Bonnie Cain – Board Chair
Bonnie has been a tireless advocate for civic engagement as a resident and familiar face in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. She has participated in numerous campaigns in DC, including working for the Tommy Wells Campaign in his 2014 run for the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Ward 6, and Adrian Fenty in his mayoral bid. Her enthusiasm and experience with uniting the community in partnerships for the common good bring a much-appreciated energy to the MCS Board.
Rachel R. Lukens – Board Treasurer
Rachel currently serves as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Office of the Director, US Department of the Interior. She has spent over a decade as an attorney with the DC Office of Administrative Hearings, DC Bar Pro Bono Center, Legal Aid Society, US District Court for the Western District of Texas, as well as Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, and Walker LLP upon graduation from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Rachel is also a certified translator in Spanish, with ongoing Masters level study in Spanish Linguistics. As a law student, she interned with Fernando Scornik Gerstein Abogados in Madrid, Spain, as well as with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.
She also serves as a Global Village Team Leader and Team Member of Habitat for Humanity International.
Soohyun (Julie) Koo
Julie is the managing principal of Luceque Global Group. As a global business matchmaker, partnership builder, and cross-cultural strategist, she specializes in connecting opportunities globally and solving problems for corporations and organizations between the U.S. and Asia. Ms. Koo brings over 15 years of experience in cross-functional & cross-cultural team leadership, government affairs, and relationship building. Ms. Koo is fully trilingual in English, Korean and Chinese, and has 18 years of public speaking and training experience. Ms. Koo also possess excellent presentation skills and cross-cultural communication skills.
Previously, she was appointed by two former Mayors to head the office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs in the District of Columbia. During her eight-year tenure, Ms. Koo advised the Mayor and the District government agencies on issues related to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population of 40,000 in Washington, D.C. Ms. Koo also directed community engagement & outreach to an average of 35,500 people annually. In this role, she designed and orchestrated Comprehensive Communication & Outreach Campaign which resulted in increasing the agency’s community network by 500%. Ms. Koo also served as the administration’s spokesperson for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in the District of Columbia.
Ms. Koo received the Downtown Business Improvement District’s (BID) 2009 Momentum Award for Downtown Detail, for her role in restoring the iconic Chinatown Gateway Archway. In addition, her work as a tireless advocate has won her numerous awards, including the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. Previously, she served in the same agency as an outreach coordinator, then deputy director for a total of 6 years. During this time, she spearheaded the sister city agreements between the District of Columbia and Seoul, Korea when former South Korean president Lee Myung Bak was the Mayor of Seoul. She also worked closely with the D.C.-Beijing, China sister city committee to facilitate a cultural and economic partnership.
In her native country of South Korea, Ms. Koo was a senior specialist for Korea-China’s Economic Relations and Corporation division at the headquarters of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul, where she advised on trade and investment policy between China and South Korea.
Ms. Koo holds a Master of Arts degree in Interpretation and Translation from the Graduate School of International Studies of Hankook University in South Korea. She is also a certified conflict resolution facilitator.
She is a senior advisor of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, vice chair of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, DC Chapter, advisory board member of the International Leadership Foundation, and serves as an advisor for several other non-profit organizations.
Evelyn Boyd Simmons
Evelyn brings years of leadership to the civic life of the city. She currently serves as the Logan Circle Community Association President, and is a member of the DC Deputy Mayor for Education Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force; Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser Education Transition Team; DC Deputy Mayor for Education Advisory Committee on Boundaries, Feeders and Student Assignment Policy; and is a founding member of the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement, Washington, DC chapter; Ward2EdNetwork; and co-founder of Moms in Logan Circle Little Goblin Parade.
Her role as Africare’s Chief of External Relations and Partnerships develops, maintains and leverages relationships with key stakeholders such as the diplomatic community, the US and other governments, international associations, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations. Prior to that, Evelyn worked in international affairs and global government relations as a consultant and as a public affairs and policy broker with Pfizer and Motorola.
Evelyn also has extensive experience in congressional relations, including serving as a Public Affairs Officer with the Bureau of International Communications and Information Policy in the US Department of State, as well as a staff member and analyst on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Budget Committee.
Just to bring her career full circle, Evelyn’s work with Africare continues where it started when she began volunteering with the organization upon her graduation from Georgetown University.
Evelyn joined MCS with the express goal of bringing a Parent Leadership Training Institute chapter to DC. A certified facilitator of the initiative as well as an alumna of the Alexandria, VA chapter, her expertise on all levels of the Institute is extremely valuable.
MCS’ Advisory Board is a group of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to specific projects of the Board of Directors.
Rosemary is the Program Manager for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program, a birth-12th grade literacy initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. While at ED, she also has served as a Sr. Education Specialist in the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (Title I) and the Office for Civil Rights. Recently, Rosemary served as an education advisor to the Secretariat for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is a long-time supporter of nonprofit organizations concerned with building cooperative intergroup relations and has convened and lectured at numerous forums to promote on education and peace-building, including at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Rosemary has served on the MCS Board of Directors since the organization’s inception.
Anne T. Henderson
Anne is a senior consultant to the Community Involvement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Her specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students’ success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities. Anne has published on the topic of the relationship between families and schools. Anne is a writing contributor to the Evidence series and is the author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Anne graduated from Oberlin College, and received a Master’s Degree in politics from Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. She has worked in Civil Rights and Anti-Poverty programs for the federal government and the New Jersey Department of Education. She left New Jersey to help start the National Committee for Citizens in Education, a group that aimed to put the public back into the public schools.
MCS owes its success to the tireless commitment and dedication of its Board of Directors. We are proud to count our Board Alumni as some of our strongest advocates and biggest supporters.