Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Here's what's been happening around CAUSES:

  • UDC green roof part of Smithsonian tour
  • Amanda Tai and Ashley Grant join CAUSES

UDC green roof part of Smithsonian tour
For the second year in a row, we were a featured stop on the Smithsonian Green Roof tour! More than 40 visitors had a chance to tour and take pictures of our award-winning roof.....until the sky opened up! See more photos of our green roof--which is coming along nicely thanks to a rainy May--on Flickr.

Amanda Tai and Ashley Grant join CAUSES
Amanda Tai has joined CAUSES as the new Assessment and Volunteer Coordinator. She brings her extensive background in environmental research and client-based work to help develop innovative approaches to CAUSES assessment and volunteer programs. Prior to joining CAUSES, Amanda worked for American Forests, a nonprofit in DC, as the Public Policy and Urban Forests Program Manager. There, she helped develop several initiatives to protect and restore urban and rural forests. Most recently, she developed her client-relationship-building skills through a variety of experiences as a pet-caretaker, a personal trainer, and a softball coach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College.

We would also like to welcome Ashley Grant as our our new Staff Assistant for Administrative Services. The native Washingtonian is an accounting major from Howard University. Before coming to UDC, Ashley worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Administration, dedicating her time to assist veterans and their needs for 8 years. While there, she received merit awards for work recognition and maintaining a positive attitude.  Although her passion for her profession is always strong, she continuously makes time to explore new ideas, new findings as well as enjoying the simpler things in life.  Aside from everything else, Ashley enjoys reading, the art of music, shopping, fitness, and anything else that may catch her eye.  She’s always pleasant, loves to smile, laugh and enjoys helping others. 

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