Leadership

Andrea Rodgers, Founder, President and Director

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Andrea Rodgers, President & CEO

Driven by a strong belief in the power of philanthropy, Andrea Rodgers is the Founder & CEO of Charity + Life, a volunteer-driven online community at the intersection of philanthropy and lifestyle. She is also Founder & CEO of Courage for Kids, a nonprofit focused on the education of at-risk children. Additionally, Rodgers is President & CEO of Cherry Tree Strategies, a full-service boutique consulting firm.

In an effort to give back to her community after 9/11, Andrea became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and volunteered with or partnered with many national and local charities including Corcoran Museum of Art, Junior League, American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, Fight for Children, Bright Beginnings, CentroNia, House of Ruth, Campagna Center, and Susan G. Komen.  She currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the AmeriCorps NCCC.

Andrea Rodgers used her creativity and leadership skills to co-found three successful fundraisers – Blondes vs. Brunettes football fundraiser in 2005 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association which is now a national event and raised over $5 million, The Courage Cup polo fundraiser to benefit at-risk children in 2006, and Fashion for Paws modeling fundraiser in 2007 to benefit the Washington Humane Society which has since raised over $2 million.

Rodgers was hand-picked by Vogue magazine to be a founding member of The Vogue 100, a group of influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture, and who personify the rising influence of women over the past several decades. Andrea has partnered with brands such as Citi Bank, Pantene, Ann Taylor, LOFT, SK-II, Lafayette 148 NY, Teri Jon, Pepsi, VitaminWater, Ted Gibson, Equinox Fitness and many more.

In 2010, Andrea was featured in a national ad campaign for luxury skincare line SK-II in Vogue, W, Allure, Town & Country. She’s been featured in various media outlets and publications such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, USA Today, Washington Post, Politico and others. Rodgers received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University with a double major in Economics and Politics.

Wendy Pittman, Treasurer and Director

Wendy Pittman

Wendy Pittman has been a sales executive for more than 15 years.  Consistently recognized for her sales and leadership success, including the prestigious President’s Club award, Wendy is also known for her professional presentation and passion for improvement.  As Executive Business Development Manager with Allergan, Inc., and previously as Account Manager with United Parcel Services Inc., Wendy has launched and managed major national sales campaigns, trained and managed hundreds of sales professionals and raised the bar for sales performance.  A University of Maryland graduate and current Maryland resident, Wendy is dedicated to serving her community by working with local and national charities including Courage for Kids and previously, United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) to which she served as a Board Member and Treasurer.

Never slowing down, in 2011 Wendy flexed her entrepreneurial muscles with the development, launch and continued growth of My Bougie Baby, a boutique clothing line of stylish and tasteful looks for young fashionistas.  She proudly remembers, “It was under my dad as a young girl that I first learned the art of negotiation and sales.”   Today, Wendy relies on those talents to make professional success personal.

Stephanie Baucus, Secretary and Director

Stephanie Baucus

Stephanie Baucus received her B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Emory University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Following graduation, Ms. Baucus worked in private practice in Washington, DC, where she focused on criminal investigations and litigation, international civil litigation, corporate compliance planning and sanctions procedures. Ms. Baucus represented clients in matters involving criminal and civil fraud allegations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other securities laws, international trade regulations, energy trading, insurance regulation, the mortgage industry, bankruptcy, antitrust law, transportation and aviation, and food and product safety.

In 2009, Ms. Baucus was appointed to serve as the associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison for the US Department of Justice. Her work at the Department focused on working with state and local governments, other federal agencies, external constituency groups, and the public. She is currently Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Perennial Strategy Group, and she lives with her husband Zeno in Helena, Montana.

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Danielle Karst

Danielle Karst

Danielle Karst is an attorney at a federal government agency.  Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Karst worked in private practice as a litigator for many years at a global international law firm.  Ms. Karst also worked as a legislative aide for the U.S. House of Representatives following college and throughout law school.

Ms. Karst enjoys serving her community by volunteering and working with local and national charities, including the American Heart Association.  She also enjoys teaching indoor cycling classes.

Ms. Karst received her B.A. from Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Quin Woodward Pu

Quin Woodward Pu

Quin Woodward Pu is a writer, public speaker, and communications connaisseuse. The Georgia native is the author of three books chronicling her life as one of the internet’s first viral bloggers.

She has presented around the world, sharing the stage with Steve Wozniak, Randi Zuckerberg, Adrian Grenier, and many other standout innovators. Quin supports many philanthropic events and foundations, with the causes of literacy and community development through employment closest to her heart.

Agaat Den Hertog

Agaat Den Hertog

Agaat Den Hertog

Agaat Den Hertog is a native of The Netherlands and lives in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. Before she moved to the United States, she worked as the designer for a Dutch children’s clothing line. She traveled to Paris, Milan, London and other major European cities looking for new ideas, yarns and colors for the collections. Agaat’s passion in life is traveling —  there isn’t a continent that she hasn’t explored. She is involved with the Shelby Presbyterian Church and is passionate about supporting nonprofits such as Samaritan’s Purse.