#OneTeam for Ukraine

August 3, 2022

About this event

In March of this year, as the war in Ukraine intensified and the growing scope of the humanitarian crisis became clear, the Brighton Jones community of staff and clients rallied together to raise more than $250,000 in support of three fantastic organizations working on the front lines to provide Ukrainians with critical, emergency aid.

With the war now entering its fifth month, these organizations are working as hard as ever to provide life-saving services to Ukrainians. Join us on August 3rd at 12pm PDT to meet leaders from Mercy CorpsRazom for Ukraine, and World Central Kitchen, who will tell us about the work they continue to do in and around Ukraine, the impact of the donations from the Brighton Jones community, and what they expect in the months ahead.

We’d like to hear from you!

Do you have questions about the war in Ukraine, or the emergency aid these three organizations are providing? Please include your specific questions and which organization they are directed towards while registering. We will also have a Q&A section during the event where you can ask additional questions live.

Meet Your Presenters

Dora Chomiak, President, Razom for Ukraine

A native New Yorker, Dora has been active in the Ukrainian-American community in the United States since the 1980s. She has been traveling to Ukraine for 25 years and worked for the independent Soros foundation in Kyiv from 1991 to 1992 when she co-founded a media incubator that launched non-governmental news organizations in newly independent Ukraine. She then led a $7 million grant from USAID until 1994 with Internews. Dora has grown businesses through marketing at brands such as McGraw-Hill, Thomson Reuters, and Baby Jogger. Dora holds an B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian. Dora has been involved in the numerous Razom projects, and is also responsible for the Razom Partnership with Hromadske Radio.

Laura Johnson, Director of High Impact Philanthropy, Mercy Corps

Laura Johnson works as Director, High Impact Philanthropy at Mercy Corps and partners with individuals making catalytic gifts to the organization. Laura thrives on helping individuals and organizations explore new best practices that emphasize social and racial justice. She works to center the needs of people in the communities that the nonprofit exists to serve while remaining grateful to staff and donors. She believes this must be daily and ongoing work both for herself, her clients, and the organizations she works within.

Maggie Leahy, Director of Donor Relations, World Central Kitchen

Maggie leads the team in building relationships with the incredible donors who support World Central Kitchen’s mission of being first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. She spends her time connecting with and developing the partnerships that fuel WCK’s global efforts. Having previously worked with other organizations like the Nexus Fund, the Malala Fund, and Invisible Children, Maggie brings over a decade of nonprofit experience in programming, fundraising, and grant-making to WCK.

Debra Shapira, (Panel Facilitator), Philanthropy Lead Advisor, Brighton Jones

Debra advises and educates Brighton Jones clients on how to align their passions with strategic, trust-based philanthropy, leveraging her expertise in the social impact sphere to help clients articulate their philanthropic vision and engage in impactful relationships with the causes and organizations that inspire them. Debra has worked hand-in-hand with philanthropists and impact-first organizations for 20 years, with a focus on community development, women’s empowerment, and poverty alleviation.