Our Team

Julie Anne Green, Executive Director 

Julie Anne Green has more than 20 years of nonprofit and leadership experience including development, marketing, public relations, and community engagement.  Since joining E.L. Haynes in 2005, annual fund revenues have grown by more than 3,000%, and she led the school’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, raising more than $11 million for annual, capital, and special projects between 2009 and 2012. Previously, Julie was Director of Development for George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where she raised private funds and built community fundraising organizations for the College’s Center for the Arts, Theater of the First Amendment, and four academic arts departments. She has worked with Virginia Opera, The Washington Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for Jubilee JumpStart, a non-profit early childhood center serving DC families and a member of the Board of Directors for Charter Board Partners, which supports strong governance in charter schools. Julie holds a B.A. in music from Mount Holyoke College. Email: Julie@newfuturesdc.org

Suzanne Armstrong, Development and Communications Director 

Suzanne Armstrong joins New Futures as the Director of Development and Communications.  She has over 10 years experience in fundraising, marketing, and project management for Washington, DC nonprofits.  Suzanne most recently spent nearly nine years at the Washington Jesuit Academy, an independent school empowering the District’s brightest and most under-served pre-adolescent boys.  In her roles there, she helped to raise over $4 annually while managing a variety of development functions from individual giving and grantwriting and to strategic communications and media relations.  Prior to her time at WJA, Suzanne earned her B.A. in International Relations from American University, where she also worked for several years upon graduation to coordinate training opportunities for practitioners and professionals in the fields of international development, peace and conflict resolution, and disaster relief.  Ever passionate about serving vulnerable children and young adults, Suzanne serves on the Board of Directors at DC Diaper Bank, a regional leader in improving the lives of and outcomes for at-risk families. Email: Suzanne@newfuturesdc.org

Ellie Geraghty, Alumni and Career Coordinator 

Ellie joins the New Futures team with several years of experience in youth development, college and career access and alumni engagement.  After graduating from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Ellie continued as an Admissions Counselor in JMU’s Office of Admissions, serving hundreds of students in the college and admissions process.  Shortly after, Ellie transitioned to City Year Washington, D.C., serving as an AmeriCorps member at Cardozo Education Campus.  While there, she worked with eighth grade students, aiding with academic and socio-emotional needs and providing students with tools to succeed through high school and beyond.   Ellie continued her service through Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program which led her to the LAYC Career Academy where she piloted a reading intervention program and honed her skills as a volunteer coordinator. At the Career Academy, Ellie also worked alongside the Director of College and Career Access to facilitate workshops, develop community partnerships and support students to succeed along his/her path.  Most recently, Ellie spent time at the Latin American Youth Center as a Job Developer with the W.I.S.E. program helping students who recently obtained his/her GED develop job readiness skills and obtain meaningful careers. Email: Ellie@newfuturesdc.org

Griselda Macias, Program Director 

Griselda Macias has several years of experience working on empowering students’ to access and succeed in post-secondary programs. She previously served as the College Access Coordinator at The Latin American Youth Center, where she managed two auxiliary higher education programs: The Bard College Clemente Course and New Futures Scholarship. In this role she provided financial, mentoring, and college-readiness support in an effort to encourage successful transition and completion of their post-secondary programs. Prior to this time she also served as an Outreach Coordinator at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and at Northern Illinois University, where she organized events in the Midwest and across the country that promote the importance of a college education. As a first generation college graduate, Griselda began her passion and career for inspiring low-income and students of color to access a higher education while working at The Education Trust a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Griselda received a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations, a minor in Political Science from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. Email: Griselda@newfuturesdc.org

Silvana Rueda, Scholars Program Coordinator 

Silvana Rueda joins New Futures as a Scholars Program Coordinator with nine years of youth development and direct service experience. Committed to ensuring that all youth have access to high-quality education, Silvana has spent the last five years working in college access, retention, and educational programs in the Washington DC area. Prior to joining the New Futures team, she served as a Program Coordinator for Generation Hope, where she provided intensive case management, mentoring, and college-readiness support to teen parents in college. Previously, Silvana developed and managed a college- and career-readiness afterschool program for low-income high school students through the Latin American Youth Center. Silvana graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Sociology, is an AmeriCorps alumna, and can often be found making green smoothies in her kitchen. Email: silvana@newfuturesdc.org

Halek Sanchez, Operations and Communication Scholar

Halek Sanchez completed her associate degree in Liberal Studies at the University of The District of Columbia Community College and is currently pursing a bachelors in Administration of Justice. Her professional and volunteer experience have enabled her to acquire expertise in management, customer service, immigration and educational engagement. She is extremely excited to start a new professional chapter as a Operation and Communication Fellow with New Futures and contribute in helping more students to achieve their higher educational potential. Email: Halek@newfuturesdc.org