Washington, DC (April 7, 2021) — The Congressional Award Foundation’s National Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the election of three new Board Members this spring. Donald Remy, Diana Léon Brown, and Lindsey Dickinson will join the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Key stakeholders, including program partners, supporters, and Foundation leaders, were engaged in the process to assure the best candidates were identified. Remy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Brown of Prince George’s County, and Dickinson of Comcast each bring a unique perspective to the Board with years of experience in legislative and congressional affairs, nonprofit management, strategic partnerships, legal affairs, data analysis, and more.
“Together, our three new members exemplify the essence of the Award and share a vision for the positive changes we know this program can make for youth across the country. As we watch the program steadily grow and reach more participants daily, we know that these professionals will provide invaluable guidance to our leaders and help us introduce the program to even more new, diverse networks.” said Paxton Baker, Chairman of The Congressional Award National Board of Directors. Donald Remy serves as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Legal Officer at the NCAA. As second-in-command, Remy assures smooth national office and governance functions and serves as the primary liaison to the Association’s highest governing body, the Board of Governors. Additionally as Chief Legal Officer, Remy oversees and guides effective legal, government relations and policy strategy. Before the NCAA, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins and chair of a global practice group, representing both individuals and corporate clients. Remy has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University, where he graduated with honors and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He received a juris doctorate from the Howard University School of Law, where he graduated in the top of his class. Diana Léon Brown currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the County Executive Office of Prince George’s County. In this role, she leads and manages all the cross-sector partnerships on behalf of the County Executive. To strengthen the nonprofit sector, Diana has created and conducted numerous certified-training programs and workshops (in partnership with 10 universities) for nonprofit executives to strengthen their ability to meet a national standard of financial competency and business acumen.
Diana graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a dual major in social science and economics. Additionally, she earned her MBA from the George Washington School of Business with a concentration in International Business. Lindsey Dickinson serves as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation. In this role she is responsible for federal legislative advocacy. Lindsey brings plenty of Capitol Hill experience with her to the Board – Prior to joining Comcast, she served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Special Assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Don Evans.
She also served as Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Office of Advisory Committees and as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Ted Kassinger. Earlier in her career, Lindsey served as Government Relations Director for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). Lindsey received a B.A. from Dickinson College and a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.
The Congressional Award is U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 14-23. Visit www.congressionalaward.org to learn more about the program.