Meet the Advising Team

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown, Associate Vice Provost for University Career Services, joins the Presidential Fellowship as the Administrative Advisor to the program. Rachel provides strategic leadership and direction for the university's Center for Career Services and facilitates collaboration among other career services centers at the university to ensure high-quality services to, and engagement of, all relevant stakeholders including undergraduate and graduate students, employers and other community partners, alumni, parents and university leadership, staff, and faculty. As the program’s administrative advisor, Rachel looks forward to working more closely with the presidential fellows to support the President's strategic initiatives and enhance the new Enrollment and the Student Experience unit.

Mae Cooper

Mae serves as a volunteer advisor for the Presidential Fellow program by providing feedback, support, and coaching to help the fellows in their professional development. Mae advises the fellows by cultivating professional competencies and identifying opportunities to support their growth as a cohort and within their fellows' placements. In her regular role at GW, she is the Learning and Development Manager in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, she supports professional development for GW staff with a focus on fundraising, management, and collaboration skills.

Toby Davidow

Toby Davidow administers the day-to-day operations of the Presidential Fellowship program in collaboration with others on the Presidential Fellowship Advising Team. Her role includes recruitment, selection, orientation and ongoing career and professional development activities. She also serves as the main point of contact for inquiries and program activities for the fellows, Preceptors and other university stakeholders.

Marva Gumbs Jennings

Marva returns to the Presidential Fellowship program in the role of Program Director. She served previously in the early years of the PAF program to build the program and support PAF cohorts and currently is the managing director for strategic and interdisciplinary career services initiatives for the Center for Career Services. In this role, she oversees two fellowship programs and works extensively to enhance the career development and employer network experience for student veterans, students with disabilities and seasoned alumni. As program director, Marva is pleased to be working with the Presidential Fellowship program to build on its significant history in the life of GW and support the program as it continues to evolve.

Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer represents Academic Affairs in the administration of the Presidential Fellowship program. She promotes and encourages high academic performance of all the fellows through participation in meetings and retreats and provides academic advice to the fellows when requested.