Board of Directors

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is led by a group of local community leaders from metro Washington DC They guide the strategic direction of the organization and provide financial oversight. 

Zandra Chestnut, Board Chair – Zandra is a long-time resident of the District and resides in Ward 7. She is spending her retirement actively working to improve public education, the arts, and to protect our natural environment.

Martha Holley-Miers, Vice Chair – Martha is an experienced fundraising professional who specializes in the nonprofit sector. She and her family enjoy visiting the park and discover new things to love each time. 

Laura S. Washington, Secretary – Laura is an environmental biologist who was introduced to Friends through an invasive plant program. She focuses on engaging diverse audiences in environmental stewardship and community empowerment. Ask her about the Lotus & Lily Festival! 

Beth Scott, Acting Treasurer – Beth is a strategic communicator with experience in program management, public policy, and community relations. She is happiest when outdoors and wants to share that joy with others.

Mike Hillstrom – Mike is a senior tax accountant who focuses on the nonprofit sector. He is passionate about protecting and restoring the Anacostia River, cycling, and is a certified Environmental Steward of the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Danita Delaney – Danita is an award-winning freelance photojournalist and multimedia producer, and co-chair of the Annual Photography Competition. A third generation DC native, she grew up playing in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Daniella Einik – Daniella is an attorney who focuses on environmental law and takes on pro bono work that helps her community. She considers Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a hidden gem within the city that deserves a wider audience. 

Justin Lini – Justin is a digital media specialist and community activist who just completed his term as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of his Ward 7 neighborhood. He enjoys visiting the park in all seasons and attends as many festivals and events here as possible.

Erin Martin – Erin is a professional photographer and successful podcaster with a passion for women-owned small black businesses. She loves to explore DC’s unique landscapes and find ways to support its special places.

Elizabeth Curwen – Elizabeth is a communications strategist and writer who helps nonprofits find their voice and advance their mission. She frequently walks her dog at the park while keeping an eye out for visiting migratory birds.