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Honoring our Journey | Forging our Future

Join the New Futures community at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on Friday, April 26th, as we celebrate a quarter century of our program's impact on the lives of our Scholars and alumni.

New Futures Scholars and alums at the 2023 annual gala.
New Futures Scholars and alums at the 2023 annual gala.


We are thrilled to honor The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and "The Originals" as key contributors who have made a significant impact in our community through their tireless dedication and commitment to increasing access to opportunity for hundreds of our area's young people. Their contributions have not gone unnoticed, and we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize their achievements at our 25th Anniversary Celebration. 


The New Futures Award is presented annually at our benefit to a local leader or institution that embodies the spirit of our mission. This year, we honor The Clark Foundation in recognition of their transformational award, which has allowed New Futures to expand its reach and deepen our impact on the lives of the young people we serve.

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Past honorees include: Capital One; Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College; José Andrés, Chef and Philanthropist; Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Don Graham, The Washington Post and TheDream.US;  Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce; Katherine Bradley, CityBridge Education and 2017 Washingtonian of the Year


Above: New Futures Founder, Mike Gould

The previous recipients of the Gould Family Award include: Barbara Kafka (2023); Romana Li (2019); Lori Kaplan (2018); and Emily van Agtmael (2017).


The Gould Family Award recognizes an individual, organization, or corporation that has made a lasting impact on the lives of young adults, setting them on pathways to their own new, bright futures.

For our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we are proud to recognize several individuals who were pivotal to New Futures' success during its founding years.

Established in 2017, the Gould Family Award was originally named in honor of our beloved founder, Mike Gould, and his brother, Allen, whose financial gift helped establish New Futures. In carrying on his brother's legacy, Mike has been an inspiring advocate for underserved young adults who has dedicated the last two decades of his life to turning possibilities into opportunities. His tenacity, warmth and unwavering belief in human potential have changed the lives of hundreds of young people from across our region and have set them on pathways to rewarding careers.


The Celebration Committee held an intimate gathering at Capital One Cafe in Chinatown on Wednesday, January 24th. New Futures leaders, partners, Scholars, and alumni mingled, enjoyed complimentary food and drinks, and reminisced. The spirit of the evening was a perfect match to  the Celebration's theme, Honoring Our Journey, Forging Our Future, which was officially introduced. Check out photos from the evening below!

Read more about the Kick-off Reception, including remarks from CEO Sherrod Williams, PhD., and Celebration Committee Co-Chair, Mary Zmuda.

New Futures Scholar, Carlos Lopez Aleman, with guests at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Kick-off Reception.
New Futures Scholar, Carlos Lopez Aleman, with guests at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Kick-off Reception.

From new futures to nasa

Carlos Lopez Aleman (pictured), a first-time Scholar (Construction & Trades Career Pathway) studying Air Traffic Control at Community College of Baltimore County, was the evening’s featured speaker. He credits his relationship with his New Futures advisor, Molly, for launching “a period of substantial growth and learning. Through engaging one-on-one meetings, where my thoughts are heard, and valuable feedback and support are generously provided, to learning the importance of seeking assistance without fear, and establishing meaningful connections with mentors, each experience has left a lasting impact on my journey. To me, New Futures isn't merely an organization offering financial support for my education; it's a newfound family that I've been welcomed into.

On track to graduate this June, Carlos is making the most of his opportunities. This past summer, he earned an internship with NASA’s L’SPACE, where his positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and love for the subject led to his selection as an ambassador for the program.

He shared that New Futures helped him learn “to stop comparing my journey to other peoples’. It’s not a race, it’s about making the best choice for me and who I want to become.”

Kick-off Reception photos

25th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Our celebration wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our committee's volunteers. Thank you for helping make our Celebration a success!


Michael Gould (New Futures Founder)


Kim Vinick & Mary L. Zmuda


Jennifer Ibe Aiken, Susan Krause Bell, PhD., Veronica "Ronie" Nieva, Louise Novotny, PJ Rivera, Eleanor Schreiber, Eluned Schweitzer

New Futures Staff

Elizabeth Ash, Sienna Brancato, Nicholas Lorenz, Shiree Skinner, Sherrod Williams, PhD.

Check out photos from our PAST galas