Dave Oberting

Executive Director





Dave Oberting is the Executive Director of the Economic Growth DC Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable organization organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Prior to starting the Foundation, Dave spent twenty years in the private sector as an executive search consultant — most recently as the Managing Director/Owner of Capstone Partners.

Dave began his recruiting career in 1993 with a major international search firm in Columbus, OH. He focused primarily on the recruitment and placement of senior corporate counsel. In 1995 he relocated to Charlotte, NC and founded Mitchell Reynolds/Iverson, a boutique executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of healthcare, legal and information technology professionals. In 2003, he relocated to Washington, DC. After four years working as the Director of Business Development and Recruiting for a national staffing firm, he founded Capstone Partners.

From 2008 on, Dave specialized almost exclusively in the recruitment and placement of senior federal government relations professionals. He recruited on behalf of Fortune 1000 companies, major law and lobbying firms, and various trade associations. He worked closely with executives from Washington’s most influential law and lobbying firms. Though he has largely left the recruiting business, he continues to conduct some pro bono searches for select charitable organizations.

Dave is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the DC Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the board of directors of the DC Leadership Development Council, a District non-profit dedicated to bringing new people into the DC political process. He also sits on the local advisory board of a national non-profit, U.S. VETS, which is the largest non-profit in the country dedicated to providing housing and other support services to homeless veterans. U.S. VETS is currently building in southeast Washington what will become the largest transitional housing facility for homeless veterans in the mid-Atlantic.

Dave received his B.S. in Business Administration from Butler University in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1987 to 1993, including six months on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. He and his wife Lisa live on Capitol Hill with their yellow lab Izzy.

Walter Deleon

Code4Life Program Manager





Walter Deleon is the Program Manager for the Economic Growth DC Foundation’s Code4Life Program. Deleon is a former Neighborhood Commissioner and the youngest person ever to win elective office in the District. He serves on the DC Latino Caucus Executive Board & as Political Director for DC College Democrats. Deleon worked as DC Coordinator for Martin O’Malley’s Presidential campaign & served on the Governor’s leadership team. He also worked as Ward 5 Coordinator for Councilmember Robert White.

Walter graduated from Washington Latin Public Charter School, and is a Junior at The University of the District of Columbia. He resides in the Woodridge neighborhood in the District.”

Joe Weedon

Board Member





Joe Weedon is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Growth DC Foundation.  He also serves as a member of the board of directors. Joe oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, with a primary focus on development and implementation of the Foundation’s programming. Prior to joining the Foundation, Joe spent over a decade as education reform advocate.

For nearly 15 years, Joe has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for education, law enforcement and at-risk children and families. For the last 8 years, Joe has also shared his insights into political behavior and American government as an instructor at Excelsior College.

Joe is active in his Capitol Hill community, leading efforts to expand educational opportunities including efforts to create a strong network of schools on Capitol Hill and expand early education programming. Joe is on the board of directors Serve Your City, a non-profit that supports mentoring and tutoring in District schools. He also serves with Companies for Causes, working to engage business leaders in support of Eastern High School. Joe obtained his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland – College Park and his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign.

He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Amy and their two children.

Lisa Pintner

Board Member





Lisa Pintner is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Growth DC Foundation. She is also a Director of Sales Planning & Enablement for Cisco Systems, a Fortune 100 technology company with offices in the District of Columbia. Lisa leads a diverse, global team that drives field enablement for Cisco’s $10 billion services business. Lisa has been with Cisco in sales management and enablement since 2000. Prior to joining Cisco, she was in account management with Ameritech (now AT&T), MCI (now Verizon) and various other technology companies. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She resides on Capitol Hill in the District.


Beth Kingsley

General Counsel





Beth Kingsley serves as the general counsel for the Economic Growth DC Foundation. She is a partner at Harmon Curran Spielberg + Eisenberg LLP. Beth has a B.A. from Oberlin College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  She focuses on the representation of nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, providing a full range of general counsel services to a variety of nonprofits, including private foundations, associations, community-based groups, national and international public interest organizations, as well as political organizations and candidates. Her expertise includes the areas of state and federal tax exemption, lobbying and policy advocacy, and compliance with campaign finance laws. Beth co-chairs the subcommittee on Politics and Lobbying Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA Tax Section.

Sara Dajani






Sara Dajani is counsel to the Economic Growth DC Foundation. She is also an associate attorney at the Berenzweig Leonard law firm. Sara has extensive transactional and commercial litigation experience. Prior to joining Berenzweig Leonard, she was a fellow at the National Federation of Independent Business’s Small Business Legal Center. At the center she helped initiate suits and filed amicus briefs in precedent setting cases impacting small businesses nationwide. Sara received a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude from George Mason, and her J.D. from Georgetown University. She resides in northern Virginia.

Colby Waller

Communications Director





Colby Waller is the Communications Director for the Economic Growth DC Foundation. He is also the Owner and Creative Director of THOR Design Studio, a full-service graphic design firm based in the District of Columbia. THOR provides world-class design and development services to its clients across a wide range of media. The firm’s robust portfolio includes work in traditional print and web, mobile and tablet, branding and logo development, and documentary video.

Prior to opening THOR, Colby was Creative Director at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, Associate Art Director at Kalmbach Publishing. His wide range of clients have included National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, the IFC and World Bank, and numerous other government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Colby received a BA in Advertising from Marquette University, an Associates Degree in Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and is finishing a Masters program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in New Media Photojournalism. Colby resides on Capitol Hill in the District.