Mary Bruce

Executive Director

Mary Bruce is the executive director of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, where she advances the organization’s mission of championing the educational and professional development of progressive women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference.

For nearly two decades, Mary has supported the development and growth of young leaders and the scale and impact of social sector organizations, including work with America’s Promise Alliance, the Boston Public Schools, City Year, the College Board, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Grad Nation campaign, and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. She recently served as co-executive director of AmeriCorps Alums, the only national network supporting the more than one million alumni of AmeriCorps.

Mary sits on the Advisory Committee of Equity in the Center, an initiative rooted in nonprofit talent development, which is working to center race equity as a core goal of social impact. Additionally, Mary serves as an adjunct professor in leadership at the University of Virginia- teaching courses such as “Equity-centered leadership for social impact.” She also serves on the National Advisory Council of New Politics, which reinvigorates our democracy by recruiting, developing, and electing servant leaders who exemplify courage, integrity, and empathy.

Mary earned her BA in Poverty Studies from the University of Virginia and her MPA in Domestic Policy from Princeton University. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps (the Latin American Youth Center, Washington DC) and the Peace Corps (Afourer Youth Center, Morocco).

 Kristen Hecht

Program Director

Kristen Hecht is the program director for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, wherein she oversees the Foundation’s scholarships, applications, events, alumnae engagement, and day-to-day management. Kristen’s background is in non-profit management, with experience in the areas of organizational governance, program management, event planning, and communications. Prior to her position at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Kristen worked as the Director of Membership and Programs at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Kristen has also worked at the Human Trafficking Legal Center as its operations manager, the American Physical Therapy Association, where she facilitated the work of the association’s governing bodies and committees, and Quota International, an international service organization that empowers women and children in local communities around the world.

Kristen currently sits on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She graduated from American University with a master’s degree in international politics and holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Texas. Inspired by her first internship in Washington, DC at the Women & Politics Institute, Kristen is passionate about expanding opportunities for women and girls.

Kristen moved to Washington, DC in 2007. Prior to that, she lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, and the Normandy region of France. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking, cycling, sailing, and traveling internationally.

Anna Foster

Program Coordinator

Anna Foster is the program coordinator for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, working with the program director in order to support scholarships, applications, and events. In addition to her work in the programmatic space, she also creates social media and web content for the Foundation. Anna has been with us since spring 2018, serving as an intern prior to joining the team as program coordinator in January 2019.

While this is her first job post-graduation, Anna interned for the U.S. House of Representatives, City of Charlotte, and Institute for Women’s Policy Research before joining the Foundation.

Anna graduated in December 2018 from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. She is an alumna of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program international politics cohort as well as the Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. She currently lives in North Carolina. 

Amber Cruz Mohring

Special Projects Manager

Amber Cruz Mohring is the Managing Director of Communications for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. In addition to her work with the foundation, she is the owner of ACM Consulting.

Prior to launching her consulting business, Cruz Mohring was the Interim Co-Executive Director of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) where she led the fundraising operations and communications strategy as well as planned their Annual Conference. Previously Amber was the Senior Strategy Officer for Convenings at Lumina Foundation, designing, implementing and leading convenings in support of Lumina’s strategies and mobilization efforts. Before joining Lumina Foundation, Cruz Mohring was the Director of Programs for and also worked in development for a non-profit, managing their events and PAC contributions. Cruz Mohring grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she worked for three years at a private event planning company and in 2008 worked as a field organizer United States Senator Jeff Merkley.

Cruz Mohring holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Willamette University and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Amber serves on the Board of Directors for YI (Young Invincibles) Advisors; a social impact firm in Washington, DC and Giving+Sum; a giving circle for young professionals in Indianapolis, IN where she currently resides with her husband William.

Maggie Moore

Co-Founder, Board Member

Maggie Moore works as a communications officer for the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She graduated from Syracuse University with master’s degrees in international relations and in public relations and holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Tufts University.

Prior to her work at USAID, Maggie served as the operations officer for Democracy International (DI), implementing democracy and governance programs worldwide. Maggie served as an election observer in the 2014 Egyptian constitutional referendum and the Egyptian presidential election as well as DI’s Media Liaison in the 2010 Wolesi Jirga (Parliamentary) elections in Afghanistan. Maggie also worked for the U. S. Embassy in Bratislava, the Clinton Foundation as well as Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Edward Kennedy, then Representative Edward Markey, Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC), and the Italian Council of Ministers.

Rebecca Cook Davis

Co-Founder, Board Member

Rebecca Cook Davis is a trained genetic counselor, and also works as a consultant for the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, an organization providing support to families of people with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, and helping to accelerate research and increase awareness of the condition. She is the Registry Coordinator for their International Registry.

Previously she worked as a clinical genetic counselor at the Cleveland Clinic. She specialized in hereditary cancer risk, although she also worked in their Pediatric, Adult and Cardiovascular genetics clinics. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2011. She has been the Programs Intern for Genetic Alliance, a non-profit organization that works to support the disease-specific organizations through education, advocacy and support of research.

She is a 2008 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She currently lives in Northern California but travels back to D.C. as often as possible.

Meredith Moore

Co-Founder, Board Member

Meredith Moore currently teaches chemistry and psychology at the Washington International School in Washington, DC. She recently earned a Masters in Education from the University of Edinburgh. Before traveling to Scotland, Meredith taught at Roland Park School in Baltimore, MD from 2009-2015. During her tenure, Meredith was a founding committee member for the STEM Institute, a certificate program within Roland Park to engage young women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She also collaborated with Teach for America and Becton Dickinson to train new science teachers.

In addition to her work at Washington International and Roland Park, Meredith has participated in the Klingenstein Summer Institute, taught at Emma Willard School and received both the was awarded the Apgar Excellence in Teaching Award and the Sara Lee and Tillie K. Lubin Intern in Science Award. Meredith graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors in research and double minored in chemistry and educational studies.

Madeline Palmieri

Board Member

Madeline Palmieri currently studies political science, journalism, and graphic design at New York University (NYU). She is particularly interested in the relationship between American politics, the media, and the effects of ideological polarization in national elections.

In addition to her studies, Madeline is a production assistant at the Cantor Film Center at NYU. She has also worked with Let America Vote on the Virginia gubernatorial and delegate races. Madeline previously interned for the BBC podcast PragueCast while living in Prague and had an apprenticeship at Art on the Block in Maryland, which empowers creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.  

Madeline graduated from the communication arts program at Montgomery Blair High School, where she studied history, English, theater, and film. She was the Editor in Chief of the literary arts magazine, SilverQuill.

Molly Buford

Senior Advisor

Molly Buford is a native of Little Rock, AR, and a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Upon graduation, she pursued her passion and joined the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996 and then went onto Washington, D.C., to find work in the Clinton Administration.

She spent those years as a scheduler for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a full time advance person for the White House, and as Director of Scheduling and Advance for Secretary Bill Daley at the Commerce Department. Molly followed Secretary Daley to Nashville for a few months on the Gore-Lieberman campaign and re-count. She then joined Senator Joe Biden’s staff in the U.S. Senate, but in late 2003 the draw of another Presidential candidate from her home state was too strong and she headed back to Little Rock for the Wesley Clark campaign and then back to Washington to work with James Johnson and Senator Kerry on his Vice Presidential selection, followed by working as Director of Scheduling for Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.

After that she decided to try her hand in the private sector and joined a small consulting firm in D.C., but the private sector couldn’t hold her for long and she jumped back in the game in 2007, joining then-Senator Obama’s senate staff and the Obama for America campaign. Once again she pitched in on the Vice Presidential search and was very lucky Senator Obama chose her old boss Senator Biden. Molly began working for the Obama Administration at the Treasury Department in 2009 as the Senior Advisor in the Office of Public Affairs and then moved over to be Treasury’s White House Liaison at the end of 2011, where she worked until the end of the Obama Administration.