Marshall Strauss - President
Strauss has been active in the not for profit field for more than a quarter century and has been involved in the CFC for much of that time. He is the CEO of the Workplace Giving Alliance, a collaboration involving more than a dozen federations that serve over 500 national and local charities.
Mr. Strauss served as chair of the National CFC Committee for two years and remains a members of that body. He is also treasurer of the Combined Federal Campaign Foundation.
Beginning in September 2011 and concluding in July 2012, Mr. Strauss served on the U.S. government's CFC 50 Commission which recommended a number of improvements to the operation of the CFC. The Commission's report was released in the summer of 2012.
Mr. Strauss helped found several CFC federations. He has also served on a number of national and local not for profit organization boards.
During the early 1990s, Mr. Strauss helped establish and served as the initial CEO of two international organizations whose programs supported democracy activists overseas: The Democracy for China Fund and Freedom Channel. As executive director of the former, he organized and participated in the 1991 human rights delegation to China led by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. During his tenure at Freedom Channel, that organization produced and aired on nationwide Russian television numerous human rights documentaries.
During the 1980s, Mr. Strauss served as associate director of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Child Welfare League of America. Earlier, he served as special assistant to Massachusetts Governor Francis Sargent and special assistant to U.S. Senator John Durkin, among other positions. Strauss was a research associate at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from 1994-96, and an adjunct member of the faculty of Emerson College in 1995. Here and overseas, he has been interviewed extensively on issues of human rights and philanthropy by, among others, the Associated Press, UPI, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, ABC News, Actuel (Paris), BBC, Russian National Television, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Federal Times.
Judi is a retired federal employee who has been involved in the Combined Federal Campaign since the 1980s. In addition to her extensive work with CFC federations, she has been a CFC donor and a local CFC volunteer.
Judi's experience leading CFC federations began in the 1990s, when she was a board member and president of Do Unto Others (DUO) – a federation representing international emergency relief, development and humanitarian charities. During her tenure as DUO's president, she participated in the National CFC Committee as the designated representative of her federation. She currently serves on the boards of several CFC federations.
Judi is a long-time participant in non-profit organizations in her home state of Washington. These activities include the Governor's Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation; the Criminal Justice Training Commission; South Puget Sound Cultural Diversity Coalition; several local charities focusing on immigrant education, employment and housing; and the Pierce County Sheriffs Advisory Board.
Paul Maxey brings decades of ministry and not-for-profit experience to the Christian Aid USA board. Now semi-retired and living in Oklahoma with his wife of more than 40 years, Maxey serves as associate pastor of the Weogufkee Indian Baptist Church, his wife's home church, near Hanna.
Early in his career, Maxey served as pastor of various churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York City. He also served as part-time pastor for a church in a small town of Maryland for 15 years. From 1979 to 1989, Maxey was the Assistant and then the Associate Executive Director of Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) where he was responsible for distributing donated pharmaceutical/medical supplies to Protestant medical missions and hospitals around the world including, in Latin America, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In 1989, Maxey organized Allied Medical Ministries (Med-Mins), becoming its president. He remains deeply involved in the organization which serves other not-for-profit organizations, mission boards, and independent mission groups in the US – providing them with pharmaceutical/medical supplies for short-term missions traveling overseas as well as chronic care clinics and refugee camps in Lebanon.
Maxey has been active in the CFC for years, serving as treasurer of the international CFC federation Do Unto Others from 1995 to 2004. For several years, he has been a director of Village by Village, another internationally focused CFC federation. He has been active on numerous other not-for-profit and community boards, served on the school board of Dustin OK (president for 2 ½ years), and is president of Shell Creek Rural Water District, which provides water to families in rural Oklahoma and the town of Dustin.
Meghan Walsh is an architect with the Rural Development Office of the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. She also practices architecture privately, focusing on residential and community facilities.
Ms. Walsh is the founder and president of Axis Mundi, Inc., a not for profit educational organization focusing on design education through hands-on building projects in public spaces. One of her creations, the Brazil Studio, is an ongoing project to build relationships while improving infrastructure in the city of Salvador, Brazil. Over the years, Ms. Walsh has taught architecture and related courses at Catholic University, Howard University and the University of Michigan.