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 ...

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

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 ...

Joy Arnold Russell

Board Member

Jonathan Arnold Consulting (JAC)

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

Keith Sellars

Board Member

Washington Dc Economic Partnership

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

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

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