Jennifer Pryce named new CEO of the Calvert Foundation

COMMUNITY | Today the Calvert Foundation announced that Jennifer Pryce has been named President and CEO. Since 2009, Jennifer has served in several roles at Calvert, including U.S. Portfolio Manager, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Chief Strategy Officer. Outgoing president Lisa Hall has taken a new position as Managing Director of Impact Investing with Anthos Asset Management in Amsterdam.

Says WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland,

Congratulations to both Jennifer Pryce and Lisa Hall. Lisa and Jennifer have been valued members of the WRAG community for some time. Lisa brought her financial acumen and insights to WRAG via her service on the Board’s Finance Committee. And, Jennifer was an active and early participant in discussions about bringing the Evergreen model to our region. We here at WRAG, as well as the larger philanthropic community in our region, look forward to working with Jennifer in her new role. What a powerful transition for our region and for the global community.

NONPROFITS | Capital Business profiles the DC Social Innovation Project, an organization that serves as a start-up “accelerator” for new local nonprofit organizations. The group provides small grants, as well as pro-bono technical assistance in areas like marketing, legal, and finance, to help get promising ideas off the ground. (WaPo, 9/1)

– Fairfax County Public Schools is starting the school year off with a new superintendent, Karen Garza (WaPo, 9/2):

Rather than waiting for school to start Tuesday, when 184,625 students are expected to take their seats in county classrooms, the new superintendent already has developed a plan for significant change.

The veteran Texas educator says she wants to close achievement gaps, expand gifted education and provide iPads to every student. She said she will push for later high school start times, would consider supporting charter schools and wants to focus on the needs of the county’s poorest students.

D.C. parents push for more recess (WaPo, 8/30)

YOUTH | Why Is D.C. Abandoning an Effective Program That Keeps Kids Out of Jail? (Atlantic, 8/29)

Minimum Wage Increase On The Table In Montgomery County (WAMU, 9/2)

– Among large metro areas nationwide, the Greater Washington region’s workforce has seen the greatest average wage increase since 2009. (Atlantic, 9/2)

– Over the last 10 years, the number of U.S. workers over the age of 65 has increased by 67 percent, thanks — real shocker here — to the recession. (WaPo, 8/31)

Doesn’t this make you wish you had a treehouse? Or at least some really clever friends?