Leadership

Christopher Norton, TWC President
Christopher Norton
President
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Chris Norton is a dedicated leader focused on driving new strategies for enhanced learning and social awareness into secondary and post-secondary education. Following a successful career in business, Chris has made the most of his expertise, leadership skills and passion for service by channeling his focus into active and productive roles with a number of educational institutions. His positions as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Boards of The Washington Center, Haverford College and Loomis Chaffee have allowed him to expand his interests across a wide range of educational issues and operational goals, as well as engaging directly with students.

Norton’s leadership skills were developed during a nearly 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, joining in 1987 as a corporate bond product manager. After managing a number of the firm’s businesses in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt, Norton was promoted to partner in 1994. After returning to the U.S. in 1996 he became a managing partner and, in 2000, was named head of the company’s America’s Institutional Business Development Group. In this capacity, he oversaw the investment needs of some of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated institutional clients, including CalPERS, General Motors and the World Bank. Prior to joining Goldman, Chris was a vice president in the Corporate Bond Department for Salomon Brothers, based in both New York and London.

Over the past decade Chris has served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and private companies. He has served since 2004 as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loomis Chaffee, a renowned New England boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut. In this role, he has worked closely with the Head of school and key administrators to execute a bold new strategic plan. One initiative was the founding of the Norton Center for the Common Good. This innovative academic center gives students the tools to make wise, ethically-sound decisions to sustain them throughout their college, professional and civic lives.

Chris has also served in a variety of leadership roles with Haverford College in Pennsylvania, including Board Manager since 2004, Vice Chair from 2009 to 2015, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. In addition, he co-chaired the school’s fundraising campaign with Hunter Rawlings III, a Haverford alumnus and past president of the Association of the American Universities.

In 2003, Chris joined the Board of Directors of The Washington Center. He has served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Comprehensive Campaign (which raised $16.3 million against a goal of $15 million), Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee through 2015. Chris is also the proud father of a TWC alumna.

Chris graduated from Haverford College in 1980 with a BA in history. He and his wife Carter have five children. The family currently lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

David Anderson, Senior VP, State Relations
David Anderson
Senior VP, State Relations
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David Anderson, Ph.D., leads The Washington Center’s State Relations Department. Over the past fourteen years, David and his team have raised over $30 million from twenty three U.S. states and territories interested in supporting their students’ education and their state’s workforce development. Current partners include: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Delaware.

Anderson works with the Advanced Leadership and International Programs Department creating new initiatives, especially with Canadian provinces. He also works with the Federal Relations Department creating new initiatives with U.S. federal agencies. David also played a key role creating The Washington Center’s Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill Program, which enabled students to participate in small group meetings with their U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or staff.

Anderson was Executive Director of Youth04, an election 2004 young voter mobilization effort, when he joined The Washington Center in August 2004. Youth04 was a joint project of The Center for Democracy and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University, and The Washington Center. He was previously the Task Force Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at The George Washington University, which was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Anderson was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 2016 Democratic Primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

Anderson is the Editor of Leveraging: A Political, Economic, and Societal Framework (Springer 2014). He is also the author of Youth04: Young Voters, the Internet, and Political Power (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) and Co-editor (with Michael Cornfield) of The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). He has written numerous articles and book chapters and more than 60 op-eds for The Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, The Hill, The Frederick News-Post and many other newspapers. Anderson taught “Ethics for Political Management” at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management for 12 years. He was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, Trident Technical College, and the College of Charleston. Anderson has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in Washington. He received his B.A. in philosophy from The George Washington University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Michigan.

Kelly Eaton, Chief Academic Officer
Kelly Eaton
Chief Academic Officer
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Kelly Eaton, Ph.D., is The Washington Center’s Chief Academic Officer. She oversees the Academic Internship Program which includes curriculum, program performance and assessment. She also oversees Student Services (including housing, career services and disability services), Office of Federal Relations and the Academic Seminars department. Kelly is also TWC’s lead representative to the academic community.

Kelly was a political science professor for twenty-five years before joining TWC. Most recently she was Assistant Provost for Experiential Education and chair of the political science department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has also taught at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China, the National Political University (Cheng Chi University) in Taipei, Taiwan, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Loyola Marymount University. As a professor she taught courses on China, Europe, international security, international law, comparative politics and political thought. As a university administrator, Kelly has worked in all areas of experiential learning including international education, internships, service learning and undergraduate research as well as overseeing the creation of new programs for non-traditional students. As a professor and administrator, she helped numerous students prepare to win national prestige scholarships including Fulbright, Truman, Boren, Goldwater and Rhodes.

Kelly was a Fulbright grantee to Taiwan in 2002 and was awarded the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for her state in 2003. In 2004 she was recognized for “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science” by The American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha. Her Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Affairs are from The George Washington University.

Fred Keaton, Senior Human Resources Director
Fred Keaton
Senior Human Resources Director
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Fred Keaton, Ed.D., SPHR, is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the human resources function for The Washington Center. This includes compensation and benefits, employee relations, EEO, training, workers compensation, performance management, and the human resource information systems.

Fred was appointed The Washington Centers Director of Human Resources on January 5th, 2009. Prior to coming to The Washington Center, Fred was Director of Human Resources and Staff Development for USATODAY newspaper. Fred has over 20 years of experience as an internal and external organizational development consultant and management trainer in private industry and in the Federal Government. Fred, a former Air Force Officer also has over 20 years of experience as an adjunct professor of Organizational Development and Human Resources. He has taught in the graduate schools of Central Michigan University, Nyack College, the University of Maryland University College and The University of Detroit.

Fred earned his Ed.D. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership. He earned his M.A. in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University and his B.A. in Economics from Howard University.

Rebeca Lamadrid, VP, Operational Effectiveness
Rebeca Lamadrid
VP, Operational Effectiveness
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Rebeca Lamadrid, M.A., serves as Vice President, Operational Effectiveness. Rebeca leads a team responsible for the pre-arrival experience of our students, developing relationships with internships site hosts and the matching and placement process. She also oversees a team responsible for the distribution of financial aid and enrollment services.

Prior to this position, Rebeca served as senior director of the communications department leading organization-wide projects including the rebranding strategy and execution, the revamping of TWC’s website and the development of various digital projects with key operational outcomes. Prior to joining The Washington Center, Rebeca worked in Mexico as an Account Executive at a national in-store merchandising firm, owned a wood-shop with a dedicated line of products and worked for General Electric on a paperless initiative between plants and industrial systems suppliers in Monterrey, Mexico.

Rebeca has experience across sectors and is passionate about operational execution and improvement. She earned an MA from York University in Toronto and a BS in Industrial Design from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Rebeca has lived abroad in Italy and Canada and resides in Washington D.C. with her family.

Federico Ling, VP, International Strategic Partnerships
Federico Ling
VP, International Strategic Partnerships
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Federico Ling, M.A. leads the The Washington Center’s international efforts to offer professional development programs and training opportunities for students and leaders around the world. As Vice President for International Strategic Partnerships, he is responsible for formulating advancement strategies and leading the team to build strong partnerships worldwide.

Federico is a political and international expert with several years of experience developing strategic alliances with foreign partners including governments, foundations, corporate entities and non-governmental institutions. He previously worked as the Director of Political Analysis for the President of Mexico in addition to serving as an advisor to the Secretary of State in Mexico and as Chief of Staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee within the Mexican House of Representatives.

Federico holds a M.A. in Political Analysis and Information Media from Tecnológico de Monterrey and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Universidad Iberoamericana. He is also an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitors Leadership Program and continues to serve as a national op-ed columnist for various newspapers in Mexico. Federico is originally from Mexico and has previously lived in Italy. He currently resides in Washington DC with his wife, Paulina.

Jung Ran Lim Vice President, Federal and Customized Initiatives, The Washington Center
Jung Ran Lim
VP, Federal and Customized Initiatives
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Jung Ran Lim. M.A., serves as Vice President, Federal and Customized Initiatives. Jung sets strategic direction for all customized programs at The Washington Center including federal internship programs and initiatives that are funded by corporations, foundations or foreign governments. Some of the federal initiatives she oversees include partnerships with the Department of State, the Department of Transportation, and Naval Research Lab among others. Some of the customized initiatives she has managed include: Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors, Ford Motor Company Global Scholars, Global Competencies, Korean Educators, Mexico 100, Panama Innovation & Competitiveness, Prudential Foundation Global Citizens, Sonora 100, Veterans Employment Trajectory Initiative, and Women’s Empowerment. Jung is also a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and conducts StrengthsFinder workshops for diverse audiences.

Prior to joining TWC, Jung worked in the fields of education, international trade law, and conference planning and also did volunteer work in various countries. In addition to working at TWC, Jung is a board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP DC) and a member of the Korean Women International Network (KOWIN). She also provides mentoring to young professionals through naisA Global and served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC (YNPNdc). Jung received her B.A. from Hanyang University and M.A. from Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies.  

Carmenchu Mendiola, Chief Marketing Officer
Carmenchu Mendiola
Chief Marketing Officer
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Carmenchu Mendiola, M.A., has more than 18 years of experience in corporate identity, brand management, strategic marketing and digital strategy. She leads The Washington Center's institutional brand and assists TWC's leadership in the development and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for a diverse group of audiences. She is also responsible for managing TWC's PR/media relations, crisis communications and the organization's digital strategy.

Carmenchu led a full rebranding strategy for TWC that included research, positioning and a complete overhaul of TWC's visual identity. 

Her work has been featured in two books: Building Better Brands: A Comprehensive Guide to Brand Strategy and Identity Development by Scott Lerman and SPIKE your Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results by Adele Cehrs.

Carmenchu is also a pro bono consultant for the Taproot Foundation, helping other nonprofits achieve their marketing and communications goals.

She is an alumna of TWC's Internship Program and received an M.A. in Strategic Marketing, as well as a B.A. in Communications. Carmenchu is originally from Mexico and lives in Washington, D.C.

Carmenchu's expertise includes:

  • Branding Strategy
  • Corporate Identity
  • Public Relations
  • Online and Social Media Strategy
  • Marketing Materials and Publications
  • Integrated Communications Strategies
Kevin Nunley, VP, Student Affairs
Kevin Nunley
VP, Student Affairs
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At The Washington Center, Kevin Nunely, M.S., oversees three functional areas of the institution:  Academic Internship Programs, Student Services & Community Life, and the Academic Seminars Department. In this role, he has oversight of the student experience during their time in Washington, DC.

This includes the curriculum that guides their transition from theory to practice, their professional development and growth within their internship sites, their experience in our living and learning environment, and more. Additionally, he plays a lead role in The Washington Center's Emergency Protocols and Response team.

Prior to joining TWC, Kevin worked at several colleges and universities in higher education, student affairs, wellness, and teaching with roles in residential life, counseling, wellness, diversity and inclusion.

In the DC Community, Kevin serves as the Chairperson for the Board of Directors with Metro DC PFLAG, a group facilitator at Whitman Walker Clinic, and a spokesman for Diversity topics with the DC Center.

His academic background includes three Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, Biology, and Pre-Medical Sciences as well as a Masters of Science in Biomedical Research with concentrations in Neurology and Teratology.

The Washington Center VP Academic Affairs and Career Readiness Sherrod Williams
Sherrod Williams
VP Academic Affairs and Career Readiness
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Sherrod Williams is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Career Readiness for The Washington Center (TWC). As Vice President, Sherrod is responsible for the student experience at TWC including oversight of our Academic Internship Program, managing our portfolio of over 600 internship sites, career readiness programs, and evening courses. In this role, he focuses on the innovation and evolution of programs while developing positive student experiences each semester. Sherrod manages the staff responsible for the program delivery, faculty, internship advising, internship site coordination, team of instructors that all work collaboratively to ensure successful experiences and cultivates partnership that enhance our programs. Sherrod provides leadership in our strategy to address access and support for first generation and underserved college students at TWC.

Prior to The Washington Center, Sherrod served as the Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) where he founded and created a comprehensive leadership development framework that guided students to have optimal leadership development experiences through local, national, and global community engagement and campus involvement. Sherrod was also responsible for assessment and strategic planning for the division of student affairs which involved collecting data and preparing a variety of reports for the Chancellor of the University. Before moving to Boston, Sherrod worked in Birmingham, AL at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in a number of functional areas including student leadership, student life, and undergraduate admissions. He also worked in the non-profit sector as a program director coordinating a Service Learning program in Birmingham schools. 

In addition to his work, Sherrod has been involved with the LeaderShape Institute for several years and is now a Co-Lead Facilitator where he travels the country presenting an intense leadership experience to college students. Sherrod is a graduate of UAB where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and Master of Art in Educational Leadership focusing in Higher Education Administration. He has successfully defended his dissertation for his PhD at the UMass Boston that focuses on lived experiences of first generation college students in leadership development programs.