Board of Directors
Donna Purchase has been a resident of Southwest DC since 1998. She was elected to the SWNA board in 2010 and has served in various roles. She has more than 30 years of management experience in corporate and nonprofit businesses and serves on the board of three local non-profits. She loves Southwest and is adapting to the change from a sleepy neighborhood to the vibrant area that draws thousands to SW. Donna is the recipient of numerous awards including the Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement’s WISER Hero Award for her work in financial literacy. Donna and her husband Henry are the proud parents of four and grandparents of nine happy, healthy and funny grandchildren.
Beth Hall has resided in Riverside Park Mutual Homes since 1989. She is very active with the resident council. Beth is an active volunteer. Her activities include AARP Social Chair, preparing lunches with homemade soup and Costco sandwiches. She volunteers with Waterfront Village as a driver and provides administrative assistance. She ran a pop-up office for the Beto campaign and was a past PTA board member and president. Beth has a BA in government and biology from Smith College. In her professional career she worked for the Massachusetts Senate and the US Environmental Protection Agency focusing on public water supply, underground injection control and the Superfund. She has worked extensively with various public action groups and fundraising.
Southwest resident, Ben Curran, is well known in the community for his work as co-chair of The Environmental Task Force (SW Strong)
Ben completed 34 years of work in the national and international emergency management arena serving chiefly in the public private partnership arena. His work in Southwest has demonstrated strong leadership skills and we feel that he will be a valuable asset to the Board.
Ben continues to engage at the local grassroots level in building community resilience, promoting disaster preparedness and community organizing.
He has a BA in History and a MS in Community Economic Development. He currently serves as VP of DC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and he is a Washington DC representative to the International Association of Emergency Managers. He has received numerous awards including two DC Mayor’s Award for Disaster Preparedness.
Wilma Goldstein is a Michigan native whose work in politics, research and teaching political skills brought her to DC in 1975. After living in the three other of DC’s four quadrants and stints in Arlington and Alexandria, VA, she moved to Southwest DC in 2014 after she retired. In addition to her work in political organizations and her federal government appointments, Wilma is active in the jazz programs at Westminster Church in southwest. Prior to retiring, she volunteered at Whitman-Walker and as a first grade reading tutor in Alexandria schools, as well as serving on the board of several arts and literary organizations. Since moving to DC she helped in the creation of Waterfront Village, serves on the tenant board at the Modern on M complex, is on the Citizen Advisory Board of The Wharf 2 and recently became a board member of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA.) She is convinced moving to Southwest was one of the best decisions in her life.
Lisa Taylor has been a resident of Southwest DC since 2008. Ms. Taylor has seen many changes to the community during her tenure and is passionate about responsible growth that maintains the “community feel” of the SW neighborhood and sustains housing options to long-standing residents who may be feeling pushed out by gentrification. In her professional life, Ms. Taylor is a management consultant and works with clients in organizational transformation & design, strategy, change management and leadership and talent development. Ms. Taylor spends her free time teaching fitness classes at a local gym, cycling around the city, and traveling around the world. Ms. Taylor attended the University of Kansas where she received her undergraduate degree in Music. She is a die-hard Jayhawks fan and religiously watches college basketball, ROCK CHALK!!! She received her MBA and MA in International Development from American University.
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