Staff Directory

Meet the Trust for the National Mall staff


Catherine Townsend

President & CEO

As the President and CEO, Catherine leads a small dynamic team to bring critical resources – public and private – in support of the organization’s mission. With over 30 years of experience in organizational management, strategic partnerships and innovative events and initiatives, Catherine is working to bring new innovative partners and donors to support improvements to the National Mall. Before joining the Trust, she ran a consulting practice for non-profit leaders. She has served as the President of the DC Public Education Fund for two years and Associate Director of Share Our Strength for 18 years. 

 In her spare time, Catherine enjoys cycling and is the commissioner and a coach for HoopGirls DC, a girls youth basketball and empowerment program she founded on Capitol Hill in 2005. Catherine has lived on Capitol Hill for over 30 years, is the mother of four children and her black lab Lucy.



Teresa Durkin

Senior Vice President

Teresa directs all development projects outlined in the National Mall Plan. With more than 24 years of project design and management experience as a Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner, Teresa is the Trust’s technical expert on all Mall projects. Current projects include the Restoration of the Lockkeepers House, the USPP Horse Stables and the restoration of the George Mason Memorial.

Throughout her career, she has piloted a wide range of award-winning projects of all scales including park planning, design, and implementation; civic engagement and community planning; green infrastructure planning and project design; institutional master planning and program development; site and landscape design for sustainability; ecological restoration design and management guidelines.

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Cheryl Bratz

Director, Major Gifts

Cheryl Bratz identifies and engages individuals and families with the ability to donate $10,000 or more to support the Trust’s work with the National Park Service. Cheryl’s goal is to match donors’ philanthropic objectives with National Mall projects and programs, as well as organizational capacity building. 

Cheryl’s development experience includes building and leading development programs at National Geographic, the Newseum, George Washington University’s School of Business and the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. 

She is a native Texan, loves any museums, and continues to add to her list of National Parks, and Historic Sites visited.

Maryann K. Grunseth

Director, Membership

Maryann is responsible for restructuring membership offerings and quarterly membership campaigns to grow TNM supporters.  She also manages and increasing membership of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and the Cherry Tree Endowment campaign.  She is also developing TNM’s “peer-to-peer” fundraising efforts, cultivating early relationships with millennial donors.


Maryann has her BA and MA from GW where she was a Division I student-athlete and team captain on the women’s rowing team. She holds a Masters in Sports Management. Maryann comes to us from George Washington University where she worked in the Buff & Blue Fund, GW Athletics fundraising office.


In her spare time, she enjoys indoor cycling, cooking, and traveling. Maryann regularly volunteers with Georgetown Presbyterian Church and their efforts to address food insecurity in Washington.

Lindsay B. Miller

Director, Event Fundraising and Management

Lindsay is responsible for increasing our top-line revenue through events, including our signature annual gala, Ball for the Mall. In her role, she will help streamline event expenses and organizational resources to produce events that raise operating revenue, expand the donor base, and elevate the profile of the Trust.  Also, Lindsay will consult with partner organizations who put on events where the Trust is the charitable beneficiary. 

 She comes to TNM from The Philanthropy Roundtable where she served as the Director of Events, connecting high profile donors with speakers, academics, fellow philanthropists and organizations seeking investment.  She graduated with honors from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and had made DC her home.

 A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family, including her husband and two precocious daughters, and entertaining friends.


Director, Corporate and Government Relations

Trevor serves as the Trust for the National Mall’s Director of Corporate and Government Relations. In this capacity, he manages our Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) and outreach to prospective corporate partners.  His primary focus is on cultivating significant corporate relationships and investments. Trevor also serves as the Trust’s in-house lobbyist and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Members of Congress, their staffs, and the administration. 

 Trevor is an attorney with extensive experience navigating the legal and political systems in the U.S. and foreign countries.   Before joining the Trust, he founded the Washington DC branch of Feed the Children (FTC) and successfully led the development of more than $50M in public-private partnerships. Trevor also previously served as Chief Counsel to Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. 

 In his spare time, Trevor enjoys travel and to date has visited 42 countries and has lived in 5 foreign nations and 2 U.S. territories.


Kelly Decerbo

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Kelly is responsible for the planning and execution of a cohesive brand strategy inclusive of branded content, media relations, event marketing, strategic partnerships, donor relations, and overall marketing operations.

 Kelly has a background in Marketing and International Hospitality; she spent two years living and working abroad providing strategic marketing support to over 150 clients worldwide before settling in Washington DC in 2016.

 When not at the Trust for the National Mall, Kelly is an active member of the DC community participating in various events and philanthropic efforts. She is also an avid skier and enjoys traveling home to New England to visit her family.



Jeremy Flick

Development Coordinator

Jeremy works closely with all members of the Development and Marketing teams. Jeremy oversees all aspects of Donor Relationship Management, focusing on database management with a particular focus on streamlining processes and providing technical and functional support.

 Jeremy comes to the Trust after previously serving as Executive Director of CREATE Arts Center and Deputy Director/Membership Director of Washington Project for the Arts.

 Jeremy maintains an active studio practice as a visual artist. His works have been exhibited nationally, and his paintings are included in numerous private, corporate, and academic collections throughout the USA.



Lauren Hall

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Lauren is the Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Trust and is responsible for helping with the communications efforts necessary to promote the fundraising, events, and programs of Trust for the National Mall.

 Lauren graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a BA in Public Relations and minors in history and political science. Prior to joining the Trust, Lauren lived in the greater Seattle area where she first worked for a minor league baseball team and then as a public relations manager for Better Business Bureau Northwest +Pacific.

 In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, following college football, and catching up on her favorite TV shows. Her favorite place on the National Mall is the Lincoln Memorial with its beautiful views of the Reflecting Pool and the rest of the Mall.


Lauren Schick

Individual Giving Assistant

Lauren is responsible for administrative aspects of development, fundraising and donor relations at the Trust. 

 Lauren graduated from George Mason University with an MA in Arts Management in 2017. Before joining the Trust, she was a Program Associate at the Confucius Institute U.S. Center and a Development and Programming Intern at the Washington Chorus. She holds a BA in Art History within a minor in the Chinese Language from Kenyon College. 

 In her spare time, Lauren enjoys knitting, cooking, and visiting museums.


Kara Pitts

Development Assistant

Kara works to build client relationships to confirm funding resources and takes an active role in event planning.

 Kara graduated from Kent State University with an MPA in Public Administration in 2018. Before she joined us at the Trust, Kara worked as a Graduate Assistant at Kent State in the Office of Community Engaged Learning focusing on community outreach efforts and coordinating campus-wide volunteer events for students. She also served as an intern with a nonprofit organization called LoveLight, Inc., which provides nutritional meals and educational activities to low income children in the summer. She holds a BS in Integrated Health Studies with a minor in Psychology also from Kent State University.

 Outside of the office, Kara enjoys trying out new coffee shops and restaurants, traveling, and volunteering at local organizations. Her favorite parts of the National Mall are the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, especially during a sunset.


John Whilden

Projects Coordinator

As the Project Coordinator, John helps manage the development, design, and construction of the Trust’s capital improvement projects on the National Mall. Also, John works alongside the National Park Service in the development of programming and engagement activities. 

 Before joining the Trust, John worked for the National Park Service as a landscape architect at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. His role included the management of cultural inventories and serving as the designer on a variety of projects such as memorials, public gardens, and other cultural sites.  

 John serves as an advisory member of the Capital Trails Coalition and volunteers his time with Open Architecture DC, a community design organization. Coffee, bikes, and tortilla-wrapped food are three pillars of John’s daily life.