Meet the Leaders
Meet the dedicated leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
President & CEO
Nicole Austin-Hillery is the President & CEO at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF). In this role, Ms. Austin-Hillery will lead and inspire a team of high-performing leaders and staff as they create and implement plans to carry out the organization’s mission and achieve strategic goals. Ms. Austin-Hillery is a steward of the brand and mission of the organization, acting to build, enhance and leverage the power of relationships and networks across the private, public and corporate sectors to procure support and needed resources for the organization to further its mission.
Prior to joining to the CBCF, Ms Austin-Hillery led Human Rights Watch’s efforts to end violations in abusive systems within the United States. Her work focused on addressing and combatting systemic racism, improving the U.S. immigration system, tackling rights problems within the domestic criminal justice system and advocating for policies to address poverty and inequality informed by international human rights standards.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ms. Austin-Hillery was the first Director and Counsel of The
Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. office which she opened in March 2008. At the Brennan Center, she oversaw the growth and development of the Center’s advocacy and policy development work in Washington and served as its chief representative before Congress and the Executive Branch.
Ms. Austin-Hillery has testified before state and local legislative bodies as well as Congress. She has published numerous pieces for major news outlets including the Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Hill, CNN.com and others. She is a frequent speaker on a host of progressive issues.
Prior to her time at the Brennan Center, Ms. Austin-Hillery litigated at the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC as part of the firm's civil rights employment class action practice and as the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Law Fellow at the national office of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. where she focused on housing litigation and policy.
She served as the 2018-2019 President of the Washington Bar Association, is a past President and current Board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers, formerly served as an Advisory Committee Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, serves on the Board of Common Cause and is a former co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Defense Function Committee. She has also been an adjunct civil rights professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and is a former Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. Ms. Austin-Hillery is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University.
Senior Vice President, Resource Development
Donna Fisher-Lewis is the Senior Vice President of Resource Development at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She provides strategic leadership for fundraising efforts around CBCF initiatives; sets direction and goals for planned giving programs; and oversees fundraising development and expansion, and portfolio management of current and prospective donors. With more than 20 years of experience in major gift development, annual fund management, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and planned giving, Mrs. Fisher-Lewis’ background includes roles at nonprofits that focus on the arts, education, human services, housing, and the community. Prior to joining CBCF in 2014, she was the senior development director at Rebuilding Together, a national housing organization, where she facilitated a cultural shift for individual giving over a two-year period, making it a viable revenue stream for general operating support. The shift incrementally increased individual giving revenue by 75 percent. Prior to her tenure at Rebuilding Together, Mrs. Fisher-Lewis worked in three different community foundations in Michigan and Maryland, developing and implementing comprehensive development campaigns, facilitating planned giving, matching donor philanthropic interest and grant distribution, and building endowment funds. Throughout her career, she has presented at various fundraising conferences, seminars, and webinars on grant writing, board engagement in fund development, and individual giving. She earned a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She completed additional study at the Indiana School of Philanthropy of Indiana University for annual fund development and marketing for development; and honed her planned giving skills at Harvard University at the John Brown Institute for Planned Giving. Mrs. Fisher-Lewis is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a proud member of Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A native Washingtonian, she lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons, Donavan and Jordan.
Paul E. Dumars, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Paul E. Dumars, Jr is the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). He will provide financial and operational leadership to advance the mission, goals, and purposes of CBCF.
With more than 19 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, information technology, operations and human resources, Mr. Dumars’ background includes roles at nonprofits, private businesses, and for-profit corporations. He has spent the past 15 years ensuring the long-term viability of a multi-million-dollar companies. He considers himself an innovator in corporate structure, growth and expansion strategy, mergers & acquisitions capital funding and debt financing, as well as non-profit finance. He has proven his ability to challenge, change and better existing processes, procedures, and systems. He is equipped with excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism with clients and colleagues that span the financial spectrum.
Mr. Dumars received his B.S in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 2001 and his M.B.A, cum laude, with a concentration in Management & Finance in May of 2010. During this educational journey, Paul Dumars gained the necessary experience through previous positions of accounts payable accountant, staff accountant, senior account, controller, and chief financial officer. In these various roles, he has gained the vital knowledge of how to grow any organization through strategic planning and finance management.
Paul E. Dumars, Jr also is the President for the Board of Commissioners of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2014 and reappointed to a second term in April of 2016. In August of 2016 Paul E. Dumars, Jr was named Legacy Magazine Top 40 Under 40 for Broward & Palm Beach County Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow for 2016. Also, in April of 2018 in the Legacy Magazine Power Issue Edition named Paul Dumars one of the Top 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018. Paul Dumars, Jr is also a financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and the vice President of the West Palm Beach, (FL) Alumni Chapter. In 2018 Paul Dumars, accepted a board position as the treasurer of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, where he revamped the budget and the finance and accounting processes and is currently the President of the Board for the organization. In 2020, Paul Dumars, was selected for the Leadership Florida program, a statewide program that focuses statewide leadership for the future of Florida.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Yolanda Raine is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF). She is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all marketing, branding, and communications strategies designed to protect, promote, and build the identity and reputation of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF).
Yolanda has a strong commitment and passion for doing good in the world through nonprofit work and for centering the needs and desires of vulnerable and marginalized communities. With over a decade of experience as a marketer and communications professional, Yolanda has developed a strong passion for advocacy, increasing brand visibility and awareness, implementing effective online and social media marketing strategies, and collaborating with business leaders to achieve their business goals. Prior to joining the CBCF, Yolanda served as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for YWCA USA where she led and implemented integrated marketing and communications strategies to significantly improve the visibility of and strengthen the YWCA brand in the social justice space and in the quest to eliminate racism and empower women. Over the span of her career, Yolanda has been fortunate to work with nonprofits and companies to ensure that underserved communities were not overlooked and were given a face and a voice in healthcare, media and entertainment, and other industries. As a result of this work, Yolanda is the recipient of two silver AM&P Excel Awards for Advertising and Awareness campaigns.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in marketing from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, ColorComm, and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In her free time, Yolanda enjoys all things Black culture, cooking at home or trying new restaurants, traveling, and being an active community member.
Andrias White Murdaugh, MBA, CMP, CSEP, CVP
Vice President, Strategic Events
Andrias White Murdaugh, MBA, CMP, CSEP, CVP is the Vice President of Strategic Events at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She provides leadership, direction, and management of the events department, along with strategic plans for all events and stakeholder engagement. She is responsible for building CBCF’s reputation for high performance and results through executional excellence, stakeholder engagement, and high caliber strategic events. Mrs. White Murdaugh has dedicated her career to excellence in event management and digital production strategy for high-profile organizations. Her 12 years of experience spans the corporate, public, and private sectors as an internal event strategist, venue manager, third-party consultant, and entrepreneur. Her previous roles include Director of Logistics for George Mason University’s Office of Admissions, Senior Event Manager for Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Senior Facility and Sales Manager for the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, and CEO of Andrias Events. Through her experience, she has produced high-security and high-profile conventions, special events, and athletic tournaments. Her most notable events include the United States Presidential Inaugural Balls, World Gas Congress, American Israel Public Affairs Policy Conference (AIPAC), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Dinner, Amazon re:Invent, SAP Sapphire Now, Salesforce World Tour, and the National Football League’s 2019 Washington Redskins Training Camp. Mrs. White Murdaugh is no stranger to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. For four consecutive years, she served as the convention center lead for the Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Most recently, she served in an internal CBCF role as the Senior Manager for Event and Speaker Logistics during the 2020 Virtual Annual Legislative Conference (ALC ‘20). Over the course of her career, Mrs. White Murdaugh has received several prestigious industry honors and awards. She is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) 20 in their Twenties Award, the International Association of Venue Managers’ (IAVM) 30 Under 30 Award, and George Mason University’s Inaugural 40 under 40 Honors. Additionally, she was inducted into the President’s Circle of Achievement at Events DC. Through her intensive study of industry best practices and ever-changing trends, she earned and maintains three esteemed designations: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), and Certified Venue Professional (CVP). She has proudly served as a member of the CMP Exam Item Review Committee, a grader for the CSEP Exam, and a judge for both the International Live Event Association’s (ILEA) Professional Achievement in Creative Events (PACE) and Espirit Awards. With a passion for education and developing youth and young professionals, Mrs. White Murdaugh served as an adjunct professor in George Mason University’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management and Montgomery College’s Workforce Development Hospitality Program. In 2020, her case studies and insights were published in the third edition of collegiate textbook Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients, written by Dr. Maggie Daniels and Carrie Wosicki. Mrs. White Murdaugh earned both a Bachelor of Science in Tourism & Event Management and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from George Mason University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the proud wife of fellow Mason alum David W. Murdaugh III, MBA.