Dale Russakoff is a freelance writer who spent 28 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, ProPublica and other publications. She is the author of The Prize, a best-selling book about Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to the Newark schools. Her recent work focuses on education and immigration. She was first drawn to Family Promise more than 25 years ago as a volunteer and then a coordinator at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. She is in awe that FPE, with a tiny paid staff and an army of volunteers, has helped so many parents with young children overcome homelessness for so many years. Dale grew up in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights era and credits her parents with encouraging her to think critically about the world around her, particularly the racial segregation and inequity in her own hometown. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Matthew Purdy, an editor at The New York Times. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
Gigi Loh became acquainted with Family Promise Essex through volunteering during the hosting weeks at Morrow Memorial Church in Maplewood. With two young children, she thought it would serve the dual purpose of helping others while educating her children. In so doing, she realized there were more similarities than differences between her family and those who were in the program. She believes that Family Promise Essex is a small organization with huge impact, providing services and temporary housing to families during hard times. Assisting families to stay together is vital to a hopeful future.
Gigi holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA in Finance/International Business from NYU Stern. In a past life, she worked in the US and Asia in production management and financial advisory/syndications for large-scale limited recourse projects.
Gigi lives with her husband and two children in Maplewood. In her spare time, she loves to cook, play tennis and travel, anywhere and everywhere.
Lamont Swittenberg is Vice President, Brand Strategy & Planning at Peacock, a division of NBCUniversal. In this role, Lamont leads a team that develops positioning strategies and shapes multi-platform marketing campaigns, based on consumer data, macro trends and brand & cultural insights.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Lamont worked as VP, Brand Planning at PHD, an Omnicom Media agency. Prior to PHD, Lamont worked in brand management roles for a number of well-known companies, including Coca-Cola, Virgin Mobile and Hewlett-Packard.
Lamont has a BS in Marketing from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Advisory Board member for the Center For The Study Of The American South (CSAS) at UNC. In his free time, Lamont enjoys listening to music, writing and spending time with his family in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Jane Quinn is a former television producer and writer for social and educational programming in New York City. She hopes to help further enlighten the public on the efforts and accomplishments of Family Promise of Essex County in the coming year. She has an extensive background in fundraising for schools and charities in New Jersey, California, and Tokyo, Japan.
While co-chairing fundraising events for a local elementary school in Burlingame, California Jane also worked with Art In Action, a non-profit group in northern California. She had the opportunity to not only bring art programming into local elementary schools that had been defunded but also teach art through the program at various underprivileged schools in East Palo Alto, California. In Tokyo, Jane chaired fundraising efforts for The International School of the Sacred Heart and Hands on Tokyo, a non-profit volunteer clearinghouse for orphanages and local environmental efforts. Jane lives in Short Hills with husband Kevin Quinn.
Davianne Harris is Chief Client Officer at Sparks and Honey, a cultural intelligence agency, where she also serves as head of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice. Davianne is a passionate leader and has expertise in social impact, business transformation, and diversity equity and inclusion strategy. She works on driving organic growth among companies while embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the way organizational transformation is achieved.
Davianne holds a B.A. in Communication and Consumer Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from NYU. She lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband and two children.
Abigail Carlton is the Head of Social Impact for Indeed, the world’s top job site. In this role, Abbey leads Indeed’s efforts to democratize opportunity for job seekers around the world, including the 250M job seekers who visit Indeed every month, through product innovation, strategic partnerships and community engagement.
Prior to joining Indeed, Abbey led The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts on jobs and economic opportunity. Earlier in her career, she held research and program management positions at New York University, the US Department of Labor, and the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, LLP. Abbey is a fellow with The Aspen Institute’s First Movers program, a mentor through PhilanthropyNY’s Young Leaders program, and previously served on the board of Start Small Think Big, a national nonprofit focused on supporting low-income entrepreneurs.
Abbey received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She lives in Montclair with her husband and four sons.
Lizzie Wolff is a strategic communications executive with over twenty years of experience. She most recently served as the Vice President of External Communications at Standard Industries, a global manufacturing company. Lizzie began her career in public relations at Vanity Fair, eventually being named Executive Director of Communications. She previously led communications at theSkimm, a digital media brand for millennial women, and worked at Hiltzik Strategies, overseeing a range of corporate, crisis, and non-profit clients. She hopes to amplify the mission and impact of Family Promise of Essex County, shining a light on the incredible work they do for families in our community facing homelessness.Lizzie graduated from Duke University with a degree in Psychology. She lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband and three children.