Development & Communications

  • Chris Rutledge,

    Chief Development Officer Development & Communications 202.503.2968

    Chris Rutledge has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, serving in both development and programmatic roles. His fundraising experience includes success with individuals, foundations, the Federal Government, corporations, international bodies, and labor unions.

    Prior to his role at Friendship Place, Chris provided programmatic and fundraising leadership to such organizations as AARP Foundation, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, New York University, Columbia University, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, and the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.

    A husband and proud father of two daughters, Chris has served 5 years as a PTA President, and is a member of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs Board of Directors. He lives in Silver Spring.


  • Yimka Odebode,

    Director of Media, Marketing & Communications Development & Communications 202.306.1958
  • Chris Koerner,

    Director of Lead Gifts Development & Communications 202.290.4435
  • Kathy Lowy,

    Director of Foundation Relations Development & Communications 202.460.5802
  • Chris Cannedy,

    Community Engagement Manager Development & Communications 202.503.2971
  • Alan Banks,

    Community Engagement Associate Development & Communications 202.503.2969
  • Abril Gray-Porter,

    Development Associate Development & Communications 202.248.3090
  • Lynn Amano,

    Advocacy & Community Organizer Development & Communications 202.364.1419

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2020, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 2,664 people, including 606 children in families and 661 veterans. We empowered 200 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Friendship Place's programs collectively served a total of 3,432 people in 2020. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.503.2970.

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