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Whether we’re fighting to protect the legal rights of those facing discrimination, advocating for public policies and laws that are fair to women, developing programs that support more women leaders in schools and communities, or funding educational opportunities for graduate women, AAUW works to break through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

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Meet Our Executives and Staff Leadership

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins

Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Jill Birdwhistell, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Mike Gellman

Mike Gellman

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Sheila Amo, Vice President of Human Resources

Sheila Amo

Vice President,
Human Resources


Gloria Blackwell

Vice President, Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs


Thomas Chappell

Vice President, Finance


Fong Cheng

Vice President, Information Technology


Cordy Galligan

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Deepti Gudipati, Vice President Member Leadership

Deepti Gudipati

Vice President, Member Leadership Programs

Catherine Hill, Vice President of Research

Catherine Hill

Vice President, Research

Toni Johnson, Vice President of Major & Planned Giving

Toni Johnson

Vice President, Major and Planned Giving


Christy Jones

Vice President, Membership and Direct Marketing

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Emily Lauer-Bader

Vice President,
Corporate Development

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Lisa Maatz

Vice President, Government Relations


Ruby Peters

Vice President, Administration

Sheila Amo

Sheila has the responsibility of creating and implementing policies and procedures encompassing all aspects of AAUW human resources, including employment, compensation and payroll, orientation and training, placement, staff planning and development, benefits, and employee relations.

Since joining AAUW in March 2013, Sheila has provided leadership and strategic support in the design, management, and implementation of effective human resource strategies, services, and functions, including ways in which AAUW can attract, retain, motivate, support, and develop employees.

Prior to joining the AAUW team, Sheila served as the deputy director of human resources at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a Washington, D.C.-based regulator. Before that, Sheila held various positions in human resources in the D.C. area, working for nonprofits as well as in the private sector.

Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in sociology. She’s also a registered, certified yoga instructor. Sheila stays busy by being an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, teaching yoga, managing her family’s activities, and curating a style blog.


Tom Chappell

Tom is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience working with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Tom has worked with organizations such as Worldwatch Institute; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Brookings Institution; the Aspen Institute, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; Centre Development and Population Activities; and Overseas Development Council.

In addition to his work in Washington, D.C., Tom has traveled extensively to countries such as Kenya and Romania to establish and monitor financial reporting systems, to implement systems of internal control, and to provide financial training and technical support. Tom’s career has spanned a wide range of activities, including providing auditing, tax services, consulting, and outsourced controller/CFO services.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University with a minor in finance. Tom currently resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he has lived for more than 30 years. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and woodworking.

Fong Cheng

Fong Cheng is the vice president of Information Technology and has more than twenty years of experience providing business software support to non-profit organizations. He oversees operations of AAUW’s computing, web, membership, fundraising, and financial systems. Prior to joining AAUW in 2001, Fong was the IT Director for the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, PA. Fong has a master’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics specializing in data and statistical analysis.

Deepti Gudipati

Deepti oversees AAUW’s salary negotiation programs, the national convention, and leadership training and resources for AAUW members across the country. She brings more than a decade of experience in organizational consulting and leadership development across multiple sectors and has a passion for building collaborative and self-aware teams. She loves helping organizations improve upon how their leaders communicate and relate to each other. Deepti holds a master’s in public policy and a bachelor’s in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a master’s in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. A budding storyteller and amateur photographer, she likes to spin tales and create beautiful images, and she uses both of these hobbies as an excuse to travel the world as often as she can.

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is interim chief executive officer of AAUW and was appointed to this position by the Board of Directors upon the retirement of the former CEO on July 29, 2016. Mark will manage all AAUW activities and programs while the search is underway for the next CEO.

Prior to taking this position, Mark was chief strategy officer of AAUW and had responsibility for marketing, media and public relations, online content and social media, as well as all revenue generation, including membership and fundraising, strategic alliance and collaboration development, and strategic planning with the other AAUW executive staff members, among other duties. He will continue to manage the majority of these responsibilities as interim CEO.

With more than 25 years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations, Mark has been an executive with the American Lung Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and USO World Headquarters. As a consultant in his own practice, he has worked with Target Corporation, Estee Lauder Companies, Nike, JP Morgan Chase and Company, World Medical Center, and several others on innovation development, strategic alliance and business development projects, as well as strategic philanthropic efforts.

Toni Johnson

Toni Johnson is the vice president of major and planned giving at AAUW. Her nonprofit development career began as youth director for the American Red Cross in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She is committed to making a difference and believes that organizations are only as good as the people in them. Toni brings a wealth of development and management experience and expertise to AAUW. Over the past 25 years she has worked as executive director for the American Red Cross, the American Diabetes Association of Greater New York, and Anderson House (a half-way house for women in recovery in New Jersey) and served as northeast regional development director for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). She lives with her husband in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and has two grown children. Toni loves the beach, sunshine, travel, and the gym.

Emily Lauer-Bader

Emily is responsible for building collaborations with corporations and private foundations. Over the past 13 years, she has worked on a variety of different issues with roles at Reading Is Fundamental, Share Our Strength, World Wildlife Fund, and the Melanoma Research Foundation. Emily is passionate about creating “win-win” collaborations between corporations and causes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and child study from Smith College.

Ruby Peters

Ruby Peters has been employed with AAUW for more than 30 years and started her career with AAUW at the 2401 Virginia Avenue headquarters. Ruby spent her first 14 years in the Human Resource Department and the past 19 years in Administration Services. As the Vice President of Administration, she oversees all facilities maintenance, services, and operations, and is the liaison with building tenants.