The Yale Club of Washington, D.C.

Officers and Directors



Lauren Harris '14

Lauren is honored to serve the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. Elected to the board in 2018, she served as Vice President of Community Service 2018-2019, the Club’s Vice President, 2019-2020, as Vice President of Programming, 2020-2021, and currently as the President, 2021-2023.  Lauren received her B.A. from Yale in Political Science, ES’14. Lauren was an active leader in the Yale community serving on several student-run boards in addition to her fundraising work for Dwight Hall at Yale, the largest campus-based student-run service organization in the country. She was selected to deliver a speech at commencement. Lauren was awarded the Rita Lipson Cup: to a senior who has taken the best advantage of the opportunities offered by the college, as shown by intellectual growth, personal maturity, and active consideration for others, and recipient of the Bernard Osher Scholarship in recognition for her academic achievements. Deeply committed to promoting the values of Yale, Lauren has created a number of new initiatives during her time at the Club.  Most recently, leading an effort to support Yale alumni performing artists during the pandemic.  Lauren aspires to bring her commitment to social justice to her role at the club. Her professional responsibilities include program management of 36+ federal agencies for Fiserv. A lifelong pianist, she currently enjoys trying to beat her VO2 max uptake on her bike, and her long walks with a certain black Lab. 

Jonathan Chapman Rose '63
Vice President

Vice President, Programming


Maria Vera Whelan '08
Vice President, Community Service

Maria Vera Whelan was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she attended the Archer School for Girls. She graduated from Yale University, where she double-majored in History and Spanish. Maria moved to Washington, D.C. following college, where she worked for a PR agency and then got her first job at PBS. She has been at PBS for twelve years in a variety of roles. Today, she is the Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Social Media for PBS KIDS and Education. In this role, she is responsible for leading the team that manages a multi-platform strategy for connecting children, parents and teachers -- especially those in low-income communities -- with educational media and experiences. Maria also serves on the Board of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. as the VP of Community Service. In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family (including her dachshund Archie) and friends, and loves entertaining, cooking and baking.

Robert Cole '75

Robert Cole (Class of ‘75) is a Program Manager in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Department of Homeland Security where he manages performance results and strategic reviews. After receiving his BS in engineering and applied science at Yale and an MBA from Stanford, he worked to bring timesharing computing capacity to clients of Dun & Bradstreet software services, to establish cellular phones on Amtrak in 1990, and to administer grants for training and scholarships to new, college-educated, police officers through the Department of Justice.  Since 2004, with CBP, he has helped improve maritime cargo security, advance border initiatives with Canada and Mexico, and provide strategic planning and performance management reports to DHS and OMB.  

Allin "Chip" Seward '65

Chip is the Yale Club of Washington’s VP for membership. Although Chip (’65, cum laude in history) is a Washington, D.C., native, he grew up in Westchester County, New York. An early exposure to France led to a life-long attachment to all things French.  He spent my junior year from Yale in Paris on the Sweetbriar program and taught French as a teaching fellow at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, after graduating.  As a student at the University of Michigan Law School, Chip interned for the Jackson, MS, office of the NAACP Legal and Educational Fund, Inc., then led by Marion Wright Edelman.  After receiving his J.D., he held a series of positions as an international business lawyer in private practice and industry, culminating in the position of Vice President, General Counsel, of the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, at their Paris headquarters.  Chip continued to live in Paris until 2016, practicing law, working as a movie extra, a model, and finally starting his own business as a translator of legal and financial documents between French and English and providing auxiliary and support services to law firms. Chip served as President of the Yale Club of France from 1993 to 2003, President of Democrats Abroad France (1995-1999), and a member of the Executive Board of the Paris American AIDS Committee.  Chip also organized an association of LGBTQ professionals in Paris called the Gay Association of Paris Professionals.  He has been active in the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, serving on the Section’s Council and as co-chair of its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network.  Chip was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. in 2017, and has been helping to organize dinner programs and helping with community service as well.

Caroline Drees '93
Vice President, Membership
Caroline Drees is the Senior Director for Field Safety and Security at National Public Radio, based in Washington. Before joining NPR in 2019, Caroline worked for the global news organization Reuters for 25 years as a journalist, manager and executive across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and in the United States. Other roles have included running a UNDP/Reuters Foundation project to set up Iraq's first independent news agency. A native speaker of English and German, Caroline also speaks Arabic and French. She received her BA from Yale (Trumbull College) in 1993, and a master’s from the London School of Economics. Caroline is on the Yale Club of DC’s DEI Committee, and is passionate about organizing events with diverse speakers. In her free time, Caroline enjoys spoiling her two dogs Arthur and Fergus, and trying to coax herbs and tomatoes from her backyard vegetable patch. 

Folake Fadayomi SOM '18

Folake is an alum of Yale School of Management’s Executive MBA program. She is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting Insurance Strategy practice where she advises senior-level executives to design and implement complex transformations by leveraging analytics and technology solutions. She resides in the District and enjoys exploring the local trails and cultural sights. Folake leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Yale Club of Washington, DC.

Lauren Wackerle '16

A native of Arlington, Virginia, Lauren graduated with distinction from Yale in 2016 with a major in Political Science and bright college years in Trumbull College!  While attending Yale, Lauren earned four letters as a member of the women’s varsity lacrosse team, and served as an editor for the Yale Historical Review for seven semesters. After graduation, Lauren worked for Morgan Stanley in New York for three years in the Global Capital Markets division.  She returned to the D.C. area and is an Assistant Vice President in the Financial Sponsors and Leverage Finance group at MidCap Financial.  A fan of fitness classes and sports, Lauren also enjoys coaching lacrosse and following the Washington Capitals.  She loves to travel, read, and take advantage of the many great historical and political events of D.C.  Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Yale Board and connect with so many impressive and interesting Yale alumni! 


Roy Niedermayer '69

For over 20 years, I have deeply active in and committed to the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. as an organization that not only serves the goals and interests of Yale University and her diverse alumni in the Washington Metropolitan Area, but makes a difference in the DMV through our Club participation and service to the larger community.  In this endeavor, I have devoted substantial time to the Club and its educational and service activities.  Those pursuits include serving as past President and Treasurer of the Club and being an active Board member for many years; acting as a Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region for the YAA’s and the Club’s Day of Service and serving as the Club's delegate to the Annual Yale Alumni Association Assembly; chairing the program of Community Service Awards to inner city high school students and being the Alumni Schools Coordinator for Montgomery County for over 15 years supervising the interviews of over 5,250 Yale applicants.  From 2013-2016, I was a Member of the YAA Board of Governors as well as the chair of the Yale Medal Committee, Washington D.C. liaison/board member for the Yale Alumni College and on the Board of Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange.  As a present Board member, I have provided pro bono advice and legal services to the Club, including participation in maintenance of its charitable status and the recent redrafting of its corporate Bylaws. Part of my role at the Club has been the active developer and promoter of Club programming. Thus includes the production of the Club’s YAA award winning, annual 4-day educational Civil War travel tours led and taught by Yale scholars to Gettysburg and the 1864-65 Virginia campaigns of Grant and Lee. During my Club and Board participation,  Organizing Club events, ranging from college admission presentations for college-bound students and parents, wine tastings, “how to network” programs for young alums, and opera lectures with young Yale composers, has also been part of my responsibilities. Most recently, I promoted a virtual art lesson for 6-12 year old Alumni children with a recognized local artist.  I am particularly interested in promoting programs for lesser programmatically-served Yale families with young and older children, with a focus on senior/grandparent-younger children/family interaction. Along the way, I have also had some time to pursue my career as a commercial, trust and estates trial lawyer and raise my family, including a Yale ’06 graduate. 

Linda Luisi '84 MA


Clarence Agbi '09

Clarence Agbi originally hails from New York City and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Yale College (Grace Hopper) in 2009. After Yale, he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Clarence currently works as a data scientist within the financial technology space. He is passionate about diversifying the technology landscape and building an inclusive network of STEM professionals along the way. Prior to joining the board of Yale Club of D.C., he served as a board member of the Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) and he currently leads the DC chapter of YBAA. Clarence also serves on the board of the Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA) and is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Robert Reisner '68

CA native of Washington, D.C. Robert graduated with Honors in American Studies from Yale in 1968 where he was in Berkeley.  When he graduated from Yale he received the Corning Traveling Fellowship for study and travel around the world for the year ’68 and ’69.  He graduated from Harvard Business School with Distinction in 1971 and between years worked in Washington for the team creating the Environmental Protection Agency. When he graduated from HBS he came to Washington to work for the first Administrator of EPA, William Ruckleshaus.  Later, working for the Office of Management and Budget he worked on the first Energy Crisis and worked on energy and environmental issues in government and as a partner in several consulting firms for the next several decades including teaching for three years at the Yale School of Management.  A surprise phone call from a recruiter for the Postmaster General led to the opportunity to join the leadership team of the USPS with responsibility for digital initiatives at the dawn of the Internet Age.  He went on to serve as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff for the Postmaster General.  Today he is an independent consultant, a Senior Advisor to A.T. Kearney and is developing a new venture seeking to green supply chains, combining experience with energy and the environment and ecommerce. 

Andrew Craig '14