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Ellington Fund

Since 1979, The Ellington Fund, the charitable arm of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, has helped fill the gap between DC Public School (DCPS) funding and the cost of a world-class arts education. The Ellington Fund is a proud partner of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project. Learn more by downloading the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Annual Report FY21-22.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Annual Report FY21-22


The mission of the Ellington Fund is:

  • To sponsor, maintain, and financially support the various programs and activities including curriculum programs, student support functions, art and academic disciplines and courses, productions, exhibits, concerts, workshops and educational seminars, and
  • To provide scholarship assistance to graduates of the Duke Ellington School in pursuit of college or professional careers.


Please donate today so that all District youth, regardless of background or ability to pay, can have access to a life-changing arts education. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID is 52-1152273.

Ellington Fund Board of Directors


Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Esq., President  |  Hogan Lovells, LLP 
Brenda Morris, Esq., Vice President
Amy Kauffman, Vice President | Mindchat Research
Priscilla Clarke, Secretary | Clarke and Associates, LLC
Kathleen Buhle, Development and Nominating & Gov. Comm. Chair
Annie Whatley,
Nominating & Gov. Comm. Chair  |  University of District of Columbia
Matthew Gray, MBA, Finance Committee Chair  |  Brown Advisory
Amber Golden, PhD, President of DESAP and Co-Chair of SHADE

At-Large Members

Stacie Lee Banks  |  Lee’s Flower and Card Shop
Eliot Battle, MD  |  Cultura Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center
Michelle D. Bernard, Esq. 
|  Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy
Sherri N. Blount, Esq.  |  Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery
Zachary Cafritz
Edward L. Cohen |  Lerner Enterprises
Francesca V. Craig  |  Consultant
Zach Gillis | Boston Consulting Group
Marcus R. Johnson  | FLO
Julia Massimino, Esq.    
Robin Nunn, Esq.  |  Morgan Lewis, LLP 
Michelle A. Persaud, Esq.  |  T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Stephanie Phillipps, Esq.  |  Arnold & Porter (retired partner)
Steve Rabinowitz  |  Blue Light Strategies
Sylvia Davis White

Ex-Officio Members

Sandi M. Logan, Principal & Head of School  
Katitia Baptiste, SHADE Parent Group Co-President

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