Meet Our Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC is strategically located to gather the most prestigious group of speakers our nation’s Capital can generate.  From Ambassadors, Business Executives, and Tribal Chiefs to an endless array of Champions of Change.  Our Club Members, and visitors to our weekly meetings, receive an impressive amount of intellectually-stimulating, heart-warming presentations each week.   Further, on this page, is a sample of speakers whom have recently spoken at our Club…

Upcoming Speakers

February 8th 2023 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

Crossing literal and figurative boundaries has always been a part of Makeba’s DNA. Named by her late father after the renowned South African humanitarian and folk singer Miriam Makeba; her passion for cultivating and scaling individual and organizational excellence has led Makeba to live, work, and travel to over 70 countries, spanning five continents. As a strategist who seamlessly integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into her work, Makeba is a notably sought-after speaker, executive coach, and consultant through her boutique firm: www.makebaclay.com.  

Throughout her distinguished career, Makeba has developed transformative organizational outcomes for numerous organizations, including the White House Council on Women and Girls, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Smithsonian Institution, and Princeton University. In addition, Makeba has received accolades from notable international organizations and has been featured in national publications, including, The New York Times, Washingtonian, CNN Style, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, and most recently, The Washington Post for her trailblazing diversity and inclusion efforts in the arts and culture industry as the first-ever Endowed Chair for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion of an art museum in the United States. In 2022, The Phillips Collection endowed a half-million dollar gift to establish the Makeba Clay Diversity Fellowship to create greater access and opportunity for early career professionals of color who aspire to work in the museum field.

Makeba is the past national president of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE) and has also served on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils, including, The Maryland Roundtable for Diversity, Princeton in Africa, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Council on Education Network, and The Maryland Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Service. She currently maintains board leadership or professional affiliations with numerous organizations, among them, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Speakers Association (NSA), The Maryland Humanities for the Arts, Museum Hue, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, ArtTable, Arts Administrators of Color, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and The Links, Incorporated.

Makeba earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, and has completed post-graduate coursework at the University of Maryland. Makeba holds professional certifications from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a certified mediator, a chaplain, and the founding director of the Diversity Institute and the Community Mediation Center, located in Charles County, MD.

Makeba enjoys building the capacity of leaders and institutions. In her spare time, she has helped develop and scale strategies for schools, faith centers, outreach centers, and agricultural organizations in developing countries.

She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her tech-savvy husband, Nathaniel, and her curious 11-year-old daughter, Natasha.

 

February 15th 2023 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting


Leora Hoffman was born in Israel and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating law school in 1982, Leora lived and worked in London, England, before moving to Washington, DC where she began her career as a practicing attorney in the field of criminal defense and civil litigation. In 1986, she joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where she served as an attorney in the trading and markets division. In 1989, after the birth of her second child, she left the federal government to start her matchmaking business, focusing on professional singles in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. In 1999, Leora returned to the practice of law in the field of Child Protection and established a private practice in DC Family Court, representing children in the neglect system. While concurrently running her matchmaking business, Leora joined the Office of the Attorney General of DC in 2003 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division, where she served until 2015, when she left the legal profession to expand her matchmaking company. In 2020, Leora published her book: Catch Me a Catch: Chronicles of a Modern-Day Matchmaker, wherein she describes her own journey to find love, as well as over thirty years of client case studies.

Leora is a frequent public speaker in the area of relationships and matchmaking, and has appeared on public, cable and network TV, public radio, and the Dating While Grey podcast. She has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Washingtonian magazine, the Washington Times, and the Baltimore Sun.

Leora currently specializes in the 50+ demographic. Since 1989, she has been responsible for 82 marriages and hundreds of long-term relationships. She currently resides in Garrett Park, MD, with her third husband Jim, to whom she has been married for ten years.


 

February 22nd 2023 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Mee

Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of América, Alfonso Quiñonez was the Public Affairs Manager for a large industrial conglomerate in Guatemala for a period of 5 years.  Prior to his work in the private sector, Ambassador Quiñonez worked at the Organization of American States (OAS) for a period of approximately 15 years until 2015.  His last position was Executive Secretary for the Summit of the Americas and Secretary for External Relations.  He previously served for five years as the Executive Secretary for Social and Economic Development and Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development.  He joined the OAS in 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies.

Before joining the OAS, Ambassador Quiñonez was a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service, having held positions in Spain as Counselor, in the United States as Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States until 2000. Ambassador Quiñonez has held a number of positions in different organizations in Guatemala and internationally, such as member of the Board of the US-Guatemala Business Council, the Board of Advisors of the Inter American Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Development Foundation. 

Ambassador Quiñonez has also held different positions in international organizations and academia, such as member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where he chaired its Finance Committee; was a member of the Advisory Board of the Master’s Program in Integral Economic Development at the Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics, and lecturer at the United States Foreign Service Institute on Latin American and Caribbean issues.  He was also a professor at the School of Political Studies and International Relations at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala.

He is married and has two children.

 
 

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Our own Alexander Tu introduces B. Douglas Hoey, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association.  The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the owners of nearly 19,400 pharmacy small businesses. These pharmacies are important to local economies, providing jobs for more than 215,000 people in their communities and consumers consistently rank them as the top rated pharmacies in the country.

Hoey is a licensed pharmacist in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas and practiced in a variety of community pharmacy settings including his own family’s pharmacy before coming to NCPA.  Hoey was NCPA’s first Chief Operating Officer and in 2011 was named CEO. He is widely quoted by media as an industry expert on community pharmacy practice issues including drug supply and prescription drug pricing.  Hoey also developed and taught pharmacology courses at George Washington University and Marymount universities.  He is President of the World Pharmacy Council, co-chairman of the Surescripts Board of Directors, chairman of the NCPA Innovation Center, and vice-chair for the CPESN® USA Board of Managers. 

Hoey served on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance board for six years and was chairman of the Mirixa board for eight years.  His pharmacy degree is from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and his MBA is from the Oklahoma City University graduate school of business.

Our own Alexander Tu introduces B. Douglas Hoey, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association. The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the owners of nearly 19,400 pharmacy small businesses. These pharmacies are important to local economies, providing jobs for more than 215,000 people in their communities and consumers consistently rank them as the top rated pharmacies in the country.

Hoey is a licensed pharmacist in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas and practiced in a variety of community pharmacy settings including his own family’s pharmacy before coming to NCPA. Hoey was NCPA’s first Chief Operating Officer and in 2011 was named CEO. He is widely quoted by media as an industry expert on community pharmacy practice issues including drug supply and prescription drug pricing. Hoey also developed and taught pharmacology courses at George Washington University and Marymount universities. He is President of the World Pharmacy Council, co-chairman of the Surescripts Board of Directors, chairman of the NCPA Innovation Center, and vice-chair for the CPESN® USA Board of Managers.

Hoey served on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance board for six years and was chairman of the Mirixa board for eight years. His pharmacy degree is from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and his MBA is from the Oklahoma City University graduate school of business.

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Doug Hoey | CEO, National Community Pharmacists Association | January 18, 2023

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Our own Past President Jennifer Hara introduces Director Reyes-Yanes. In October 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Jackie Reyes-Yanes as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs (MOCA).  Director Reyes is the first Latina to be appointed to this position. Before serving as Director of MOCA, she served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) for 6 years.

During her tenure as the first Salvadoran Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), she was responsible for advocating and making the Latino community an integral part of the District of Columbia policy’s design and budget allocation.  The mandate of the agency, which is part of the Executive Office of the Mayor, is to ensure that full range of health, education, employment, and social services are made available to Latino residents of the District of Columbia.

Director Reyes-Yanes’ experience spans more than twenty years of commitment to the diverse growing Latino community.  She has acted as the Latino Affairs and Community Outreach Director for late DC council member, Jim Graham (D – Ward 1).  While serving with Graham, Reyes spearheaded initiatives to address the needs of Latino residents in the District.  Several of her accomplishments include organizing gang prevention events that successfully reduced street violence and crime and helping secure financing to rebuild the Monseñor Romero Apartments in Mount Pleasant which were destroyed by a fire in 2008.  Additionally, Director Reyes-Yanes served the District’s Latino youth as a case manager at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) under former Mayor, Adrian Fenty.

Director Reyes-Yanes is recognized throughout the District, nationally, and internationally for her efforts in creating safe spaces for the immigrant community through cultivating strategic partnerships with different stakeholders.  Mrs. Reyes-Yanes has been featured in the “Si se Puede” Book 25 Successful Salvadoreans in by Diaspora, by author Ana Margarita Chavez Escobar.  Also, En el Tiempo Latino Newspaper, 100 Powermeter.

Director Reyes-Yanes has deep roots in the community and a track record of success working in support of causes that help the Latino community. She is a Ward 7 resident and Salvadorian activist. She made DC her home in 1990.

Our own Past President Jennifer Hara introduces Director Reyes-Yanes. In October 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Jackie Reyes-Yanes as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs (MOCA). Director Reyes is the first Latina to be appointed to this position. Before serving as Director of MOCA, she served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) for 6 years.

During her tenure as the first Salvadoran Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), she was responsible for advocating and making the Latino community an integral part of the District of Columbia policy’s design and budget allocation. The mandate of the agency, which is part of the Executive Office of the Mayor, is to ensure that full range of health, education, employment, and social services are made available to Latino residents of the District of Columbia.

Director Reyes-Yanes’ experience spans more than twenty years of commitment to the diverse growing Latino community. She has acted as the Latino Affairs and Community Outreach Director for late DC council member, Jim Graham (D – Ward 1). While serving with Graham, Reyes spearheaded initiatives to address the needs of Latino residents in the District. Several of her accomplishments include organizing gang prevention events that successfully reduced street violence and crime and helping secure financing to rebuild the Monseñor Romero Apartments in Mount Pleasant which were destroyed by a fire in 2008. Additionally, Director Reyes-Yanes served the District’s Latino youth as a case manager at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) under former Mayor, Adrian Fenty.

Director Reyes-Yanes is recognized throughout the District, nationally, and internationally for her efforts in creating safe spaces for the immigrant community through cultivating strategic partnerships with different stakeholders. Mrs. Reyes-Yanes has been featured in the “Si se Puede” Book 25 Successful Salvadoreans in by Diaspora, by author Ana Margarita Chavez Escobar. Also, En el Tiempo Latino Newspaper, 100 Powermeter.

Director Reyes-Yanes has deep roots in the community and a track record of success working in support of causes that help the Latino community. She is a Ward 7 resident and Salvadorian activist. She made DC her home in 1990.

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Jackie Reyes-Yanes | Director, Mayor's Office of Community Affairs | December 14, 2022

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Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Ellis has spent the last fifteen years developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation.

The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and Resilience Catalysts networks are implementing Dr. Ellis’ BCR process and the Community Resilience framework she developed during her doctoral studies at George Washington University.  Ellis’ innovations provide a platform for cross-sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it 'The Pair of ACEs'. The strengths-based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to disrupt cycles of structural racism, foster equity and promote resilience in communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals 'bounce back' and communities thrive.  The BCR process and Community Resilience framework are being used in more than 20 cities and states across the country. Dr. Ellis’ Community Resilience framework is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice focused on addressing structural racism as a public health initiative.

Leveraging her extensive background in communications, in 2022 Dr. Ellis produced a documentary, “America’s Truth: Cincinnati”, which follows her team’s innovative approach to centering conversations on structural racism that galvanized a resilience movement to foster equity through systems and policy change. On the heels of that success, Dr. Ellis and her team have launched a Truth & Equity movement in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ellis holds several leadership positions in public health, including Chair of the National Academy of Science’s, Enhancing Community Resilience in the Gulf States Committee, Scientific Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention and Injury Center and the National Academy’s Culture of Health Advisory Board.  In 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow to support her leadership in developing cross-sector strategies to address childhood trauma, foster equity and build community resilience.

Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Ellis has spent the last fifteen years developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation.

The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and Resilience Catalysts networks are implementing Dr. Ellis’ BCR process and the Community Resilience framework she developed during her doctoral studies at George Washington University. Ellis’ innovations provide a platform for cross-sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it 'The Pair of ACEs'. The strengths-based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to disrupt cycles of structural racism, foster equity and promote resilience in communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals 'bounce back' and communities thrive. The BCR process and Community Resilience framework are being used in more than 20 cities and states across the country. Dr. Ellis’ Community Resilience framework is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice focused on addressing structural racism as a public health initiative.

Leveraging her extensive background in communications, in 2022 Dr. Ellis produced a documentary, “America’s Truth: Cincinnati”, which follows her team’s innovative approach to centering conversations on structural racism that galvanized a resilience movement to foster equity through systems and policy change. On the heels of that success, Dr. Ellis and her team have launched a Truth & Equity movement in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ellis holds several leadership positions in public health, including Chair of the National Academy of Science’s, Enhancing Community Resilience in the Gulf States Committee, Scientific Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention and Injury Center and the National Academy’s Culture of Health Advisory Board. In 2018 Dr. Ellis was selected as an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow to support her leadership in developing cross-sector strategies to address childhood trauma, foster equity and build community resilience.

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Dr. Wendy Ellis | Center for Community Resilience | December 7, 2022

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Our own Mariama Keïta-Thiero introduces today's speaker.  His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Chief of Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United States of America, with concurrent accreditation to Brazil, Canada, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Chile, and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

For further academic pursuit, His Excellency Wai migrated to the United States in 1972. He earned a B.A Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Fordham University in New York City, and continued graduate studies in Public Policy and Organization Theory at the prestigious New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His over 35-years of professional experience in public safety, public health care advocacy, diplomacy, community relations, and social empowerment in the United States include positions as Deputy Director of the Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University, Community Liaison for the Brooklyn Borough President, and Division Chief at the New York Housing Authority.  For ten of those years, he served as Community Affairs Advisor to several Commissioners of the City of New York Police Department (NYPD), among the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, during which time he mediated many public safety disputes and authored the “Police Body-Worn Camera” (BWC) program as a tool to improve police community relations in crime reduction in New York City.

In 2018, he was appointed by the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Retired Brigadier, Dr. Julius Maada Bio to represent his country in the diplomatic arena. In that position, His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has earned the reputation as a prominent figure in the Ambassadorial Community of African Nations in the United States, being elected and serving as Secretary-General for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ambassadors’ Group and Co-Chair for Diaspora
Engagement and Public Affairs Committee for the African Union Ambassadors’ Group.

Since assuming office in Washington, D.C. in his position as Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States of America, His Excellency Wai has led several important policy initiatives supporting the Government of Sierra Leone.  These include lifting of the U.S. Visa ban on Sierra Leone; partnering with the Sierra Leone Diaspora to mobilize financial support resulting in US$7.5 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone; the repatriation to Sierra Leone of Mrs. Etta Isatu Findlay and her daughter to rejoin their family after a challenging 22-years’ stay in Jamaica; and the establishment of the Free Quality Education Basket Fund to support the construction of an Academy of Excellence Co-educational School in Sierra Leone as part of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio’s Free Education Agenda.

His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, in partnership with the Sierra Leone diaspora, co-hosted the golden jubilee (60th ) Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone with diaspora funding at no cost to the government.  Most recently, he mobilized national and international resources to assist the burnt victims of the Sierra Leone Tanker tragedy in
which over 155 people lost their lives.  Through his outreach, he has been able to secure the support and partnership of the Healey Foundation to fund a Burn Unit Center in Christ the King College Hospital in the city of Bo, Sierra Leone.

Our own Mariama Keïta-Thiero introduces today's speaker. His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Chief of Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United States of America, with concurrent accreditation to Brazil, Canada, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Chile, and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

For further academic pursuit, His Excellency Wai migrated to the United States in 1972. He earned a B.A Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Fordham University in New York City, and continued graduate studies in Public Policy and Organization Theory at the prestigious New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His over 35-years of professional experience in public safety, public health care advocacy, diplomacy, community relations, and social empowerment in the United States include positions as Deputy Director of the Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University, Community Liaison for the Brooklyn Borough President, and Division Chief at the New York Housing Authority. For ten of those years, he served as Community Affairs Advisor to several Commissioners of the City of New York Police Department (NYPD), among the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, during which time he mediated many public safety disputes and authored the “Police Body-Worn Camera” (BWC) program as a tool to improve police community relations in crime reduction in New York City.

In 2018, he was appointed by the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Retired Brigadier, Dr. Julius Maada Bio to represent his country in the diplomatic arena. In that position, His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has earned the reputation as a prominent figure in the Ambassadorial Community of African Nations in the United States, being elected and serving as Secretary-General for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ambassadors’ Group and Co-Chair for Diaspora
Engagement and Public Affairs Committee for the African Union Ambassadors’ Group.

Since assuming office in Washington, D.C. in his position as Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States of America, His Excellency Wai has led several important policy initiatives supporting the Government of Sierra Leone. These include lifting of the U.S. Visa ban on Sierra Leone; partnering with the Sierra Leone Diaspora to mobilize financial support resulting in US$7.5 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone; the repatriation to Sierra Leone of Mrs. Etta Isatu Findlay and her daughter to rejoin their family after a challenging 22-years’ stay in Jamaica; and the establishment of the Free Quality Education Basket Fund to support the construction of an Academy of Excellence Co-educational School in Sierra Leone as part of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio’s Free Education Agenda.

His Excellency Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, in partnership with the Sierra Leone diaspora, co-hosted the golden jubilee (60th ) Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone with diaspora funding at no cost to the government. Most recently, he mobilized national and international resources to assist the burnt victims of the Sierra Leone Tanker tragedy in
which over 155 people lost their lives. Through his outreach, he has been able to secure the support and partnership of the Healey Foundation to fund a Burn Unit Center in Christ the King College Hospital in the city of Bo, Sierra Leone.

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Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the U.S., Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai | November 30, 2022

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Our own Past President Gerry Murphy introduces his friend, Don Beyer.  Congressman Don Beyer is serving his fourth term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves as the Chairman of Congress' Joint Economic Committee, and also serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and on the House Committee on Science Space and Technology, where he chairs the Space Subcommittee. He is a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition's Climate Change Task Force. 

He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama. Rep. Beyer’s signature work as lieutenant governor included advocacy for Virginians with disabilities and ensuring protections for Virginia’s most vulnerable populations as the Commonwealth reformed its welfare system in the mid-1990s. Rep. Beyer was Virginia’s Democratic nominee for governor in 1997.

After leaving office, Rep. Beyer spent fourteen years as Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, a highly successful high school dropout prevention program, and was active for a decade on the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. 

President Obama nominated Rep. Beyer to serve as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in 2009. He used his position to advocate for stricter sanctions to compel Iran to begin nuclear disarmament discussions. As Ambassador, Rep. Beyer was integral to US Department of Justice efforts to halt the abuses of Swiss bank secrecy by wealthy Americans.

Rep. Beyer has spent four decades building his family business in Northern Virginia after a summer job at a car dealership in 1974. He is a graduate of Williams College and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He was named a Presidential Scholar by President Lyndon Johnson.

Our own Past President Gerry Murphy introduces his friend, Don Beyer. Congressman Don Beyer is serving his fourth term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves as the Chairman of Congress' Joint Economic Committee, and also serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and on the House Committee on Science Space and Technology, where he chairs the Space Subcommittee. He is a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition's Climate Change Task Force.

He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama. Rep. Beyer’s signature work as lieutenant governor included advocacy for Virginians with disabilities and ensuring protections for Virginia’s most vulnerable populations as the Commonwealth reformed its welfare system in the mid-1990s. Rep. Beyer was Virginia’s Democratic nominee for governor in 1997.

After leaving office, Rep. Beyer spent fourteen years as Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, a highly successful high school dropout prevention program, and was active for a decade on the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

President Obama nominated Rep. Beyer to serve as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in 2009. He used his position to advocate for stricter sanctions to compel Iran to begin nuclear disarmament discussions. As Ambassador, Rep. Beyer was integral to US Department of Justice efforts to halt the abuses of Swiss bank secrecy by wealthy Americans.

Rep. Beyer has spent four decades building his family business in Northern Virginia after a summer job at a car dealership in 1974. He is a graduate of Williams College and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He was named a Presidential Scholar by President Lyndon Johnson.

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Congressman Don Beyer | U.S. Representative, Virginia's 8th District | November 16, 2022

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Sampling of Our Past Speakers

The Rotary Club of Washington, DC would like to thank our past speakers for the engaging and motivational and informative presentations.

Bob Cusack

Editor in Chief, The Hill/TheHill.com

Reporting on politics and policy in the nation’s capital since 1995, Mr. Cusack joined The Hill as Business and Lobbying Editor in 2003 and is now the newspaper’s Managing Editor.  Mr. Cusack regularly appears on ABC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC as a political analyst.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana

Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana was a tenured Professor of History at Cosumnes River College (CRC) in Sacramento, California from 1994 to 2013. She is also Co-Founder and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (F.O.R.A).

Manny Mandel

Holocaust Survivor

Emanuel “Manny” Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936, the year in which his parents returned to their native Hungary. Manny’s father had been selected to become one of the Chief Cantors…

Juan Williams

Fox Political Analyst and Author

Juan Williams is one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers. Mr. Williams is a top political analyst for Fox Television, co-host of the daily talk show ‘The Five’ and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday and Special Report.

James Chen

Institute for Global Engagement

James Chen is the Vice President of Global Operations at the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). James first joined IGE in 2011, serving as both a Program Officer and the Executive Director…

Anne Midgette

Classical Music Critic, The Washington Post

Anne Midgette is a graduate of Yale University. She lived in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music, and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications.  In 2008, she took over as the chief classical music critic for The Washington Post.