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CFVI’s independent, all-volunteer board is drawn from people who are deeply involved in our community. The Board provides stewardship for the Foundation and our charitable activities by establishing and governing all policies with respect to operations, investments and grants.
Principal, Elevate Law, PLLC
Marie ThomasGriffith is a highly experienced attorney with more than 27 years of experience serving local, multinational companies, individuals, and institutions in the U.S. Virgin Islands focusing her practice on complex litigation, arbitration, mediation, real estate, construction and commercial disputes, and general civil practice. She has been a principal at Elevate Law, PLLC since 2021. Prior to that, she was an attorney shareholder at Hall & Griffith, P.C. in St. Thomas from 2005 to 2021. Marie started her practice as an associate with Birch deJongh Hindels & Hall and also served as a law clerk at the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands.
Marie has been on the CFVI board since 2004 and most recently served on the executive committee as Secretary. She has been CFVI’s Scholarship Committee Chair since 2005. In addition to serving as Secretary from 2014-2020, she also served as Second Vice-Chair from 2011-2012.
Marie is also the Foundation’s first female Chair. As one of her first orders of business as the new Chair, she established the CFVI Chair’s Council, which is made up of past CFVI Chairs selected to serve in an informal leadership advisory capacity to the board.
Since 2005, Marie has served on the Committee of Bar Examiners of the Virgin Islands and has served as the chair since 2018. She was a member of the board of directors of V.I. Christian Ministries from 2005 to 2020. Marie holds a bachelor’s degree from Point Park College and a law degree from Duquesne University Law School. Since the early 1990’s Marie has served as a mentor to young girls in the community and has been actively engaged in the Virgin Islands Community.
Kafi Blumenfield is an experienced institutional funder dedicated to advancing positive societal change. Her work is focused on supporting visionary organizations that partner with vulnerable populations to deliver effective community benefits.
Kafi currently serves as an appointee to the LA County Women and Girls Commission. In addition to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands where she has served since 2016, she is a board member of Tides and the James Irvine Foundation. Kafi serves on the Advisory Council for the Draper Center at Pomona College and the Advisory Board of UCLA’s Luskin’s School of Public Affairs, where she has also served as a Senior Fellow.
Most recently, Kafi led the Discovery Cube Los Angeles as the museum’s first Executive Director. Prior to Discovery Cube LA, Kafi served as President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, where she led an array of grantmaking programs addressing civic engagement and social determinants of health. Prior to that, she was the national Deputy Director of Neighbor to Neighbor, Director of Programs for the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley and an Associate with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Kafi holds a law degree from UCLA and a B.A. from Pomona College. She and her husband have two children.
Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP
G. Hunter Logan is a Partner with Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP and is a member of the firm’s transactional department. Hunter’s practice concentrates in the areas of commercial transactions, commercial and residential real estate, commercial and residential loans, formation of business entities, and title insurance. His representative clients include banks and other commercial lenders, hotels and marinas, developers, a research and technology economic development program, a refinery and oil storage facility, and established and startup businesses.
Hunter prior to moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1988, Hunter practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Rollins College and was a member of the varsity golf team at Rollins. Hunter formerly served on the Board of Directors of Good Hope School, Country Day School and the combined Good Hope Country Day School.
Angelina Daswani works alongside her husband, Vivek Daswani, in their family businesses in St. Thomas and worldwide. She brings more than 25 years of finance and business acumen to the CFVI Board. Angelina enjoys working hard while at the same time pursuing her passion for helping and serving others in the communities that she has lived in. She currently serves on the CFVI Board as Secretary. She also served on the Antilles School Board for nine years, where she was the Advancement Chair as well as President. In addition to playing a key role in her family business and serving on various boards, Angelina takes pride in serving as a volunteer for a number of local non-profit organizations and many community events.
Angelina was born and raised in Hong Kong and is fluent in English, Hindi, Sindhi, and Mandarin. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Asian Studies at Hofstra
University in Long Island. Following graduation, she pursued a career as a Fixed Income Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Aside from her family, Angelina’s interests include traveling, reading, playing tennis, and teaching Vinyasa yoga.
President/Branch Manager, Marshall & Sterling
Mark Robertson joined Theodore Tunick & Co. in 1997 and quickly became a sales leader in the organization. Mark has the distinction of becoming the first Marshall & Sterling producer to surpass $1,000,000 in earned commissions within a single year. He completed the CIAB Executive Leadership Development Program at The Wharton School in 2001. Currently, he is enrolled with the Insurance Institute of America, working on his Accredited Advisor in Insurance Program designation. Born in England, Mark lived in Spain and Hawaii before settling down in St. Thomas with his wife and family.
White Bay Group
Head of Strategy and Development, Alpine Global Management
Elli Ausubel is currently Managing Partner of White Bay Group (WBG) and Chairman of its Investment Board, in addition to his role at Alpine Global. He began his professional career in the field of education and academia with a focus on management. Elli then moved to a career in the financial industry at Highland Capital and joined White Bay in 2012 as a Director, where he quickly became involved in all aspects of the business. Elli has been instrumental in the growth and success of WBG and Alpine, and oversees all alternative investment decisions.
Universal Business Supplies
Since 1997, Scott has been the President and CEO of Universal Business Supplies, an established office supplies, office furniture, and office technology business. Scott has more than 35 years of experience in the area of office technology and office solutions, and has won numerous business awards. In addition to CFVI, he also currently sits on the board of the Chamber of Commerce. Scott is also the past president of the United Way in the St. Thomas/St. John district. As a business mentor, Scott has mentored numerous individuals in their business careers. He has been married to his wife Judy since 1983.
Azure Data and AI, Customer Success, Microsoft
Rashida Hodge is a technologist and an executive leader at the forefront of AI and emerging technologies changing how businesses operate. Her differentiated leadership approach is grounded in her ability to connect deeply with teams and clients and inspire innovation and new ways of thinking. Throughout her career, she has been focused on delivering complex technology solutions from research to commercialization, at scale.
Dubbed the “Superhero of IBM Watson AI,” Rashida led the commercialization and global launch of IBM Watson, where she influenced the development and scale of one of IBM’s most significant technologies. She designed a world-class AI professional services organization from the ground up and ushered in custom AI applications for clients. Most notably, she led the implementation of IBM’s first major Watson AI engagements and delivered first-of-a-kind projects with prominent clients. Her collaborative approach cemented IBM’s global thought leadership in AI and influenced the product direction and evolution of the IBM Watson platform that exists today.
Currently, Rashida leads the Data and AI Customer Success Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft, accelerating data-driven digital transformation for customers through a differentiated and connected customer experience.
Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, her Caribbean upbringing gave her respect for strong communities, mentorship, and the power of diversity. Knowing “we all stand on the shoulders of giants,” she is firmly committed to developing next-generation leaders and creating opportunities for women and minorities in engineering. In 2012, she founded the Real Hope for NextGen Engineers Endowment at her alma mater North Carolina State University.
Rashida earned a bachelor’s and master’s in industrial engineering at North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She was named to Fortune 40 Under 40 in technology in 2020 and 2021 Women in Tech by NCTECH.
Rashida sits on the Boards of Misty Robotics; Girls Inc.; Duke University Fuqua School of Business Minority Advisory Board; and North Carolina University College of Engineering Foundation.
After graduating from college, Catherine began her career working with the Department of Social Welfare as a social worker at the Youth Care Center, a program for neglected, abused, and delinquent children. She resigned after one year and continued working in the field of juvenile and criminal justice in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Catherine also worked in various capacities for over 23 years with the Virgin Islands Government, culminating in serving as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. In
1998, she assumed the position of the Deputy Director of the Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (PR/USVI HIDTA), a position she retired from in 2013.
Catherine has been honored for her work with youth and the disadvantaged by the following community organizations: St. Thomas/St. John Multi-Service Center, St. Thomas East End Lions Club, Dial-a-Ride, and the Girl Scouts. In 1999, she was selected for the prestigious Impact Award for “Woman of the Year” by the League of Women Voters.
In addition to being a CFVI board member, she has served as Co-chair of the All Saints Cathedral School Capital Development Committee. She is a past member of the Beacon Schools Board of Directors, the University of the Virgin Islands Public Service Advisory Council, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the St. Thomas/St. John Youth Multi-Service Center, among others.
Catherine, her husband Don, and their daughter Corinne, all reside in Maryland.
Attorneys at Law
Marjorie Rawls Roberts, known as “Jorie,” founded her private practice, located on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 1999 after nineteen years of working in both the private and public sectors. Her firm, Marjorie Rawls Roberts, P.C., is comprised of six attorneys who specialize in tax matters, corporate and securities law, estate planning, and business law in the USVI.
Previously, Jorie was in private practice in London and Washington, D.C. with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Prior to that, she served as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy in Washington, D.C. After moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1988, Jorie served as Technical Advisor and Chief Counsel to the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for seven years. Upon leaving the BIR, Jorie served as General Counsel, Vice President, and Director for Globalvest Management Company, LP, which was a St. Thomas-based investment company.
Jorie attended the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and graduated from Smith College Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in History (B.A. 1977), where she was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds law degrees from Harvard University (J.D. 1980), Cambridge University (LL.B. 1981), and New York University (LL.M. (Executive) in Tax 2016).
In addition to CFVI, Jorie serves on the Boards of the Reichhold Center for the Arts at the University of the Virgin Islands, Fonkoze USA (microfinance in Haiti), and Lutheran Social Services.
Most recently, Thelma Watson-Comissiong, M.D., was an independent medical provider and co-owner of Peak Medical Corporation in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from 1990 until 2020. Prior to that, she served as Chief Medical Officer for Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas from 1999 to 2015.
Dr. Watson-Comissiong also worked for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health from 1990-1998 as the Emergency Medical Services Medical Director. She also served as the Assistant Commissioner of Health 1996-1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
She is married to Dr. Sidney Comissiong, and the couple has four daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson.