Board & Staff

Peter G. Dodge, Founder, Board Chairman & President


Peter G. Dodge is the Founder, Board Chairman, and President of The Peter G. Dodge Foundation, providing nearly all of the Foundation’s financial resources and guiding its operations and programming. A successful entrepreneur and generous philanthropist, Peter’s vision is to solve the problem of insufficient treatment for alcohol-use disorder and to help others with the disease find their way to solutions that can restore their lives. Peter’s other philanthropic interests include providing education and enrichment to young people, alleviating the suffering of animals, and helping those struggling with disease or lack of access to care.

Peter is the Founder of Hanover Research, a global information services firm based in Washington, DC. Ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in DC and as one of the largest market research firms in the world, Hanover provides knowledge support to more than 1,100 for-profit and non-profit organizations. Peter also founded and sits as Chairman of GP Ventures (GPV), which provides funding to seed-stage enterprises. An alumnus of Washington and Lee University, Peter travels frequently but divides the majority of his time between Telluride, CO, and New York, NY.

Elizabeth Wade Cairns, Executive Director, Board Secretary & Treasurer

team_ECairnsElizabeth Cairns is the Executive Director of The Peter G. Dodge Foundation and serves on the Board as Secretary and Treasurer. As a member of Peter’s family and his lifelong friend, she has collaborated with him to form the Foundation from its earliest days. Bringing to bear her professional background in non-profit management, Elizabeth drives all programmatic, fundraising, and outreach efforts. She strives to create connections and fund programs that will impact the national mainstream conversation about alcohol-use disorder and shape the way treatment is offered to all who suffer from it. Based in Baltimore, MD, Elizabeth is also an accomplished artist whose work is represented by a nationally acclaimed gallery.

David Wade, Board of Directors

David Wade serves on PGDF’s Board of Directors, applying his years of experience helping companies achieve their financial goals to the donor outreach activities of the Foundation. As a family member and friend to both Peter Dodge and Elizabeth Cairns, founding Board members of PGDF, David’s personal connection to PGDF is further informed by a lifelong interest in science and research gained from an undergraduate education in Biology.

David is an entrepreneur and digital media veteran with more than 17 years experience in advertising and marketing strategy. He is the founder and principal of Marvelous Advisors, a revenue consultancy for growth-stage technology and media companies. Previously, he was the co-founder and president of Popdust, a digital destination for pop music devotees, and an executive at music streaming service imeem. Active in the digital media space since the late 1990’s, he launched his career by managing national sales teams for Condé Nast (Vanity Fair, Jane) and Dennis Publishing (Maxim, Stuff, Blender, The Week). An alumnus of Appalachian State University, David resides in Los Angeles.

Beth A. Nardi, Program Director

team_BNardisBeth A. Nardi is Program Director at The Peter G. Dodge Foundation, managing online content and advising the Board on program direction. Her meticulous research and ability to synthesize information keeps PGDF current in issues related to treatment of alcohol-use disorder. Beth comes to the Foundation with sixteen years experience as a Senior Research Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University and two master’s degrees in Clinical Counseling Psychology and Liberal Arts and Sciences, also from JHU. A longtime resident of the Baltimore, MD metro area, Beth’s perspective on philanthropy is informed by extensive international travel and by volunteering with her civic-minded family.

MacKenzie Peck, Communications Manager

team_MPeckMacKenzie Peck is Communications Manager at PGDF, coordinating public engagement and marketing. She strives to produce fresh content and create meaningful connections for the organization. MacKenzie comes to PGDF with a background in arts administration, leveraging her eye for design and ear for sharp copy in every task she completes. She cites connecting with individuals and organizations who need assistance as the most rewarding part of her role with PGDF. An alum of the Maryland Institute College of Art, MacKenzie resides in Brooklyn, NY.