Meet our Development Team


Rae Davidson

Director of Development

Rae Davidson is the Director of Development at Martha’s Table, where she leads advancement efforts to ensure the organization has the resources it needs to continue to deliver on its mission to build a brighter future for our nation’s capital. In her tenure with Martha’s Table, she has held a variety of roles in institutional relations, development writing, and development operations. Her work at Martha’s Table is focused on infusing traditional fundraising techniques with a strengths-based approach that honors and celebrates the children, families, and communities we support.

Key Staff

Alena Kaufman

Alena Kaufman is our Assistant Director of Individual Giving. In this role, she connects individual and family foundation supporters with Martha’s Table’s mission and programs through major gifts, annual support, and special events. Previously, Alena was the Director of Development and Communications at Rock Creek Conservancy in D.C., and prior to that built a public and special events department as Director of Events and Outreach for Glynwood, a nonprofit in the Hudson Valley focused on sustainable agriculture and food culture. In addition, she has worked for the Small Planet Institute and at the Vera Institute of Justice. As a student, her studies focused on writing, education, and sociology; she holds a Bachelor’s in English from Barnard College and completed post-graduate studies in Paris, France.

Chamene Howard

Chamene joins Martha’s Table as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, where her key focus will be to develop and implement strategies for grassroots fundraising and donor cultivation. Prior to joining Martha’s Table, Chamene was the Development Manager at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, a nonprofit law firm. Ahead of that, Chamene was the Annual Giving Manager at Capital Area Food Bank. In this role she successfully created and spearheaded fundraising campaigns that continue to thrive using the grassroots approaches she designed. Additionally, Chamene is dedicated to being a voice for those who are often ignored or unable to advocate for themselves, which led to her certification as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in DC’s foster care system. Chamene received a B.A. in Human Relations, magna cum laude, from Trinity University.


Robin Jackson

Robin Jackson joined Martha’s Table in 2016 to oversee special events. In her current role, she leads the overall strategy, development, planning, management, and implementation of events. Robin has managed the production of multiple events including Martha’s Table’s Inaugural Benefit, opening events at its new headquarters, The Commons at Stanton Square, intimate dinners, and mission driven forums.

Prior to Martha’s Table, Robin spent nearly a decade in the health and wellness field leading corporate wellness initiatives. Her responsibilities included the delivery of fitness programming, wellness challenges, educational classes and seminars, health and fitness fairs, and operational management.

Robin’s passion for people guides her work. She is committed to developing inclusive experiences and strategies that help support the mission of Martha’s Table. Robin holds a Bachelor’s in Physical Education with a concentration in Adult Fitness and completed continuing education studies in Event Management.


Dan Schiff

As Assistant Director of Institutional Development, Dan is responsible for managing and growing the support Martha’s Table receives from corporate, foundation, community-based and government donors. Before joining Martha’s Table in January 2019, Dan worked on inclusive hiring and skills validation issues at Opportunity@Work, and previously managed global partnerships at Ashoka. He also has a background in journalism. Dan is a native of White Plains, N.Y., and has lived in Washington, D.C., since 2007. As a local volunteer, Dan served as president of DC Net Impact and currently is a youth mentor with BEST Kids, Inc.