Board of Directors
WCF is driven by the passion of leaders with the talent, wisdom, and experience to guide you – and people of other parties and points of view – to #5050x2028.
Jennifer Atkinson believes in the ability of women to create the solutions that make things work. She worked her way through college, rose into senior positions at the Missouri Department of Transportation, and up the ladder at one of the world’s leading contracting companies. She’s seen women become roughly half the students at the engineering school where she earned her degree. In a field dominated by men, she leads a dynamic team of men and women crafting lifesaving tech and practices at the leading edge of transportation. At WCF, she focuses on attracting women under 50 as well as corporations — to help get #5050x2028 done.
Georgia Berner, Chair
Georgia Berner works for our country — and for women. Women in elected office. Women in crisis. Women in industry. While CEO of Berner International, she raised the profile of women in manufacturing. She sees the needs of women through her service on the Federal Reserve Board/Pittsburgh, as well as the boards of the Lawrence County Crisis Center, Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, and Catalyst Connection, which supports small manufacturers in her region. Berner’s considerable network of men and women innovating in their fields is strengthened by memberships in the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Women Presidents Organization, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Women Impacting Public Policy. Since 2008, she has focused on giving the Women’s Campaign Fund every opportunity to make women in elected office the norm in every party, in every office, and at every level of government.
Jamie Covello wants women to understand their power. Thirty years ago, she co-founded the most prestigious and coveted women’s industry networking organization in New York and continues to mentor young women, opening her doors, her dinner table, and her database as they build their careers. She broke barriers to become one of the first female Principals of the largest global commercial real estate firm, Cushman & Wakefield, and now is Executive Director at innovative industry pace setter, Avison Young, building a network deep and strong. While long active on the WCF board, she also helps those most in need in New York City, serving on the board of Samaritan Daytop Village. Covello lights up her network for WCF, to bring people and corporations onboard with the common sense concept of #5050x2028.
Betsy Hawkings believes in our democracy. She served as chief of staff to four Republican House members, working across the aisle to create the 9-11 Commission and Congressional Accountability Act (and the legislation to make them work), among 25 years of groundbreaking projects. She now works to reduce incentives for hyper-partisanship and gridlock, deepening leadership among members of Congress and their staff, while fostering new ways to do their jobs that get better results. Hawkings helps steer WCF on several fronts, including how it uses resources and how it talks about its intentions, ensuring that the most people get behind the simple idea of #5050x2028.
Lorie Masters cares about the way gender, race or ethnicity impacts the careers of women, particularly lawyers. She writes about it, studies it, and volunteers with groups that work on it, like the ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force. She leads pro bono work for victims of human trafficking and volunteers with Washington, DC, legal and justice groups that help make the city a better place for all the people it serves. A partner in the insurance practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP, Masters ran in the first-ever race for DC Attorney General in 2014. She brings insights from that campaign and her legal work to WCF, helping drive the national movement for #5050x2028.
Diane S. Samuels models, teaches, supports, and remains committed to a world view in which women are strong, capable, independent, equal, and equally represented. She has spent her accounting career strengthening the capacity of women to manage their financial lives while, in her personal life, dedicating her time to mentoring, mothering and volunteering in support of vulnerable women and children. In retirement, she uses her decades of experience as a volunteer and CPA to support causes she believes in, such as WCF, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Congregation Beth Shalom. Diane is passionate about working to create a government that reflects our country in all its diversity. She believes that only by empowering women to bring their perspectives and values to the political arena – and ensuring those voices carry equal weight – will we thrive with the benefit of the leadership we deserve.