Foundation Staff

Michael Nardolilli

Executive Director



Michael Nardolilli is an experienced non-profit executive with a long love affair with parks. Growing up in his native Jersey City, Mr. Nardolilli helped to preserve what is now Lincoln Park West and to assemble the property that became Liberty State Park. After a successful 18-year career as a corporate litigator, Mr. Nardolilli became President of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust where he created six public parks and preserved over 5,400 acres of Northern Virginia from development. As President of the C&O Canal Trust, Mr. Nardolilli tripled the Trust’s annual donations to the C&O Canal National Historical Park and received the Chairman’s Award for Achievement from the President’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation for the Trust’s “Canal Quarters” program. Mr. Nardolilli’s background includes service as Vice Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and as President of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named by Washington Life Magazine as a “Green City Leader” in 2011 and as a “Hometown Hero” by WETA in 2007.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Nardolilli received his JD from the College of William & Mary where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Review. In 2012, he returned to Georgetown University where he received his Certificate of Executive Nonprofit Management.

An avid bicyclist, Mr. Nardolilli has biked the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath twice (once in each direction) and the 45-mile W&OD Trail four times (twice in each direction). His wife Pamela is a Senior Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board. They are the proud parents of three grown children who enjoyed visiting Montgomery County Parks often when they were young.


Raleigh Leichter

Development Program Manager



Raleigh Polsky Leichter was born and raised in Montgomery County.  She has worked in non-profit development for over 10 years, first as Director of Special Event and Donor Relations at the Israel Humanitarian Foundation in New York City continuing as Director of Institutional Advancement and Special Projects at Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and currently as Development Program Manager at the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

A graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Communications.  Previous to her work in non-profit development Raleigh spent two years teaching High School English in Elmont, New York.

Raleigh has been a park lover her entire life, having grown up running through Cabin John Park and Wheaton Regional Park with her parents and now doing the same at parks all over Montgomery County with her husband and three young children.


Nina Aplebaum

Grant Writer and Manager



Nina Aplebaum is a licensed social worker in Maryland specializing in relationship management.  She has extensive experience cultivating partnerships between nonprofits and private companies to promote social responsibility and community support.  Nina was previously with Women Empowered Against Violence, as their Pro Bono Manager, garnering support by building strategic alliances with large corporations as well as securing government grants.  Most recently, Nina was with The Barker Foundation where she assisted the Development Director in securing financial support from private foundations.

A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Nina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Social Work.

Having resided in Montgomery County for most of her life, Nina is excited to have the opportunity to help raise support for Montgomery Parks through the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  Nina currently lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Lowell, and their three children Lewes, Juniper, and Mabel.


Felicia Towns

Administrative Specialist