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.
The 2019-2020 schedule is now avaliable!
Meet Our Mentors
Naamal De Silva
Areas of Focus: Environmental Justice | Sustainability | Social Innovation | Entrepreneurship | Startup
Naamal De Silva is committed to growing community for nature and consults with the firm Bernuth & Williamson. She is the founder of Mayla, which aims to use storytelling to engage a diversity of people in protecting and connecting to the environment. She is part of the executive committee of the DC Environmental Education Consortium, where she previously served as co-president. She worked for Conservation International for nine years to protect threatened species and wild places, most recently as director of conservation priority setting and outreach. She recently completed a doctorate in education at the George Washington University, where she also coordinates Eco-Equity Challenge, mentors students for service projects through the Nashman Center, and is engaging stakeholders in writing a strategic analysis for sustainability. She also has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Swarthmore College. Naamal was born in Sri Lanka and moved to DC when she was six. You can find her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.
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.