YWA 2017 Finalists: Service Beyond Measure
A woman who is committed to community service or civic engagement. Nominees in this category may work for a nonprofit organization in their personal or professional life.
LaTricea Adams is a proud native of Memphis, Tennessee. and is the President of Thursday Network—Greater Washington Urban League. She has been involved with the Urban League movement since 2011, hailing from the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee. LaTricea has served as the former Membership Chair and Vice-President of Thursday Network.
LaTricea currently holds the position of Manager, Data & Systems for the District of Columbia Public Schools in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. She is a former teacher of Spanish with teaching experience in grades 6-12. She received a B.A. in Foreign Languages from The University of Memphis in 2007, Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University in 2009 and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration & Supervision from Tennessee State University in 2012. She is in the terminal stage of completing her Ed.D. also in Administration & Supervision at Tennessee State University. LaTricea is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the founder of the grassroots organization Black Millennials for Flint.
LaTricea is an accomplished educational leader as evident by a host of accolades: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honor Society Emerging Leader (2013-14), New Leaders for New Schools Emerging Leader (2013-14), Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor (2010), Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica (2010), Southern Council on Language Teaching Best of TN (2010), Vanderbilt Summer Professional Institute to the Dominican Republic (2008), Tennessee Foreign Language Teacher Association Dale Sevier Fund for the Future Award (2007) and many other laudable recognitions. LaTricea also was recognized as the 2015 Greater Washington Urban League Volunteer of the Year and National Urban League Young Professionals YP Distinguished Member in 2016. She was also featured in the Women’s History Month 2016 Spotlight for Brightest Young Things (BYT). LaTricea’s notable accomplishments reflects her passion to be “supreme in service to all mankind.”
Lydia Diana Avila is the Executive Director of the Power Shift Network – a diverse, national network of youth-led and youth-focused climate justice organizations. Lydia is originally from a working class suburb of Los Angeles county, first generation Mexican-American, and attended UCLA where she was involved with student-initiated, student- run social justice service organizations and was a student activist. It was here that she learned that importance and strength of empowered youth. After earning two Bachelors of Arts degrees- one in Geography/Environmental Studies and one in Psychology- Lydia wanted to dedicate herself to what she saw as the transcending issue of our time: the climate crisis. As a result, she became a community organizer for the Sierra Club in Texas where she led two major Beyond Coal campaigns, working side by side farmers and landowners in east Texas. Lydia then spent two years in graduate school, earning a Master of Public Administration degree, specializing in nonprofit management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In 2015, Lydia rejoined efforts to change our energy future, halt the acceleration of climate change and address environmental justice through a powerful youth-led movement at the Power Shift Network.
Maggie Feldman-Piltch is an operational artist, creative problem solver, and fearless strategist. She specializes in supporting senior security leaders who are retired in name only, and is deeply passionate about supporting women in foreign policy, defense, and security. The founder of Unicorn Strategies, Feldman-Piltch started working for retired flag officers and their civilian counterparts as the Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors at American Security Project. She continues to lead the organization’s Women in Security Leadership Initiative (WiSe) and is the host of ASP’s weekly podcast series “What’s Next?”
Notorious for her uncanny ability to push the boundaries without alienating stakeholders, Maggie is known for expertly bridging the civilian-military gap. Prior to joining ASP, Feldman-Piltch worked for The Conference Board in the Research Working Groups department and served as an Advanced Risk Apprentice with Risk Cooperative after spending time working the fashion and consumer goods industries. Additional previous experience also includes positions in healthcare and benefits consulting.
Maggie is a featured contributor to Teen Vogue on political and foreign affairs, founder and moderator of the WiSelist, a member of WIN, member of the Young Transatlantic Network, and frequent speaker on c-mil and national security strategy. She graduated with Honors from Wesleyan University and is a proud Hoya, earning her degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program. She is also pursuing her Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance from the Royal Academy of Music through the Levine School in Washington, D.C.
Claire S. Gould
Claire is a passionate advocate for social and economic justice who believes smart communication can be a catalyst for real change in the world.
She started her professional career at Burness, a mission-driven communications firm, which solidified her dedication to help nonprofits tell their story and make a real difference in the world. Her work focused on the social determinants of health—like access to healthy foods, a safe neighborhood, and a living wage—and how they can affect public health and mortality rates. She brought her experience in public health and advocacy to Catholics for Choice where she had the opportunity to work on a variety of initiatives including Vote No on 67 in Colorado, the DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, and Respect ABQ Women, and collaborate with international partners on ongoing campaigns for reproductive healthcare in Ireland, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Claire currently works at Fifth Estate Communications, a full service communications firm, where she creates and executes communications plans for clients working toward the common good.
Outside of her professional work with nonprofits, she dedicates much of her free time to volunteering in the DC community. She served for two years on the executive committee of the Women’s Information Network (WIN). She currently serves as the Communications Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a local grassroots organization that works to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault, and as a board member at the DC Abortion Fund. Claire also lends her time and communications skills to local nonprofits Year Up National Capitol Region and Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic, and through the Junior League of Washington on initiatives to improve literacy in the District.
She graduated from Connecticut College with an English and religious studies double major and an art minor, and received a M.A. in strategic communications—with concentrations in political and digital communication—from the Johns Hopkins University.