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The DC Bar Foundation Names New Members to its Board of Directors and Advisory Committee

[District of Columbia, October 13, 2022] – The DC Bar Foundation has named three new members to its Board of Directors and one new member to its Advisory Committee. "We could not be more thrilled to add these four individuals to the Foundation's leadership," says DC Bar Foundation CEO Kirra Jarratt. "Their fresh perspectives and new ideas will be integral to our efforts to strengthen and expand our city's civil legal aid network."

Board of Directors

Angela Montez is a Special Counsel working with Eversheds Sutherland's Investment Services Practice Group, specializing in retirement and investment policy and products. Before joining Eversheds, Ms. Montez served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer at MissionSquare Retirement (formerly ICMA-RC), where she led and supervised all aspects of the legal function and corporate governance and served as a member of the company's senior leadership team. Ms. Montez joins the Foundation's Board of Directors with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Anne Wallestad is the founder and Principal of Anne Wallested Coaching, where she serves as an Executive Leadership Coach who helps mission-driven leaders tap into new insight and cultivate practices that help them find balance, joy, and fulfillment in their roles. Before this, Ms. Wallestad served as President and CEO of BoardSource, a globally recognized nonprofit focused on strengthening nonprofit leadership at the highest level. She is a 25-year veteran of nonprofit leadership, including seven years of leadership in the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement at the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Human Rights Campaign. She has deep expertise in fundraising strategy, with an acute understanding of leveraging a board's fundraising role.

Melissa Weberman is the Lead Attorney & Managing Director of Arnold & Porter's eDiscovery + Data Analytics ("eData") Group, in which she counsels clients in eDiscovery and data analytics processes and best practices. During her time at Arnold & Porter, Ms. Weberman was a Loaned Associate to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she worked for 10 months. She is a former member and co-chair of the Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, a former member of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee, and a current member of the 77 Society, which recognizes individuals who give $1,000 or more each year to the Foundation. Her prior board experience includes the Washington Council of Lawyers, the DC Bar Foundation's external training partner.

Advisory Committee

Cheryl Isaac is Of Counsel at K&L Gates, advising clients on compliance with derivatives laws and regulations – representing banks, commodity trading firms, asset managers, and other market participants. Ms. Isaac also advises clients on the evolving laws and regulations that apply to cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Before joining K&L Gates, Ms. Isaac practiced law at other US and international law firms, where she represented clients in a variety of complex financial transactions. She joins the Foundation's Advisory Committee with prior experience as a member of the Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

The Advisory Committee is composed of strategic thought leaders who share their expertise on programmatic, evaluation and development issues related to the Foundation’s mission to fund, support, and improve the District’s civil legal aid network.

About the DC Bar Foundation: For DC residents who are financially disenfranchised, we make strategic investments to strengthen and expand our civil legal aid network, addressing critical needs and improving our community. As the District's largest funder of civil legal aid, we are a steadfast community partner committed to protecting access to justice in life's most pivotal moments.


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