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Alisahah Cole, MD

Carolinas Healthcare System
System Medical Director of Community Health

Alisahah Cole, MD, received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, where she was a National Health Service Corp Scholar. Since serving the underserved had always been a priority, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program. During that time, she received the Bryant L. Galusha Intern of the Year Award and served as Co-Chief Resident her final year. After residency, she worked in a rural health clinic in Union, SC for 4 years. Since her return to Charlotte, she has served in multiple leadership roles, including Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and most recently, System Medical Director of Community Health for Carolinas Healthcare System. She has been passionate about inter-disciplinary medical education, teaching a wide range of learners from residents, medical and pharmacy students, ACP’s, and behavioral health interns. Her clinical interests include health equity and population health, and she is currently responsible for developing and implementing a community health strategy across multiple counties in North and South Carolina. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching football.


Andres Gonzalez

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

  • Leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.
  • Has worked in the community based sector providing leadership as Executive Director for Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program
  • Serves on the national boards of: American Heart/Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) and member of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration on Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University


Atif Bostic

UpLift Solutions
Executive Director
Dates Employed Apr 2015 – Present
Employment Duration 2 yrs
Location: Westville, NJ

In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Bostic is responsible for the organizations three areas of focus: the creation of sustainable food access, access to health care, and access to capital in underserved communities. Prior to joining UpLift Solutions, Mr. Bostic held the position of Vice President and Sales Manager of the YourPIace Banking program for Citizens Bank. In this role, Mr. Bostic was responsible for the development and management of a 12 state business-development division. In addition, Mr. Bostic supported Community Reinvestment Act and internal colleague training initiatives; and for his leadership roles, Mr. Bostic was recognized for his outstanding work in 2012 with the Chairman’s.

Award for “Employing a High-Performing and Engaged Workforce,” and again in 2014 with the “Community Development Business Partner Award.”


Calvin G. Butler Jr.

Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for BGE’s successful execution of the following key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation and technology, and diversity and inclusion. Butler also is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and a member of the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon. Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and RLI Corp, where he is a member of the Audit and Nominations/Governance committees.


Danielle Ayers

Minister of Justice

  • Social justice advocate, author, minister, and teacher
  • Directs the Social Justice Ministry serves as the Co-convener of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and she is a delegate to the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race
  • Ayers holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Brite Divinity School


David Bowers

Enterprise Community Partners
Vice President and Mid-Atlantic market leader

David Bowers is vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. His work includes facilitating affordable housing and community development transactions and policy implementation in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. His office provides access to financing, capacity building and technical assistance to local developers. Enterprise’s Mid-Atlantic office also participates with local coalitions advocating for increased resources for affordable housing and community development.

Since David joined Enterprise in 2004, the organization has invested more than $750 million in capital to support affordable housing efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region, preserving or producing more than 10,000 homes. During David’s tenure, the office has been a co-initiator and co-convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, initiated several efforts including its Faith-Based Development Initiative, a transit-oriented preservation/resident displacement prevention initiative (GreenPATH) and the D.C. Green Communities Initiative. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and The National Low Income Housing Coalition.

In 2004, David completed his service as a program manager for a single-family housing program at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. Prior to joining the trust, David was a financial and program advisor at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. In that position, he developed and managed CDFI’s compliance monitoring review system. Before that, he worked in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, at the time the ranking member of the Senate VA-HUD Appropriations Committee. David served as the senator’s senior legislative assistant, responsible for analyzing and providing policy recommendations on legislation pending before various appropriations subcommittees.

David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. He is an ordained minister and the founder of the all-volunteer NO MURDERS DC movement, launched in 2000. From 2013-2015 David served as the mayoral appointee as chairman of the District of Columbia Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board. David is a founding member of the Greater Washington chapter of 100 Black Men and a member of Leadership Greater Washington (’09). David formerly served on the boards of Thrive DC, City First Enterprises, City First Homes and Jubilee Housing. He is a former member of the District of Columbia’s Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals and the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.


Edna Kane-Williams

Senior Vice President, Multicultural Leadership

Edna Kane-Williams has over twenty five years’ experience in working senior management positions within both nonprofit and for profit organizations, with an emphasis on strategic planning, public relations, targeted marketing, community outreach, and program development.

In her current position, Senior Vice President of Multicultural Markets at AARP, she is responsible for the development and execution of strategy relating to growing the association’s social impact and multicultural membership. She previously served as Vice President, Multicultural Marketing and Engagement, and as Vice President of Strategy and Communications within the AARP Foundation.

Ms. Kane Williams has held a variety of other key positions, including as
Senior Vice President of Communications and Social Marketing at IQ Solutions Inc., and as Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Edna graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and received an M.A. from George Washington University. She is the recipient of a Coro Foundation Fellowship, and was also a Diversity Executive Leadership Program fellow for the American Society of Association Executives.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Counsel for the Elderly.

She has received numerous career awards, including the Spirit of Democracy Award from the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (2015), the National Markets Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (2014), and the Marketing Executive of the Year Award (2015) from Target Market News., and the Dorothy Height Humanitarian Award from the Conference of National Black Churches (2016).


Daphne E. Jones

GE Healthcare for the Future of Work
Senior Vice President

Daphne Jones currently serves as Senior Vice President for GE Healthcare for the Future of Work. Her team is defining how our healthcare business will transform during the current digital revolution, via reconstructed business models and focus on trade, technology, human/physical footprint & policy over the near 3-5 years. The initiative includes defining capital allocation & actions needed to ensure our employees, customers & partners can work collaboratively with the advent of AI, AR/VR, Digital Twin, Additive/3D printing, Blockchain, RPA, Machine Learning and more. This will enable GE to lead in this digital revolution and emerge a significant orchestrator in the digital healthcare ecosystem.

Prior, Daphne was SVP and Chief Information Officer for Diagnostic Imaging, Engineering & Field Services, a $12B segment of $18B GE Healthcare, which provides medical imaging & service, patient monitoring, new product development and drug discovery– employing over 55,000 people. She was accountable for leading global teams that define/execute digital strategy, improving engineering design productivity, digital product structure, and field engineering solutions, enabling GEHC continued leadership in the global market.

Prior to GE, Daphne served as Corp Officer, SVP and CIO for Hospira, Inc. a generic pharmaceutical and infusion technology company. Accountable to chairman & the board for enterprise-wide digital solutions, BI, Cybersecurity, global business process optimization, and driving a balanced sourced labor strategy. Her team improved product meantime to value, improved regulatory compliance & product availability -enabling global market growth.

Before Hospira, Jones served as the WW VP IT & CIO for three Johnson & Johnson companies. She steered the implementation of multi-region SAP solutions, and collaborated with Integrated Hospital Networks on Healthcare IT. As CIO, Jones grew a world class organization, executing global IT strategies & investment management across the multiple business units.

Before, Jones served in several other IT leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson & PSE&G, Newark, New Jersey. She began her career at IBM in sales and systems engineering.

Jones received both her BS and her MBA from Illinois State University.

Daphne serves on the board of directors for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). In 2016, Jones received the ‘Luminary Award’ from the University of West Indies. In April 2014, Jones was honored by being named one of Illinois’ “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council. She was named Computerworld’s Premier 100 CIO in 2012.


Karen J. Collins

American Heart Association
National Volunteer

  • Founder and President of Collins Collaboration
  • Pioneer of integrated workforce diversity, including supplier diversity objectives, as core elements of a successful business vision strategy
  • Driving force in shaping successful, collaborative corporate cultures, internal/external strategies and providing executive guidance for corporations, not-for-profit organizations and universities
  • Master of Business Administration degree – University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – North Caroline A & T State University.


Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP

Senior Vice President, Operations
Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center
Clinical Service Coordinator, Internal Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, YSM Cardiovascular Medicine

Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP is Senior Vice President of Operations and Executive Director of the Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center for Yale New Haven Hospital, Clinical Service Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee he obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He spent his formative training years including his cardiology fellowship and a chief residency in medicine at Emory University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals, then spending 12 years in private cardiology practice before joining Vanderbilt Medical School as full-time academic faculty in 2006 (he became a member of the clinical faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999).

Dr. Churchwell previously served as the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute for 5 years and held various administrative and clinical positions during his 15 year association with Vanderbilt. His academic appointments have included Director of Cardiac Imaging at the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt Medical School. He has been active in the American Heart Association for a number of years and served as President for the Southeastern Affiliate of AHA in 2013-2014. For AHA, he now resides on multiple committees on the local and national level and is the incoming President of the Founders Affiliate. He has been married for 27 years to Dr. Leslie Douglas-Churchwell and they have a daughter, Lauren, who is presently a senior at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.


Kevin Vuong

Public + Social Innovation
Social Entrepreneur

Kevin Vuong is a social entrepreneur, city-builder and military officer building safer, healthier, more sustainable communities with social innovation. For his service and impact, Kevin has been named Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leader for Canada, and Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and The Aspen Institute – Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.

Currently, Kevin leads the Agency for Public + Social Innovation, teaches at the Translational Research Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine – Institute of Medical Sciences, and serves as a Local Pathways Fellow for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Co/Principal Innovator for ventures with the Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Kevin also has a second career in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Reserves as an Intelligence Officer at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship YORK.

Active with his alma mater and community, Kevin serves on Western University’s Council of Presidents, and the board of directors for multiple community organizations, agencies, and a foundation. Most recently, he co-chaired the UN-Habitat Inclusive Cities Summit to define the New Urban Agenda for Toronto and Canadian cities.


Kristi Durazo

American Heart Association
Senior Strategy Advisor

  • Explores innovative opportunities to integrate health into the paths of people’s everyday life
  • Examines trends that will drive our world 5, 10, 20 years from now
  • Responsible for specific action planning for AHA Multi-Cultural Markets and Women’s Markets and leads the internal strategy team for social determinants of health
  • In her 20 years with AHA, Kristi has facilitated the development of the organization’s 2010 and 2020 first ever goals and the supporting strategic plannig cycles


Lauren Vague

Uplift Solutions
Program and Project Manager

  • Ms. Vague has spent most of her career working with anti-poverty organizations focusing on vulnerable populations dealing with housing insecurity and food insecurity
  • Has worked for over a year with Broad Street Ministry doing volunteer and program managment and then moved to doing development and fundraising with LIFT Philedelphia
  • Associate’s Degree in International Studies from Community College of Philedelphia
  • Ms. Vague is currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern University


Lawrence Griffith

Founder & CEO of Digital Factory, Inc.

Lawrence Griffith has made significant contributions to the digital marketplace and continues to stay above the curve as an innovative technologist redefining platforms for successful start-ups. With over 15 years in marketing strategy, he founded four ground breaking companies as three were positioned for acquisition and has led initiatives for brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Hasbro, Lipton, Dove, Ben & Jerry’s, PepsiCo, Nokia, Steve Harvey and Ford.

In technology Griffith developed the country’s first mobile scannable coupon for grocery markets and convenient stores; thus his work was recognized as the “Holy Grail” of mobile marketing by Unilever, the third largest consumer goods company in the world. In addition, he was the first in the United States to pioneer software in partnership with Nokia called Near Field Communications, (NFC) now known as Android-Pay and Apple-Pay. As the founder and CEO of Digital Factory, Inc. (dgtl-factory.com) headquartered in Chicago, Illinois Griffith oversees product development, strategic planning and global partnerships. Griffith’s management style and entrepreneurial experience has made Digital Factory one of the fastest growing tech companies in the U.S.


Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez

University Health System Foundation

Castro Ramírez is an accomplished executive dedicated to building partnerships, improving lives and communities, and expanding economic, educational and health opportunities.

Castro Ramírez serves as the President of the University Health System Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the medical, educational and research goals of University Health System, and improving the health and well-being of the people of San Antonio, Bexar County, and South Texas.

Prior to her position with University Health System, Castro Ramírez served President Barack Obama’s Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary leading HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing and is also the former President/CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority.


Maisie Chin

CADRE – Community Asset Development Re-defining Education
Executive Director and Co-Founder

Maisie Chin is Executive Director and Co-Founder of CADRE – Community Asset Development Re-defining Education, an independent, grassroots parent membership organization in South Los Angeles comprised of African American and Latino parents/caregivers of public school children. CADRE’s mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. A native Californian and child of Chinese immigrants, Maisie has been in the social justice movement for 24 years, dedicated to fighting structural racism. For 16 years, CADRE parent leaders have been fighting to end the pushout of low-income families of color from public schools and into the school-to-prison pipeline, using human rights-based community organizing and policy advocacy. CADRE envisions a South LA with humanizing schools and transformative responses to poverty and trauma. Through her work at CADRE, Maisie has been a part of successfully changing school discipline policy in the nation’s second largest school district, in California, and nationally. CADRE is also a committed movement builder as a founding member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a national coalition actively shifting the political landscape to end school pushout in over 20 states, as well as of the Dignity in Schools Campaign Los Angeles and California chapters. On CADRE’s behalf, Maisie has co-chaired all three of these efforts. Maisie is Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and on the Board of Directors for Justice Matters Press. She is also a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Institute. Maisie is a proud Bruin and holds a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Mark A. Moore

Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation
Passionate Philanthropist

A passionate philanthropist, Mark and his wife of 33 years have formed the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation.

The organization maxim: establishing roots and stretching wings” honors their parents, and provides a legacy for their children to continue good works. They are champions of advancements in health care, education, music and the arts, and Christian evangelism. He and Brenda are founding donors for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. They are also members of the Directors Circle for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The couple also made a dynamic duo as the co-chairs for INOVA Hospitals Gala as well as Mount Vernon Hospital’s Steering Committee for expansion. The five story expansion facility opened in the fall of 2014 and was named the Mark and Brenda Moore Patient Tower. As co-chairs for INOVA Hospitals Gala in 2013 and 2014, the couple succeeded in raising more than $2 million in contributions each year. The Foundation funded the radiology unit of INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s new emergency department, which opened in 2013.Theyare also a Patron Supporter for the Hopkins House Early Childhood Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The foundation is a proud supporter of the Posse Foundation which provides four year college scholarships to deserving students. Mark and Brenda enjoy serving as servant leaders for the Youth Ministry and the Evangelism Ministry at Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia. The Foundation provides a yearly endowment to deserving Antioch students pursuing continuing and higher education.

The foundation to date has pledged in excess of $7.5 million dollars to support these causes.

Mark currently sits on the INOVA Board of Trustees, the Kennedy Centers’ National Symphony Orchestra, The Apollo Theater, Mount Vernon Hospital Quality Board, Hopkins House Fund Board and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies.

Mr. Moore was the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and owner of Segovia Inc. Segovia provided global IP services to the Department of Defense.

Mark Moore has over 30 years of operational and financial experience, where he oversaw engineering, operations and finance. During his career he has helped to raise $2 billion in public and private capital.

Prior to joining Segovia, he was a senior financial executive in the communications industry, including startups, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets formation and treasury operations.

At mindSHIFT Technologies, his tenure as Chief Financial Officer and founder helped formulate a managed services concept into a commercial service reality. He helped rise over $42 million in private equity and developed a business plan for the utility computing business.

At CONXUS Communications, his tenure as Chief Financial Officer resulted in a seamless transition from development stage to nationwide commercial service. He helped rise over $500 million in total capital, including $100 million in private equity and developed a financing model for the wireless business.

As Chief Financial Officer of USA Mobile Communications, Mr. Moore completed their IPO, raising $225 million in public equity and $1 billion in total capital. He also significantly improved cash flow margins to 45% through innovative enhancement, automation and systems productivity, while increasing their subscriber base from 50,000 to 1.2 million.

Prior to these senior financial positions, Mr. Moore provided auditing and financial evaluation for Arthur Andersen and Company, as well as accounting and budgeting functions for Graphic Scanning Corporation.

His Bachelor of Science is in Accounting. He holds a top secret security clearance.


Melvin Thompson, MBA

Executive Director, The Endeleo Institute

Endeleo is the community development arm of Trinity United Church of Christ on the Far South Side of Chicago. Mr. Thompson is charged with the successful integration of three former nonprofit corporations borne out of Trinity in Health, Education and Community Development. Under his leadership, Endeleo (the Swahili word for progress, growth and development) addresses a pressing need to advance the state of comprehensive community development with deeper effectiveness, due largely to its evolution beyond single issue, project-based strategies that fail to address the complex mix of challenges African-Americans face.

Leveraging community engaged research as an organizational pillar, Endeleo’s mission is to enhance existing assets in the Washington Heights community en route to revitalizing its 95th Street Commercial Corridor.


Nancy Brown

American Heart Association
Chief Executive Officer

Nancy Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA) since October, 2008. The Association is widely known and highly respected as the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

During her tenure as CEO, the AHA has become a global leader in the discovery and dissemination of heart disease and stroke science. Notably, under Nancy’s leadership the Association established the first-ever definition of “cardiovascular health” and announced its bold 2020 health impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. This goal has provided a rallying point for the Association’s millions of volunteers, scientists, staff, and donors.

Nancy has also led the organization to many significant advances in the time that she has served as its top staff executive, including:

  • Creating MyResearchLegacy which puts patients and their needs at the center of scientific research;
  • Launching the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, a ground-breaking research enterprise focused on fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine;
  • Cultivating a strategic business relationship with Amazon Web Services centered on the precision medicine data marketplace;
  • Developing One Brave Idea, an unprecedented $75 million/5-year research collaboration with Verily and AstraZeneca which aims to end coronary heart disease and its consequences;
  • Convening the AHA’s CEO Roundtable, comprised of CEOs from the largest and most influential corporations in America driving new workplace health solutions;
  • Advancing a number of critical new mission-aligned and revenue business enterprises for the Association; and
  • Evolving the Association’s first-ever integrated global strategy which has expanded the organization’s international presence and impact.

In addition to her tireless efforts for the AHA, Nancy shares her passion for improving the health of individuals in the U.S. and globally by serving as a member of the Boards of Directors of: the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, Research!America, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Truth Initiative, and the Valentin Fuster-Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health and Empowerment. Nancy also serves as a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the FasterCures Patients Count Leadership Council, and Leadership18. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of the National Health Council.

Prior to being named CEO, Nancy served as AHA’s Chief Operating Officer for the eight prior years. In this role she managed the Association’s mission, science and operations functions and led the AHA’s integrated strategy to achieve its 2010 Impact Goal to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent. Notable accomplishments also included the creation of the AHA’s Go Red for Women cause to advance women’s cardiovascular health and the development of a suite of quality improvement programs including Get With The Guidelines. She has held multiple leadership positions at the AHA since her start in 1986 leading fundraising initiatives in the Michigan Affiliate, including serving as the Executive Director in Metro Detroit, as well as Executive Vice President of the former Massachusetts and former New England Affiliates. Prior to joining the AHA, Nancy served her home state of Michigan as Director of Development/Deputy Director of the Endowment Campaign for the Michigan Cancer Foundation, and as Special Events Director for Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit.


Nicole Johnson-Scales

Senior Vice President | Community Development
Fifth Third Bank Chicago

Nicole Johnson-Scales is senior vice president, head of community development for Fifth Third Bank Chicago, one of the fastest growing affiliates in the Fifth Third Bancorp network. She joined the company in November 2002 with more than 15 years of experience in banking and financial services. She is also a member of the affiliate’s executive management team. The Chicago affiliate has more than $10 billion in assets and has a strong commitment to investing in the communities the bank serves throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.


Robert Johnson, ESQ.

Solomon Group LLC
Managing Partner

A proven expert in the areas of management, risk assessment, crisis management and dispute resolution both domestically and internationally. Mr. Johnson has more than 20 years experience in providing guidance to a wide range of entities.

Mr. Johnson is the Managing Partner of the Solomon Group LLC, a management- consulting firm that provides business management, individual and organizational transformation and business intelligence. Mr. Johnson is a partner in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., and serves as Chief Diversity Partner & Inclusion Officer and chair of firm’s Diversity Committee. He works to support local diversity initiatives concerning recruitment, retention, business and professional development, and to promote diversity. He is also the Executive Director of the Minority In- House Council Association.

Previously, Mr. Johnson was the Franchise Relations Officer for McDonald’s Corporation’s Central Division. He was an advocate for the McDonald’s System and provided leadership to strengthen the relationship between McDonald’s and its Owner/Operators. He was also responsible for resolving conflicts between the Company and its Owner/Operators and represented the Black McDonald’s Owner Operators.


Ryan Mundy

Techlete Ventures
Chief Strategist

Ryan Mundy, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is an eight-year veteran of the National Football League. He attended college at the University of Michigan (Liberal Arts) for under graduate studies and West Virginia University (Athletic Admin) for post graduate courses. Also, Ryan recently finished his MBA studies at The University of Miami (FL). Drafted in 2008, Ryan spent five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XL Champion), one season (2013) with the New York Giants and two seasons (2014-2015) with the Chicago Bears.

Ryan is now Chief Strategist at Techlete Ventures, an early stage investment vehicle that seeks to benefit from cultural shifts that impact the way we live work and play.

Additionally, Ryan is CEO of 12AM Holdings co. 12AM seeks to acquire and grow privately held businesses in the Health & Leisure, Digital, and Media sectors.


Suzanne Smith

Social Impact Architects
Founder and Managing Director

  • Strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals
  • In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects, a registered Benefit Corporation
  • Has pioneered open-source framework for the creation of better social solutions, including layered logic models, ecosystem mapping and social alchemy
  • Suzanne has been at the epicenter of game-changing social solutions for more then two decades as a social intrapreneur
  • Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business


Tamara “Tamara G.” Gant

Veteran Radio Personality

A veteran radio personality with 23-years of experience, Tamara G. has spent more than 19 years in the South Florida community at stations as diverse as 99 Jamz, NewsTalk 1080am, 97.3 The Coast, and Hot 105. She is currently heard Monday – Friday weekdays on the Michael Baisden Show.

She is formerly one-half of the dynamic duo known as “Those 2 Girls in the Morning” with Julie Guy on WFLC 97.3 The Coast in Miami. The show was consistently ranked in the Top 5 in the Arbritron ratings. Prior to that, Tamara was the morning show co-host with James “James T.” Thomas on WTPS NEWSTALK 1080, and the #1 Arbitron-rated station in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, WEDR 99 JAMZ. Tamara served as Media & Community Relations Spokesperson for City of Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson in her2012 bid for Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 1, and is formerly the Communications Programs Producer for the City of Miramar. She is very actively involved in the tri-county area, where she has served as emcee/host for numerous concerts, festivals, school and community events.

Originally from Marshall, Texas, Tamara is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Journalism Degree. She has worked professionally in both Dallas and Tallahassee. In her spare time, Tamara loves to read and travel. She is an active member of the North Broward County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and volunteers as a mentor to young girls, as well as having served on the advisory boards for many foundations to support and promote breast cancer awareness, education and other organizations.


Tyronne Stoudemire

Hyatt Worldwide
Global Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Mr. Tyronne Stoudemire, Global Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hyatt Worldwide, has more than 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, and human resource management. At Hyatt Worldwide, Mr. Stoudemire works with the senior leadership team to implement culture, talent, and marketplace strategies that leverage diversity to grow the business across the company’s portfolio of brands. As such, his team and internal corporate partners have implemented diversity-training initiatives including Diversity Business Resource Groups, mentoring programs for high potential women and people of color, a communications and public relations strategy to drive internal engagement and external brand recognition, and enhanced brand marketing effort to further focus on multicultural and LGBT audiences.

A globally recognized executive and highly sought-after speaker he routinely consults with Fortune 100 clients on diversity strategies, with particular insight around how organizational leaders can understand and harness the shifts evident in national and global demographic trends. Tyronne employs a unique talent that results in extraordinary benefits for individuals and organizations and has a proven ability to advance socially responsible corporate initiatives by fostering strategic relationships to promote international grassroots movements.


Vanessa Mason

Co-Founder And Managing Director of P2Health Ventures

Vanessa Mason is co-founder of P2Health Ventures, a early stage public health tech venture fund and CEO and founder at Riveted Partners, a consultancy that sparks behavior change by accelerating digital health innovation. Prior, she led product development for ZeroDivide’s portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. She also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, 2016 New Leaders Council San Francisco Fellow, 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter and as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar.


Lisa J. Pino

Counsel, Mayer Brown

Lisa J. Pino is Counsel in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the Employment & Benefits group who focuses on global mobility and immigration. As a former appointee for President Barack Obama and Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Lisa brings critical government experience on homeland security, immigration and administrative procedural matters. At DHS, she advised the Secretary and other senior leaders on legal and policy issues, including management administration, employment, cybersecurity, national security, data, information technology, budget, procurement and real estate matters. Additionally, she managed the implementation of immigration priorities for the secretary and played an integral role as a liaison to the White House on executive actions. Her crisis management of complex, challenging issues includes solving federal cyber breach protocols, upholding the president’s executive actions, revising procurement standards for hundreds of vendors and increasing employee engagement for 240,000 DHS employees across 22 component agencies.

Prior to her time at DHS, Lisa served the administration at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.


Nancy E. Roman

President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America

Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America, joined the organization September 5, 2017, following an international career spanning journalism, business, and public service with the U.S. government and the United Nations.

Prior to joining PHA, Ms. Roman was the President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the Washington, D.C. region’s largest organization working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, and diet related health issues like heart disease, and obesity. CAFB annually provides food and nutrition resources to 540,000 people – 12 percent of the region’s total population – through 444 partner nonprofits in the District, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.