President & CEO
Keith Gordon joined Fight For Children in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and became President & CEO in 2017. He oversees Fight For Children’s communications, marketing, development, human resources, finance, and strategic planning functions as well as the continued growth of Fight For Children’s main fundraiser, Fight Night.
Mr. Gordon most recently served as the President of National Football League Players Incorporated (NFLPI), the commercial subsidiary of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He spent six years successfully leading the organization through the 2011 NFL Lockout and into a key period of growth, expansion and record revenues. Previously he held positions at The Lavidge Company in Scottsdale, Arizona where he oversaw its sports marketing division. He also spent seven years at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he was part of the team marketing and business operations (TMBO) group, and ultimately led business development for its global merchandising group.
Mr. Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University and is active in many civic and community-based groups in the region, including the DC chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He lives with his wife and two children in McLean, Virginia.
Program and Research Manager
Sydney Menenberg joined Fight For Children in September of 2016 as Program and Research Manager. In this role, she oversees and manages the implementation of Fight For Children’s programs (e.g., Joe’s Champs) and program evaluation efforts, and conducts research on the early childhood education landscape in Washington, DC to inform program refinement and the development of new programmatic initiatives.
Prior to joining Fight For Children, Ms. Menenberg worked as a Managing Consultant at Navigant, an international consulting firm serving clients in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, government services, and energy. Specifically, Ms. Menenberg led project teams within the financial services disputes sector, assisting clients in the navigation of complex financial litigation matters pertaining to the fallout from the U.S. mortgage crisis in the mid-to-late 2000’s.
Ms. Menenberg holds a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education, Learning and Society from the University of Washington. During her undergraduate studies, she spent many hours volunteering at inner-city elementary schools in Seattle, Washington, working with bilingual first and second grade children. She moved to DC shortly after graduating in 2011 and now resides in Foggy Bottom.
Senior Director, Marketing
Michelle Babst joined Fight for Children in February of 2016 as Senior Director of Marketing. In this role she leads Fight For Children’s Marketing and Communications efforts in support of the organization’s Program and Development teams. In addition, she oversees the strategic development and execution of Fight Night, the organization’s primary fundraising event.
Prior to joining Fight For Children, Michelle worked for several national marketing agencies where she was responsible for leading business development, client strategy, and experiential marketing. Michelle has worked with top Fortune 100 companies across multiple industries including consumer packaged goods, sports and entertainment.
Michelle holds her Bachelors of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her favorite part of DC life is a taking a long run along the National Mall after work.
Early Childhood Education Specialist
Brittany Oliver joined Fight for Children in July 2015 as Early Childhood Education Specialist. In this role, she supports Fight for Children’s signature early childhood education program, Joe’s Champs, by creating and facilitating professional development workshops on a variety of early childhood development and education topics.
Prior to joining Fight for Children, Ms. Oliver worked as a lead Pre-K teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She was an early childhood education certification seminar leader with the New Teacher Project and an early childhood consultant with the Flamboyan Foundation. Ms. Oliver also participated as a Teacher-Leader in the creation of a STEM inquiry program for early childhood classrooms in the District of Columbia.
Ms. Oliver has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Policy and Leadership from American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
In June 2007, Kim Stevenson joined Fight For Children (FFC) as the executive assistant to the President & CEO and Director of Programmatic Initiatives. She has 18 years of experience in coordination, event planning and support of the daily operational and administrative functions at the executive level.
Prior to joining FFC, Ms. Stevenson was the Executive Coordinator at the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation where she supported the President & CEO and the Executive Vice President. She also acted in the capacity as the liaison to the Board of Directors.
In the past, Ms. Stevenson worked for the Fannie Mae Corporation and The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates.
Director of Development
Ellett Toomey joined Fight for Children in March 2014 as Director of Development. In this role, she is responsible for raising funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support the organization’s early childhood programs, including Joe’s Champs.
Prior to working at Fight for Children, Ms. Toomey was the Director of Campaign and Development Strategy at the American Enterprise Institute, a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare.
Ms. Toomey earned her MBA from Georgetown University in May 2014. She holds a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelors in French and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She is a proud resident of Washington, DC with her husband and son.
Liz Warnecki joined Fight For Children in June 1999 and works as the organization’s Administrative Manager. Ms. Warnecki is responsible for Fight For Children’s human resources and IT functions. In addition, she manages Fight For Children’s annual fundraising event, Fight Night, which generates over $2 million in revenue annually. Prior to joining Fight For Children, Ms. Warnecki was an associate with JLS consulting, overseeing a variety of desktop publishing, process mapping, and IT infrastructure development projects. She also has 15 years of customer-focused automotive service management experience. Ms. Warnecki has one grown son and lives in Virginia.
Judy Wrench has been a member of the Fight For Children team since its inception in 1990. She is in charge of the accounting and financial reporting of the organization including its annual event, Fight Night. Ms. Wrench brings more than 20 years of accounting experience to the organization.
Ms. Wrench started her career with the J.E. Robert Companies in 1981. Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Chairman and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies, founded Fight For Children in 1990, where she later transferred.
Ms. Wrench attended Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and Ben Franklin University in Washington, DC. She has one son and lives in Virginia.