OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Heather Raspberry, Executive Director
HAND - Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers
Heather leads the largest regional membership association dedicated to supporting the community development industry in its efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
With more than 15 years of experience in the community development sector, Heather believes that through thoughtful engagement and strategic collaboration, organizations and mission-driven stakeholders have the ability to transform communities. Since her appointment in 2012, Heather has led HAND’s strategic, financial and administrative operations with innovative thinking and strong coalition building among various sectors of the industry.
Over the course of her career, Heather has been recognized for her accomplishments in the community. She was named the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children’s Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her passion to represent the best interest of youth in foster care to the District of Columbia Family Court; honored as a Rising Leader in Community Development by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development; tapped to participate in the NTL Institute’s Leaders of Color Program; and named a Young Leader by Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Ms. Raspberry serves on the boards of New Partners Community Solar, Women of Color in Community Development (Vice President), BB&T CRA Steering Committee, City First Capital Advisory Board and her homeowners association. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Leadership Greater Washington (’18).
Diara M. Holmes, Esq.
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Diara serves as co-chair of the firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice. She counsels tax-exempt organizations, including large public charities; colleges, universities and other higher education organizations; foreign charities and their U.S. affiliates; associations; government instrumentalities; social welfare organizations; and religious organizations on a broad range of tax compliance and governance issues.
She advises nonprofit and for-profit organizations on structuring a variety of transactions—including joint ventures, corporate sponsorships, merchandising, cause-related marketing, and other revenue generating strategies. In addition, she works with high net worth individuals and families to establish family foundations and donor-advised funds.
Diara has represented numerous organizations before the IRS—navigating complex audits involving an array of issues (e.g., executive compensation, unrelated business tax, and political campaign intervention); seeking private letter rulings regarding proposed transactions, requesting determination letters regarding public charity classification, applying for exempt status, and seeking reinstatement of exempt status following auto-revocation.
JASON SAUL, FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jason is one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact. As the Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, Jason helps corporations, nonprofits and public sector clients create value through social change. He has advised some of the world’s largest corporations, government agencies and nonprofits, including: Walmart, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Kraft, Levi Straus & Co., Easter Seals, American Red Cross, the Smithsonian and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to founding Mission Measurement, Jason practiced as a public finance attorney at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.
In addition to his advisory work helping organizations measure and improve their social impact, Jason serves on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he teaches corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of Net Impact and on the CMO Council’s Academic Liaison Committee, and was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission. Jason is the founder of the Center for What Works, a national nonprofit focused on benchmarking and performance measurement.
Jason is the author of numerous books and articles on social strategy and measurement, including: Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Manage, Measure and Improve Performance (Fieldstone Press 2006); Social Innovation, Inc.: Five Strategies to Drive Business Value through Social Change (Jossey-Bass, October 2010); and The End of Fundraising: How to Raise More by Selling Your Impact (Jossey-Bass, February 2011).
Jason was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service and was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. In 2008, Jason was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” business leaders, and in 2010, he was named by BusinessWeek as one of the Nation’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.
Jason holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Government and French Literature from Cornell University.
JENNIFER SHERMAN, FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
THE INFLUENCER COLLECTIVE
By pursuing her passions through her creativity and a digital-first mindset, Jennifer R. Sherman founded The Influencer Collective. An agency that specializes in building the influence of thought leaders, executives, and small to mid-size organizations through next generation digital marketing. Jennifer has previous work experience in the business-to-business, business-to-consumer, technology and non-for-profit spaces. She has led integrated marketing and digital media programs to help companies increase their overall bottom line.
Jennifer is a native Washingtonian and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Communication School at the University of Maryland.