The GrantEd team is made of three D.C. public school mothers who launched the Taste of H annual fundraiser in 2012 to raise funds for J.O. Wilson Elementary School, their neighborhood Title I public school. Inspired by the results of their efforts, they have decided to establish an entity that would work to bring needed funds to many DC schools.
Amal is a social entrepreneur and community activist devoted to improving public education and access. She serves on the boards of both TEACH D.C. and Live It Learn It, as well as being an advisor to the College Success Foundation, D.C. Prior to her work in public education and social entrepreneurship, Amal taught English as a second language at Inlingua and Berlitz. She spent the early part of her career at the management advisory firm, Corporate Executive Board. Amal holds a B.A. in International Relations from Goucher College.
Prior to forming GrantEd, Julia spent twelve years as an editor at the Biblical Archaeology Society, American Psychiatric Association, and the Center for Applied Linguistics, where she led a multitude of projects across all media platforms. Adept at project management and general strategy, she has spent the last five years as an independent consultant in the nonprofit sector with a particular focus on improving public-school education. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and Spanish from Cornell University, and has lived and worked in D.C. for the last 16 years.
Jenny has twenty years experience as a meeting planner and project manager, plus over fifteen years creating and producing marketing and sales collateral. She guides GrantEd's brand development and messaging, providing strategy, marketing, and design expertise. Since 2009, Jenny has owned and operated JND Creative, an independent Design + Strategy firm. She is active in supporting Capitol Hill North grassroots organizations, including CHNNA and local neighborhood school fundraising efforts. Jenny holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.