Mary Bruce
Executive Director

Mary champions the growth of leaders and the impact of social sector organizations, including through work with America’s Promise Alliance, YCollege 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 indominable 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
Program Coordinator

Anna works with Kristen, our program director, to support scholarships, applications, and events, as well as to create social media content. Anna has worked to support marginalized populations 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. She is also an alumna of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program international politics cohort and an alumna of Alpha Delta Pi. 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 Mobilize.org, 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  (politics) from Willamette University, and an MPA (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 Indianapolis, Indiana.

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