Co-Director – Mark Andersen –; 202-487-8698

MARK@52cropMark Andersen has worked with inner-city seniors in Washington, DC, since 1989, serving as Deputy Director for Outreach at Emmaus Services for the Aging until helping to found We Are Family in 2004. Mark has served on numerous Boards of Directors and currently serves on the DC FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board. He has a B.A. from Montana State University in Political Science and History (1983) and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1986). Mark is also co-founder of Positive Force DC and the author of or contributor to numerous books. He has primary responsibility for recruiting and coordinating volunteers, including overseeing the grocery deliveries, senior visits, as well as the assembly and distribution of Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gifts. Mark is also responsible for our advocacy work, driving and maintaining our van, and managing other transportation resources – including We Are Family volunteers – to meet senior needs.

Co-Director – Tulin Ozdeger –; 202-423-3858

Tulin head shot-smallTulin Ozdeger has worked with low-income seniors in Washington, DC, since 2001, first as a volunteer with Emmaus Services for the Aging and We Are Family and now as a staff member since 2008. From 2003 to mid-2011, Tulin also directed the Civil Rights Project at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at Arnold & Porter, where she represented low-income women on matters related to public benefits, landlord/tenant, and tax issues as part of her pro bono practice. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She runs We Are Family’s farmers market produce delivery program and  helps coordinate volunteers for grocery deliveries. She also oversees assembly and distribution of Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gift baskets for Christmas Day delivery. She takes the lead in fundraising initiatives, maintains the financial records, and oversees administrative matters.