Bread for the City’s senior staff are experts in their fields. The following staff are available for media interviews:
George A. Jones, Executive Director
George A. Jones became Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City (BFC) on January 2, 1996. He is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization. Mr. Jones has led Bread for the City’s growth from a $1.2 million operation in 1996 to an $8.2 million operation in 2012. This growth included overseeing the development of a new center in Southeast DC in 2002, as well as the 11,000 s.f. expansion of BFC’s Northwest Center, which opened for service in December 2010.
From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Jones served as Chairman of the Board of the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), a non-profit which advocates for the expansion of healthcare access and reduction of healthcare disparities among low-income DC residents. He currently serves as the DCPCA’s Vice Chairman, serves on the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board, and is on the Board of the Capital Area Food Bank. Mr. Jones is also a 2011 winner of the Center for Non-Profit Advancement’s Gelman, Rosenberg, & Freedman EXCEL Award.
Before coming to Bread for the City, Mr. Jones worked for Chrysalis, a Los Angeles, CA organization working to help homeless adults secure employment. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Psychology from Norfolk State University, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Randi Abramson, MD, Medical Clinic Director
Since 1991, Dr. Abramson has provided direction and management on all aspects of Bread for the City’s medical program. She manages the recruitment of medical volunteers; cultivates relationships with medical schools to establish residency programs; oversees and coordinates the development and operation of medical clinics; and conducts patient examinations and referrals. Dr. Abramson also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University Medical Center, and holds a M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.
Lynda Brown, MA, CAC, SE Center Director
Ms. Brown joined the Social Services program in October 2002 after serving as the program director at the Mellwood House for Women and Children. Throughout her twenty-year career, she has focused on child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment. Ms. Brown holds an M.A. in Human Development/Child & Family Studies from Syracuse University and is a certified addictions counselor.
Melissa Frazier, Food & Clothing Programs Director
Ms. Frazier took over this role in January 2011 after the untimely passing of our former beloved Food Program Director, Ted Pringle. Prior to this role, Ms. Frazier spent five years as our Facilities & Operations Supervisor and has worked at Bread for the City in one capacity or another since 2003. Ms. Frazier is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the food and clothing programs, including soliciting food and clothing donations, coordinating pick-ups, keeping inventory, supervising volunteers, and coordinating distribution.
Tracy Knight, LICSW, NW Social Services Program Director
Ms. Knight joined the Social Services program in 2000 as a social worker and became the director in 2002. In that capacity, Ms. Knight supervises and coordinates staff, volunteers, and student counselors and case workers; coordinates client intakes, applications for public assistance, and case management; establishes and maintains relationships with community partner agencies; and conducts counseling and case management with individual clients. Ms. Knight received her M.S.W. with a Concentration in Clinical Practice from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sekou Murphy, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Murphy became CFO in March 2010. Prior to this, Sekou served as CFO/COO of a media technology company, Investment Officer of a private equity firm, and audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers serving many of the firm’s flagship not-for-profit clients. He has also served on the boards and finance committees of several not-for-profit organizations. Sekou received his BBA in Accounting from Howard University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sekou is also the winner of the 2012 SmartCXO Award for Chief Financial Officer at a non-profit.
Jeannine C. Sanford, Esq., Deputy Director
Jeannine C. Sanford is the Chief Operating Officer of Bread for the City, a non-profit with a $6.3 million dollar operating budget, 77 staff members and 1,200 volunteers providing food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services to nearly 10,000 low income District of Columbia residents each month. Ms. Sanford is responsible for daily operations including administrative and program oversight. Prior to accepting the position of COO, Ms. Sanford was the Deputy Director since 1999.
Before becoming Deputy Director, Ms. Sanford served as Bread for the City’s first official Legal Clinic Director. From her start in that role in 1993, Ms. Sanford fostered the development of Bread for the City’s volunteer program into a professional civil legal services practice. Under her direction, the clinic received the 1998 Fredrick B. Abramson Award.
Ms. Sanford graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law and moved to Washington, D.C. to accept a staff attorney position with Neighborhood Legal Services Program where she worked for several years both in Northwest and Southeast offices. Ms. Sanford has served on the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors and, on several occasions, has been the Co-Chair of the Consortium of Legal Services Providers. In 2005, Ms. Sanford received the Jerrold Scoutt Prize in recognition of her long-standing commitment to civil legal services.
Kristin Valentine, Development Director
Ms. Valentine was BFC’s Grants & Gifts Officer before becoming Development Director in 2006. Prior to joining BFC, she worked with Emmaus Services for the Aging in Washington, DC and the Mental Health Association of Rochester. Ms. Valentine holds a B.A. in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.
Vytas V. Vergeer, Esq., Legal Clinic Director
Mr. Vergeer joined Bread for the City as a staff attorney in 1994. In December 2000 he left to join the National Housing Law Project, and in September 2002 he returned to BFC to run the new SE Legal Clinic. As the Legal Clinic Director of both centers, he coordinates the clinic’s daily operations; recruits, trains, and supervises new attorneys, paralegals, and law student volunteers; assigns referral cases; reviews cases and provides substantive legal backup. Mr. Vergeer also maintains his own caseload and engages in public advocacy activities and community education on issues of critical importance to clients. Mr. Vergeer holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in D.C., Maryland, and California.
For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with any of the above staff members, please contact our Communications Lady Jessica Raven at (202) 386-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.