The Nashman Center provides many opportunities for students to meet with a mentor, learn about the various application processes, hone their grant writing skills and community engagement best practices. 

Meet Our Mentors




Kimberly Williams

Areas of Focus: Social Innovation | Project Management | Sustainability |  Grant Writing

Kimberly Williams is the Stakeholder Engagement Associate with the Office of Sustainability. Prior to her time at the George Washington University, she served as the Clean Water Network Coordinator with Environment America, convening local watershed organizations across the country around campaigns for clean water protections. Kimberly is currently pursuing a Masters Degree from the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Kimberly can be reached at [email protected] or 202-288-3731. 




Dania Castro

Areas of Focus: Social Innovation | Civic Engagement | Social Change | Education | Grant Writing | Programming | Design Thinking | Entrepreneurship

Dania Castro serves as the Program Manager for Service and Social Innovation and oversees internal and external funding for student social innovation grants and projects. Dania earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Florida International University and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Dania previously served as the GWSB Program Associate for Student Leadership and Engagement and also worked as a Posse Trainer at the Posse Miami office. Dania is passionate about social change, discussing topics of identity, diversity, inclusion, and developing creative class curriculum. She has also presented and coached students on storytelling, design thinking, project development, changemaking, building relationships, social entrepreneurship, personal branding, leveraging social media and so much more. 


Student Mentors


Faith Arthur

Faith Arthur is the GWUpstart Program Assistant and GWUpstart Commissioner. She studies Human Services and Social Justice, STEM Teaching, and Africana Studies. For Faith, being a part of the GWUpstart team means having the opportunity to support turning innovative ideas into real-life projects. It also means working with a team of people who value social innovation in service. She looks forward to hearing about your projects and helping you with your applications!


Diana Aguilera


Menen Ghizaw


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