Dahlia Neiss, Vice Chair

Dahlia Neiss came to Washington D.C. on an academic scholarship to attend George Washington University Law School.  After graduating she clerked for a Federal Judge on the Court of Federal Claims.  In 1998, she was recruited to work for The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Dahlia served in various areas at USAID, including the general counsel’s office, the office of reproductive health, and oversaw multiple grants and contracts involving infrastructure redevelopment throughout the world.  Currently, she volunteers for HIAS as a pro-bono Attorney for Asylum seekers. After leaving USAID in 2006 she continued to work in foreign development, including in Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa.  Dahlia founded CultureShock, an NGO that works toward cultural exchange between children in developing countries and children in the United States, and that has expanded its programing to include work within the U.S. in communities that are hardest hit by income disparity. In addition to being president of the CultureShock Board and founder of a cooperative providing early introduction to foreign languages to young children, Dahlia also serves on the Board of The Anthony Bowen YMCA in Washington, D.C, and on the Artistic Director’s Circle for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Board. Dahlia is the proud mother of three bright and creative girls: August and Indiana are graduates of Sidwell Friends School and Severine is a current Junior at SFS.