As the executive director of Stand Together, Evan provides vision, enthusiasm, organizational leadership, and direction. Evan is an experienced leader in non-profit management and social welfare causes. He previously served as the president of Generation Opportunity, a Millennial advocacy organization, and in various roles on Capitol Hill.
Evan and his wife, Sarah, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, are active in the community and serve as hosts to an Afghan refugee family. Evan and Sarah live in Virginia with their three sons, Luke (5) and twin boys, Zack and Jake (1).
Lauren serves as executive vice president of Stand Together, leading our venture philanthropy, external relations, and organization development services. Previously, she led operations, external relations, and partnership development. She has diverse experience as an accomplished senior executive working at the intersection of business, philanthropy, and stakeholder relations.
Prior to joining Stand Together, Lauren served as vice president of strategic development for the National Association of Manufacturers. As a member of the leadership team, she led business development and was responsible for building and implementing action plans to drive organizational growth and sponsorship revenue. Previously, she served in external relations and development roles at The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Lauren studied political science at The Catholic University of America. A professional musician and triathlete, Lauren leverages her tenacity, creativity, and passion to strengthen organizations and build operational plans that enable them to grow and have a greater social impact. Lauren lives in Virginia with husband, Ryan, daughter, Kaley, and her son, Logan.
As vice president of strategic partnerships, Sam leads Stand Together’s national capability responsible for identifying, supporting, and celebrating transformative community-based organizations working to break the cycle of poverty and help people improve their lives. Prior to joining Stand Together, he served as the CEO of First Things First, an Arizona-based early childhood development and health organization.
Sam earned his MBA from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona and has a professional interest in leadership, organizational development, and board governance. Outside the office, Sam enjoys traveling and exploring off the beaten path.
Noel is the Catalyst Marketing Manager at Stand Together, where she manages and assists in the strategic direction of the marketing projects and training for Catalyst organizations. Her role includes understanding and learning the Catalyst brands and identifying shared story-telling opportunities to capture and produce emotionally engaging, uplifting stories through a variety of campaigns and mediums. Previously, Noel was the program associate and communications manager at Freedom Partners, where she assisted with donor communications and event planning.
Noel is proud to be a Kansas State Wildcat alumna, where she got her master’s degree in strategic communications. A self-proclaimed foodie and movie critic, Noel enjoys exploring the latest in cuisine and cinema with her husband, Grady. In her spare time, she dominates a number of intramural sports in the metro DC area.
Laura DeFrancesco Ross
As Managing Director, Programs, Laura works with our Catalyst organizations in Stand Together's Catalyst Program, our core offering of high-impact programming and coaching designed for organizations seeking to better understand what growth looks like for their program model. The program's objective is to cultivate a community of high-performing social entrepreneurs who desire to think differently about how they can increase their impact in the communities they serve.
Laura joined Stand Together after a nine-year career in finance and professional services, where she was a management consultant and worked with clients on leadership development programs and organizational change initiatives. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in international studies with a minor in mathematics from Fairfield University and a master's degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Laura is a proud New England native originally from Stratford, Connecticut. She has worked and lived in Bangalore, Jerusalem, and Cholula, Mexico, and she has a passion for adventure travel photography, furniture makeovers, and baking. She and her husband, Jason, live in Springfield with their 2-year-old rescue pup named Carter and senior cat named Zohan.
Mollie joined Stand Together as an Engagement Manager. She supports our partner organizations and helps them develop and realize strategies for greater organizational impact and scale.
Prior to joining Stand Together, Mollie most recently provided strategic capacity building to local nonprofits. She is particularly passionate about helping women and girls and currently sits on the board of Amara Legal Center, which helps victims of sex trafficking. She is a graduate of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and has a certificate in nonprofit management and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Mollie has spent the last 20 years in Washington, DC, and is the proud mom of three kids, Jacques, Thomas, and Sophie. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, yoga and discovering new restaurants.
Tommy joined Stand Together as an engagement manager. In this role, Tommy manages a portfolio of partners and works as a primary contact on designing organizational development strategies. Tommy comes to Stand Together from LivingSocial, where he managed operations and operations strategy. He is a graduate of American University, where he majored in political science with a specialization in American government. Outside of the office, Tommy likes to read fiction, write, and explore the DC area with his wife, Samantha.
Erica joined the Stand Together Catalyst Program team in February 2018. As a Program Manager, she is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of high-impact programming and coaching for Stand Together’s community of social entrepreneurs. She brings experience in entrepreneurship, workforce development, and program management. Prior to joining Stand Together, she worked for a learning and development consultancy in Singapore, a technology start-up in Houston, and a church in Northern Virginia. Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a fan of Asian cuisine, movies, cookbooks, and Bruce Springsteen. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Steven.
Abby is a development coordinator on the stakeholder relations team where she works closely with partners to drive donor stewardship, develops engagement strategies, and coordinate projects. Before joining Stand Together, Abby served in various roles on Capitol Hill including scheduler to the President at the Heritage Foundation, scheduler at the U.S. House of Representatives, and Strategic Partnership Officer at FreedomWorks.
Abby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science. Although she will always consider North Carolina home, Abby currently resides in Washington, DC. In her spare time, you can find her attempting to be a chef in her kitchen, searching for the best local ice cream, and reading mystery novels.
Stacey is an engagement manager at Stand Together. As part of the organization development team, Stacey works with partner organizations to overcome business challenges so they can achieve increased growth and greater organizational impact.
Previously, Stacey was a strategy and performance management consultant at Herren Associates and a program manager at the Partnership for Public Service. She has spent her career working with a wide variety of Federal agencies on development program design and evaluation, event management, and leadership development initiatives. Stacey attended the University of San Francisco where she received a BA in international studies. She is currently a part-time student at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, working to get her Master in Business Administration. As a Florida native, Stacey loves visiting the Sunshine State to see her family and spoil her three nephews. She also enjoys traveling, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and hiking with her husband, Roy, and dog, Lusy.
Andrew Kristofik joined Stand Together as a project manager, where he helps conduct research and analysis on potential investment opportunities. Prior to joining Stand Together, Andrew worked throughout The Seminar Network specializing in business measures, process improvement, and market analysis. Andrew also worked for a wide variety of political campaigns, specializing in policy and communications research.
Erika Loomer joined Stand Together in March 2018 as the Events Manager, where she is responsible for event strategy and management, event logistics, and on-site event coordination.
Prior to joining Stand Together, Erika spent six years in the sports industry, most recently in marketing and brand development for a professional sports agency. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Adelphi University and is a proud University of Central Florida Knight, where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration and sports business as a part of the DeVos Program, a program focused on ethics, diversity, community service and the positive power of sport in society.
A Massachusetts native, you will find Erika cheering on her beloved New England Patriots, finding new hiking trails, and exploring our beautiful country with her family and rescue pup, Bryer.
As a stakeholder relations program assistant, Jocelyn identifies and analyzes potential new partners and drives process improvements to increase team effectiveness. Jocelyn attended Texas A&M University where she majored in communication. Jocelyn is a native Texan, living and working in various cities throughout Texas prior to joining Stand Together. In 2016, she spent a month in Ireland and considered moving there permanently. In her spare time, she enjoys reading classic literature and spending time with her husband, Holmes.
Kelly is an Engagement Specialist with Stand Together, where she supports partners in growing their impact and expanding their reach in communities. Prior to joining Stand Together, Kelly led a project management office for a shared service organization where she drove project and change management for IT, Human Resources, Security, and Facilities Management teams. She has also worked for a nonprofit where she led training operations and logistics, as well as a business association where she consulted with state and local chambers of commerce on employee voter education efforts.
Kelly completed her master’s degree from American University focusing on applied politics and received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University. Kelly is a South Carolina native whose love for food and eating influences most decisions in her life. She also enjoys college football, being outside, and spending time with family. She lived in DC for nine years with her husband Bryan and their dog Ceiba before recently heading back south to Atlanta, GA.
Arif Nassery joined Stand Together in May 2017. Prior to joining the Stand Together team, he worked as a sales consultant at Toyota. He also worked in various USAID projects as an advisor, procurement, logistics and operation specialist for over a decade. Arif earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from Kabul University. He loves to help people improve their lives. He lives in Virginia and in his spare time Arif enjoys being with his family, traveling, and exploring new places.
As director of strategic partnerships, Wilson works with community partners in Appalachia and the Southwestern United States to identify, support, and scale community-driven programs that tackle the root causes of generational poverty and advance opportunities for social and economic mobility.
Prior to Stand Together, Wilson worked in the public affairs department at Total Wine & More, the nation’s largest independent wine retailer. A native Tennessean, Wilson previously worked at the Appalachian Regional Commission where he managed rural economic development programs across the 13-state Appalachian region.
Wilson began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Department of State. He is a graduate of Ferrum College and holds his master’s in theological studies from Harvard University. In 2016, he was accepted into the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
Parita joined Stand Together in March 2017. She provides counsel to Stand Together’s At-Risk Youth & Education Portfolio and helps to identify the next generation of transformative leaders for the Catalyst Program. Over the past fifteen years she has held programmatic positions for public health and youth-development funding initiatives in Boston and New York, and for social enterprises in India, as well as advised the corporate giving strategies of Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining Stand Together, she served as a senior adviser and program officer to a federal program that provided competitive funding support to grow community solutions with evidence of effectiveness in the areas of economic development, public health, and youth development. Born in London and raised in New York City, Parita resides in Maryland.
Rachel is a research analyst at Stand Together, where she conducts background research on potential Catalysts and develops educational materials on key focus areas and geographic contexts. Prior to coming to Stand Together, Rachel worked as a research associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.
Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in economics and Chinese and a minor in architecture. Before to moving to Washington, DC, she spent two years teaching high school algebra in St. Louis as a Teach for America corps member. Her experiences in the classroom motivated her to pursue a career working towards improving educational options and alleviating poverty. She subsequently pursued her master’s degree in economics at George Mason University as an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys yoga, finding the best bagels around, re-reading Harry Potter, and hiking with her dog, Wesley.
Anna is a director of strategic partnerships at Stand Together, where she works to identify and build partnerships with high-impact organizations serving their community. Additionally, she manages the Catalyst Network alumni program focused on building a thriving network of organizations working to break the cycle of poverty.
Before joining Stand Together, Anna worked on health care policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in both research and program management. Anna received her master's degree in economics from George Mason University and her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida. In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, searching for the best queso in the DC area, and spending time with her husband, Matt, and pup, Zoey.
Alexa Satterlee is a program assistant for the Catalyst team at Stand Together. She supports both Laura Defrancesco Ross and the program managers with day-to-day management of program administration, special projects, and materials production. In her most recent role, Alexa was a Sales Associate at a boutique in Columbia, Tennessee, and was responsible for the store’s online platforms and social media campaigns. She also brings nonprofit and programmatic experience from working with the Salvation Army. Alexa earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Grove City College. In her free time, she enjoys cooking empanadas, calligraphy writing, and traveling with her husband, Daniel.
As the program manager for content and evaluations on the Catalyst Program team, Irene oversees the integration of Market-Based Management with the Catalyst Program objectives and drives the evaluation of learning metrics. She helps all the teams across Stand Together understand how Catalyst organizations learn throughout the program, and also seeks for ways to make MBM more useful and informative for our partners. Her personal focus is on showcasing how MBM can be used in non-profits to create value.
Irene earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Mary Washington and her master’s degree in law and public policy from Regent University. Irene hails from Lexington, Virginia, and considers the Blue Ridge Mountains home. She most enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and her growing family. In retirement, Irene aspires to become the proud owner of a miniature long-haired dachshund.
Kyle is a senior project manager for Stand Together. As part of the organizational development team, he helps partners build their operations, infrastructure, and technology capabilities. Prior to joining Stand Together, Kyle led a technology team as the database architect for the Charles Koch Institute.
Kyle enjoys interesting problems and self-improvement kicks, and he has been accused of being ruthlessly competitive at board games.
As a development manager on the stakeholder relations team, Alex works closely with partners to drive donor engagement strategies, donor stewardship, and project coordination. Before joining Stand Together, Alex served on the Professional Talent Development team at the Charles Koch Institute, where she focused on program management and talent engagement across the country.
As a Georgia native, Alex is a proud Bulldawg and graduate of the University of Georgia where she received degrees in political science and international affairs. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational development and knowledge management from George Mason University. In her spare time, you can find Alex running marathons, cycling centuries, playing sports, and adventuring the great outdoors with friends! (Stay tuned, per Lauren McCann’s persuasion, triathlon training is next!)
Rebecca joined the Stand Together team as a program assistant in November of 2017. She supports Erin Keating and the marketing and communications team as they tell powerful stories of personal transformation. Previously, she was a program coordinator for a nonprofit which offered international service trips for young adults. Rebecca studied at Montana State University where she earned a degree in political science and international relations. Originally from Ohio, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Stand Together and she enjoys biking around the city. In her free time, Rebecca loves to spend time with her pet rabbit, Condoleezza.
Lisa joined Stand Together in May 2016 and supports Stand Together’s executive director, Evan Feinberg. She brings a variety of experience to the team, having previously worked for the federal government and also in retail sales and management. Lisa lives in Washington, DC, and, in her free time enjoys traveling and outdoor sports.