ACT for Alexandria

ACT Board & Staff

ACT Board of Directors

Chair - David Frantz, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan LLP
Vice Chair - Molly Dahl, Congressional Budget Office
Secretary - Laurie Flynn
Treasurer - Chris Lewis,
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Chair Emeritus - C. Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute

Board Member Emeritus - Lori Morris, Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation 

Karen Avery, PBS
David Baker, Virginia Tech
Virginia Bennett
Lyles Carr, The McCormick Group
Debra Collins, City of Alexandria
Brooke Curran, RunningBrooke
Scott Darling, Dyson Capital
Magaly Galdo-Hirst
Kelly Grant, ALX Community
David Hawkins, McEnearney Associates, Inc. Realtors
Trip Howell
Kurt Huffman, Alexandria City Public Schools
Jane Downing Knops, Neighborhood Health
Joseph LaMountain, Reingold
Stephanie Landrum, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Ericka Miller, Isaacson, Miller, Inc.
Neil Parent
Daniel Rogers
Betsey Rosenbaum 
Lauren Stack
Paul Stevens, ICI
Rob Whittle, Williams Whittle

ACT Staff

Heather Peeler, President and Chief Executive Officer 

Ms. Heather Peeler assumed her role in February 2018 and comes to ACT from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (, a highly regarded organization dedicated to effective philanthropy and nonprofit success. As Vice President of Member and Partner Engagement, she mobilized a national network of more than 5,000 grantmakers in adopting practices to make the greatest impact on nonprofit performance. She previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service and as Managing Director at Community Wealth Partners. Throughout her career she has focused on bringing people together to make their organizations and their communities stronger. She regularly writes and speaks about capacity building, community engagement, collaboration, and learning and evaluation. Her own community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Fair Chance, an organization that builds the capacity of grassroots youth-serving organizations, and as a Commissioner on the Washington, D.C. Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. Ms. Peeler holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and earned her M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.


Brandi N. Yee, Chief Program Officer

As the chief program officer, Brandi Yee oversees ACT’s philanthropic and community investment initiatives including the Capacity Building Grants Program, IMPACT: Innovation + Philanthropy, LEAD, and Spring2ACTion.  She is passionate about strengthening the nonprofit sector and advising donors on strategic and effective philanthropic giving and engaging them in the work of local nonprofits. 

Prior to ACT, she worked with Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration (WORC) and Goodwill of Greater Washington, opening the Arlington Career Campus of Goodwill that offered bank skills and hospitality skills job training programs, English classes and GED courses on-site.  Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Brandi worked with undergraduate students as a career consultant at the George Mason University School of Management and as a recruiter with User Technology Associates, Inc., a government contractor. 

Brandi has an M.S. in Organizational Learning from George Mason University and a B.A. in Rhetoric & Communication and Sociology-Organizational Studies from the University of California, Davis.  Brandi is a member of the Diaconate and Women's Leadership Council of Grace Presbyterian Church-DC and is a founding board member of Girls on the Run – DC.




Sally Bolger Gardner, Operations Manager

Sally Bolger Gardner joined ACT in September 2017, returning to Alexandria, her hometown, from 11 years in the Northern California town of Grass Valley. Sally’s background is primarily in office administration and human resources with minor detours for graduate school and raising two children, Sam and Clara, whom she and her husband, Gary, adopted from Bolivia.Sally is looking forward to working with the ACT team and re-rooting herself within the Alexandria community.


Leeann Napoleon, Development Coordinator

Ms. Leeann Napoleon joined ACT in September 2019 and brings over 16 years of experience in managing daily operations of healthcare administration, data management, and capacity building for healthcare specialty centers. As the Development Coordinator, she provides day-to-day support for donor-advised fund holders and is committed to ACT’s mission to support local nonprofits.

Leeann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton and she is currently working towards a master’s degree in public health from A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies. Leeann is a recent Alexandrian, moving here in 2018 from Orange, California, and enjoys everything Alexandria has to offer (even the humidity!). Aside from her studies, she is passionate about meeting the needs of those most vulnerable and has previously worked with nonprofits in Anaheim, California to empower and assist women and families facing homelessness. In her free time, Leeann loves to cook and walk the many park and trail systems Northern Virginia has to offer.


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