Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director, Vice Chair

Kelly Garrity becomes executive director, Jennifer Myers moves into vice chair role on the board of directors 

Kelly Garrity

ARLINGTON, VA, FEB. 21, 2020 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to welcome Kelly Garrity as our new full-time executive director and Jennifer Myers as Vice Chair of the board of directors.

Garrity comes to JB-LF with more than 15 years of professional experience, having spent the last 10 in nonprofits and health care associations. Most recently, as Senior Director, Member Services and Development at the National Health Council, she led growth in membership and sponsorship while creating innovative strategies to drive corporate and foundation fundraising, instituted new governance processes, and strengthened alliances with senior staff at varied organizations including major pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies, professional and membership associations, patient advocacy organizations, and the federal government.

She believes strongly in giving her time to charities close to her heart. Most recently, Garrity has been an active advocate of RESOLVE the Infertility Association and is also a founding member, fundraising chair and legislative co-chair of the Virginia chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.

Jennifer Myers, who first joined the foundation in 2016 as an event committee member for its annual 5K & Family Fun Day and then became the full-time executive director in 2017, will join the JB-LF board of directors as Vice Chair. During her time as executive director, Myers launched educational convenings on topics including maternal mortality and equity in prenatal care and created a Prize for Prenatal Innovation that was awarded to Children’s National for a citywide study on maternal mental health for low-income black women.

“I cannot thank these two people enough for all they’ve done — and all they’ll do — for JB-LF,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation. “Starting from the seeds of our wonderful, community-based 5K & Family Fun Day, our foundation has grown in both size and impact. We have even more planned, from new research to partnerships and events, all meant to improve access to maternal and infant care for moms and babies in need.”

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation
Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. More information is available at and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Names New Executive Director


Susan B. Oliver  |  703-216-4078,
Jennifer Myers  |  202-286-1680,

ARLINGTON, VA, JULY 17, 2017 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation today announced that Jennifer Myers has joined as its new executive director. In this role, Myers will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and developing long-term strategy for the foundation’s programs, fundraising efforts and expansion plans, as well as overseeing the execution of JB-LF’s mission, which seeks to increase access to quality pre- and post-natal health care and support for economically vulnerable women.

“I’m thrilled to have Jen on board, as she brings a wealth of experience in marketing and communications, event execution, business development and fundraising,” said Neal Lawson, CEO and Chair of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation. “I look forward to working with her to leverage the strong start that our first executive director gave us to further increase the impact of JB-LF.”

Myers most recently worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she was responsible for building new business and sustaining existing relationships totaling $5 million in annual revenues. Prior to that, she served as the vice president of marketing and communications at YWCA’s national headquarters, and she held a series of leadership roles in communications and public affairs at the Aspen Institute where she managed all aspects of the department’s work, from public and media relations, social media and branding to video, events and the Institute’s blog and magazine.

As an active member of the Arlington, Va., community, Myers was a member of the 2016 JB-LF 5K and Family Fun Day event committee, and she’s currently on the auction committee at McKinley Elementary. She also served a two-year term as a parent representative and board member at Faith Lutheran Preschool.

Myers holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from Georgetown University.