Board of Directors
"I can see my dad's face in the faces of many of these kids; he only went to the 8th grade and came from a humble background, yet achieved a destiny that was quite distinct from his origins."
Tony Marquez has over 25 years experience in banking, 15 years working in commercial real estate lending. He is the Executive Vice President/ Chief Real Estate Lender at EagleBank where he is responsible for the expansion of the Bank's real estate portfolio, and oversees EagleBank's real estate lending team. Previously he was a Commercial Real Estate Executive at HSBC Bank, where he was responsible for enhancing and sustaining the Bank's Washington D.C. real estate lending activities.
Marquez started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank where he served as a corporate lending officer and completed the bank’s formal credit training program. His other Washington area real estate experience comes from Riggs Bank and Walker & Dunlop. Marquez holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from Adelphi University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from The George Washington University. A native of Cuba, Marquez is bilingual in Spanish and also proficient in French. He is married with two children. After his family, his passions include squash, golf, and reading.
"The transition to adulthood is a pivotal time in any person's life. LAYC zeros in this moment of opportunity in young peoples' lives - setting them on new trajectories, infusing a new vitality into the city, and helping to ensure a strong future workforce. It is a privilege to be part of the LAYC Board and support this important mission."
Macomber is the director of research and design for Great Space Development, LLC where she oversees the acquisition, design, and redevelopment of residential properties. Prior to this, she spent 11 years with the Urban Institute studying policies, programs, and service systems to support vulnerable children and families, particularly those involved in the child welfare system.
"Having grown up in the DC area, I have been passionate about youth and community development in DC my whole life. I am honored to serve on LAYC’s Board.”
Mr. Sislen is a Principal at Audubon Enterprises, a DC-based company, which specializes in the financing and development of non-traditional real estate including affordable housing, charter schools, and those involving public-private partnerships. Mr. Sislen grew up in the DC area, and has long been dedicated to providing support to local at-risk youth.
"I LOVE serving on LAYC's Board because I am in love with LAYC's programs for youth. My own background is very similar to that of many of the youth, and it thrills me to know that at the LAYC, any youth who seek support have a "family" and resources available to take charge of their own future, to learn to confront and master challenges head on, and to realize their own dreams and live their lives fully."
Arzuaga has practiced law for nearly 20 years, holding positions in the federal government as well as the private, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. She has served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, a regulation attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, and has also held advocacy positions at the BlueCross BlueShield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans. Arzuaga is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York Bars and of the American Health Lawyers Association. She is also an active member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"I’ve always been amazed and impressed at the scope of LAYC’s work and how the organization provides so much support to so many needy young people and their families in the greater D.C. area. There is such a huge need to be met, and LAYC is one of the few organizations that is making a real difference in the community. As a Board member, I’m thrilled to be able to support this important mission."
Betsy Brand is executive director of the American Youth Policy Forum, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.
Brand started her education policy career working for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and then moved to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. From 1989-1993, Brand served as assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as a consultant on policy and best practices affecting education and workforce preparation.
Lauren Eyster is a research associate in the Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. She studies the implementation and impacts of policies and programs affecting American workers and their families, namely workforce development, welfare, child welfare, and child care issues. Eyster has served on the LAYC Board of Directors since 2008 and is active in the program and human resources committees and the external evaluation advisory group for the LAYC Promotor Pathway evaluation.
As treasurer of Capital One Financial Corporation, Steve Linehan is responsible for the company's overall balance sheet management and interest rate risk strategy, global funding, and relationship management and communication with the company's rating agencies and investors. Prior to joining Capital One, Linehan spent eight years as assistant director with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington D.C., and six years in the commercial banking and thrift industry.
In support of Capital One's philanthropic mission to create sustainable partnerships with national and local organizations that demonstrate innovation in their field that result in strengthened families and vibrant communities, Linehan joined the board of directors for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in 2007. He serves as chairman of the finance committee.
Linehan received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
“My passion for volunteering my time to LAYC runs deep. As the son of immigrants from El Salvador, I connect with the youth LAYC serves. I understand their frustrations, ambitions and potential and I am proud to be associated with an organization that makes every effort to make their lives better.”
As strategy manager for the Volkswagen Group of America, Jesse Mejia is tasked with implementing the strategic initiatives for the company’s financing subsidiary, Volkswagen Credit, Inc., focusing on data governance, electric vehicles and organizational development. Prior to his current role, Mejia was responsible for managing a residual value forecast model on an $8 billion lease portfolio. He possesses extensive experience in risk management, commercial underwriting, financial analysis and process re-engineering.
“I've been privileged to be affiliated with LAYC in different capacities, initially as staff and now as a board member. I'm forever amazed by the organization’s many accomplishments: first and foremost, its tireless commitment to youth and the belief that all young people can realize their potential, given the right tools and support systems; and then its sheer scope of services, from social services to job training to housing. I am honored to be a part of this unique organization.”
Laurie Mittenthal is a Senior Manager in the community relations department of Freddie Mac where she oversees the company's corporate giving program. Through her grantmaking she supports non-profit organizations throughout the DC metro region in the areas of housing, financial literacy, and diversity. Prior to Freddie Mac, Mittenthal was Workforce and Social Enterprise Director at LAYC.
Laurie holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.
"LAYC's explicit commitment to ensure the youth they serve are given the support and encouragement to reach their potential resonates with me because of the many opportunities I have had. Being on the board of LAYC allows me to ensure other youth are provided with the opportunities I've been given and allows me to contribute to our collective future."
Deborah Santiago is co-founder and vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education and has spent more than 15 years leading research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students.
"The work of LAYC is vital to our youth and the investment made in their education, their confidence, and their health is an investment in our future leaders. The LAYC Project STRIPES is a great example of the all-inclusive nature of the center's mission and I'm honored to be a part of such a positive and safe space for our city's youth."
Andy Van Etten is the Director of System Development for the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield's Federal Employee Program. He has lived and worked in the DC metro area for more than 20 years leading software development teams at Discovery Communications, NASA Headquarters, and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) to name a few. In his spare time Andy sings with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC where he served in several community outreach leadership positions, including the first Youth Outreach Coordinator - giving free tickets to LGBT high school students, their parents and teachers.
"LAYC is more than an exceptional non-profit. It's a caring community of people dedicated to nurturing every child and their dreams. I admire and am inspired by all the organization has accomplished to date, and am honored to serve the organization as it explores extending its impact through it's Promotor Pathway model for reconnecting youth with multiple risk factors."
As an organization development consultant and executive coach, Tammy works with leaders guiding their organizations through periods of crisis and transformation to emerge stronger and more productive bringing all stakeholders along on the journey. She is founder of Inukshuk Solutions, LLC, a management consulting firm focused on the strategy, change management, organizational capacity and leadership development needs of social enterprises.
Tammy received her coach training at Erickson College and a bachelor's degree in communication from Northwestern University.
David Wofford is Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships at Meridian Group International, Inc., a woman-owned small business based in Washington, DC, that specializes in social marketing and corporate partnerships to promote reproductive health products and services in developing countries. Wofford manages a project to make basic health services embedded in the codes and contracts of companies around the world. In previous work with Meridian, he developed cost-effective workplace health programs for male and female workers and produced "return on investment" studies documenting the business benefits of investing in employee health services and education in factories in Bangladesh, Egypt, and Pakistan. Wofford has 15 years experience in the field of corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships, including at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, where he provided strategic and communications support in developing new social and environmental performance standards and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where as Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor he acted as the agency trouble shooter for environmental and social policies and controversial investments. He also served in the Clinton administration as special assistant to the President for political affairs.