SMGW Staff Profile: Welcome to Ms. Jamie Odle, our NEW Development Director!

After a thorough search process involving several organizational leaders and staff, it was my privilege to call Ms. Jamie R. Odle to serve as our next Development Director.  Jamie began her work and ministry among us on September 19 – so is about to pass her one-month anniversary!   

Jamie brings significant experience in serving non-profits providing legal and health care services to indigent members of our community. Most recently she served as Senior Manager of Philanthropy at Equal Justice Works, DC. Before that, she served in a similar role as Senior Development Manager at the DC Primary Care Association. In her native Kentucky, she was the founder of the Access to Justice Foundation – before moving to the Washington area 10 years ago. She looks forward to learning about and cultivating increased support for the kind of grass roots empowerment ministry we offer!             

As Development Director, Jamie will manage all areas of resource development, including but not limited to cultivation of the time, talent and treasure of our many generous contributors and partners, both individual and institutional.  Jamie will also serve on the Management Team with Program Director Jennifer Seager-Valentine, Operations Director Chris Martin, and me. She will lead our Development Team that includes Development Associate Charlie Day, Volunteer Manager Sy Jones, Partner Organizer/Convener Carol Coonrod, and myself – as well as a Communications Associate for whom she will initiate a search in early 2020. As Development Director, Jamie will also serve as the primary staff resource person for the Development Committee.

Please join me in welcoming Jamie,, by sending her a welcome email or calling at 202-722-2280, x316. Here’s to the rest of the road!