The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of architects and public sector members who represent the local building and development industry, local housing and social service non-profits, and arts organizations. Board members serve two-year terms.

While most programs are headed by volunteers, five staff members of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects devote a portion of their work time to the Foundation in exchange for a modest management fee to the Chapter. The Foundation's affiliation with the Washington Chapter of the AIA affords it a pool of volunteer architects and other professionals who make its programming possible. In addition, public members of the Foundation frequently volunteer their skills and experience as needed.

2019 Board of Directors


Allen Lew

Mark Lawrence, AIA
Vice President

David Daileda, FAIA

Mat Daw, PE

Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

Board Members

Janet Bloomberg, AIA
John di Domenico, AIA
Brian Hanlon
Sean Patrick Nohelty, AIA​
Todd Ray, FAIA  
Henok Tesfaye
Gina Volpicelli, AIA​
Stephen Wright, AIA


Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

Katherine Adams
Development Director

Rachel Simonson
Foundation Outreach Coordinator

WAF Past Presidents