Elizabeth J. Heider – Chair
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Elizabeth (Beth) Heider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, translates Skanska’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team. She supports Skanska’s four US business units: Building and Civil (Construction), and Commercial and Infrastructure Development with combined annual revenues of approximately $8 Billion. Her career encompasses all phases of design and construction as an architect, construction manager, and sustainability leader. An intrepid researcher and tireless advocate, she emboldens the design, construction and business communities to create a more sustainable future. She has been invited to present at over 150 international conferences focusing on the nexus of design, sustainability, and good business. Heider served for six years on USGBC’s National Board of Directors which she chaired in 2012.
Leonard Manning – Vice Chair
P. Leonard Manning is the President of New Tech Games, Inc., a company that he founded in late 1982. In 1983, Mr. Manning helped to organize Lottery Technology Enterprises (LTE), a unique joint venture between GTECH, New Tech Games and three other minority-owned businesses, which successfully won the right to operate the on-line lottery for the District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
Mr. Manning has served on the boards of non-profit and charitable organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area, including the boards of the Greater Southeast Community Hospital Foundation, the Washington Urban League, Howard University’s WHHM-TV, Anchor Mental Health, Green Door, Nexus Health (Ft. Washington Hospital) and Archbishop John Carroll High School. Mr. Manning is a graduate of the Leadership Washington Program, a founding board member of D.C. Recreation Wish List Committee and a former member of the D.C. Convention Center Board and the D.C. Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Manning has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for six years, serving as Chairman of the Business Administration Committee. Mr. Manning is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Valerie Holt – Treasurer
Valerie Holt formerly served as the Vice President for Audit for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Her responsibilities include providing audit services to ensure that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has an effective system of internal controls for its accounting, finance, administration, operations and technology management. She also oversees the conduct of the annual financial statement audit.
Ms. Holt previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and the Controller for the District of Columbia, as a Director for the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, and as a Deputy Director for the District of Columbia Public Housing Authority. Her 30 years plus work experience also includes eight years of public accounting experience including two “Big Four” firms. Ms. Holt holds undergraduate degrees from George Washington University (B.A in accounting) and Eastern Michigan University (B.S. in Sociology) and a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Ms. Holt is the President of the Association of Airport Internal Auditors. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Internal Audit Institute and the Associate of American Airport Executives. She is the past president and state representative for the Greater Washington Area Government Finance Officers Association. Ms. Holt also served as the past chairman of the Committee on Auditing and Financial Reporting and as the President of the Black Caucus of the Government Finance Officers Association of North America.
Deborah Bey is a highly skilled tech and open data advisor with a thorough understanding of how applied technologies can improve and facilitate the urban planning process, access to information, and the systems that people use to interact with the places in which they live. She is an entrepreneurial organizational leader with successful international and national NGO and public sector track record. Service-oriented, outcomes-driven executive combining strategic vision; strong management capabilities; team, project/program management skills, and partnership building in the areas of civic innovation, STEM education, technology, sustainability, housing and homelessness, poverty, social entrepreneurship, disaster relief, and public/global policy.
For over three decades, Ms. King served as an Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, progressing from Trial Attorney to Deputy Assistant Attorney General. During this period, she enforced federal civil rights laws preventing discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship status, and disability in the areas of employment, housing, lending, voting, education, and public accommodation. She also enforced laws addressing police misconduct, protected the constitutional and/or statutory rights of persons residing in public institutions, such as prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and hospitals, and prosecuted individuals for committing hate crimes. In addition, Ms. King provided leadership in policy-making and the promulgation of legislation and regulations. To be successful, she developed relationships with stakeholders from across the spectrum, including high-level government officials, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the public, and Division staff.
In addition to enforcing substantive laws, as a supervisor and then as a manager, Ms. King mentored and/or trained attorneys, paraprofessionals, clericals, students, stakeholders, and members of the public. For example, she developed and implemented formal training programs, conferences, and seminars, and made speeches across the country; also, she served as a formal mentor on numerous occasions and always maintained an open door to provide informal advice to Division employees.
Since retiring from the Department of Justice, she has served as a certified mediator, assisting in the resolution of EEO disputes, and provided management consultant services to federal agencies. Ms King has also trained and supervised individuals conducting EEO investigations, including the development of investigative plans, the techniques of conducting interviews, and the writing of reports of investigation.
Michael Beale – Secretary
Sheri Mitchell – Parent Board Member
Vito John Germinario – Chairman Emeritus
Vito John Germinario is the President and Co-Owner of GPR, Inc., a commercial glazing company, and LGV group LLC, a commercial real estate development company. He is first generation Italian-American. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the oldest of four children. His parents stressed education from an early age. He was taught by the sisters of Saint Francis in grammar school and by the Jesuits in high school and college.
Vito arrived in Washington from New York in 1994. He came to be part of the team that built the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Since then, Vito has been involved with such notable projects as the National Museum of the American Indian, The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse and most recently, the GSA Headquarters Building, all in Washington D.C. He is very proud to have been associated with the building of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Vito has a passion for helping children. He believes that each and every child should be given each and every opportunity to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He dedicates much of his time, energy and resources to a number of non-profit organizations, all to benefit children.
Vito has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years. He serves on the Breath for Life gala committee and is fully committed to helping find the cure.
In July of this year, Vito completed his three-year term as Board Chair at Excel Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. He remains active at the school and serves as chair of the advisory board.
In addition, Vito is a member of the board of directors at Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic. He serves on the executive committee and is chair of the governance committee.
Vito serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Vito is the newly elected board chair at Feathers From Devon. It is a New York based 501 c3 that gives children with developmental challenges the opportunity to engage in non-traditional therapies, to increase the quality of their life.
He is past board chair of the Lily Fund and past board vice chair of the Friends of Jaclyn. Both foundations worked to raise the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors.
Vito has been married to Kristi since 1997. They have residences in Alexandria and Middleburg, Virginia.