by Carolynn Mambu, Director of Public Policy, Washington Grantmakers
Concerns about recent leadership changes at the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation spurred Washington Grantmakers (WG) to submit testimony for a recent hearing of the DC City Council Committee on Human Services.
Members of WG’s Children, Youth and Families Working Group (CYF) have collaborated closely with the Trust since its inception. In its testimony, CYF expressed support for the Trust as an independent intermediary, and stated: “We are troubled that recent Board appointments will cause the Trust to be perceived as a political entity rather than an independent intermediary.” (Click here to review the full testimony.) CYF recommended that the Council appoint at least one member from the philanthropic community to the board to lend grantmaking expertise and to serve as a liaison to the philanthropic community.
While several witnesses provided testimony, including incoming Executive Director Millicent Williams, the absence of several key administration officials caused Committe Chair Tommy Wells to recess the hearing until further notice.