About IMPACT Silver Spring

Nanette Alvey

Nanette Alvey

Board Member

Director of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, EnCompass, LLC 

Nanette Alvey

Nanette Alvey serves as the Leader of Transformative Educational Programs for at-risk youth at EnCompass, LLC. In this role, she has developed award winning leadership and organizational effectiveness programs for global organizations, including UN, USAID, CARE. Prior to her work at EnCompass, Ms. Alvey also co-founded the Training for Development (traDE) in Burkina Faso, an organization that focused on transforming the educational system and building management capacities among African cadres working on economic and social development. She also served as the program coordinator for health and education at Care International, where she managed educational programs in the country of Mali. Ms. Alvey received a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a BA in psychology from Brandeis University. Additionally, Ms. Alvey is an alumnus of Leadership Montgomery.

Brandy H.M. Brooks

Brandy Brooks

Board Member

Community Organizer; Organizing Trainer

Brandy H.M. Brooks

Brandy H.M. Brooks is an activist, educator, facilitator, and designer who has spent more than 12 years working on social and environmental justice. Her areas of focus include community organizing and power-building; community-based design and land use planning; and food justice and food sovereignty. She was the founding executive director of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston and has worked in senior management roles with The Food Project, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and Dreaming Out Loud. Brandy holds a Bachelor of Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College and a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University. She is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a 2016 New Economy Maryland Fellow. Brandy was a candidate for Montgomery County (MD) Council At-Large in the 2018 Democratic primary.

John Landesman

John Landesman

Board Member

Program Coordinator, MCPS Study Circles Program

John Landesman

John Landesman has almost 20 years of experience developing and organizing dialogue to action programs that address the effects of racism and racial barriers. He is currently the coordinator of the Montgomery County Public Schools Study Circles Program, an initiative that engages diverse students, parents, staff, and district leaders in facilitated dialogue to impact racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and parent involvement. Under John’s leadership, over 8000 people have participated in the program. John also serves as a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy and consults with school districts, foundations, and companies to create dialogue programs to dismantle structural racism in these institutions. He has developed numerous curriculum guides, dialogue formats, and facilitator trainings that help many different kinds of organizations, corporations, and communities develop the trust and structures needed for long term change. Originally from New Jersey, John lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife Linda Aldoory, daughter Abby, and son Ben.

Brad Stewart

Brad Stewart

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Vice President and Provost, Montgomery College

Brad Stewart

Dr. Brad J. Stewart has served as Vice President and Provost of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College since May of 2005. He oversees all campus operations and serves as the chief academic officer for the Communications, Heath Sciences, Health and Physical Education and Humanities (CHSHPEH) unit. Dr. Stewart has been heavily involved in the planning and construction of several new campus facilities including a student services center, a visual arts building, and a cultural arts center. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and he has served terms as Board Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Purple Line Now, a mass transit advocacy group, and he serves on the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Advisory Board and the Committee for Montgomery, a county-wide political advocacy organization. Most recently, he served as co-chair of Montgomery College’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Governance and is currently a member of the steering committee of the Achieving College Success and Excellence project. Dr. Stewart is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2014.

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Board Chair

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Communities

Chris Sale

Chris Sale is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Global Communities. Ms. Sale is responsible for overseeing the integration of planning, management and oversight systems across the organization. Ms. Sale served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for 12 years before joining the organization as Vice President of Development Finance in 2008, leading Global Communities' team of finance professionals, providing guidance and informing policy with regard to the organization’s microenterprise, housing finance and SME lending programs. She brought over 20 years of experience in finance and development to Global Communities, having served as Deputy Director for External Relations at the Inter-American Development Bank, Deputy to the Chairman and CFO of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and COO of the US Small Business Administration, among other positions.She received a B.A. from Boston University and an M.B.A. at American University. Ms. Sale is Finance and Investment Chair for the National Partnership for Women and Families, and is a Fellow for the National Academy of Public Administration.

Tia Taylor

Tia Taylor

Board Member

Brand Marketing & Sales Representative, Organic & Natural Foods
Member, East County Community Circle

Tia Taylor

Tia Taylor is a community member involved with IMPACT’s East County network. While volunteering at Greencastle Elementary School Food Pantry two years ago, she met an IMPACT staff member. Being new to the area, she was looking for ways to connect & volunteer. IMPACT provided the opportunity to do both! Tia has written about her IMPACT experiences in a blog post, which you can read here.

In addition to her involvement as a resident network leader in East County, Tia has a 20 year background in non-profit organizations and fundraising. She has served in various roles including program manager, assistant director of annual giving, and major gift officer at the American Diabetes Association, the Naval Academy Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. She is currently an Organic Food & Product Representative utilizing her marketing, sales & public speaking skills.

Additionally, she has volunteered for several organizations; including serving on the board of Project Create DC (which provides art programs for children in homeless family housing). She would like to continue serving & supporting community – particularly in lifting up the important role connected people play in shaping a better world.

Paul Tiao

Paul Tiao

Board Member

Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

Paul Tiao

Paul Tiao is a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he is a member of the Litigation, White Collar Defense, and the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Groups, resident in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. He is a founder and co-chair of the firm’s multi-disciplinary Cyber and Physical Security Task Force. He works in a wide range of sectors, including energy, financial, communications, transportation, healthcare, defense, retail, manufacturing, and other areas.

Prior to joining Hunton & Williams in 2013, Paul spent sixteen years at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he held a number of different positions. From 2009 to 2013, he served as Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Technology to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller. Paul is an adjunct professor of cybersecurity law and policy at George Washington University and an instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a member of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, and Chair of the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission. Paul is also active in the community as board member and pro bono general counsel for OCA-DC, Chair of the Missions and Social Concerns Committee of the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, and board member of the Asian American Action Fund.

Paul began his legal career as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has a J.D. from Columbia University, M.P.A. from Princeton University, and S.B. from MIT.

Selvyn Vasquez

Selvyn Vasquez

Board Member

Owner, CAVAIG Group, LLC
President, Montgomery Community Investment Cooperative (MCIC)

Selvyn Humberto Vasquez

Selvyn Vasquez is originally from Jalapa, Guatemala where he studied business administration. He interned at the Municipal Planning office and graduated with honors. Selvyn came to the US in 2014. He initially connected to IMPACT through an English Language circle and quickly also became a part of IMPACT’s Activating Micro-Entrepreneurs training space and action circle. In 2016, the members of that circle, including Selvyn, embarked on creating an investment cooperative to help grassroots entrepreneurs gain access to capital. The cooperative was named the Montgomery Community Investment Cooperative (MCIC). Today they have 36 founding members and eight affiliates. In addition to being a founding member of the cooperative, Selvyn currently serves as president. Selvyn is also proud to be doing this work for the future of the community and for his family and two children, who are his strength and inspiration.

Beadsie Woo

Beadsie Woo

Board Member

Senior Associate, Evidence-Based Practice
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Beadsie Woo

Beadsie Woo is a senior associate in the Evidence-Based Practice Group, specializing in developing implementation science tools for Foundation initiatives.

In 2016, she worked as a senior policy advisor in the White House Offices of Social Innovation and Science and Technology Policy, working with agencies to deepen their evidence capacity and disseminate evidence of what works.

Her previous work at Casey focused on increasing financial stability for families and children through strategies that encouraged savings and asset development. She is a co-author of Weathering the Recession: The Financial Crisis and Family Wealth Changes in Low-Income Neighborhoods, which examines what happened to assets, debts and home equity for families living in low-income neighborhoods during the Great Recession, using data from the longitudinal Making Connections Survey.

Woo holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Davidson College, an M.P.P. degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina.