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Meet Our Executives and Staff Leadership

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Linda D. Hallman, CAE

Executive Director (ED) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

jill-birdwhistell

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-2010

Gloria Blackwell

Vice President, Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs

Fong-Cheng

Fong Cheng

Vice President, Information Technology

Kate-Farrar-2011

Kate Farrar

Vice President, Campus Leadership Programs

Cordy-Galligan-2011

Cordy Galligan

Vice President, Marketing and Business Development


Deepti Gudipati

Deepti Gudipati

Vice President, Member Leadership Programs

Catherine-Hill-2010

Catherine Hill

Vice President, Research

Toni Johnson, Vice President, Major and Planned Giving

Toni Johnson

Vice President, Major and Planned Giving

Christy-Jones-2010

Christy Jones

Vice President, Member and Branch Relations


Rebecca Lanning

Rebecca Lanning

Vice President, Art, Editorial, and Media

Lisa Maatz April 2014

Lisa Maatz

Vice President, Government Relations

Mia-Piansay

Mia Piansay

Vice President, Finance

Ruby-Peters

Ruby Peters

Vice President, Administration

Ellen Root

Ellen Root

Vice President, Corporate Development


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 nondues revenue generation and fundraising, strategic alliance and collaboration development, and strategic planning with the other members of the executive staff of AAUW, among other duties.

With more than 25 years of experience working for and with nonprofit 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, Estée Lauder Companies, Nike, JP Morgan Chase & Co., 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 directs AAUW’s Art, Editorial, and Media Department — home base for our publications, social media, and media relations teams. After learning her craft as an editor at the Modern Language Association in New York, Rebecca worked in scientific and scholarly publishing before joining the AAUW staff in 2006.


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.


Ellen Root

As vice president of corporate development, Ellen Root coordinates AAUW’s national corporate relations strategy and is committed to developing and managing corporate collaborations that expand opportunities for women and girls. With more than a dozen years of experience, Ellen has specialized in building meaningful relationships with the corporate sector to benefit communities served on behalf of national organizations like the American Red Cross and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Washington, D.C.-based groups Food & Friends and the Corcoran Gallery of Art .
Ellen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and resides in Washington, D.C., with her family.