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AFP DC Washington D.C. Metro Chapter: Diversity Dialogues: Mentoring for Young POC Professionals

April 25, 2018

As the demographics of our world change, it is important that the world of philanthropy change with it, both internally and externally. As we see more more POC and young people enter the professional world of fundraising, a historically white occupation, it’s important that we provide supportive infrastructure and mentorship to these professionals to help them navigate and thrive in this world.

Learn Objectives:

  • As a mentor, how can you help a POC professional navigate in an organization as a minority
  • How to communicate with higher authorities needs of POC fundraisers
  • Strategies that you can work on with your mentors (things you can work on professionally)


  • Robert Henry, Vice President of Education, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) - Moderator 
  • Jamie Carter Davidson, Director of Donor Operations, National Geographic Society - Panelist
  • Ashley Robinson, M.S. Fundraising Management Asst. Advancement Director, East, Sierra Clu - Panelist 
  • Daniel Rico, Annual Fund Officer, Mary’s Center - Panleist

Session details:


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc.

Conference Room 1

1816 12th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009


Registration Fees:

Member Pricing:

$25 flat registration fee

Non-Member Pricing:

$45 early bird non-member

$55 for regular non-member registration

$65 onsite non-member registration


Registration is now closed - onsites are welcome!


Thank you to our Sponsors of This Diversity Dialogues Session:




Robert Henry Bio:

Rob Henry has acquired extensive managerial and development experience during his 25+ year professional career. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Education with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In this role, Henry provides overall global strategy for achieving CASE’s vision and mission related to talent management. He directly oversees $11 million in revenue and programs including Conferences, Research, Library, Talent Management, Diversity/Inclusion and Student Advancement.

Henry previously served as the Executive Director of Emerging Constituencies at CASE for 10 years. Prior to joining CASE he served as the director of individual giving at Yale University soliciting donors and managing the volunteer program for the Yale School of Management. He has also served as assistant vice president at the University of Connecticut Foundation, and began his development career at Michigan State University.

In each advancement position, Henry has significantly raised support and participation while simultaneously assessing the potential of the emerging market. This experience, coupled with his attention to fundamental infrastructure practices, has allowed him to offer training and development to international markets such as Africa, Europe, Australia and South America.

He was awarded the CASE Crystal Apple for teaching excellence in 2006. He holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Murray State University and a master's degree in communication and public address from Eastern Michigan University.



Jamie Carter Davidson Bio:

Jamie Carter Davidson is a communications and direct response marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience working in non-profit fundraising in the Washington, DC area.  As the Senior Director of Membership, she developed strategies for multi-channel direct response campaigns, created a mid-level donor program as well as helped the organization complete the conversion of a 30+ year legacy database to a new cloud based platform.  While experienced in all areas of direct response fundraising, the data is especially exciting to her and she’s always up for a discussion on segments, list tests, and KPIs.

In addition to leading the Membership Program at the National Trust for almost 20 years and serving on a number of organization wide teams, Jamie was an original member of the organizations’ Diversity Task Force in the early 2000's.  Since February 2017, Jamie has been employed with the National Geographic Society managing the Contributing Member program, a relatively new yet growing low dollar donor program breaking records year over year since 2013.

Jamie enjoys sharing her marketing skills and can be found volunteering as the Public Relations lead at her church.  With a team of ministry volunteers, Jamie develops and helps implement strategy to engage a multi-generational membership of over 15,000 members.  She also serves on the Leadership Board of her church and is a faithful singer in her choir.  She graduated from the American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communications.  Her prior work history includes employment at the American University, The Children’s Defense Fund and Physician’s for Social Responsibility.  She currently resides in Prince Georges County, MD with her husband, two adult children and two eccentric cats. 

Ashley Robinson Bio:

A Baltimore native, Ashley Robinson has been a Major Gifts Officer for mid-level donors at Sierra Club since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Development Coordinator for Columbia School of Engineering’s Development and Alumni Relations department. Ashley is committed to issues of racial and social justice both professionally and personally. She serves on Sierra Club’s Staff Equity Team and co-leads the Advancement department’s Equity Leadership team. In her spare time, she also co-chairs AFP DC’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) committee and is also a member of AFP International’s IDEA committee. Ashley is also an initiate member of Black Lives Matter DC’s Chapter, aiding them with their fundraising. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Elon University and a master’s degree in Fundraising Management from Columbia University.

Daniel Rico Bio:

Daniel Rico is the Annual Fund Officer at Mary’s Center, where he manages the organization’s annual giving and major donor program.

Daniel believes in empowering the Latino community by creating opportunities to help them achieve their own version of the American Dream. As a fundraiser, he has carried this belief by advocating for more young people of color—particularly Latinos—to join the fundraising profession. Most recently, he worked with other members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – DC Chapter, to establish a Young Professionals Affinity group to support younger members entering the profession.

Daniel is a proud Hoya and holds a BS in Foreign Service and MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.