Margaret Ann Chapman, MBA, MA
Margaret Ann Chapman is the Director of Finance and Administration for the International START Secretariat, an organization specializing in global environmental and climate change initiatives in developing countries. Prior to that position, Margaret was the Fiscal Manager for the George Washington University Cancer Institute, which focuses on survivorship, patient navigation and patient access to care advocacy within Washington, D.C., and nationwide, and a Finance Specialist for The Pew Charitable Trusts.
For six years, Margaret was Vice-President of Political CFOs, Inc, a campaign finance firm specializing in all fiscal and compliance aspects of federal, state and local campaigns as well as state political parties and PACS. Before joining Political CFOs, she was Director of Operations for the West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee, where she oversaw the development and implementation of a statewide coordinated campaign plan budget and managed all state and national events for the state party.
Throughout her career, Margaret has focused on implementing strategic financial planning and event logistics to enhance overall campaign and organizational goals. She firmly believes that, when done well, finance and operations can be strategic tools that further programmatic aims and increase efficiency overall.
She has her Masters in Business Administration and European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University and Bachelors Degrees in Economics and International Affairs from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Margaret also works as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the non-profit Triage Cancer. Previously, she served as president of the board of directors for Street Sense, a Washington, D.C., non-profit helping create economic opportunities for the district’s homeless population. During her tenure as board president, Margaret facilitated the growth of the board from five to 15 members and the implementation of a three-year strategic plan for the organization.
In her spare time, Margaret is developing a travel app for women, working on her first fiction novel and finishing a Masters in History, focusing on late Medieval European financial innovations.
Jodi Omear, MA, APR
Jodi Omear is a strategic communications and media relations consultant with more than 15 years of experience and a proven track record of leading teams through the development and implementation of successful communications campaigns that achieve measurable results. Her expertise includes traditional and social media, crisis communications, website content development, publications, and conference and event management.
She currently serves at the Vice President of Communications for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. For more than 10 years, Jodi served as the chief communications strategist for the nation’s governors at the National Governors Association (NGA), directing strategic messaging on a variety of issues at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining NGA, she was the press secretary and spokeswoman for West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, where she was a member of the governor’s senior staff. She also served on Gov. Wise’s campaign staff as both a research and field director and worked on his United States House of Representatives staff.
Throughout her career, Jodi has led large and small organizations through strategic communications implementation including writing and placing pieces in national publications, appearing in radio and television interviews and improving staff communications abilities through media training seminars.
Jodi has a Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in English and Journalism from West Liberty University. She also holds an Accreditation in Public Relations. Jodi serves on the Board of Directors at the non-profit Triage Cancer, where she serves as secretary. She is a member of the National Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America.
In her spare time, Jodi is developing a travel app for women and working on her first fiction novel.