Board of Directors

Sterling Ashby |  Peter Macleod  |  Douglas Bower  |  Kaitlin Banner

    Kimberly Bowers  |  Donald Sherman  |  Tilcia Toledo   

Christopher May |  Robert Pierre |  Daniel Engelberg  |  Arianna Scavetti


Sterling Ashby (Chair) Currently an attorney in private practice, Mr. Ashby concentrates on government contracting, corporate finance, commercial lending, regulatory and other corporate matters.  He provides a broad range of corporate advisory services for emerging companies, including a number of information technology firms.  He began the practice of law as an Associate in the Energy Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he had a chance to work on a broad range of innovative and complex transactions.  The last couple of years have led to working on numerous transactions on behalf of the FDIC and the United States Treasury Department in connection with the financial crisis.  Mr. Ashby earned his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, following an  M.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. from Lehigh University in Industrial Engineering.

Peter Macleod (Vice-Chair) joined the Board of DC Lawyers for Youth in 2013. He is currently the assistant general counsel at Corporate Advisory Board. 

Douglas Bower (Treasurer) is a senior management executive with more than 20 years of experience in not-for-profit and for profit businesses. Doug’s roles have includes guiding business-line operations, strategic planning, new business development, marketing, revenue growth and financial planning. Most recently, Doug was the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Blue Yield, an auto lending exchange. He came to BlueYield from the AAA National Office where he served as the Vice President of Travel and Financial Services from 2007 to 2010 for this 52 million member organization. Prior to joining the AAA National Office, Doug was President and Chief Operating Officer of AAA Auto Club Group, a 4.1 million member AAA Affiliate based in Dearborn, Michigan. After joining AAA Auto Club Group in 1999, he improved overall profitability and supervised integration of six regional clubs into a single operating entity. Preceding his tenure with AAA, Doug held executive positions with Advanta Corporation, a multi-product financial services company, MBNA Corporation, a large credit card bank now part of Bank of America, and CIGNA, a major insurance company. His responsibilities included business credit card product development, finance, business line operations, marketing and account acquisition. Doug is a business graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from Philadelphia University.

Kaitlin Banner is a staff attorney at Advancement Project in the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program, where she works with communities on reducing the overuse and disparate use of zero-tolerence school discipline policies.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Kaitlin was Clinical Instructor at the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  Students and professors in the clinic represent families in special education and school discipline cases, and advocate for policies that promote positive interventions and enable students to continue their education.  From 2008 - 2010, Kaitlin was the Crowell & Moring Equal Justice Works Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital, where she founded the Fair Discipline Project and began working on school-to-prison pipeline issues.  Kaitlin is also an adjunct professor with the Georgetown University Law School Juvenile Justice Clinic and George Washington University Law School Scholarly Writing Program.  Kaitlin is the Vice Chair of the D.C. Lawyers for Youth Board of Directors.  Kaitlin received her B.A. from Villanova University, her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and her LL.M. in clinical pedagogy and systems change from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Daniel Engelberg was a founding member of DC Lawyers for Youth and has been a board member since its inception. He currently works as Deputy Chief of Trials at the Orleans Public Defenders. Before working at the Orleans Public Defenders, Daniel worked for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, the Public Defender Service of DC, and the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. As a Prettyman Fellow, Daniel represented hundreds of indigent clients accused of crimes in the District of Columbia and served as a teaching fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center Criminal Justice Clinic. During law school, Daniel was a participant in the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and represented numerous juveniles accused of crimes. Prior to becoming an attorney, Daniel worked with youth in the juvenile justice system as an instructor at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in the District of Columbia and as coordinator of the youth employment and training program at Berkeley Youth Alternatives in Berkeley, California. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan and received both his J.D. and L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Donald K. Sherman was a founding member of DC Lawyers for Youth and has been a board member since its inception. He is currently an attorney at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Previously, Donald was an attorney on Capitol Hill.  Prior to working on Capitol Hill, from 2007-2009, Donald worked as an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Litigation and Healthcare groups in Washington, DC. From 2006-2007, Donald served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Neal E. Kravitz on the DC Superior Court. Donald graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2005, where he founded Georgetown Law Students for DC and served as an Articles Editor on the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. During law school, he represented juvenile clients in the DC Superior Court as part of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic. Donald is also an alumnus of the college preparatory program Prep for Prep in New York City, where he later served as a mentor to low income students making the transition from public to private schools.

Tilcia Toledo is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting Inc., a global business advisory firm. She is in the Bank Regulation and Governance Practice within the Forensic and Litigation Consulting Segment. Ms. Toledo focuses her consulting practice on financial analysis and risk management. Prior to joining FTI, Ms. Toledo was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton responsible for regulatory and banking clients. During her tenure as a leverage finance banker at GE Capital, BNP Paribas, Scotia Capital and JP Morgan, she generated over $120 million in revenues and syndicated volume in excess of $50 billion of commercial loans and high yield bonds. Ms. Toledo earned an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

Robert Pierre is an award-winning author and former journalist with more than two decades experience as a reporter and editor, primarily at the Washington Post. Currently, he is the owner of Bald Cypress Media, a public relations and marketing firm in Washington DC with federal and local clients. At the Washington Post, Robert covered local, state and national politics and was the Post’s Chicago bureau chief in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. He was part of the team of metro reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007. As a reporter in Maryland, he was one of the lead reporters on the successful effort by Prince George’s County to lure the Washington Redskins away from the District with a new stadium. And, a few years later, he covered the political turmoil surrounding the stadium deal to bring the Ravens to Baltimore. Robert proposed, and was a key participant in, the groundbreaking 2006 series Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril that was later published as a book. He also co-authored A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama's "Post Racial" America. He has taught journalism at Dillard University in New Orleans and Howard University in Washington D.C.  Robert graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in December 1990.

Christopher May is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark litigation and Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State University’s School of Law, where he teaches a course on general intellectual property, and serves as a guardian ad litem for children in neglect and custody cases through the Children’s Law Center.  Christopher earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, his M.B.A., with a concentration in entrepreneurship, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, his M.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in chemistry from Duke University. 

Kimberly Bowers is the Senior Associate Director of Development for The George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to her fundraising role at GW, she spent 5 years at the University of Richmond School of Law as the Major Gifts Officer and Law Alumni Board liaison. Bowers' career background also includes political statewide fundraising in both Virginia and in Maryland.  A former political appointee in Virginia , she served as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments under former Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine.  Bowers has had lifelong civic engagement interests and from 2011 to 2015 she served as the Vice-Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections. She has also held active leadership roles as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Urban League, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ DC Chapter. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Emerging Leader award from the Greater Richmond Urban League recognizing her leadership and invaluable contributions to the community and to the Urban League's mission.  Ms. Bowers received her B.A. from the University of Richmond and her M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Arianna Scavetti is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She currently practices in the firm’s Litigation Department, with a focus on defending against class actions, False Claims Act allegations, and government investigations. Arianna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2014. Upon graduation, she received the P. Pemberton Morris Award for excellence in evidence, pleading, and practice, and a Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service. In 2013, she won the national championship in the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Trial Advocacy Competition. Arianna graduated with honors in 2011 from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Letters, and Society and a minor in French. 



Board Alumni

Paul Lee, Founder     Sara Peters, Founder      Marya Torrez, Founder     Crystal Barnes, Founder    Michelle Tupper Butler, Founder

Jesse Winograd      Dylan de Kervor     Tiffany Benjamin     Molly Gaston     Regina Leslie

Laurren Walker      Pilar Weiss     Patrice Sulton     Julia Bennett