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Meet Our 2022 Board

Eckington Parks & Arts' Board Members are neighbors who volunteer their time. They are elected by Friends of Eckington Parks & Arts each winter and serve calendar year terms. Efforts are assisted by the neighborhood-driven Greenways Committee and Children & Families Committee, which are led by Chairs appointed by the Board. Please contact us if you would like to help out or get involved in specific committee efforts!

Shoshana Sommer

President


Shoshana grew up visiting family in D.C. and has been in the area full-time since 2013. She lives in Eckington with her partner (Mark), their Aussie puppy (Zahvi), and her red-eared slider turtle (Gilly). As a veterinarian, she previously practiced on birds and exotic animals and now advises on infectious diseases and global health. Shoshana's passion for green spaces, urban wildlife, and community engagement led her to Eckington Parks & Arts, where she served as the first Greenways Committee Chair in 2020. In her free moments, Shoshana enjoys exploring DC by foot, admiring the city’s architecture and parks, urban bird-watching, gardening, and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Mark Galvan

Vice President


Mark moved to D.C. from Southern California in 2009 to begin his engineering career in public service and has never looked back. He has lived in Eckington since 2016, where he loves connecting with neighbors and is a proud mentor of a McKinley Tech graduate. Mark has a passion for architecture, historic preservation, and sustainable building projects. He is inspired by his mother's art and appreciates the diversity of art mediums throughout the city. He enjoys staying active in local parks, riding the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), and exploring neighborhoods in the district with his partner (Shoshana) and their gold Aussie pup (Zahvi).

Nicole McEntee

Communication & Public Relations Director


Admittedly, Nicole lives just over the border from Eckington, in Truxton Circle, but she finds herself spending most of her free time in Eckington enjoying Tanner Park, the MBT, and Harry Thomas Rec Center with her husband and 2-year-old son. Nicole is a former twice-elected ANC Commissioner and Commission Chair and also currently serves on the ANC 5E Alcohol Licensing Advisory Committee. Nicole comes from a background in real estate operations and social media and currently works for the DC Government. Though Nicole lives one block over from the boundaries of Eckington, she feels a strong connection to the neighborhood and is always working to encourage her neighbors – who use the MBT and Tanner Park all the time – to get involved in the community they love.

McKinsey Bond

Treasurer


McKinsey has lived in the DC area since 2010 and has been a proud Eckington resident since 2018. She loves the neighborhood for its colorful homes, inviting front porches, and diversity; but most of all, she has enjoyed meeting and building relationships with her neighbors through summer block parties, weekend walks, porch drinks, bonfires, and community yoga sessions around the neighborhood. McKinsey is a technology consultant by day and UVA grad (go Hoos!). When not working, McKinsey enjoys traveling, being on the water, and laughing with friends at happy hour or brunch (classic DC, right?). 

Leslie Barron

Secretary


Leslie has been a proud Washingtonian since 2005. She is a management consultant turned chief of staff for a large professional services firm and is passionate about leadership development, community engagement, and anything that brings people together. Eight years ago, Leslie and her husband, Jamie, moved from the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, to Eckington… and never looked back! Leslie loves the tree-lined streets, rich history, community vibe, and beautiful green space that Eckington offers. When not working from her home office, you can find Leslie walking or jogging along the MBT, riding her cruiser bike around the city, tinkering in her garden, or watching Ted Lasso for the 12th time. 

Ileah Welch

Fundraising Director


Ileah is a Buffalo, NY, native turned Washingtonian in 2016. Eckinton has been her home since 2018. Ileah enjoys being part of Eckington's long history, witnessing the blending of the lifelong and new residents and building relationships with her neighbors. She loves building community and increasing engagement. She served on several boards in Buffalo that focused on early childhood education, women's reproductive health, and women in the legal community. Ileah is an attorney currently working at the DC Court of Appeals. After work, you can find Ileah at the Eckington dog park with her two dogs, Dottie and Sashi. Ileah loves to be active and is currently (re)learning to roller skate.  Ileah is passionate about body positivity, women/BIPOC owned small business, Girl Scouts, crocheting, and anything involving Jeff Goldblum.