CBCF Announces New President, Board Chair

2/15/2013, 12:08 p.m.

A. Shuanise Washington, Rep. Chaka Fattah to Hold Leadership Roles at Foundation

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has elected A. Shuanise Washington as its new president and CEO. Washington and several other officers were recently named during the CBCF's annual meeting. With her ties to the Foundation spanning more than 15 years, Washington has served in various capacities on the CBCF's Board of Directors and as a corporate funder for the Corporate Advisory Council.

She served as the board chair upon the death of Rep. Donald M. Payne in March 2012 and previously as the board's vice chair from 2010 to 2012.

"On behalf of the Foundation, I thank Krista Haggins who served as interim president for the past four months," said Washington. "We are indebted to Ms. Haggins for keeping the organization functioning smoothly and for the many significant contributions she has, and continues to make, during her tenure at CBCF."

Washington's longstanding commitment to the Foundation is tied to her deep belief in philanthropy and civic engagement. She most recently served as the founder and sole principal of Washington Solutions, LLC, which provided business consulting services for small, medium and large businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to that for 22 years, Washington was vice president of Government Affairs, Policy & Outreach for Altria Corporate Services. Washington, who retired in 2008, is a member of The Links Incorporated.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, was elected as the new chairperson of the CBCF's Board of Directors. Fattah, who sits on the Subcommittee for Energy and Water Development, is also the chief sponsor of legislation which offers tax credits to children and their parents to make college tuition more affordable.

In 2009, Rep. Fattah co-chaired CBCF's Annual Legislative Conference with Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York.

"The CBCF has an extraordinary legacy and I am honored to be elected to chair the board," said Rep. Fattah. "The Foundation's unwavering leadership to guarantee permanent input into national policy with a focus on the interest of African Americans is one that has generated well earned respect."

Others officers elected during the meeting are:

R. Donahue Peebles

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Peebles Corporation

Vice Chairman

Kevin Brown

Chief Procurement Officer, Dell, Inc.


Marcus Mason

Partner, The Madison Group, LLC


Chief Procurement Officer, Dell, Inc.