Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Announces Appointment of First Executive Director


ARLINGTON | October 5, 2015 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (“JB-LF”), a non-profit organization aimed at creating access to quality prenatal and postnatal care for economically vulnerable mothers and babies in Arlington, VA, has announced the appointment of Ashley Donnelly Leonard as its first executive director.  Ashley will be integral in leading the organization’s first major fundraising effort – the inaugural Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Memorial 5K and Family Fun Day on Saturday, November 21.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ashley to the JB-LF,” reported Neal Lawson, Founder and Board Chair.  “Ashley will bring leadership, organization and creativity to our fundraising efforts and a deep sense of commitment to our mission.  The addition of professional management to the JB-LF gives us the opportunity to pursue growth and maximize the impact to our mission.”

Ashley has spent the last seven years as a pro bono consultant to Washington area non-profit organizations, providing strategic planning, marketing, board development, and financial advice.  She currently sits on the board of Girls on the Run-DC and has served as their Treasurer.  In addition, her diverse experience includes investment banking, program and general management, new ventures development, event planning, and human capital training, management and acquisition.  Ashley holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden School of Business.

“I am honored and excited to serve in this new role,” remarks Ashley.  “As a mother of three, I understand and deeply appreciate the necessity of regular, quality prenatal and postnatal care to get families off to the best possible start. The JB-LF’s unique partnership with the Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington Pediatric Center puts the organization in an excellent position to make a significant impact in the early health of Arlington’s economically vulnerable children.”

Established in December 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Founded in the belief that every mother and every child deserve important healthcare services for a healthy start in life, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation provides access to medical services, counseling and support for economically vulnerable mothers-to-be, newborn babies and postpartum mothers who don’t have the means or resources to start their journey on solid footing. Jennifer Bush-Lawson dedicated her life to her children and to being the best mother possible. She believed that every mother – regardless of race, color, creed, or economic status – should have an opportunity to do the same.



Neal Lawson
Founder and Chair, Board of Directors
Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Ashley Donnelly Leonard
Executive Director
Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation



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