Macy Berkowitz

Macy Berkowitz is busy most days encouraging her colleagues to increase the number of steps on their FitBits.  Always one for a nice walk, Macy leads her teammates in laps around the office, outdoor walking meetings on the leash, and through reminders to stand up and stretch every couple of hours.  Macy also focuses her talent on helping the team manage stress, lower blood pressure, and relax in order to do their best work.  She is a great sounding board, giving very little direct feedback on projects but helping her colleagues talk through their own ideas until they arrive at solutions.  Macy is an environmentalist, who enjoys hiking, swimming, running, eating grass and rolling in mud. She works from home a few days each week in order to keep her carbon paw-print low.

Baxter Fox

Baxter Fox is a versatile member of the Mission Partners team. Always inquisitive and eager to get involved, he can be found listening in on campaign concept presentations or attentively following staff meetings. When he’s not busy with meetings or planning sessions, he’s often found roaming the office to ensure everything is in order, greeting visitors in the lobby, or taking the occasional nap in his office.

On his days off Baxter enjoys looking for snacks, going for long walks, chewing bones, and networking with other dogs.

Kate Goorland

Kate joins Mission Partners as a Fellow with an interest in social marketing and a background with non-profits and advocacy work. Prior to Mission Partners Kate was a congressional intern for Congresswoman Katherine Clark at the House of Representatives. During her time on the hill, Kate attended briefings and gained hands on research experience on relevant issues and happenings in education, women’s health care, energy and environment, and gun safety.

Currently, Kate, supports Mission Partners’ social media channels, development of social media content, media list research, opinion research, development and organizational research, project management, client side work, writing, copywriting, and editing.

Kate formerly served as a Youth Activation Committee Member, State Representative, and long-time volunteer for Special Olympics Delaware and Special Olympics PROJECT UNIFY, a school-based initiative to create opportunities for authentic social inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, youth leadership and advocacy, and whole school engagement. Kate attended Special Olympics USA Games and Youth Summit and the Special Olympics National Leadership Conference. She led school and state-wide campaigns such as, ‘Unified Day’, local leadership summits, ‘The Polar Bear Plunge’, and ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’.

Kate will be a junior at American University majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communications with a minor in Theatre.

Logan Brown

Logan joins Mission Partners as a Fellow with experience in international affairs and law. Prior to Mission Partners, Logan was a Legal Analyst at the Council of Better Business Bureaus, a nonprofit organization responsible for improving both consumer and seller affairs in the competitive business marketplaces of the United States and Canada. Currently, Logan is a student studying philosophy and international affairs with focuses on public and security policy at The George Washington University. She received her A.S. in Social Science from Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA and extensively studied social and educational disparities in her local community and the United States.

Ron Erickson

Ron joined the Mission Partners team in early 2017 bringing nearly twenty years of management experience to the group. Ron oversees the day-to-day operations as office manager in addition to serving as executive assistant to the company founders. He previously worked in a similar capacity with a local technology firm that addressed the needs of clients who sought to increase traffic to their respective websites through search engine optimization. Ron often worked directly with clients to ensure that their needs were heard and understood. Prior to that, Ron was also the office manager for a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the masses with regard to the stray and feral cat issue. He also frequently engaged with their extensive donor base to assist them with cat-related issues in their areas. In both of these endeavors, Ron was able to put his administrative background to good use in offering support to his colleagues with solid communication and organizational skills.

Ron lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and four rescue cats. He is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and has fostered numerous rescues as well as helping to place them in forever homes. In addition to spending time with his extensive family, Ron is an avid music fan who enjoys playing guitar and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Carolyn Berkowitz

Carolyn comes to Mission Partners from Capital One, where she most recently served as Managing Vice President of Community Affairs and President of the Capital One Foundation, responsible for building and leading an award-winning community investment strategy focused on fostering economic opportunity in the U.S. Under Carolyn’s leadership, Capital One launched Future Edge, a $150 million initiative which was leveraged by the White House and the Governor of VA to advance economic policy, and continues to add substantive research and best practices to the fields of workforce development and education.

Earlier in her career, Carolyn served as Senior Vice President of Community Mobilization at America’s Promise, leading a network of 300 local Communities of Promise seeking to align and deliver resources to help young people thrive. She was a founding member of the America’s Promise initiative, serving as senior staff to the President’s Summit for America’s Future – the event that launched America’s Promise in 1997 led by General Colin Powell. Carolyn also served as Vice President of the Points of Light Institute, and COO of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Carolyn was appointed to the Virginia Community College Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014, and reappointed for a 4-year term in 2015. She is a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center and is the Immediate Past Chair of Washington Area Women’s Foundation. In 2015 Carolyn was recipient of the Washington Area’s Women’s Foundation’s “Visionary Award” and a “Women of Achievement” Honoree of YWCA of the National Capitol Area. The Washington Business Journal named Carolyn to its “Power 100” list in 2013 and 2014, and a “Woman Who Means Business” in 2009. In 2016, Virginia Business Magazine named Carolyn a “Mover and Shaker Making a Difference in Virginia.”

Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox is the founder of Mission Partners, and a principal partner in delivering communications strategies that move missions forward. She is also the founder of C.Fox Communications, a mission-driven strategic communications agency committed to bettering people, communities and the world. A recognized expert in nonprofit communications, Carrie has guided organizations through critical leadership transitions, high profile announcements, and a variety of crisis situations. She excels at guiding organizations to lead with purpose, fueling their missions forward in new and more impactful ways. Carrie serves on the advisory board of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County and, with Bethesda Magazine publisher Steve Hull, she co-founded Community Profits, a Montgomery County based initiative which spotlights philanthropic giving happening in the County, and oversees a network of like-minded business owners — fueling an even greater sense of commitment among businesses in the region. She is also a founding member of the Purpose Collaborative, a national network of communications thought-leaders and industry experts that work together to provide impactful problem solving in touch with the current needs of today’s purpose-driven businesses.

Prior to founding her firms, Carrie worked at Washington, D.C.-based Prism Public Affairs and, while still in college, began her career as director of communications and spokeswoman for Ripken Baseball, which was founded to manage Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.’s many efforts, including his nationally recognized youth baseball initiative. Carrie is a 2016 SmartCEO Washington Brava Award winner, a 2015 WWPR Woman of the Year Honoree, a 2013 winner of PRWeek’s ’40 under 40′ and a 2010 winner of the Washington Women in Public Relations Emerging Leader of the Year Award. She is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Susanne Pirone

Susanne joins Mission Partners with a background defined by a more than 15 year career in corporate social responsibility.  Susanne’s experience includes directing key community relations programs for the Fannie Mae Foundation and Corporation, having responsibility for the Help the Homeless grants program and walkathon, the WAVE employee volunteer program, and the Housin’ 2000 commitment to America’s Promise.  She also held primary responsibility for the Foundation’s community service grant making.  Prior to her work at the Fannie Mae Foundation, Susanne was a member of the Corporate Community Service team at The Points of Light Foundation, where she supported clients nationwide in the development and management of CSR and employee volunteer programs.  There, she assisted in the creation of the Principles of Excellence, a strategic guide for companies and nonprofit organizations interested in creating strategic community relations programs.  With a strong background in communications, training, project and event management, and grant making, Susanne will draw on her experience working in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors, in helping partners create, strengthen, and sustain community service and corporate social responsibility programs.   Susanne is a graduate of Denison University, the mother of three young children, and an active volunteer.

Hannah Lee

Hannah joins Mission Partners with experience in nonprofit fundraising, advocacy, and international grant administration. She also has experience working in corporate social responsibility with organizations that have a global footprint. Previously, Hannah worked at GlobalGiving, an online fundraising platform that connects grassroots nonprofits in more than 165 countries with donors and corporations. As a member of the Partner Services Team, she vetted potential nonprofit partners and helped administer grants for major corporations, such as TripAdvisor and Nike. Additionally, Hannah worked on the Advocacy and Government Relations team at World Vision, an international development nonprofit, to create communication strategies for ongoing legislative efforts. Lastly, she worked at in the Development Office at the University of Michigan, strategizing and mobilizing donors to give to the annual fund.

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her studies focused on public health policy and community action and social change.

Christina Kposowa

A self-proclaimed wordsmith, storyteller and journalist by trade, Christina Kposowa joins Mission Partners with more than a decade of experience in strategic communications and corporate social responsibility. In her consulting role, she offers both vision and passion for simplifying how businesses and non-profit organizations communicate with the audiences critical to their success.

Christina began her career at APCO Worldwide, a global communications agency based in Washington, DC, where she helped grow the agency’s corporate responsibility practice while simultaneously managing multi-million dollar issues and advocacy campaigns for Fortune 100 companies and large non-profit organizations. She has a wealth of experience in organizational branding, executive positioning, media outreach and community relations. She has also led the deployment crisis response strategies for some of the world’s largest corporations.

Most recently, Christina was Director of Communications at McLean Bible Church, the largest church in the Mid-Atlantic region with five campuses and more than 13,000 attendees weekly. In this role, she provided oversight to all the organization’s communications efforts including external positioning efforts and visual and creative production.

Christina earned her degree in journalism from The University of Maryland, College Park with a citation in the College Park Scholars’ Media, Self & Society Program. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and sons.