From Ann Vaughn, President

We are drawing near to the close of our second year of grantmaking at Impact100 DC. I’m grateful to be a part of this community of dynamic, accomplished, civic-minded women. And I am inspired and humbled to have learned so much this year about the work of so many nonprofit organizations dedicated to changing lives for the better in the DC area. 

And yet. I feel a much stronger sense of sadness and despair than I do celebration. I am still grasping for words in response to the murders in Uvalde and Buffalo. To the continued gun violence, racism, and rage that feels pervasive.

We need to never forget that this happened. We must not let the memories of the victims dim in our minds. And we must not lose the sense we have right now that these crimes are a national outrage, a national crisis, a national emergency that won’t be any less urgent with the passage of time. We need to take every available opportunity speak and act in the interest of change. On the heels of Memorial Day, let's never forget the power of remembrance or the need for change.

Get Ready for 3 Big Events in the Month Ahead!
We are nearing the end of our second year of grantmaking, and below are three events that you will NOT want to miss!

Please note that you need to register for each separately.
*Meet the Finalists - VIRTUAL*
Thursday, June 9 at 5:30pm, Impact100 DC members only

This is your first opportunity to learn about the five nonprofit organizations selected by our Focus Area Committees as finalists for our $100,000 grant. We'll also be emailing Executive Summaries in the days after the event, but don't miss this dynamic opportunity to check out our amazing finalists! (30 minute run time)
*Voting Kick-Off &
Finalist Presentations - VIRTUAL*
Wednesday, June 22 at 12 noon, Impact100 DC members only

In this short Zoom presentation, you'll hear from representatives of each of the five finalist organizations about why their projects deserve our support. We will also review online instructions for voting. Voting will open immediately after this Zoom and will close promptly at 2pm on 6/23. (20 minute run time)
*The Big Give & Annual Celebration - IN PERSON*
Thursday, June 23 from 6-8pm for Impact100 DC members and friends!
Akin Gump Law Firm, 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 7th floor rooftop

It's our biggest celebration of the year and the kickoff to 2023 membership renewal and recruitment! There is no better way to celebrate Impact100 DC than to bring your membership prospects to this wonderful evening event on an outdoor rooftop garden! Meet our 2022 grantee as well as the four other finalists who will receive Impact100 DC support. RSVP by 6/13.

The smiling faces of last year's grantee, Access Youth, Inc! at our 2021 Annual Celebration
Member Profile: Maria Luisa Marquez, MD, FAAP
By Impact100 DC member Joan dePontet

Maria Luisa Marquez’s commitment to social justice began very early in her life. As a young child in Caracas, Venezuela, she attended an experimental school which was developing a model of diversity, equity and inclusion with a leading faculty. The school charged affordable tuition augmented by scholarships with the premise that education is power and the tool for advancement. It was a lived lesson that guides her today.

Following high school, Maria Luisa took a year off, traveling in Europe, to consider what path to take…engineering, architecture or science…ultimately opting for a 7+ year university program culminating in her medical degree. The decision to emigrate to the United States for advanced training was multi-determined. She cautioned that one should not stereotype immigrants. Her mother was raised and educated in the United States (as were her siblings); Maria Luisa had spent time in New York and probably knew its streets better than Caracas. She described herself as an international citizen who was always “ready to go.” The driving force, however, was “safety” and the political situation in Venezuela had become very difficult. She came to the Washington DC with her husband and three sons and did her Internship, Residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital. 

For many years Maria Luisa pursued an academic medical career with a particular interest in the professional identity formation of medical students at Georgetown where she is a Professor. As an immigrant, as a Latina and as a woman, she was repeatedly told she had fewer options. In addition, Medicine itself has become an increasingly difficult and stressful profession. She also noted from a clinical care perspective how critical it was to see the whole person…each person’s gifts and challenges…not just their illness but potential for growth. She worked to see how Georgetown could intentionally teach professional identity through curriculum development and individual coaching throughout training so medical students will advocate for self-care and wellness as determinants of health.  

In 2016, Dr. Marquez became Medical Director, Fort Totten Clinic, Mary’s Center Maternal Infant Health. She describes Mary’s Center as a transformative agency, empowering women and working to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen community. When Jen Burton, a good friend whom she met when their children attended school together years back, introduced her to Impact100 DC she recognized another organization which helps “make dreams happen” and was eager to join. She has enjoyed reviewing health related grants using the equity lens of Impact100.

A busy woman, Maria Luisa enjoys walking, especially in a “green city” like Washington which reminds her of Caracas; “I really need that!” Her entire family loves cooking...even competitively when time allows, including her sons who are now young adults. Cooking brings them joy and allows to them to connect with each other and many others.
Reminder: Our Membership Directory is Live!
Our password-protected member portal is available!

Members can take advantage of our new Membership Directory, which includes contact information for Impact100 DC members that have opted in and given permission. Members can get the password for the directory in our "The Impact100 DC Membership Directory is live!" email from February 4 or by emailing [email protected].

Impact100 DC
PO Box 40121
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-379-4773