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.