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Bethany Rubin Henderson

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Bethany founded CHF in 2008. She is an award-winning social entrepreneur. She currently leads DC SCORES, an award-winning youth development organization that provides year-round expanded learning programs integrating athletics, arts, and civic service to low-income elementary and middle school students in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as a White House Fellow (http://1.usa.gov/9IfbFj) in the Obama Administration, working with the Cabinet Secretary in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and for the Secretary of Interior. Among other things, Bethany laid a lot of the groundwork for My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative focusing on helping boys and young men of color get and stay on track cradle to career. In 2008, Bethany launched City Hall Fellows, raising over $4M to build it during the recession.

 Previously, Bethany was a trial attorney at international litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel, where she won a pro bono award from the California State Bar Association. She also helped build out the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, where, among other responsibilities, she led a significant overhaul of the Social Innovation Program curriculum. She began her career serving in NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, helping to drive the city government’s adoption of (the then-brand-new) Internet technology. She is also co-creator of Grow With Me Tee, a clothing line that makes it fun for parents to track their kids’ growth from birth to high school graduation.

Bethany earned her JD at Harvard Law School and both an MA and BA (ΦBK and summa cum laude) at the University of Pennsylvania. She frequently writes and speaks about civic leadership. social entrepreneurship, and working families. She is a member of the Civic Collaboratory, an invite-only network of catalytic civic innovators from across the political spectrum and many domains, founded by Eric Liu. Bethany and her husband Daniel have two giggly little girls, one playful pup, and a blog about their attempt to juggle two careers and two kids at www.findingourbestselves.com.

 

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