Michele Molotsky

Managing Director

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

Karen Baker

Communications and Marketing Strategist

Karen Baker has been a marketing executive for 25 years. Karen puts together comprehensive marketing ...

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Jakenna Martin

Program Manager

JaKenna is responsible for managing programs and supporting related activities for TLFDC such as Liv ...

Board Members

Raj Aggarwal

Board President


Mari Rodela

Board Vice President

DC Brau

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

Che Ruddell-Tabisola

Board Secretary


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

Pennye Jones Napier

Board Treasurer

Big Bad Woof

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

Michael Akin

Board Member

Link Strategic Partners

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

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 ...

Virginia Arrisueño

Board Member

Steadfast Supply

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

Michael Babin

Board Member

Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Linnea Hegarty

Board Member

DC Public Library

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

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 ...

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 ...

Chris Naoum

Board Member

Listen Local First

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

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Harold Pettigrew

Board Member


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

Keith Sellars

Board Member

Washington Dc Economic Partnership

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

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 ...

Advisory Board

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 ...

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 ...

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