HillVets Team

Justin Brown

Founder
justin@hillvets.org

Justin Brown is the Founder, of HillVets and is currently the CEO, of the Nimitz Group, a bipartisan consulting firm tackling the most difficult veteran and healthcare issues. He has nearly a decade of Veterans’ focused experience and advocacy, fighting on behalf of Veterans and their families to increase educational and employment opportunities, to expand access to benefits and healthcare, and to eliminate homelessness. He has worked for the VA, the VFW, the American Legion, and was a Staff Director for numerous Subcommittees for the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Justin began his commitment to public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. There, he completed one deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Justin’s service, he attended the University of Utah, graduating with dual bachelor’s degrees in three years. He became active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) where he served as the youngest All-American District Commander and Department Chief of Staff in its history.

Jodi L. Harman

Director of Programs
jodi@hillvets.org

Jodi Harman joined HillVets in January 2022 as the Director of Programs & Communications after previously serving for 3.5 years with another DC Veteran Support Organization. Through that previous position, she experienced firsthand the difficulties in trying to talk veteran’s issues when the person was not a military-connected. When a position with HillVets came available she jumped at the opportunity to help increase military-connected representation in public policymaking. Jodi’s 26 years as a Military Spouse has garnered a vast trove of knowledge of & experience with the military-connected community.

Although born and raised in southwestern Michigan, Jodi has called the greater DC Metropolitan area “home” since she was in middle school. She graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD and then earned her Bachelor Degree in psychology and vocal performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland; her original goal was to be a music therapist.

Instead, Jodi pursued a career as an elementary school teacher for about 15 years, teaching primarily intermediate grades (3-5). Upon returning in 2011 from living overseas, she went back to school and earned a Master Degree in Library & Information Science (MLIS), specializing in archives & special collections.

Jodi is married to her high school sweetheart, LtCol John W. Harman, USMC, who will retire on 1 January 2023 after 28 years of active-duty service. They and their two sons have lived all over the world but have now put down permanent roots in Alexandria, VA.

Jodi loves all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel and collects owls. She calls herself an “amateur grammarian”, loves to read historical fiction, and enjoys spending a day antiquing with her husband. Music lives in Harman’s soul: one can easily find her in a room by following the humming (likely a song from the 80s) to its source, where one is likely to find her dancing as well. Harman will take any opportunity to attend pretty much any kind of live event, from sports to music and everything in-between.

Carrie Ann Alford

Development Director
carrieann@hillvets.org

Carrie Ann Alford joined the HillVets Foundation in July 2022 as Development Director. Carrie Ann has 20 years of experience in writing and communications, fundraising, event planning and coalition building for a variety of organizations and campaigns, as well as almost a decade of government experience in Virginia.

She had a short stint as a Capitol Hill reporter, but kept getting into trouble for trying to solve the problems she was supposed to only write about. She has also worked on Capitol Hill as a staffer in both the House and Senate, and for a brief stint with the Senate Small Business Committee as a graduate fellow. In 2005, she was an Aspen Summer Words fellow and then 2006 she became a published author with the novel Click. She was a contributing author to the book Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again.

She spent three wonderful years as aide to Virginia state senator Toddy Puller, crafting veterans and health care legislation, and then as Director of Policy & Planning for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services assisting in creating a coordinated legislative and budgetary strategy to keep Virginia the best state in the nation for military, veterans and the National Guard. She was honored to work closely with many VSOs, state agencies and localities to improve programs and services for Virginia veterans and their families, especially around employment and transition.

Carrie Ann lives in Alexandria, VA where she can be found walking the Mount Vernon trail with her Brittany spaniel, Goose (yes, Top Gun reference!), mixing up a good bourbon-based cocktail or refinishing furniture and treating her condo like an art & design lab.