Executive Committee

Taylor Leaming, Co-Director

Taylor is a public relations professional for a health and wellness firm in Arlington, VA. She joined Hands on DC in 2017 as an events chair to use her experience (and hobby!) of planning events for a good cause. As events co-chair, she will be managing the planning of social events including happy hours, social sports leagues, and more. Taylor is originally from Massachusetts and aims to visit all 50 states by the age of 30.

Zachary D. Rubenfeld, Information Technology / Website Chair

Zach is a federal consultant with Guidehouse LLP, helping federal agencies shift from low-value to high-value work through the use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA). He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Tech and, upon moving to DC, decided to get involved with Hands on DC to make a difference in the community. Zach's technical background will aid him in managing and maintaining the Hands on DC website.

Charlotte Healy, Sites Co-Chair

Charlotte began her career as a 6th grade teacher in South Carolina. She is now a Ph.D. student studying Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. Charlotte enjoys coordinating with DC's public schools to organize events where other members of the DC community can contribute to physical improvement of our schools. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys reading, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lara Fu, Sites Co-Chair

Lara is the Executive Coordinator for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). She received her B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland and will be pursuing her M.P.A. at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service in the fall. Lara joined Hands on DC because she loves using her logistical, project management, and event planning skills for a great cause.

Mario L. Lento, Logistics Co-Chair

Mario works as an aerospace engineer at the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory, conducting research to develop and apply space science, engineering, and technology for space exploration. Since moving to the District in late 2014 he has been attending Hands on DC events and in 2018 he joined the Executive Committee as the logistics co-chair. In this role, Mario will help manage supplies and logistical requirements for events. In addition to working with Hands on DC, Mario runs a scholarship fund for students at his alma mater. He is an avid hockey fan, closely following the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

Kate Knorr, Volunteer Management Co-Chair

By day, Kate manages a communications and program management team in support of the Federal Aviation Administration. She first volunteered with Hands on DC as a business student at American University and is happy to be able to use prior work experience in volunteer management to work for the organization. In her spare time, Kate loves to cook, read, and travel - all as often as possible.

 

Emma Johnson, Volunteer Management Co-Chair

Emma works for a civil legal aid nonprofit and also volunteers with Camp Kesem. She got involved with Hands On DC because she believes that it is incredibly important to give back to one's community and help support the schools and kids around you!