Mary Bruce
Executive Director

Mary champions the growth of leaders and the impact of social sector organizations, including through previous work with America’s Promise Alliance, College Board, CPB, the GradNation, MENTOR, and AmeriCorps Alums. She also serves as an adjunct professor in leadership at the University of Virginia, faculty for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count™ leadership development program, and on the national steering committees of Equity in the Center and New Politics.

Mary earned her BA  from the University of Virginia and her MPA  from Princeton. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps   and the Peace Corps  . She got her start in the nonprofit sector interning at the Spanish American Committee in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Mary joined the foundation as its first executive director; she has B.A.’s indomitable will to make things happen.

Kristen Hecht
Program Director

Kristen oversees our signature program, EmpowHER. She also supports our growing community of BA Women. Previously, Kristen worked as the director of membership and programs at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and now sits on the executive committee of its board of directors. She has also worked at the Human Trafficking Legal Center, the American Physical Therapy Association, and Quota International.

Kristen graduated from American University with a master’s degree in international politics and she holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of North Texas. She got her start in Washington, D.C. interning at the Women & Politics Institute and now lives in Washington, D.C.

Kristen has been an integral member of the team since inception; she has B.A.’s integrity and commitment to excellence.

Anna Foster
Communications Coordinator

Anna manages the communications of BA Women, maintaining our digital presence, coordinating both digital and printed content, and executing event marketing, in addition to supporting the work of the program staff. Anna has previously worked at the City of Charlotte’s Office of International Relations and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

She has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University and is an alumna of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program. She is also an alumna of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and currently serves on their Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board. She got her start interning at the  U.S. House of Representatives and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Anna was our first intern-to-staff hire; she has B.A.’s generosity and moral compass.

Amber Cruz Mohring
Special Projects Manager

Amber supports our special events and operations. She is also the owner of ACM Consulting. Before launching her consulting firm, Amber was the Interim Co-Executive Director of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the Senior Strategy Officer for Convenings at Lumina Foundation, and Director of Programs for, and a field organizer United States Senator Jeff Merkley.

Amber currently serves on the board of directors for YI Advisors, as well as for Giving+Sum. She has a BA in politics from Willamette University, and an MPA in nonprofit management at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  She got her start interning on Washington State Representative Deb Wallace’s campaign and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Amber joined the team in 2018; she has B.A.’s compassion and persistence.

Lindsey Loyd
Partnerships Manager

Lindsey supports BA's development efforts, specifically for foundation and small business partnerships.

Lindsey has over 10+ years of experience in the fields of organizational development and fundraising, providing counsel to over 40 non-profits with a broad spectrum of scope, size, and regional presence. Before becoming an independent fundraising consultant, she worked as a Senior Consultant at Graham-Pelton, a Major Gifts Officer at New Orleans City Park, and an Associate Director at Orr Group. She pivoted into the non-profit space (and to D.C.) after serving as a cognitive therapist for children with special needs.

Lindsey graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in business management. Lindsey now lives in the Washington, D.C. area where you can find her running on the Mall. She has B.A.'s compassion and commitment to equity.