Mike has been a Trustee of the John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation since the late 1970’s and is currently its Chairman. Mike, now a retired senior partner of Hughes & Bentzen, PLLC, practiced law in the District of Columbia and Maryland since 1965. Over the past 50 plus years Mike was chairman/president of numerous nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia area, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Junior Achievement, The Barker Adoption Foundation, Montgomery College Foundation, DePauw University Alumni chapter, The George Washington University National Law School alumni group, and Population Reference Bureau. Mike was on the board and General Counsel of the National Council for Adoption for approximately 20 years, and he provided legal services for over 150 adoptive families gratis. He served as a board member and Treasurer of Washington Ballet and chair of the Joffery Ballet local board.
Jeff has been a trustee of Fowler for approximately 30 years and became President of Fowler in mid-2020. Jeff is a CPA and a lawyer and brings a perspective to Fowler that appreciates nonprofit organizations that not only do great things for the neediest among us, but also can do so with a certain financial efficiency, organizational focus, and operational rigor.
Jeff retired from Aronson LLC (a regional CPA firm) in 2017 and now works part time as General Counsel of WC Smith, a DC based real estate company focusing on development, property management and construction activities. Jeff also has, over the years, served on a number of nonprofit boards and currently is a board member, Treasurer, and Finance Committee Chair for Building Bridges Across the River, Inc.
Jeff is excited about the recent addition of Brian and Kelly as Trustees, and the new thoughts and energy they bring toward creating “Fowler 3.0”!
Kelly began her role as a trustee of the Fowler Foundation in 2020. She is looking for thoughtful and innovative approaches to solving the complex issues which surround empowering underserved and at-risk people. As a Director of Innovation in PwC’s Labs 2.0, she leverages her skills from her day job to tackle the important questions and challenges raised by Fowler. She is the middle of three daughters and enjoys getting to the Jersey shore any chance she can get. Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC, she is excited to hear from you.
Brian began his role as a trustee of the Fowler Foundation in 2020. Brian joined Amazon in February 2017 as a Senior Manager with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Prior to that, he worked for other technology companies such as Salesforce.com, CA technologies, and Sun Microsystems. He enjoys innovating with customers to disrupt markets and looks forward to applying this approach to empower underserved and at-risk people.
Suzie grew up in the philanthropic community, helping her mom who ran her own business as a philanthropic consultant and Executive Director of several DC family foundations. In her earliest days, Suzie was a world-class envelope stuffer- pioneering techniques to improve efficiency and avoid licking stamps and envelopes before progressing to more serious assistance. After college Suzie pursued her own career field, moving from Operations to corporate Director of Human Resources and then Training for large national companies. Throughout those two decades Suzie would periodically jump in on a temporary basis and help her mom with larger contracts, such as the National Endowment of the Arts. 10 years ago that occasional work became a part-time consultancy with the John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, eventually expanding into a permanent career change and full-time position with the Foundation.