Andy Shallal

Past Board Chair

Busboys and Poets

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets ...

Barney Shapiro

Board Member

Tenleytown Trash

Barney is the owner of Tenleytown Trash. Barney has DC small business is in his blood, as his father ...

Che Ruddell-Tabisola

Board Member


Che Ruddell-Tabisola together with his husband Tadd opened the BBQ Bus food truck in 2011 and was on ...

Chris Naoum

Board Member

Listen Local First

Chris is the Founder of Listen Local First DC – Lis ...

Photo by Barry Wilson

Darryl Maxwell

Board Member

DC Bar Pro Bono Center

Darryl Maxwell is an Assistant Director for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Nonprofit and Small Bus ...

Gina Schaefer

Past Board Chair

A Few Cool Hardware Stores

Gina Schaefer is the Co-Founder and CEO of 12 Ace Hardware stores located in Washington, DC Baltimor ...

Harold Pettigrew

Board Member


As Wacif’s Executive Director, Harold leads one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s lead ...

Joy Arnold Russell

Board Member

Jonathan Arnold Consulting (JAC)

Ms. Russell is founder of Jonathan Arnold Consulting (JAC), a multi-faceted consulting practice with ...

Karen Baker

Communications and Marketing Strategist

Karen Baker is a professional marketing executive who is able to put together comprehensive marketin ...

Keith Sellars

Board Member

Washington Dc Economic Partnership

Keith J. Sellars serves as President & CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), a ...

Linnea Hegarty

Board Member

DC Public Library

Linnea Hegarty is the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development at the DC Public Library. ...

Mari Rodela

Board Member

DC Brau

Mari Rodela is the Chief Community and Culture Officer at DC Brau Brewing Company. She is also the P ...

Michael Akin

Board Member

Link Strategic Partners

Michael Akin is president of LINK Strategic Partners, a national strategic communications and stakeh ...

Michael Babin

Board Member

Neighborhood Restaurant Group


Managing Director

Michele is responsible for the successful leadership and management of TLF, following the strategic ...

Morgan West

Board Member

A Creative DC

Morgan H. West is a DC artist + creative resource, using hands-on visuals and innate-internet-know-h ...

Photo by Mauricio Castro

Nizam Ali

Board Member

Ben's Chili Bowl

A Washington, DC native, Nizam has been working in his family’s historic restaurant, Ben’s Chili ...

Pennye Jones Napier

Board Member

Big Bad Woof

Pennye Jones-Napier is a Co-Founder of The Big Bad Woof holistic, eco-friendly pet supply stores sta ...

Raj Aggarwal

Board Chairman


Tom Martin

Board Member

Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP

Tom is a partner at Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP. Thomas B. Tom has extensive experience in administra ...

Virginia Arrisueño

Board Member

Steadfast Supply

Virginia founded Steadfast Supply, a conceptual retail store that serves as an incubator to independ ...