Strategic Plan Process & Acknowledgements
Our Organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats
In analyzing the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) for The Washington Center, market and socioeconomic trends as well as the changing demography, the new strategic direction for The Washington Center aims to create a better ecosystem, building solutions for higher education, employers, and the federal government, not just students—and all with access and inclusion top of mind.
We've updated our thinking through the strategic planning process to acknowledge that, to achieve our mission, we'll need to develop new and updated models for learners, education, and the workplace that reflect and address the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.
Employers, alumni, staff, Board of Trustees and higher education partners provided feedback and counsel to the process.
Members of the Strategic Planning Task Force representing the Board of Trustees, staff and partners.
Off the record roundtables with employers, higher education faculty and administrators.
individual and groups sessions with staff, board and employers to refine the focus and direction.
This plan is the result of the dedicated counsel and hard work of many in The Washington Center community. Input from the Board of Trustees, students, alumni, staff, higher education partners, employers and donors helped to guide the work.
We’d like to especially acknowledge the following for their thoughtful input, guidance, and review during this process.
Strategic Planning Task Force
Christopher Cooper Chief Operating Officer, Catapult
Christine Park Former President, New York Life
Debbie Sallis Chair, TWC Strategic Planning; Founder, Coaching Conversations
Ketty Trivedi Chief Marketing Officer, Prudential Group Insurance
Paige Warren Vice-Chair of the Board Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Harvard University
TWC Staff Members:
Avi Criden Director, Academic Internship Programs
Kim Churches President
Carmenchu Mendiola-Fernandez* Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President
B Nathan Career Advisor
Danielle Samsingh Business Development Manager
Mariel Shilling* Assistant Director, Institutional Partnerships & Admissions
Shannan Spisak Director, Federal Initiatives
Sherrod Williams Interim Chief of Staff/Vice President, Academic Affairs & Career Readiness
Camille McKayle Provost, University of the Virgin Islands
Jeff Stein Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Elon University
*The Washington Center Alumni
We would also like to thank the Executive Committee of the Board for their ongoing support and review as well as our many higher education partners, liaisons and employer partners who provided guidance and counsel along our journey.
Board of Trustees
Susan Pannullo, M.D. ’81* Chair of the Board Director of Neuro-Oncology New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center
Paige Warren Vice-Chair of the Board Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow , Harvard University
Carol Ann Blinken Founder Blinken Interiors
Sheila McRevey Burke Co-founder The Washington Center
Yisel Cabrera ’04* Government & Community Relations Manager Ford Motor Company
Christopher Cooper Chief Operating Officer Catapult
Dr. Constantine “Deno” Curris President Emeritus American Association of State Colleges & Universities
Ivelisse Estrada Senior Vice President (retired) Univision Communications
Michael B. Goldstein Managing Director Tyton Partners
Dr. Lawrence J. Korb Senior Fellow Center for American Progress
Dr. Leo Lambert President Emeritus Elon University
Hon. Kenneth McClintock Hernández Senior Advisor Politank
Tia Brown McNair, Ed.D. Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Student Success Association of American Colleges & Universities
John S. Orlando ’76* Founder Point52 Group, LLC
Christine Park Former President New York Life Foundation
Debbie Sallis Founder Coaching Conversations
Dylan Solomon ’19* Capture Analyst Prescient Edge
Thomas J. Stanton, III Managing Director Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
GT Svanikier ’16* Associate, Engineering Management & Strategy Goldman Sachs
Dr. Marta Tellado ’81* President & CEO Consumer Reports
Ketty Trivedi Chief Marketing Officer Prudential Group Insurance
*The Washington Center Alumni