Steering Committee

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Erika Cohen-Derr

Vice Chair, GWA
Assistant Dean for Student Engagement Director, Center for Student Engagement

In more than fifteen years at Georgetown University, Dr. Cohen Derr has been on the front lines for a wide variety of student programming, involvement and activism. Her research interests grew from the experience of accompanying students on their leadership journeys, through self-exploration, navigating relationships, and developing a sense of purpose. She has advised students on a wide variety of programs and experiences, from campus-wide entertainment, to provocative speakers, to artistic collaboration, to outdoor adventure and immersion experiences. She is passionate about student engagement, leadership, and identity.

Teresa Mannix

Vice Chair, Finance
Senior Assistant Dean for Communications
McDonough School of Business Marketing and Communications

In her current role at Georgetown, Teresa Mannix leads the editorial team at the McDonough School of Business, including media relations, executive communications, rankings, publications, and content strategy. She previously was the spokesperson at the University of Mary Washington and was a newspaper reporter and copy editor before that. She holds a MAIS in communications from George Mason University, a B.A. in journalism from the University of Mary Washington, and has completed graduate certificates in leadership and marketing at Georgetown.


Gwendolyn Pearson

Vice-Chair, Operations
EA to the Office of the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Gwen has been a Human Resources Professional for over 25 years. In her current role at Georgetown, she has executive responsibilities within the Human Resources department in the areas of scheduling, finance, and document review. Additionally, she organizes and coordinates University staff recognition initiatives in conjunction with the President’s office. Before Georgetown, Gwen spent the majority of her career as an Executive Team Leader for Target Corporation. She served as a chief spokesperson for diversity and inclusion and represented the company on both the new employee corporate orientation video and career website. Building bridges between the company and community to enhance awareness of company diversity initiatives was the chief focus for Gwen for many years. Through this experience, she can offer input to this University community outside of her normal scope of work by working on the Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Project. Gwen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her wife, son, and grandson. When not working, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and working with the Capitol Pride Organization.


Maria Snyder

Vice Chair, Grants

Maria has been with Georgetown since January 1998. She began her career in the SFS (publications, public affairs) and later the College (department administration), before joining the Graduate School in 2004 where she oversaw research development for faculty and graduate students. After directing the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards for five years, she was promoted to associate dean of academic affairs in 2019. Her academic and professional training is in the humanities (English, Spanish), health sciences (nursing), and editing. She is currently working on a thesis on Ernest Becker and Viktor Frankl in a graduate program at Johns Hopkins.

Erica Blake

Chair, Programming

Erica Blake is originally from New York but has resided in the DMV for almost 7 years. She has a passion for ensuring students from marginalized backgrounds see themselves in all spaces. She is the founder of Black at PWI (Black.PWI on Instagram) which focuses on interviewing Black students, staff, and faculty from Predominantly White Institutions to get raw feedback regarding their experience at these Colleges/Universities. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. by way of the Delta Zeta chapter at Kean University in New Jersey where she received her BA in Psychology with a minor in English. She went on to receive her Master in School Counseling from Bowie State University which led her to working in Higher Education. Mentoring and uplifting are the main things that have kept her in the field of Higher Education and one of the reasons she loves working at Georgetown. Community service has always been one of the driving pillars of her life and she enjoys helping others in whatever capacity that she can. Photography has been a major part of her advocacy in using images as a form of story telling and resistance.

Marissa Allegra

Co-Chair, Communications
Learning and Development Specialist
Department of Human Resources

Marissa joined Georgetown University in 2019 as a Learning and Development Specialist in the Department of Human Resources. In this role, she assists in the development and implementation of continuous learning and training opportunities for University staff. She is passionate about inclusive teaching and instructional design. As the GWA Communications Co-Chair, she aims to visualize and promote GWA’s mission, values, and initiatives through Social Media strategy and content development.

She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and her M.A. in Organizational Learning from the George Washington University. She is a certified MBTI® Practitioner, rescue dog owner and advocate, and passionate home cook. 

Moira Todd

Co-Chair, Mentoring
Career Coach
School of Foreign Service, Graduate Career Center

Moira Todd is a graduate student career coach at SFS and graduate student in human resources management at SCS. She has been with Georgetown for more than nine years and have over 15 years of experience in internationally-focused higher education offices at Georgetown and Tufts University. Todd recently acquired her Clifton Strengths Coaching certification and utilizes her learning and development knowledge and skills to develop new global leaders. As the co-chair of the GWA Staff Mentoring program, she has the opportunity to connect staff members from different campuses, backgrounds, stages in life and experiences to share challenges and seek solutions. Participants have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills (self-reflection, communication, listening, empathy, etc.) and therefore ultimately, learn, grow, and thrive.


Kaela Jackson

Co-Chair, Fellowships

Kaela Jackson is the Assistant Director, Class Programs & Reunion Campaigns in the Office of Advancement. She has been a member of GWA for several years, previously serving as Communications Chair.

Mary Cate Curley

Co-Chair, Fellowships
Senior Communications Specialist
President’s Office

Mary Cate Curley co-directs the GWA Student Fellowship Program, does communications work in the President’s Office and writes fiction. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a staff member at Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run non-profit at Harvard, where she supported young people in their service and advocacy. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and currently serves as an administrator for virtual writers’ groups and workshops.


Roberta Paul

Co-Chair, Leadership Development

Roberta is the University Director for Employee Relations and Engagement and currently works to oversee labor and employee relations issues for University staff.

Lynn Screen

Co-Chair, Leadership Development
Managing Director
Institute for Transformational Leadership

Lynn Screen is passionate about Leadership. She is committed to tapping into the wisdom among us to empower women at Georgetown to be confident and authentic leaders.


Rosemary Kilkenny

Liaison, President’s Office
Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity
Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action

Lisa Krim

Past Chair
Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations
Office of the President

Lisa Krim serves as senior advisor to the President for faculty relations at Georgetown University. In this role, she leads efforts to develop University-wide faculty policy and supports and collaborates with campus and school faculty and administrators on a full range of faculty affairs issues, to advance the University’s mission, goals and strategic priorities. She also develops programs and resources to support faculty to be effective leaders in administrative and governance roles. Her portfolio also includes university-wide gender initiatives, including serving as chair of the Advisory Board for the Georgetown Gender Justice+ Initiative and a member of the Gender Equity Task Force.


Amrita Singh

Liaison, Law Center
Law Center

Committee Members


Gwendolyn Pearson, Chair
EA to the Vice President and CHRO


Talareah Campbell
Academic Coordinator for Women’s Basketball

Amena Johnson
Assistant Director LGBTQ Center


Marissa Allegra, Co-Chair & Social Media
Learning and Development Specialist – Human Resources

Erin Grady, Co-Chair & Newsletter
Project Management – Office of the CFO


Jen House

Adanna Johnson
Assoc. VP for Student Equity & Inclusion/Office of Student Equity & Inclusion

Book Club

Candace Mosley Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean (Georgetown College)

Jordan Moeny
Director of Communications, Center for Security Studies


Cathy Tinsley
Academic Director of Georgetown McDonough’s 
Executive Master’s in Leadership Program
Faculty Director, Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute
Professor of Management
McDonough School of Business

Amb Melanne Verveer
Executive Director
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security