, DC to attend college. A recipient of the Allen M. Carney Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts, and the Elizabeth Van Swinderen Award, today his work is in the permanent collections of the Western Railroad and Mining Museum in Helper, Utah and Arlington County Government in Virginia. He is passionate about supporting the local arts community. He has juried many shows and reviewed hundreds of art related grant proposals. He is also a practicing artist, producing both woodcut and intaglio prints which he displays at his site Midway Bee.

Currently, Steven is the Director of the Lee Arts Center, an open studio program dedicated to ceramics and printmaking and a program of Arlington Cultural Affairs. For several years prior to assuming the directorship of the Lee Arts Center in early 2009, Steven was the Grants Officer for Arlington Cultural Affairs managing the grant program for the arts, which supports arts organizations and individual artists in Arlington County.

Prior to joining Arlington Cultural Affairs Steven worked as the Grants Manger at the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. He sat on the national board of directors for the Grants Managers Network and served as chair of the DC area chapter. His work history also includes positions with the National Association of State Budget Officers & Federal Funds Information for States, the Phillips Collection, and Hillwood Museum and Gardens.

A certified DC Master Gardener, Steven enjoys spending time gardening and serving as the board chair of City Blossoms. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in printmaking from American University.

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Samantha Seufert

Crimsonbridge Group Liaison

Samantha Seufert serves as a liaison between the Crimsonbridge Group and the Crimsonbridge Foundation providing administrative and operational support to further the Foundation’s social investment work.

Samantha Seufert has a passion for service and a desire to help all children receive a good education by giving them the tools necessary to succeed in school. While in school, she devoted the majority of her volunteer and work time to expanding educational opportunities for young people and disadvantaged youth, including several years with Restoration Ministries in Harvey, IL where she served as a volunteer tutor with at–risk youth and later joined the staff as the assistant to the director. In that capacity, Samantha supported the organization’s daily operations and assisted in the development of afterschool and summer camp programs. She has also served as a church administrator planning retreats, events, and summer missions trips, and has extensive experience leading youth ministry groups in California.

Samantha earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

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