Our Leadership

Board of Directors

President: Cynthia Bailey, Deputy County Attorney, Fairfax County Attorney’s Office

Vice President: Jennafer Miller, Principal of Community Engagement, Evans Incorporated

Secretary: Leslie LaCroix, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Dev. George Mason University

Treasurer: Lisa Lough, General Manager, Individual & Family Plans, Cigna Healthcare

Maristeve Bradley, President, Marketing & Business Solutions

David Brunori, Attorney,  Research Professor, Public Policy and Public

Jeffrey Gander, Continuous Improvement Officer, DC Government

Jillian Heltzel, Head of Human Resources, Farmers Restaurant Group

Bill Hudson, Nonprofit Executive

Susan Ricci, Director, Vale U.M.C. Preschool

Lori Wood, Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund


David Brunori

David Brunori is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. Brunori is a partner at Quarles & Brady where he specializes in state and local taxation.  At GWU, he is a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where he teaches courses in state and local public finance, fiscal federalism, and state politics and policy.  He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School.

He previously served as the Deputy Publisher at Tax Analysts and as contributing editor to State Tax Notes magazine for which he wrote the Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state and local tax and budget politics.

He has published numerous books and articles on state and local tax policy. His book State Tax Policy: a Political Perspective, won the 2001 Choice Award. A third edition of his Local Tax Policy: a Federalist Perspective will soon be published by the Urban Institute Press.

He served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington DC law firm.

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Lori Wood

Lori Wood is the Executive Director of the Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund located in Fairfax, Va. The Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund is a $4 billion, labor-management defined benefit pension plan with approximately 140,000 participants nationwide.  Lori has 24 years of experience in working with Taft-Hartley benefit plans, plan sponsors and organized labor.  She grew up in the Washington, DC area.   After graduating from Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration, she joined the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where, throughout her career, she served in a variety of senior management roles for SEIU and its funds, including serving as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Lori also worked from 2013 to 2015 at the Children’s Defense Fund where she served as Vice President for Field and acting Chief Operating Officer.  Working side by side with the organization’s founder, Marian Wright Edelman, Lori was responsible for the day to day operations of CDF as well as overseeing seven state offices across the country providing guidance and counsel to tireless child advocates serving as Executive Directors in the field.

In addition to her degree from Marymount University, Lori holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and the Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) designations from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lori lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, Joe, and their three sons, Jake, Jared, and Justin.

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Leslie LaCroix

Dr. Leslie La Croix is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the College of Education and Human Development in the Early Childhood Education Program. Dr. La Croix’s areas of expertise are grounded in curriculum and instruction for young learners, birth through age 8, and in teacher education and professional development for early childhood educators. She is focused on supporting preservice and inservice teachers’ understandings of meaningful assessment practices, rich literature experiences, and developmentally appropriate practices that honor diverse young children and their families.

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Lisa Lough

Lisa Lough is the General Manager for the Individual & Family Plans and the Medicaid businesses at Cigna Healthcare. She is accountable for the P&L, strategy development and all business operations of these businesses. Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of business P&L leadership, strategy development, risk management, business operations, sales leadership and consumer marketing expertise.  Her experience spans multiple industries, including telecom and a number of financial services roles before moving into the healthcare space.

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from George Washington University. She very much enjoys living in the City of Fairfax with her three children.

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Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson is a nonprofit professional with over twenty years of experience in various leadership positions. Most recently he was the administrator for one of Pennsylvania’s largest public library systems. Over the years, while working on, for and with dozens of boards, he developed a passion for board governance and an appreciation for the effect great boards can have on their respective organizations. He is a native of southeastern North Carolina and has a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently enjoys living in Reston with his partner Juli.

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