May 18, 2023
Dear Partners and Friends,
On behalf of The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation board and family, I am thrilled to announce Hannah Hahn as our new Executive Director effective July 2023.
Hannah brings a deep commitment to D.C. and the communities we invest in, as well as extensive experience in philanthropy as a practitioner and thought leader.
Hannah is a familiar face to many of you. Having spent the last decade at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Hannah has established strategic funding priorities, strengthened giving policies and practices, and built the capacity of grantee partners for two of the region’s largest private foundations. She stewarded grants focused on pre-K through college education, out-of-school-time, early childhood, workforce development, food security and more.
Hannah has been a long-time member of Washington Grantmakers and has held leadership roles as co-chair of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and chair of the Investment Committee of Education Forward. She will be on the faculty of the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership’s new Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership; we look forward to others learning from her best practices.
During a national search that included more than 150 impressive candidates, Hannah stood out as the best. Already sharing our values and an unwavering commitment to promoting equity and social justice, Hannah’s knowledge of the Foundation’s philanthropic priorities will ensure a smooth transition for our grantee partners. Like our family, she sees limitless possibility in people and in our community – with her passion and professional skills, we are poised to grow and deepen our impact.
As we look to the future, we are humbled by what we have accomplished over nearly three decades. To date, we have invested more than $50 million in local and national causes. And we did not get here alone. We are grateful for the sage counsel of Julia Baer-Cooper, whose exceptional contributions to our Foundation for nearly 20 years have both advanced our impact in DC and left an indelible imprint on our local nonprofit sector. We are appreciative of her gracious support to ensure this smooth leadership transition. We would also like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Sandy Katz, our other long-term trusted advisor, who was instrumental in the Foundation’s embodiment of Tikkun Olam, the Jewish call to repair the world, through our investments in Jewish Life and civic engagement.
Thank you as well to Carlyn Madden and her executive search firm Good Insight for their expertise and guidance in this process.
Again, we could not be more thrilled about this new chapter. Please direct all future correspondence for the Foundation about grants, reports and related matters to [email protected].
Please join us in congratulating Hannah!
Richard England, Jr.
President, Board of Directors