Our Team

Julie Anne Green, Executive Director 

Julie Anne Green is the Executive Director of New Futures which provides a unique program of education and workforce development support to build a pathway to the middle class for low-income young adults in the DC region. Julie has more than 20 years of nonprofit and leadership experience including development, marketing, public relations, and community engagement.  Prior to joining New Futures in 2016, she was the Chief Marketing and Development Officer for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. Over her 10 years in that role, annual fund revenues have grew 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. Julie is currently the 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 and related organizations. Julie holds a B.A. in music from Mount Holyoke College. Email: Julie@newfuturesdc.org

Suzanne Armstrong, Development and Communications Director

Suzanne Armstrong is the Director of Development and Communications at New Futures.  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 has served on the Board of Directors at the Greater 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 Manager

Ellie is New Futures’ Alumni and Career Program Manager and brings to her work several years of experience & passion in youth development, college and career access, and alumni engagement.  After graduating from James Madison University, 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 two years of AmeriCorps, serving in both a DC Public High School and a non-traditional public charter school.  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 many 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 Manager

Silvana Rueda, New Future’ Scholars Program Manager, brings nine years of youth development and direct service experience to her role. 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 after-school 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


Jamila Williams, IT Career Pathways Program Manager

Jamila Williams is New Futures’ IT Career Pathways Program Manager.  As a Marymount University graduate and a former teen parent, Jamila understands the importance of educational attainment in building stronger futures for our children. She graduated with a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising in May 2015 and became passionate about giving back to her community, specifically teen parents. Jamila is an alumna of Generation Hope and worked there as a Program Coordinator, providing intensive case management and career readiness workshops to teen parents in the Washington, DC region. She is driven to help other expectant teen parents exceed academically, financially, and as a parent and continues to help other underserved youth meet their unmatched potential. When not serving her community, Jamila loves to sight-see real estate properties with her husband, as well as play catch with her son and learn the latest dance moves from her daughter.  Email: jamila@newfuturesdc.org.



Molly FriesenborgOperations and Evaluation Manager

Molly Friesenborg serves as the Operations Associate at New Futures and brings more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits.  She has worked with a variety of educational programs in both fundraising and programming roles.  Most recently, she served as Director of Programs at Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta for five years, overseeing experiential education programs for 2,000 girls annually.  Molly has also served as the Board chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta and served on the advisory board of the Atlanta Foundation Center.  She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna and was awarded the Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Award by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Email: molly@newfuturesdc.org


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