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Diane Solomon Brown, M.D.,
Daniel Solomon, Vice President
Stuart Brown, Treasurer
Jane Solomon, Secretary
Alison McWilliams, Executive Director

Officers and Directors/Executive Staff

Diane Solomon Brown, M.D.

Diane Solomon Brown is a retired physician-scientist who worked for more than 20 years at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.* Diane specialized in early detection and prevention of cancer, particularly cervical cancer; she was also involved in a variety of other programs relating to improving healthcare for women.

Diane had a number of notable accomplishments during her career. She was instrumental in developing the current standard methodology used by laboratories to report the results of Pap smear screening (The Bethesda System). Diane directed the large-scale clinical trial, known as "ALTS", that established new protocols for laboratory screening and clinical management of women with equivocal Pap smear results. She published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and co-authored the standard medical reference work for cervical cytology screening. Most recently, Diane was involved in the clinical trial of the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Diane's work significantly changed national and international practice to provide better health care for women. She has received awards and recognition from more than a dozen national and international organizations.

Diane is a graduate of Stanford University (AB 1976) and George Washington University Medical School (MD 1981). Before joining the NCI, she did her post-graduate training in pathology at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in cytopathology at George Washington University.

* Diane's former employment at NCI is noted for identification purposes only and does not imply any approval or endorsement of NNCF or any of its activities, grants, or grantees by the NCI. Diane serves as a Director of the NNCF because she is the granddaughter of its founders, and this service is completely independent of her previous employment by the NCI.

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Daniel Solomon

Daniel Solomon is a founder and current board member of DC Vote, a non-profit organization dedicated to gaining voting representation in Congress for the District of Columbia. Daniel is a board member of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation and a former board member of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. Prior to his work with DC Vote, Daniel was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he focused on international labor rights and child labor violations.

Daniel was named the first Distinguished Alumnus by Maret School in Washington, DC in 2012. He was selected by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area as a recipient of the Community Human Rights Award in 2010. Daniel was honored as the 2008 Champion of Democracy by DC Vote. DC Appleseed recognized Daniel with its 2007 Community Service Award for his contribution to DC voting rights. In 2004, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center honored him with its Lee Rubenstein Outstanding Leadership Award for his work to enrich the quality of life in the community and for the benefit of humanity. Daniel was also honored with the 2001 Sidney Shapiro Tzedakah Award from the Jewish Funders Network. Daniel is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1983) and Northeastern University School of Law (1991).

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Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown directs the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation's philanthropic activities dealing with Israel and the American Jewish community. He also serves as Chair of American Friends of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel and as a member of the Boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.

Prior to focusing full-time on his philanthropic activities, Stuart had a 25-year career as an attorney specializing in federal taxation. He completed his legal career by serving as Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service during the Clinton Administration (1994-2001). He had previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress and as a partner in a Washington, DC law firm. Stuart received his BA from Yale College and his JD from Harvard Law School.

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Jane Mansour Solomon

Jane is a former conservation biologist at The Nature Conservancy where she worked in the Latin American Science Division. She continues to be involved in various environmental issues, including as president of Sustainable Community Initiatives, which operates Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. Jane is also the president of the Forest Hills Civic Association and The Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance.

Jane is a former board member of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, dedicated to preserving the last great ape species to be discovered which could be the first to become extinct. In addition, Jane is the former chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3-F in Washington, DC, an elected body which considers and makes recommendations with respect to a wide range of policies and programs that affect her neighborhood. Jane received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate College (1981) and her Master of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland (1992).

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Alison McWilliams

Alison is the Executive Director of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and Coordinator of the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues. She also serves as a reviewer for the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy and for Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation. Alison is a member of the Local Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, served on the steering committees of the Community Development Support Collaborative and the Washington Area Partnership for Equity, was a board member of the Jewish Funders Network and the Winston Churchill High School Educational Foundation, and is the former co-chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers program committee.

Previously, Alison was the Director of Foundation Relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington where she created the Jewish Foundation Advisory Council, a network of second and third generation family foundation members, and coordinated the nation's first Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, a collaborative venture capital approach to philanthropy. Alison has worked in the non-profit field for more than 20 years at organizations including Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and the American Red Cross. She has also taught workshops in grantmaking, proposal writing, foundation fundraising, and prospect research. Alison is a graduate of Emory University (1987).

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