Women's Leadership Committee


CO-CHAIRS: Ginger Pickle & Liz Underhill

VICE-CHAIRS: Sally Akridge & Caroline Boutté

About the Women's Leadership Committee

In 2007, a small group of dynamic women formed the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Trust for the National Mall.  Since the Committee’s first benefit luncheon in a small tent on the National Mall, this exceptional group has actively advocated to restore the prestige and attention our National Mall deserves.

Looking across the National Mall today, the indelible impact of the Women's Leadership Committee is evident. Standing on the front lines of the fundraising efforts since the inception of the organization, the Committee has contributed time and dedication to notable improvement on the National Mall, including support of repairs to the Washington Monument following the 2011 earthquake, the restoration of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the replacement of 18 acres of lush, green turf lining the Mall.

The Women’s Leadership Committee enables progress by investing in the Trust’s ongoing work to — provide heightened visibility and awareness for the significant needs on the National Mall, steward private support and advocate for Federal Funds for critical capital improvements and deliver active project management that designs modern solutions to improve the visitor experience.

Click here to view the listing of the current Women's Leadership Committee.

How to Join

Join a prominent group of women who have been a driving force in the efforts to bring notable improvements on the National Mall with either:

  • a minimum donation of 1,000 or
  • a $10,000 (or greater) sponsorship for the 2018 BALL for THE MALL.

Your 12-month membership includes:

  • Invitations to exclusive Trust events, including the annual “Spring Hat” event and private tours of the National Mall
  • Exclusive updates on Trust for the National Mall projects
  • Recognition as a member of the committee on the Trust website, the annual report, and other collateral materials

To further support the Trust, members can also inquire about opportunities to:

  • Co-chair committees for fundraising events
  • Champion critical projects
  • Host gatherings for potential new members within or outside the D.C. metro area

To become a member, submit your donation online, by mail, or by calling Vanessa Chebli at (202) 407-9415.


HELD APRIL 18, 2017

The Women’s Leadership Committee held an exclusive Spring Hats Luncheon at the Top of the Hay, overlooking the White House and National Mall. More than 60 members of the Committee and their guests gathered to celebrate ten years of dedication to the Trust for the National Mall. Special guest, author Julia Reed, regaled the crowd with delightful stories of her time spent in Washington. 

Click here for pictures from the luncheon.


Contact Kate Gordon or Vanessa Chebli for more information on the Women's Leadership Committee and how to get involved.