Leadership

Christopher Norton, TWC President
Christopher Norton
President
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Chris Norton is a dedicated leader focused on driving new strategies for enhanced learning and social awareness into secondary and post-secondary education. Following a successful career in business, Chris has made the most of his expertise, leadership skills and passion for service by channeling his focus into active and productive roles with a number of educational institutions. His positions as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Boards of The Washington Center, Haverford College and Loomis Chaffee have allowed him to expand his interests across a wide range of educational issues and operational goals, as well as engaging directly with students.

Norton’s leadership skills were developed during a nearly 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, joining in 1987 as a corporate bond product manager. After managing a number of the firm’s businesses in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt, Norton was promoted to partner in 1994. After returning to the U.S. in 1996 he became a managing partner and, in 2000, was named head of the company’s America’s Institutional Business Development Group. In this capacity, he oversaw the investment needs of some of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated institutional clients, including CalPERS, General Motors and the World Bank. Prior to joining Goldman, Chris was a vice president in the Corporate Bond Department for Salomon Brothers, based in both New York and London.

Over the past decade Chris has served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and private companies. He has served since 2004 as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loomis Chaffee, a renowned New England boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut. In this role, he has worked closely with the Head of school and key administrators to execute a bold new strategic plan. One initiative was the founding of the Norton Center for the Common Good. This innovative academic center gives students the tools to make wise, ethically-sound decisions to sustain them throughout their college, professional and civic lives.

Chris has also served in a variety of leadership roles with Haverford College in Pennsylvania, including Board Manager since 2004, Vice Chair from 2009 to 2015, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. In addition, he co-chaired the school’s fundraising campaign with Hunter Rawlings III, a Haverford alumnus and past president of the Association of the American Universities.

In 2003, Chris joined the Board of Directors of The Washington Center. He has served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Comprehensive Campaign (which raised $16.3 million against a goal of $15 million), Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee through 2015. At the request of the Board of Directors, Chris has spent additional time at TWC over the past two years to deepen his knowledge of the organization and broaden the Board’s liaison role. Chris is also the proud father of a TWC alumna.

Chris graduated from Haverford College in 1980 with a BA in history. He and his wife Carter have five children. The family currently lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

David Anderson, Senior VP, State Relations
David Anderson
Senior VP, State Relations
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David Anderson, Ph.D., leads The Washington Center’s State Relations Department. Over the past thirteen years, David and his team have raised $28 million from twenty three U.S. states and territories interested in supporting their students’ education and their state’s workforce development. Current partners include: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Delaware, and Illinois.

Anderson works with the Advanced Leadership and International Programs Department creating new initiatives, especially with Canadian provinces. He also works with the Federal Relations Department creating new initiatives with U.S. federal agencies. David also played a key role creating The Washington Center’s Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill Program, which enables students to participate in small group meetings with their U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or staff.

Anderson was Executive Director of Youth04, an election 2004 young voter mobilization effort, when he joined The Washington Center in August 2004. Youth04 was a joint project of The Center for Democracy and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University, and The Washington Center. He was previously the Task Force Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at The George Washington University, which was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Anderson was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 2016 Democratic Primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

Anderson is the Editor of Leveraging: A Political, Economic, and Societal Framework (Springer 2014). He is also the author of Youth04: Young Voters, the Internet, and Political Power (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004) and Co-editor (with Michael Cornfield) of The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). He has written numerous articles and book chapters and more than 60 op-eds for The Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, The Hill, The Frederick News-Post and many other newspapers. Anderson taught “Ethics for Political Management” at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management for 12 years. He was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, Trident Technical College, and the College of Charleston. Anderson has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in Washington. He received his B.A. in philosophy from The George Washington University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Michigan.

Kelly Eaton, Chief Academic Officer
Kelly Eaton
Chief Academic Officer
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Kelly Eaton, Ph.D., is The Washington Center’s Chief Academic Officer. She oversees the Academic Internship Program which includes curriculum, program performance and assessment. She also oversees Student Services (including housing, career services and disability services), Office of Federal Relations and the Academic Seminars department. Kelly is also TWC’s lead representative to the academic community.

Kelly was a political science professor for twenty-five years before joining TWC. Most recently she was Assistant Provost for Experiential Education and chair of the political science department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has also taught at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China, the National Political University (Cheng Chi University) in Taipei, Taiwan, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Loyola Marymount University. As a professor she taught courses on China, Europe, international security, international law, comparative politics and political thought. As a university administrator, Kelly has worked in all areas of experiential learning including international education, internships, service learning and undergraduate research as well as overseeing the creation of new programs for non-traditional students. As a professor and administrator, she helped numerous students prepare to win national prestige scholarships including Fulbright, Truman, Boren, Goldwater and Rhodes.

Kelly was a Fulbright grantee to Taiwan in 2002 and was awarded the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for her state in 2003. In 2004 she was recognized for “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science” by The American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha. Her Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Affairs are from The George Washington University.

Fred Keaton, Senior Human Resources Director
Fred Keaton
Senior Human Resources Director
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Fred Keaton, Ed.D., SPHR, is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the human resources function for The Washington Center. This includes compensation and benefits, employee relations, EEO, training, workers compensation, performance management, and the human resource information systems.

Fred was appointed The Washington Centers Director of Human Resources on January 5th, 2009. Prior to coming to The Washington Center, Fred was Director of Human Resources and Staff Development for USATODAY newspaper. Fred has over 20 years of experience as an internal and external organizational development consultant and management trainer in private industry and in the Federal Government. Fred, a former Air Force Officer also has over 20 years of experience as an adjunct professor of Organizational Development and Human Resources. He has taught in the graduate schools of Central Michigan University, Nyack College, the University of Maryland University College and The University of Detroit.

Fred earned his Ed.D. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership. He earned his M.A. in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University and his B.A. in Economics from Howard University.

Ryan Klang, Chief Operating Officer
Ryan Klang
Chief Operating Officer
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Ryan Klang, M.B.A., serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Washington Center for Internship’s and Academic Seminars Ryan leads teams responsible for advancement, college and university relations, internship sites relations, federal relations, human resources and strategic planning.

Ryan is an alumnus of The Washington Center and has served as a member of the Institutional Advancement team since 2006 where he has developed, secured and stewarded partnerships with corporations, foundations, alumni and individuals to support TWC’s mission and its students. Prior to joining The Washington Center, Ryan worked for The Marfan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and support services for individuals affected by Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder. Ryan served as a fundraiser for The Marfan Foundation and led the organization’s signature event, its annual conference.

Ryan currently serves on the leadership council for the National Youth Transitions Center, has served as a member of the nGen Advisory Committee at Independent Sector and completed  the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy.

Ryan earned an M.B.A. from University of Maryland and a B.S. in finance from SUNY Binghamton. Ryan is originally from New York and resides in Washington, D.C with his wife Eila Sepulveda who is also a TWC alumna.

Rebeca Lamadrid, VP, Operational Effectiveness
Rebeca Lamadrid
VP, Operational Effectiveness
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Rebeca Lamadrid, M.A., serves as Vice President, Operational Effectiveness. Rebeca leads a team responsible for the pre-arrival experience of our students, developing relationships with internships site hosts and the matching and placement process. She also oversees a team responsible for the distribution of financial aid and enrollment services.

Prior to this position, Rebeca served as senior director of the communications department leading organization-wide projects including the rebranding strategy and execution, the revamping of TWC’s website and the development of various digital projects with key operational outcomes. Prior to joining The Washington Center, Rebeca worked in Mexico as an Account Executive at a national in-store merchandising firm, owned a wood-shop with a dedicated line of products and worked for General Electric on a paperless initiative between plants and industrial systems suppliers in Monterrey, Mexico.

Rebeca has experience across sectors and is passionate about operational execution and improvement. She earned an MA from York University in Toronto and a BS in Industrial Design from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Rebeca has lived abroad in Italy and Canada and resides in Washington D.C. with her family.

Carmenchu Mendiola, Chief Marketing Officer
Carmenchu Mendiola
Chief Marketing Officer
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Carmenchu Mendiola, M.A., has more than 18 years of experience in corporate identity, brand management, strategic marketing and digital strategy. She leads The Washington Center's institutional brand and assists TWC's leadership in the development and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for a diverse group of audiences. She is also responsible for managing TWC's PR/media relations, crisis communications and the organization's digital strategy.

Carmenchu led a full rebranding strategy for TWC that included research, positioning and a complete overhaul of TWC's visual identity. 

Her work has been featured in two books: Building Better Brands: A Comprehensive Guide to Brand Strategy and Identity Development by Scott Lerman and SPIKE your Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results by Adele Cehrs.

Carmenchu is also a pro bono consultant for the Taproot Foundation, helping other nonprofits achieve their marketing and communications goals.

She is an alumna of TWC's Internship Program and received an M.A. in Strategic Marketing, as well as a B.A. in Communications. Carmenchu is originally from Mexico and lives in Washington, D.C.

Carmenchu's expertise includes:

  • Branding Strategy
  • Corporate Identity
  • Public Relations
  • Online and Social Media Strategy
  • Marketing Materials and Publications
  • Integrated Communications Strategies
Pilar Mendiola-Fernández, Chief International Officer
Pilar Mendiola-Fernández
Chief International Officer
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Pilar Mendiola-Fernández, M.A., serves as Chief International Officer. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the international division at TWC. Pilar is responsible for overseeing current and new internship programs for international students, developing strategies to raise funds for international student scholarships, implementing advanced leadership training initiatives like tailored leadership seminars and workshops for high profile international government leaders, and forging strong ties with international organizations based in Washington, D.C., and around the world.

Pilar has more than 20 years of experience and has been responsible for creating and growing the international division and for designing and implementing major initiatives for TWC. In 1996, Pilar launched the NAFTA Leaders Internship Program that has received considerable recognition throughout North America as the only academic internship program to focus on the tri-lateral relationship and for bringing students from the three countries.

In 2000, Pilar established the Governor’s Internship Program and has partnered with more than 80% of Mexican states to fund their students’ participation in Washington Center Programs. In 2003, she helped launch the prestigious Bush-Mulroney-Salinas Graduate Fellowships in NAFTA studies and The Miguel Aleman Valdes Fellowship in Mexico’s Regional Development. Pilar continues to lead TWC's groundbreaking international programs, and today more than 2,000 international participants from more than 45 countries in all continents have attended one of The Washington Center’s internship programs.

Pilar graduated with honors from the University of Americas-Puebla in Mexico. Pilar was born in Veracruz, Mexico and resides in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Nunley, Vice President, Student Affairs
Kevin Nunley
Vice President, Student Affairs
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At The Washington Center, Kevin Nunely, M.S., oversees three functional areas of the institution:  Academic Internship Programs, Student Services & Community Life, and the Academic Seminars Department. In this role, he has oversight of the student experience during their time in Washington, DC.

This includes the curriculum that guides their transition from theory to practice, their professional development and growth within their internship sites, their experience in our living and learning environment, and more. Additionally, he plays a lead role in The Washington Center's Emergency Protocols and Response team.

Prior to joining TWC, Kevin worked at several colleges and universities in higher education, student affairs, wellness, and teaching with roles in residential life, counseling, wellness, diversity and inclusion.

In the DC Community, Kevin serves as the Chairperson for the Board of Directors with Metro DC PFLAG, a group facilitator at Whitman Walker Clinic, and a spokesman for Diversity topics with the DC Center.

His academic background includes three Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, Biology, and Pre-Medical Sciences as well as a Masters of Science in Biomedical Research with concentrations in Neurology and Teratology.