Kirra L. Jarratt

Chief Executive Officer

Direct: (202) 853-9030

Email: jarratt@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Kirra Jarratt is the Chief Executive Officer of the DC Bar Foundation. Kirra and her team work hand-in-hand with DC’s legal aid community to ensure that every individual, regardless of income, has access to justice. Largely, she oversees and implements the Foundation’s strategic direction in support of its mission “to fund, support, and improve legal representation of the poor, vulnerable, and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia.” Kirra manages the Foundation’s budget of more than $24 million to make for strategic and impactful grantmaking in their vision to transform the District’s civil justice system. Read more...

Adwoa Afreh

Program Officer

Email: afreh@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Coming soon.

Rokia Ballard

Special Assistant to the CEO

Email: ballard@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Coming soon.


J. Daryl Byler

Director of Development and Communications

Direct: (202) 853-9025

Email: byler@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: With 20 years’ experience in donor development, Daryl oversees the Foundation’s private fundraising from law firms and individuals, through a variety of campaigns. Previously, Daryl was the primary architect for a multi-million dollar endowment campaign at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He was also a member of the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation design team. Read more...

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Aracelis Gray

Director of Programs 

Direct: (202) 852-9036

Email: gray@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Aracelis Gray joined the DC Bar Foundation in June 2022 as the Director of Programs. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and directs the work of the Programs team. Aracelis brings to the Foundation over 20 years of experience managing and leading programs and initiatives supporting children, youth, families, and communities. Before joining the DC Bar Foundation, Aracelis served as Director in ICF’s Child Welfare and Education practice group, where she had responsibility for overseeing a portfolio of projects designed to build the capacity of state education and child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for children, youth, and their families. Read more...

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Michanda Myles

Network Project Manager

Direct: (202) 853-9028

Email: myles@dcbarfoundation.org


Bio: Michanda will serve as a key liaison to the DC Bar Foundation's networks and help to facilitate resources.  She will also drive the growth and development of existing and emerging networks to transform civil legal aid to ensure every resident's fair and equitable legal experience.  She is our network connector and builder! She advocates for justice and is passionate about ensuring equitable and accessible legal services and legal representation for all in need. Read more...

Madiana Mustapha 

Program Officer

Email: mustapha@dcbarfoundation.org


Bio: Bio coming soon...

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Josef Palermo

Program Specialist

Email: palermo@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Josef Palermo is a proud member of the team at the DC Bar Foundation as the Program Specialist supporting all aspects of DCBF’s grantmaking programs, and contributing to the institutional work being undertaken by DCBF to shift paradigms in philanthropy towards equity as the largest funder of civil legal aid providers in the nation’s capital. Josef has also been a direct recipient of services funded by DCBF, having sought tenants’ rights assistance from the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Read more...

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Alison Putnam

Senior Finance and Operations Officer

Email: putnam@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Alison joined the DC Bar Foundation in August 2022 with years of experience in the finance and non-profit fields. She works with the Chief of Staff to support the team in fulfilling the Foundation's mission and goals. Her responsibilities will include fiscal duties, internal and external organizational processes, and office functions for the DC Bar Foundation. She works closely with the Foundation staff and external providers to develop, maintain, and improve work quality, productivity, and efficiency to maximize the impact of the Foundation. Read more...


Greer Richey

Development and Communications Specialist

Direct: (202) 853-9022

Email: richey@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Greer helps manage the DC Bar Foundation’s major fundraising campaigns and generates the Foundation’s various public-facing communications. Through the Foundation’s communications, she seeks to connect with and educate the public in less legal, more understandable terms. Greer’s work and that of her colleagues is critical to bringing in resources that allow DCBF to distribute funds to those who need them most.  In her words, she believes that access to justice is “non-negotiable.” Read more...

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Stephanie Shain 

Chief of Staff

Direct: (202) 853-9029

Email: shain@dcbarfoundation.org


Bio: Stephanie Shain joined the DC Bar Foundation as the Chief of Staff to support the work of the Foundation during a time of increasing service needs in the community. “My work has brought me into spaces of interacting with people and communities in various moments and stages of crisis. I have seen first-hand how the lack of access to, and awareness of, resources disproportionately impact people who are financially disenfranchised. The DC Bar Foundation’s vision of all residents having equal access to justice, regardless of income, speaks directly to my own personal commitment of equity and access to care and services.” Read more...

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Khesia Taylor

Senior Communications Officer

Direct: (202) 852-9032

Email: taylor@dcbarfoundation.org

Bio: Khesia is responsible for communicating DC Bar Foundation’s mission, vision, values, and programmatic activities. In her work, she helps to formulate the Foundation’s strategic communications direction, develop a comprehensive content strategy, and bolster relationships and storytelling support to grantee organizations. With 15 years of experience in communications and magazine publishing, she seeks new ways to grow DCBF’s communications platforms and connect with its stakeholders.  Read more...

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