Board of Directors

Martha Cutts

Head of School, Washington Latin Public Charter School, retired

Martha retired in July 2016 after 47 years in secondary education. Most recently she served for eight and a half years as Head of School at Washington Latin Public Charter School, some of whose students took part in LearnServe programs. In 1991, Martha moved to Washington, DC from Connecticut for her position at National Cathedral School as Assistant Head and Director of the Upper School. Her husband Steven teaches history at Holton-Arms School. Board member since 2017.


Jason Downs

Partner, Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy

Jason Downs is a partner at Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy, where he oversees the criminal law and civil rights practice groups. His practice focuses on cases involving police brutality and cases where his clients face parallel civil and criminal proceedings. Prior to entering private practice, Jason served as the Training Director for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he represented individuals that could not afford to hire a private attorney. Jason was also responsible for training private attorneys in the District of Columbia on the latest trends in expert testimony and advances in trial techniques. A 2007 graduate of of the University of Maryland Law School, Jason joined the LearnServe Board of Directors in 2017 to continue the mission of helping the next generation of leaders engage in today’s most important social issues.


Philip Eliot

Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group

Philip is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group, a venture capital firm focused on early stage software companies. He has been working with entrepreneurs as an investor and advisor since 2000, and he has served on the boards of numerous private companies at stages of growth from pre-revenue startups through $100M+ acquisitions. Prior to working in venture capital, Philip worked at Dean and Company, a strategy consulting firm. Philip is an active supporter of social entrepreneurship through volunteer work and was one of the founders of Phoenix Bikes, a non-profit organization teaching social entrepreneurship to students through the operation of a community-focused retail bike shop. Philip has been a volunteer for LearnServe as a Mentor in the Fellows and Incubator programs since 2012 and joined the board in 2017.


Scott Gilman – Chair Finance Committee

Managing Director, Japan Quest Journeys

Scott Gilman is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of JapanQuest Journeys, a Washington, DC and Tokyo-based destination management firm specializing in bespoke “tailor-made” luxury journeys to Japan. Scott is a recognized expert on Japan and the luxury segment of the market. He is an entrepreneur and has also held senior positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer in the financial services industry in both the US and Asia for firms including SMG Capitol Investors, Goldman Sachs and State Street Bank. Scott was the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Board for The Washington International School and Board of The American School in Japan.


Richard Hall – Chair Program Committee

Retired – Washington International School

Dick retired as the head of the Washington International School in July 2007. When he was at WIS, Dick, Kathy Kemper, and Hugh Riddleberger formed the Center for International Education, the core activities of which grew into LearnServe International. Dick’s main interest centered on the collaboration of public and private schools and of teachers and students, all in the interest of social entrepreneurship. Dick is Chairman of the Board of Assist. Dick is married to Carol Hall, a classical musician and teacher. He joined the LearnServe board in order to continue to support its important work as LearnServe expands as an independent organization. Board member since 2008.


Rachel Hutt

Community Wealth Partners

Rachel Hutt is a strategy consultant with Community Wealth Partners. Community Wealth Partners was founded as a social enterprise of Share Our Strength and now works with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations and leaders in the social sector to accelerate progress on their missions and solve social problems at the magnitude they exist. Since joining Community Wealth Partners in 2010, Rachel has amassed significant experience working with youth-serving organizations focused on education, health and hunger through facilitating strategic planning processes and supporting leaders in guiding their organizations through this type of change. Rachel began volunteering as a Venture Mentor in 2014.  She has a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is an avid cyclist and active participant in two volunteer-run Jewish prayer communities in DC.  Board member since 2015.


Martin Kalin

Founder, MK Technology LLC

Marty is the founder of MK Technology LLC and chairman of the MK Group, which includes MK Technology, MK Data Services, and Spark Media. His business experience focuses on export-controls and trade-controls consulting, training, and compliance tools for the international trade community. Marty founded the monthly magazine The Export Practitioner, and he has served as a consultant on a number of business projects in Russia and other countries within the Former Soviet Union. Prior to founding MK Technology, Marty served as a trade consultant with specialties in commodity and technology classification, quantitative analysis, and negotiations for Commerce Department advisory opinions. Marty and his wife Andrea are the parents of Yoni Kalin (Fellows’ 11 and Paraguay ’11). Marty holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is an active member of EO, the “Entrepreneurs Organization,” in the Washington-area chapter, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Advisory Board member 2011-2013.  Board member since 2013.


Kathy Kemper

CEO, Institute for Education

Kathy is founder and CEO of the Institute for Education (“IFE”), a non-profit foundation that promotes leadership and civility locally, nationally and worldwide, and educates youth for global citizenship. A former professional tennis player, Kathy served as head Women’s Tennis Coach at Georgetown from 1978 to 1990. Kathy and her husband James Valentine have two daughters, Kelsey and Christina, both of whom participated in LearnServe summer trips to China and Paraguay. Kathy helped create the Center for International Education, and based on that and on her professional work over many years, nothing could have been more natural than for her to become a founding member of the LearnServe board. Board member since 2008.


Nancy Kuhn – Co-Chair Development Committee

Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, retired

Nancy is an attorney, whose eclectic career has spanned 20 years in private law practice, as well as non-profit and government service. She currently chairs the National Capital Region Advisory Board of College Summit, a national non-profit dedicated to building a diverse pipeline of first generation college-going students. She previously was Director of External Relations for the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a national non-profit composed of Fortune 500 CEOs, university presidents, and foundation leaders dedicated to addressing U.S. education and workforce challenges, particularly in STEM. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she was a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, an international law firm, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of Fortune 200 corporations and national non-profit organizations. She is a former President of Wake Forest University’s Alumni Association and Chair of the Wake Forest annual College Fund, and is a member of the Wake Forest Law School Metropolitan D.C. Externship Program Board. She previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Washington International School.


Ricardo O. Neal – Vice Chair of the Board

Director of Strategy and Innovation, The Literacy Lab

Ricardo Neal is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at The Literacy Lab and has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership and governance and public education.  Before joining The Literacy Lab, Ricardo worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools for almost six years as a staff member at Eastern Senior High School.  While at Eastern, Ricardo served in various roles including Parent Coordinator, Twilight Academy Director (Envision@Eastern), Director of Programs and Strategy, and finally as Director of Strategy and Logistics.  Ricardo was a leader in developing and leading mentoring programs for young men of color at Eastern.  He co-authored Eastern’s successful application and program development for Eastern Empowering Males of Color Innovation Grants.  Ricardo lead the design and implementation of Eastern’s evening academy that is focused on re-engaging and supporting off-track students to earning a high school diploma.  Ricardo left his role in the summer of 2017 to train and recruit young men of color to teach in early childhood education.  Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work.  Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ricardo currently lives in Northeast, Washington DC with his wife and two children. Board member since 2013.


Hugh Riddleberger – Founder; Emeritus

Retired – LearnServe International

Hugh is a career educator, first as a teacher and then in a number of senior administrative capacities, including at schools in Boston and New Orleans as well as Washington. He served as head of Sheridan School in D.C. and interim head of Langley School in Virginia. His father, his wife Louise McIlhenny, and one of his daughters were or are also career educators. He founded LearnServe because of his interest in international community service and in broader community service curriculum in American schools. Board member since 2008.


Craig Rocklin – Co-Chair Development Committee

Director Advancement and Alumni Relations, George Mason University School of Public Policy

Craig Rocklin has served as a fundraising professional for over twenty-five years in the Baltimore/Washington community, raising money for small and large, local, national and international non-profits alike. Organizations for which he has worked include the Children’s Defense Fund, the American Red Cross National Headquarters, Human Rights Campaign, and Children’s National Medical Center. He currently serves as Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations for the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Craig has served as a long-term volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason. Board member since 2013.


Irasema Salcido

Founder, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy

In 1998, Salcido founded Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy in Washington, D.C.  Prior to founding the Chavez Schools, Salcido worked for nine years in the DC Public School system.  In 2009, Salcido developed the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone in the Parkside-Kenilworth Neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  Salcido received the “Use Your Life Award” from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network for her dedication to the students of the Chavez Schools.  Most recently, in 2013, Ms. Salcido was recognized as a Washingtonian of the Year for using her life to help make the Washington area a better place to live.  She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the DC Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the YEPDC (Young Education Professionals).  She received a M.A. in Education, Administration and Social Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is retired and spending time with her husband and five children.   Board memeber since 2015.


Cathy Tinsley – Chair of the Board

Assist, Board of Directors

Cathy is a Texan born and raised who was bitten by the international bug in high school on the Experiment in International Living, spending a summer in France. She and her husband Tom have lived and raised their family in Denmark, The Netherlands and the U.S. Here in Washington she has devoted time to teaching ESL and volunteering in many school and church activities. At Washington International School she was chair (twice) of the principal annual fundraising event, president of the Parent Association, and the chair of the 40th anniversary celebration. Cathy is on the Board of Assist. Cathy joined the LearnServe board because of the diversity of the participants and the depth of learning that happens in both the Fellows program and on the international trips. Board member since 2008.


Richard Weiner

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Richard is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices and a member of the firm’s International Trade and Arbitration Group. He practices in the areas of EU and US regulatory law, international trade and international arbitration and litigation. He served as Chairman of International Dispute Resolution Associates, based in Washington, D.C., and was named an “Honorary Citizen of Mexico City” for devising a debt-for-environment swap for Mexico City, which was signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Richard has written and lectured on international relations, international trade, and international environmental affairs. He is the father of Stephen (Fellows ’11) and Josh (Fellows ’08 and Zambia ’07), and Naomi (Zambia ’12).


Maurice D. Wilkins Jr.

Relationship Manager, Outco Inc.

Maurice Wilkins is a former urban education and nonprofit leader, turned “techie” who has a distinct passion for diversity and inclusion. He recently joined the team at Outco Inc, a job search and interview prep accelerator for software engineers, where he leads Outreach and Relationship Management. Prior to his position at Outco, he served as the Director of Outreach for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) at ZeeMee. Maurice is also a former leader in the LearnServe Fellows Program. Maurice is a first generation college graduate from Morehouse College, where he studied Africana Studies and Political Science.