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Meet Our Executives and Staff Leadership
Vice President, Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs
Vice President, Finance
Vice President, Information Technology
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Vice President, Member Leadership Programs
Vice President, Research
Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Vice President, Major and Planned Giving
Vice President, Membership and Direct Marketing
VP Campus Leadership Programs
Vice President, Government Relations
Vice President, Administration
Art and Editorial
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Abigail Sara Lewis is the vice president of campus leadership programs at AAUW. Previously, she worked at Barnard College for six years, most recently as the associate dean of pre-professional advising. She was also the associate director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard, where she oversaw a curricular and experiential women’s leadership program, co-founded the first international undergraduate research journal focused on women’s leadership, and supervised student delegations that organized leadership training workshops for high school students in China, India, Brazil, and France.
Abigail has worked and taught at Rutgers University, New York University, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers (with a certificate in women and gender studies), a master’s from UCLA, and a bachelor’s from Columbia, the latter two in African American studies. Her research on the YWCA’s multiracial activism in the immediate post-WWII era was published in the anthology Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement. She also chairs the Collegiate Women Leadership Educators Alliance, an affiliate of AAUW, and serves on the board of the Public Leadership Education Network.
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.
Anne Elizabeth Powell
Anne Elizabeth Powell, the vice president of art and editorial at AAUW, is a native Washingtonian but has lived in other places, including Iowa, where she became a hot air ballooning enthusiast. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism, with a concentration in news reporting, from the University of Maryland and a master of professional studies in publishing, with a concentration in digital publishing, from The George Washington University. She began her career as a reporter for daily newspapers and then switched tracks to magazine publishing, working for the Hearst Corporation in New York City, where she was an editor for House Beautiful’s Special Publications, and Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, where she was the founding editor of Traditional Home magazine. After returning to the Washington, D.C., area she has served as the editor in chief of Mid-Atlantic Country, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and Civil Engineering magazines. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, is a dedicated news junkie and devoted animal rescuer, loves the beach and loves to travel, has studied the pyramids of Egypt, and tries to go hot air ballooning once a year.