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Meet Our Executives and Staff Leadership


Linda D. Hallman, CAE

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Jill Birdwhistell, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

Mike Gellman

Mike Gellman

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


Gloria Blackwell

Vice President, Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs


Fong Cheng

Vice President, Information Technology


Cordy Galligan

Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Deepti Gudipati

Deepti Gudipati

Vice President, Member Leadership Programs


Catherine Hill

Vice President, Research

Toni Johnson, Vice President, Major and Planned Giving

Toni Johnson

Vice President, Major and Planned Giving


Christy Jones

Vice President, Membership and Direct Marketing

Rebecca Lanning

Rebecca Lanning

Vice President, Art, Editorial, and Media

Lisa Maatz April 2014

Lisa Maatz

Vice President, Government Relations


Mia Piansay

Vice President, Finance


Ruby Peters

Vice President, Administration

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 Gudipati is the vice president of Member Leadership Programs at AAUW. She is an experienced coach & consultant who has worked with emerging leaders and emerging teams for the past 8 years. Deepti is passionate about facilitation and meeting design and has extensive experience in organizational consulting, team building, and systems analysis. Her work focuses on building intentional leadership systems, which helps to align an organization’s values and strategic goals with the strengths and capabilities of its employees.
Deepti holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She also participated in the Coro Fellowship for Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO.

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is chief strategy officer of AAUW and has responsibility for revenue generation, including membership and fundraising, strategic alliance and collaboration development, and strategic planning with the other members of the executive staff of AAUW, among other duties.

With over 25 years experience working for and with non-profit organizations, Mark has been an executive with American Lung Association, 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 & 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.

Rebecca Lanning

Rebecca Lanning launched her editorial career proofreading articles about physics, a subject she had never studied, for a scholarly journal on Long Island. She moved on to the Modern Language Association in New York, where she edited books and argued about grammar with English professors. In the D.C. area, she has edited and produced books for the American Chemical Society and the American Diabetes Association. Since joining AAUW in 2006, Rebecca has served as managing editor, director of the Publications department, and vice president of Art, Editorial, and Media. An inveterate multi-tasker, she enjoys monitoring her Twitter feed while watching Rachel Maddow, playing Scrabble, texting her kids, and drinking coffee.

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.