Executive Director

Ryan Wegman

Formerly a wine buyer for Whole Foods Market, he has managed two distinguished wine retailers in Washington, DC and was director of PR/communications and operations for a trade association, The French Wine Society.  He began his career as the associate wine buyer and specialist for Dean and Deluca of Georgetown and is certified through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London. Currently, he is the VP of Assets and Development for Sherry’s Wine and Spirits in Woodley Park and Hop, Cask, & Barrel in Georgetown. He lives in Woodley Park.


Of note:

Embassy of the UK, 'British Embassy Wine Society', Wine Educator; Embassy of France, "France VS. The World" Wine Competition, Founder & Official Judge; Maryland Governor's Cup Wine Competition, Official Judge; Fox 5 WTTG (DC Metro), Consulting Guest; American University's Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, guest educator; National Concierge Association, guest educator; American Cancer Society, Community Development, Northeast Region, consultant

Board of Directors

Lynn Mento

Lynn Mento serves as Executive Director of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in its mission to save species. FONZ operates membership, events, guest services, concessions, camps/classes/parties, and the education and volunteer programs for the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.As Executive Director of FONZ, Lynn directs all operations of this multifaceted organization and partners closely with the Zoo leadership to provide support for the Zoo's and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's critical species preservation and animal care work. She leads a staff of more than 300 full-time and seasonal employees—as well as 1,500 devoted volunteers—who help bring awe-inspiring experiences to life for FONZ members and more than 2 million guests annually.Lynn brings more than 30 years of marketing and adverting experience to FONZ, having held leadership positions at marketing and advertising agencies in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and New York City. Prior to her work at the Zoo, Lynn oversaw membership and member engagement at AARP for eight years.Lynn graduated from Muhlenberg College. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Philip, her son, Max, and has a daughter, Veronica, who lives in New York City. Lynn also serves as vice chair of Capital Caring, a large, nonprofit hospice. 

David Desantis

25 years of experience in sales, public relations, marketing and management. Recipient of numerous awards for real estate marketing and sales in the Washington DC area.

One of Washington's top brokers serving diplomatic, high-profile and international clients. Through the Sotheby's International Realty network we have access to listings and real estate opportunities in countries around the world.

Specialties: condominium sales & marketing; high-end properties; high profile, international and diplomatic clientele. In Washington DC, Sarah built coalitions in the conservation community through her work with the National Association of State Foresters, using icons like Smokey Bear and The Lorax to raise the profile of issues facing America’s forests. Sarah manages the workflow of HGCreative’s media work. Her involvement in each step of the process –budget development, script concepts, location scouting, booking the crew, post-production and shipping spots – ensures a constancy that avoids pitfalls, adheres to deadlines and maintains creative vision throughout.

Yael Krigman

For 8 years, I worked at a large international law firm in Washington, DC. When I started, I was a legal assistant. When I left, I was an associate. In between I had a variety of different titles and roles, including that of Community Outreach Coordinator. I created my office's community service program and managed it throughout my tenure at the firm.  

In 2010, I started a small business called Baked by Yael, which specializes in cake pops, hand-rolled bagels, and other delicious baked goods. Baked by Yael's products are made from scratch and contain no preservatives.  

In November 2011, I left my law firm job to dedicate all of my time and attention to Baked by Yael. The past few months have been an extraordinary journey and I am very excited about the coming year, my first one as a full-time business owner. I have maintained my membership in the DC and Maryland Bars and continue to practice law on a pro bono basis. 

Board of Advisors

Scott Franklin

 JBG SMITH Properties -- Senior Vice President 

Sarah McCreary

Hamburger Gibson Creative -- VP of Production

Sally Dadisman

Nando's Peri-Peri USA -- Marketing Director

Umbi Singh


Nick Jessee


Jessica Wasserman


Carolyn Abbey


Rev. Jadon Hartsuff


Jeff Myers


Beth Webster


John Goodman