Martha Mazzone

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel


Ms. Mazzone came to the Center from Fidelity Investments, where she served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President, as well as COO for the fiduciary oversight divisions of Fidelity’s Asset Management business. Marty was a partner in Foley Hoag’s litigation practice in Boston, after starting her legal career at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Mazzone served as a policymaker and administrator in child welfare and juvenile justice state agencies and as Deputy Director for US Chapters for Special Olympics International. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and the Board of Trustees of Greater Boston Legal Services.

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David Grissino

Chief of Design and Construction


David serves to oversee the transformation of the three historic buildings along Pennsylvania Avenue that will comprise the Center. Holding degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts, David was previously the Director of Capital Projects and Planning at Babson College, a Senior Urban Designer the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and a practicing architect.

Throughout his career, David has successfully collaborated with diverse groups of people to find common ground, creative solutions, and consensus on complex development and design issues. He is passionate about, and motivated by, working with mission-driven institutions that help bring about positive change in the world and enhance the quality of life in the communities of which they are a vital part. In his free time, David volunteers on several non-profit boards and committees and is also a four-time Boston Marathon finisher and fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

 

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Ellett Toomey

Head of Development


Ellett Toomey joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as the Director of Development, responsible for implementing a fundraising strategy to raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years in support of the Center’s mission. She previously served as Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships at Fight For Children, a non-profit serving low-income student athletes in Washington, D.C. Ellett began her career at the American Enterprise Institute, where she managed a capital campaign to raise funds for AEI’s new headquarters. She holds her BA and Masters from the University of Virginia and her MBA from Georgetown University.

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Jeff Meaney

Head of Operations


Jeff serves as a Program and Project Consultant for MCAAD’s Operations team.  Prior to joining MCAAD, he had a 37-year career in the Financial Services Industry in the U.S., U.K, Europe and Hong Kong, culminating in roles as the Chief Operating Officer of a corporate legal department and Chief Administrative Officer of Compliance and Risk Management.  He oversaw finance, budgeting, business planning and outside counsel relations, as well as process and technology projects.  He regularly engaged C-suite and Board level management. 

Jeff graduated summa cum laude from Bryant University (1984) with a degree in management/finance, and from the GBEP program at the Sloan School, MIT (2003). He is actively involved in issues of education reform, and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees for Phoenix Charter Academy, a network of charter high schools in Massachusetts serving at-risk students. He currently resides in New Hampshire.

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Emily Mitzner

Lead Curator


Emily Mitzner joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in October 2020 as Lead Curator. She is responsible for developing and delivering museum experiences and public programming surrounding the American Dream and its Four Pillars. Ms. Mitzner previously served as Vice President of Strategy at the Tenement Museum, managing expansive growth in digital outreach and broader storytelling across all mediums. She served as a key member of the senior management team, overseeing executive office staff and the IT department, and served as interim head of the Finance department. Prior to that role, she served as Museum Chief of Staff and facilitated the project team for the Museum’s capital renovation and new permanent exhibit. Ms. Mitzner holds her B.A. in Political Economics from Georgetown University.

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Marcela Correa

Director, Internal Partnerships


Marcela Correa joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in July 2020 as Director, Operations and Programs. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, project development and coordination with Milken affiliate organizations, and operational support for MCAAD’s online programming. She will also assist with the planning for and restoration of MCAAD’s historic Visitor Center to open in 2023. Marcela has a wide range of experience in strategy, operations and construction. Previously, she ran her own real estate investment company for seven years, and served as Director of Operations for CARANA Corporation, a boutique economic development consulting firm with activities in 25+ countries.

Marcela is a proud alumna of the Milken Scholars Program. She holds her AB from Harvard College and an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Gabriella Aguirre

Senior Project Manager


Gabriella Aguirre joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in November 2020 as Senior Project Manager. In her role at MCAAD, she facilitates the planning, design and construction of the Visitors Center, and the contiguous buildings that comprise our Washington, D.C. campus. Previously, she served as project manager and architect overseeing the creation of higher education, institutional and corporate workplace projects throughout North America. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gabriella holds degrees in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico and the University of California at Berkeley.

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Chadwell Culpepper

Senior Project Manager


Chadwell Culpepper joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as Senior Project Manager in April of 2021. In his role, Chadwell is directly involved in all aspects of Development and Construction for the MCAAD office tower, and incorporating it into the Visitor Center and overall campus. His responsibilities include entitlements, budgeting, project scheduling, vendor selection, and financial management from beginning through completion. Prior to joining MCAAD, he was a General Contractor project manager overseeing high-end corporate interiors  and capital repositioning projects. Mr. Culpepper also spent over 8 years as a civil engineer developing construction drawings for land development projects varying from commercial sites, residential subdivisions, and municipality utility upgrades. Mr. Culpepper has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina. He has also earned his certification as a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Alicia Anglin

Director, Operations and Programs


"I joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream because I truly believe in the mission and core values of this great organization. My parents migrated to America to make a better life for themselves and my family. They would have not been able to succeed in turning their dream into a reality without the help that they received from others. I believe that everyone should be provided equal opportunity to resources and guidance that will help to reach their American Dream, regardless of their backgrounds." 

Prior to joining MCAAD, Alicia managed a series of marketing and business development projects, including operation strategy for veterinary and legal corporations in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Clinical Laboratory Science with minors in Chemistry and Natural Science from Neumann University. Alicia also earned her Executive MBA in Global Business at Saint Joseph’s University. She is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. She loves animals and remains an active volunteer in animal rescue.

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Sydney Krieck

Director of Strategic Initiatives


Sydney Krieck joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in June of 2020 as the Strategic Partnerships Associate. Prior, Sydney managed Special Projects at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she focused on a variety of center-wide initiatives, including the re-design of the Internship program, the Citizen Artist Fellow Program, and most notably, managing the opening of the REACH expansion space. Originally from a small town in New Jersey, Sydney studied at American University and holds B.A. degrees in Music and Anthropology.

 

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Timothy Matthews

Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist


"The American Dream is the ability to start with nothing and turn life’s opportunities into successes. The shortcomings in my youth fueled my desire for a sense of success and financial freedom. After architecture school, I found that my career interests quickly shifted from architecture design to mission-based organizations that offered support to others. I joined MCAAD because I believed in the mission and its core values, and this is an opportunity to do more and be more."

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University. Tim will use his graphic and visual presentation skillsets to produce the graphic and digital media on behalf of the Center. In his previous position, Tim served as the Director of Art and Creative for a national, student-based architectural organization in Washington, DC. In his spare time, Tim enjoys being an active member in his local AIGA chapter and mastering the art of portrait photography.

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Eden Slone

Pillar Content Developer


"At the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, I have the opportunity to tell stories that not only examine the ideals of the American Dream, but also help advance ways to make it a reality for all. In other words, I feel I am helping make a difference. Another reason (or three): location, location, location. We are in the heart of DC, steps away from the White House, in buildings that have witnessed epic moments in history. What can be more inspiring than that? When trying to define the American Dream, a lot comes to mind—personally, nationally, globally—but when boiling it down, one feeling rises to the top: happiness. Thus, the American Dream to me means that anyone has the opportunity to pursue and attain their own definition of happiness."

Eden Slone has joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as our new Pillar Content Developer. In this position, she is responsible for telling interactive, engaging stories in MCAAD’s physical and digital spaces. Prior to joining MCAAD, Ms. Slone served as a curator at History Factory, supporting the creation of exhibits and other experiences for companies such as Verizon Communications. Prior to this role, she worked at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and interned at the National Park Service, National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Slone holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University.

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Isabel Connelly

Development Manager


Isabel Connelly joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in March 2020 and serves as the Development Associate. Prior, Isabel worked at Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, where she helped place C-suite executives and board members in the non-profit and education industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University and is a dual Spanish-American citizen.

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Catherine Dorman

Social Media Manager


Catherine joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in March of 2020 as the Assistant the President and manages our social media and blog content. Prior to joining the team Catherine worked in youth leadership programming for a non-profit in her hometown of Chicago. She holds a B.A. in English and Art History from American University and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London.

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Ashley Nalewajek

Assistant to the President


"The American Dream is something that I see in my parents - a woman who fled communist Poland, and a man who grew up too fast being the caretaker of his family - and the life they’ve passed on to me. I see the American Dream as an opportunity and a responsibility – to myself, my loved ones, my community – to protect and cherish all of the progress we work toward. I joined the Center because I see the passion in the people and the mission, one of thoughtfulness and dedication, that reflects the stories of each person here and beyond our borders." 

Ashley joins MCAAD as the assistant to Center President Kerry Healey. She grew up in central Connecticut and is very proud of her Polish-American heritage and is passionate about history and international relations. Ashley has a BA from American University in International Studies and an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. 

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Joseph Rowe

Salesforce Manager


My ultimate American Dream is for all people to fully realize their version of the American Dream, regardless of their background, socioeconomic status, or identity. I think of my father, who is the only person in his immediate family who achieved a formal education. To fulfill his American Dream, he had to overcome many obstacles along the way to achieve a life beyond what anyone expected. I believe in the work of the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, and I am looking forward to helping all to achieve their dreams previously thought to be unachievable. This work will only strengthen the rich, diverse tapestry of our country."

Joseph Rowe joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as the Salesforce Manager, responsible for the development, configuration, and support of the CRM platform. Prior to this role, Joseph worked in healthcare for five years, most recently as a Senior Analyst helping design processes, synthesize information, and reconfigure the Salesforce experience for team-wide adoption with the goal of increasing efficiency. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Ithaca College.  Joseph believes in the power of community work and has volunteered with various non-profits and fundraisers throughout his life.

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Bailey Yu

Administrative Associate


"I am a witness to the American Dream through the experiences of my own family, friends, and peers. I am humbled by my parents’ struggles and ordeals as first-generation immigrants and am doubly inspired by my peers who work so hard to achieve the American Dream on behalf of their families and for themselves. The American Dream is both a mission and a promise, and there is always work to be done to provide greater access to opportunities for all who live here. I first joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as an intern hooked by the mission statement, and I am grateful to return and further contribute to the Center's work.”

Bailey joins the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as the Administrative Associate. Prior to joining the team full time, Bailey was one of MCAAD's first interns, worked for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and gained experience working in higher education programming for a non-profit. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy and minors in Human Rights and East Asian Studies from the University of Chicago.

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Sydney Walter

Strategic Planning & Partnerships Associate


“I was raised to see education as the catalyst for opportunity and success coming from a rural area with limited resources. Much later I understood my hard work alone is not responsible for my achievements, and that I had my community, family, and privilege to thank for helping me get there. For me, the American Dream means creating opportunities and eliminating barriers to success for everyone regardless of background. I joined MCAAD because I believe in this organization's ability to meaningfully change lives, however someone may define their American Dream. I have never met such a thoughtful, driven, and passionate group of people who all share a belief in equal opportunity.”

Sydney Walter joins the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream as a Strategic Planning & Partnerships Associate, responsible for supporting MCAAD’s outreach and engagement with key external partners. She previously worked in operations and product development at Zyyo, a commercial real estate tech startup, helping to build the product team and standard processes from the ground up. Prior to that role, Sydney spent two years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, implementing strategic projects across a range of industries including financial services, tech, and health care. She holds her B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College. 

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Debbie Kim

Project Associate


I immigrated to America at a young age with my parents in pursuit of the American Dream. For me, the American Dream is about opportunities. My American Dream was learning to speak English, graduating from high school and college, and pursuing a career path I am passionate about. And recently, after 17 years of calling America home, I became naturalized as a US citizen. I could not have come this far without the assistance of others and those who came before me. I joined the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream because I strongly believe in and support its mission of helping people reach their American Dream. I am grateful to have the opportunity to pay it forward.

Debbie joins MCAAD as the Project Associate. She conducts project management in the overall development of exhibits and online interactives. Previously, Debbie has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Johns Hopkins University Special Collections as a curatorial intern, helping with research and interpretive strategies. Originally from Korea, Debbie recently became a US citizen through naturalization. She holds a B.A. in History of Art and Archaeology with honors and a minor in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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Terry Walsh Roberts

Staffing and Talent Consultant


Terry Walsh Roberts joined MCAAD in November 2019 and has focused on building out our most important resource— our staff! Terry first came to Washington, DC as a Presidential Intern, then went into the private sector and spent over 20 years in commercial real estate finance before turning her attention to non-profits as a management consultant. She has a BA in Economics from Knox College and an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse. She loves finding, recruiting and cultivating talent.

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Katie Grissino

American Dream Consultant


Upon joining the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in October 2020, Katie assumed responsibility for the American Dream Advisory Council and manages a variety of the Center’s communications needs. She was most recently the Senior Director of Alumni Relations at Harvard Business School, where she spent sixteen years in a variety of leadership roles across the institution. She is passionate about working with mission-driven organizations and, in her personal time, serves on the advisory board of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team. Katie holds a B.A. in government from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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