Category: Board Members

Jay Briley

Jay Briley is the Owner and President of American Smart Eco Lifestyle [ASEL] and Affordable Housing for America Inc. As Returning Citizen, Veteran, and HBCU Graduate, Jay has been in business for 30+ years as a Developer and Contractor. Jay’s development and construction company focuses on multi-unit affordable housing for seniors through faith-based projects. In… Read more »

Lisa Banusiewicz

Lisa Banusiewicz is a commercial real estate professional with nearly a decade of brokerage experience. She is the founder of Abeille, a full-service real estate brokerage and retail consulting group. Abeille is a collaboration between real estate and restaurant industry veterans with a proven track record of ownership and development of urban core restaurant, entertainment,… Read more »

Lori Bettinger

Lori Bettinger is the Co-President of Alliance Partners, an asset management firm, and serves as the President of BancAlliance, a network of over 275 community banks. She is also on the Board of Bank on Women Inc. Prior to joining Alliance Partners, Lori served as the Director of the TARP Capital Purchase Program at the… Read more »

Nicole Andonie

Nicole Andonie is the Regional Program Coordinator at Empowered Women International, a program of the Latino Economic Development Center. Nicole brings over a decade of experience working in business in both the U.S. and Latin America and a passion for women’s issues to her work empowering women through entrepreneurship.

Barney Shapiro

Barney is the owner of Tenleytown Trash. Barney has DC small business is in his blood, as his father owned Friendship Pharmacy in the 1960s, an old-fashioned drugstore complete with a soda fountain and lunch counter.  After high school, Barney graduated from Syracuse University where he studied Dramatic Literature. He soon returned home where he… Read more »

Tom Martin

Tom is a partner at Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP. Thomas B. Tom has extensive experience in administrative law, particularly unemployment insurance matters in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. He is focused on the needs of local and national businesses that operate in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland. He has been lead counsel in well over 1,000… Read more »

Linnea Hegarty

Linnea Hegarty is the Director of Events, Exhibits & Development at the DC Public Library.  Hegarty brings to DC Public Library more than 17 years of experience in leadership positions at nonprofit and political organizations. For the past seven years, she served as the Executive Director of the DC Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization… Read more »

Che Ruddell-Tabisola

Che Ruddell-Tabisola together with his husband Tadd opened the BBQ Bus food truck in 2011 and was one of the pioneers of the region’s early food truck scene. In 2017 they expanded into a brick and mortar, the BBQ Bus Smokehouse. Che is the former Executive Director of the DMV Food Tuck Association, where he… Read more »

Michael Akin

Michael Akin is president of LINK Strategic Partners, a national strategic communications and stakeholder engagement consulting firm proudly based in Washington, D.C., with team members in Phoenix, Cincinnati and St. Louis. As president and founder of LINK, Mr. Akin oversees the firm’s hyperlocal work with hundreds of clients and partners across the country and around… Read more »

Keith Sellars

Keith J. Sellars serves as President & CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), a public-private partnership dedicated to promoting business opportunities throughout the District. During Mr. Sellars’ time at the WDCEP, he has undertaken attracting retail and restaurants to the District of Columbia and managed business development programs for the organization. He has… Read more »