Leadership

Trey Davis
Executive Director

Trey Davis, Executive Director since 2023, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the land use and nonprofit industries. Prior to joining Community Forklift, he served as the Vice President of Membership and Marketing for the Urban Land Institute. He began his career as an urban planner in James City County, VA, and earned an MBA from Georgetown and a BA from Duke University. He has also taught courses on sustainable development. Trey is passionate about reuse and has been a Community Forklift Customer since 2007.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jane Solomon (Chair)
Community Advocate (volunteer)

Jane Solomon, Chair of the Board, is a trustee of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, an early and ongoing Community Forklift supporter. Jane and husband Daniel deconstructed their DC home and the salvage became part of Community Forklift’s opening inventory. She began her career on Wall St. and ended it at The Nature Conservancy, leaving to raise twin boys and pursue community work. Now empty nesters, the Solomons are involved in many causes, particularly DC statehood. They divide their time between DC and an old farm in Craftsbury, Vermont, where Jane is usually in the garden.

Ken Scalet (Vice Chair)
Retired Consultant and Cabinetmaker

Ken Scalet, Vice Chair of the Board, retired as a partner in a large management and technology consulting firm and discovered Community Forklift as he transitioned into his next chapter as a custom woodworker and furniture maker. Ken has rejuvenated Community Forklift finds into unique furniture and remodeled bathrooms and kitchens. In many cases, Ken built these projects using Community Forklift donated vintage tools, hardware, and equipment.

Millie Knowlton (Secretary)
Director, CPower Energy Management

Millie Knowlton, Board Secretary, started with small art projects and eventually moved into a home renovation using Community Forklift materials.

Kyle J. Thomas (Treasurer)
Global Industry Lead, Public Sector, Appian Corporation

Kyle Thomas, Treasurer, has worked in financial supervision for over 15 years, first with a state regulatory agency and then at a nonprofit trade association of state regulators (CSBS) in Washington DC. He now works as a public sector industry lead at Appian, a low-code software platform based in McLean, VA. He and his husband, Brandon, live in NE Washington and are raising a son, Jack, who enjoys frequent trips to Community Forklift on the weekends.

Ann Hayward
Real Estate & Management Consultant

Ann Hayward spent the better part of her career as a television news and theatrical film producer/writer/director and non-profit organization executive before returning to her roots as a second generation Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty. Home renovation, scenic and landscape design, still and motion picture photography, golf and field hockey, are some of her passions as well as serving on the board of Community Forklift and two educational foundations.

Megan Alderfer
Merchandise and Account Manager, Sotheby’s

Megan Alderfer has worked at auction houses for almost ten years. She is an account manager at Sotheby’s where she manages and sources antique furniture and decor as well as rare books and collectibles. She discovered Community Forklift when renovating the home she shares with her husband and two cats in Petworth.

Chaundi Randolph
Counsel, Nixon Peabody, LLP

Chaundi Randolph is counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate group. He advises clients on the development and operation of affordable housing. Chaundi previously served as lead counsel on several programs for the offices of Public Housing and Multifamily Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Joe Schultz

Joe Schultz retired as director of communications for the International Council on Clean Transportation. From an early age he was instructed in the merits of old stuff and the virtues of fixing things, and he has come through a couple of house renovations and numerous refurbishment projects practically unscathed. He spends some of his time helping build new houses with Habitat for Humanity, and some of it salvaging parts of old ones with Community Forklift.

John Sheridan
Policy Director, Prince George’s County Council Chair Jolene Ivey

John Sheridan is currently the legislative director for Prince George’s County Council Chair Jolene Ivey. Earlier he worked as a legislative aide for eighteen years in the U.S. Senate, and has spent his career in electoral politics and public policy. He has renovated two late 19th-Century Victorian houses in historic Hyattsville, grateful for all the material available and used from Community Forklift.

Chris Morrison
Principal, Managing Director, Perkins&Will

Chris Morrison FAIA is an architect and prinicpal in the Perkins&Will Washington, DC studio. He has more than 30 years of experience in architecture, historic preservation, resilience/living design, adaptive reuse and planning. His projects have received numerous design awards. He continues to be deeply motivated by design excellence, the development of young architects, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights. A former 25 year resident of Hyattsville, Chris found Community Forklift the “go-to” source for critical elements in the renovation of his family’s 1920’s bungalow.

Jennifer L. Botchway, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Botchway grew up in DC and most recently led Talent Development for the Technology Organization at Wayfair. Prior to Wayfair, Jennifer held various positions that helped to establish strategic partnerships across academia, government, and industry while leveraging the power of data to drive transformational organizational change. Jennifer comes from a long line of salvagers and frequently uses materials from Community Forklift to design curated spaces for herself and others. She resides in University Park with her husband, two daughters, and a backyard bunny.

Amy C. Serafino
Partner, Friedlander Misler, PLLC

Amy Serafino is a partner at Friedlander Misler, and is a leader of their commercial real estate practice group. In this role, she guides her clients through a wide variety of transactions including major industrial projects, large retail shopping centers and mixed-use developments. She is a life-long Washingtonian, was educated at the University of Maryland and George Washington University, and currently lives in Georgetown with her husband, two teenage kids, two dogs, and a cat. Many of the materials, fixtures and finishes from Amy’s first major DIY renovation were sourced from Community Forklift.

Joshua L. Beatty
Operations Senior Vice President, The Climate Reality Project

Joshua Beatty serves as the Operations Senior Vice President at The Climate Reality Project. He has previously held roles at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Institute of International Education, and Youth for Understanding International managing exchange programs and operations in more than fifty countries. He and his spouse have benefited from Community Forklift’s amazing inventory for several projects on their NE DC home.