LeaderShip Award Honorees

Crittenton’s Anniversary Celebration honors those who are making a difference and leading by example while highlighting the systemic issues affecting teen girls. At the October 22 event, Crittenton will present our annual Leadership Awards to four extraordinary women:


As Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Kathy Grillo leads all of the company’s federal and state public policy, legislative, and regulatory affairs work. She represents Verizon before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, and state governments. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of USTelecom – The Broadband Association. She has led numerous initiatives and development summits to empower professionals, particularly younger women, to grow and succeed in their careers.


As CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States, Virginia Kase has led millions of women to become more engaged in our political process. Prior to joining the League in 2018, Kase served as COO of CASA, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years at the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) in Washington, DC, addressing issues of urban violence and economic, racial, and social inequality. Kase has more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector and is a passionate activist and advocate for social justice.


A board-certified family physician with over a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in public health agencies, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. As a physician leader, Dr. Nesbitt mobilizes organizations and communities to implement innovative solutions that promote health and wellness, and achieve health equity. She has led multi-sector collaborations to address innovation in healthcare delivery and its impact on high cost, high need, and other special populations; the integration of public health and health care; and the impact of medical marijuana and decriminalization of marijuana possession on the public’s health.


From 2009 to 2013, Maria Otero served in the U.S. Department of State as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, overseeing U.S. foreign relations on issues ranging from democracy and human rights to criminal justice and violent extremism. Born in Bolivia, Maria was at the time of her departure the State Department’s highest-ranking Hispanic official, and the first Latina under secretary in its history. Before joining State, she was president and CEO of ACCION International, a pioneer organization in the field of microfinance.



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