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More than 40 years ago, Bread for the City launched as a front line agency serving Washington’s poor. We began as two organizations. Zacchaeus Free Clinic began in 1974 as a volunteer-run free medical clinic, and a coalition of downtown churches activated Bread for the City in 1976 to feed and clothe the poor.

The two groups officially merged in 1995. Today, Bread for the City is led by a talented and caring staff committed to DC’s low-income community and the ideals of racial equity, dignity, justice, service, and respect.

Our Leadership

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George A. Jones

Chief Executive Officer

George A. Jones has served as CEO of Bread for the City since January 2, 1996. As CEO, Jones leads (in conjunction with the Board of Directors) the development and execution of BFC’s long and short term strategies and has final oversight over all administrative, financial, business, and programmatic actions of the organization, and its 100+ staff members.

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Jeannine C. Sanford, Esq.

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Jeannine Sanford is BFC’s second-in-command and responsible for overseeing daily administrative, programmatic, and business operations. Sanford also establishes policies and procedures that promote BFC’s culture and vision, sets goals to promote sustainability and growth, manages relationships with partners and vendors, and leads employees to encourage job satisfaction, performance, and dedication.

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Randi Abramson, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Randi Abramson leads Bread for the City's medical program, providing direction and management of all spheres. She has served as medical director since 1991.

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Sekou “Koe” Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Koe Murphy is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of Bread for the City. He has served in this role since March 2010.

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Andrea Messina

Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Andrea is responsible for Bread for the City’s annual fund, communications and capital projects fundraising.

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Lynda Brown, MA

Center Director, Social Services Director (SE)

Ms. Brown joined the Social Services program in October 2002 after serving as the program director at the Mellwood House for Women and Children.

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Melissa Frazier

Food, Clothing & Facilities Director

Melissa Frazier is responsible for supervising the operations, inventory, and distribution of Bread for the City's Food, Clothing, and Sustainable Agriculture divisions and the work of their associated staff. She also oversees all aspects of facilities maintenance and operations, repair, and renovation for the organization's two centers.

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Su Sie Ju, Esq.

Legal Clinic Director

As Legal Director, Su Sie Ju oversees the legal work and advocacy efforts of 16 attorneys, loaned associates, legal fellows, attorney volunteers, and 5 non-attorney staff.

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Tracy Knight, LICSW

Social Services Director (NW)

Tracy Knight has led Bread for the City's Northwest Social Services program since 2002. She is responsible for the overall operations of our Behavioral Health services, Housing Access Program, Representative Payee Program, SOAR SSI application assistance program, MSW student training program, and our NW Center’s generalist social work practice.

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Edie Oliver

Human Resources Director

Edie Oliver serves as Bread for the City’s Human Resources Director. In this multifaceted role, she advises the director team on the implications of change and growth, including working to develop a strong recruitment and training program, ensuring a safe working environment, helping employees navigate challenges, developing competitive compensation and benefits packages, ensuring compliance with local and federal regulations, and creating training and professional development opportunities for employees.

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Aja Taylor

Advocacy Director

Ms. Taylor joined Bread for the City as a Community Organizer in the Community Lawyering Project in 2012, and became the organization’s first-ever Advocacy Director in the fall of 2015.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with any of the above
staff members, please contact communications@breadforthecity.org

Board of Directors

Fiscal Year 2019 (2018-2019)
Name Position
Patrice Ali Student
Mark Aron Attorney (retired)
Michael Blue CDL/Limousine Driver
Marnette D. Chase DCPS Food Service Worker
Jonathan Fee – Vice President Of Counsel, Alston + Bird
Marie Hoffman, MPH – Secretary Community Member
Charmaine Langford IT Specialist
Robert Lassiter Dietary Aide
Baderinwa Lumumba-Unumoja Community Member
Patricia Neuman SVP & Director of Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
Olateju Ojomo Licensed Practical Nurse / Teacher
Leon Owensby Public Speaker, Community Member
Maja Rasheed Founder, Kuumba Learning Center
Paul R. Taskier – President Attorney (retired)
Derek Thomas – Treasurer Partner, KPMG LLP
Harold Valentine Community Member

Bread, Inc. Board of Directors

Fiscal Year 2017 (2016-2017)
Name Position
Mark Aron Attorney (retired)
Mary Christie, Ph.D. Management Consultant
Rosalind C. Cohen Attorney, Private Practice
Z. Colette Edwards, M.D. National Medical Director, Associate Health and Well-Being, Humana
Jonathan Fee – Vice President Of Counsel, Alston + Bird
Donald J. Friedman – Secretary Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Dennis O. Garris Partner, Alston + Bird LLP
Anthony Herman Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Louise Hilsen Senior Advisor, Kelly Drye & Warren LLP
Toks E. Ladejobi Assistant Vice President, MacFarlane Partners
Amanda L. Major Partner, WilmerHale LLP
Donna M. Neale, MD Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Michelle O’Neill Vice President, Government Affairs and Trade Policy, Alcoa
Dave Pastrick Project Executive, Clark Construction Group, LLC
Alan A. Pemberton Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Steven V. Roberts Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Nowell Rush Consultant
Rudy M. Seikaly Chief Executive Officer, MCN Build LLC
Paul R. Taskier – President Attorney (retired)
Derek Thomas – Treasurer Partner, KPMG LLP
A. Katherine Toomey Partner, Lewis Baach PLLC
Laura Tuell Of Counsel, Jones Day
David Umansky Public Affairs Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer of Washington, DC
Anthony A. Williams CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council

If you want to learn more about either Board of Directors,
please contact Chief Executive Officer George A. Jones.



Staff Directory

Name Position Phone Number
Aja Taylor Advocacy Director 202.587.5919
Allison Meads Cancer Patient Navigator 202-386-7015
Allison Miles-Lee, Esq. Managing Attorney (Family & Public Benefits) 202.386.7080
Amy Gellatly, Esq. Staff Attorney (Housing) 202.480.8921
Andre Saliba IT Network Manager 202.480.8907
Andrea Messina Chief Development Officer 202.386.7613
Angela Rhone Senior Manager, Database and Donor Relations 202.480.8942
Ashley Bucci, LICSW Social Worker (NW) 202.745.3337
Ashley Moore, LICSW Associate Director of Care Management (NW) 202.386.7605
Belinda Reeder Re-certification & Front Office Coordinator 202.561.8587 x1983
Bernice Minor Resource Receptionist 202.386.7085