Senior Staff

Bread for the City’s senior staff are experts in their fields. The following staff are available for media interviews:

George A. Jones, Chief Executive Officer

George A. Jones has been Chief Executive Officer of Bread of the City (BFC) since January 2, 1996. He is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization and its 100 full time staff.

Mr. Jones has led Bread for the City’s growth from a $1.2 million operation in 1996 to a $10.6 million operation in 2014. This growth included overseeing the development of a new center in Southeast DC in 2002, as well as the 11,000 sq. ft. expansion of BFC’s Northwest Center, which opened for service in December 2010.

In 2015, Georgetown University recognized Mr. Jones as a local leader working to solve some of the city’s most pressing challenges and honored him with the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

Mr. Jones was appointed to the Access to Justice Commission in 2014 and was also recently selected to be a member of one of Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser’s transition committees on poverty and homelessness in DC.

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, is on the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board, as well as 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.

While serving as CEO of Bread for the City, the organization has been recognized for excellence by Johnson & Johnson, the District of Columbia government, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC), DC Bar Pro Bono Program, and the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. The agency was also a two-time finalist and one-time winner for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

In addition, Mr. Jones was recognized by Mayor Anthony Williams for 10 Years of Dedicated Service in April 2006 and received the Haynes Rice Award from the DC Hospital Association in 2011.

Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

 Randi Abramson, MD, Chief Medical Officer

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.

In 2008, Dr. Abramson was awarded the DC Primary Care Associations “Caregiver of the Year” Award and she was also the recipient of the American Medical Association Excellence in Medicine Award in 2009.

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, SE Social Services  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 DirectorMelissa

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 Director

TracyMs. 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

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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., Chief Operating Officer

Jeannine C. Sanford is the Chief Operating Officer of Bread for the City, where she has worked in several different capacities for two decades. 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 and in 2012 she received the DCPCA “Unsung Hero Award”.

She is currently the Vice-Chair of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.

Kristin ValentineKristin Foti, Chief Development Officer

Mrs. Foti was BFC’s Grants & Gifts Officer before becoming Chief Development Officer in 2006.  Prior to joining BFC, she worked with Emmaus Services for the Aging in Washington, DC and the Mental Health Association of Rochester.  Mrs. Foti holds a B.A. in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

Su Sie Ju, Esq., Legal Clinic Director

su sie juMs. Ju joined Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic as a Staff Attorney in September 2000. She was promoted to Senior Staff Attorney in 2002 and NW Legal Clinic Supervisor in 2007. In August 2014, she assumed directorship of Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic.

Ms. Ju began her legal career as a law clerk with the DC Court of Appeals and worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow for Policy Counsel at the National Partnership for Women and Families before coming to Bread for the City. She has been recognized on numerous occasions for her legal and advocacy work, most recently when she was awarded the 2012 Jerrold Scoutt Prize by the DC Bar. She received her B.A. cum laude with distinction from Yale and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a former member of the New York Bar and current member of the DC Bar.

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