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Daniel Roberts

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Daniel C. Roberts

The White House

Office of Management and Budget

Daniel C. Roberts currently works in Legislative Affairs and Communications at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Previously, he served as Legislative Coordinator for Federal Relations at the National Governors Association (NGA). Prior to his experience at NGA, Mr. Roberts served in Congress as Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings and Interim Deputy Clerk for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Additionally, Mr. Roberts served as an Advance Associate for the Office of the First Lady at the White House.

Mr. Roberts received his B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi. He began working in Congress prior to graduation and completed his undergraduate degree in Washington, DC while completing his honors thesis through the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College. Mr. Roberts is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Christopher Huntley

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Christopher Huntley

Deputy Speechwriter in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

Christopher Huntley currently serves as Deputy Speechwriter in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Christopher has drafted speeches for issues ranging from national security and defense to energy, health care, trade, equal rights, and police brutality. Prior to this role, he served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Center where he collaboratively crafted messaging for press releases and managed engagement with regional and national media.

Christopher is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he earned a B.A. in Public Relations. He is also an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Communications Program.

 

Alyssa Cochrane Grannum

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Alyssa Cochrane Grannum

Author and Owner of “Tutor Me This LLC”

Alyssa Cochrane Grannum is a 29 year old Bowie State University graduate and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2009 and has been teaching in Prince George’s County for seven years. In 2010, she realized that the stories she was reading to her students had characters that didn’t reflect the population she taught. None of the characters looked like them and none of the stories were about topics the children could relate to.

Thus was born her self-published fictional series, “The Misadventures of Rayna Tenay.” Rayna Tenay is a nine year old child who always finds herself in sticky situations. Due to high demand for her books, Alyssa decided to self-publish three more. The other three are titled “Just Dream Kareem,” Meanie Jeanie,” and” Everyone’s Different.” These books promote the ideas of using your imagination, multiculturalism, self-love, and the acceptance of others despite their differences.

She showcased her books at the 2014 Baltimore Book Festival. Alyssa has spoken at different elementary schools in Prince George’s County as well as in Baltimore City about writing and the importance of literacy and what it’s like being a writer. To help combat illiteracy across the Maryland, in 2010, she decided to start her own tutoring service entitled Tutor Me This! LLC. Her company services children in the District of Columbia, and different areas in  Maryland. The company recently partnered with the Child Services in Waldorf Maryland and she now services foster children as well as children with learning disabilities. A quote that Alyssa stands by is, “Life is short, so find your little bit of happiness.”

 

Stacey Filé

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Stacey Filé 

Electronics Engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration

Stacey Filé began her career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through an internship with The Washington Center.  Following her internship, she was employed as an Electronics Engineering Consultant for CSSI, INC., continuing her work with the FAA. She currently provides engineering solutions and program management support for over two thousand engineering projects for the sustainment, replacement, establishment, and deployment of ground-based navigational aids (NAVAIDS) and lighting systems that support the National Airspace System (NAS). Under the National Program Office, she serves as the lead engineering consultant for the Congressionally-mandated Runway Safety Area Program and as the team lead for the Implementation Support Team. Filé received a B.S. from Tuskegee University in Aerospace Science Engineering in 2011.

Eboni-Rose Thompson

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Eboni-Rose Thompson

Manager of Alliance Engagement at America’s Promise Alliance

Eboni-Rose is an education and nonprofit professional. She is currently a manager of alliance engagement at America’s Promise Alliance, leading their Caring Adults initiative. In this position, she works to strengthen the capacity of communities across the country to better serve their young people and increase high school graduation rates through cross-sector collaboration.

Thompson is an experienced programs, project, and partnerships manager. Prior to joining the America’s Promise staff, Eboni-Rose worked with Save the Children US, a leading organization that creates equity and opportunity for children globally. In this capacity, she led early childhood, literacy, and health programs in DC and supported developing national initiatives. Always looking for opportunities to assure children have a strong start, Eboni-Rose has worked as an Outreach Specialist and Family Engagement Coordinator with DC Public Schools, focusing on a portfolio of schools and developing parent leadership citywide.

A proud native Washingtonian, educated in both DC Public Schools and the charter sector. Eboni-Rose was the first valedictorian of the SEED School of Washington, DC. She went on to receive a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, while working in their Office of Government and Community Affairs and volunteering with middle and high school students.

Passionate about children and opportunity, Eboni-Rose is a board member of the Keys to Canaan, a nonprofit committed to enlightening parents to nurture healthy families working in Wards 6,7,and 8. Dedicated to community service, Thompson is a third term advisory neighborhood commissioner and Chair of the Ward 7 Education Council. She has served on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s education transition team and the Deputy Mayor for Education’s committee to redraw school boundaries.

 

Tina Bonner

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Tina Bonner

DJ and Founder of Lab24 apps an interactive app which develops branding visuals for clients

Tina Bonner may not be a household name but it would appear that she somehow lucked up on success jumping from an 18 year old ordinary freshman in college to a 21 year old local celebrity, DJ Eskada, DJaying on the same ticket with names such as Wale & Drake and now at only 25 a partner with powerhouse branding firm, The O Agency, developing the branding visuals for superstar NFL & NBA players such as the Buffalo Bills’ Tyrod Taylor, Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo, and Washington Redskins’ Jordan Reed.

But her story isn’t a story about luck. Behind the scenes for the past 7 years Tina has been working 70+ hours a week to build her dream. She grinded no stop as a DJ in her college years juggling class and late night gigs. She single handedly founded a mobile app start up (Lab24 apps) at age 22 that boast clients like DJ Quicksilva & The Park at 14th, in order to push into the technology and branding field. And consistently sacrificed her free time to absorb as much information as she could on branding and marketing to finally be able to be good enough to work with the superstar athletes she works with today.

Tina’s life has showed that through building a powerhouse brand, leveraging your network, and working smart, not hard…”luck” can in fact be manufactured.

But…if there is one thing Tina loves more than being an entrepreneur, it’s helping others. She spends just as much time helping others build their dream as she spends on her own. Tina is releasing her first book this Spring, to share her story and her own knowledge and strategies so that other entrepreneurs can not only be encouraged but learn how to accelerate their own success. Tina’s service continues outside of the board room as she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as an active volunteer within the local community.

Bryan A. Thomas

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Bryan A. Thomas

Senior consultant at Accenture a leading global professional services company providing a broad range of services and solution in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Bryan A. Thomas is a 5th generation native Washingtonian, who currently serves as the chief strategist and senior financial consultant to the CFO of Eye Street Investments. Despite being one of the newest partners in the firm, Bryan was recently appointed to serve as the President of Eye Street Equities – a subsidiary of Eye Street Investments (ESI). In conjunction with his work at ESI, Bryan Thomas is employed as a senior consultant at Accenture. While staffed on Accenture’s US Department of Education project, Bryan managed both the program management and procurement teams as well as the company’s training budget. By establishing positive relationships with vendors and coming up with low cost approaches and alternative strategies for educating Accenture’s resources and key stakeholders, Bryan was able to quadruple the amount of onsite training Accenture provides annually. Through working with Accenture’s business development and strategy teams, he also directed all of the project management reporting across the Citizen Services Family of projects, including those of the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Commerce, the United States Census Bureau, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Prior to his tenure at Accenture, Bryan served on the board of the Living Classrooms Foundation, and as the Director of Workforce Development for the National Capital Region. During his three year stint with the company, he succeeded in increasing the foundation’s annual program budget 540% via the acquisition of new grants, partnerships and private donors; and he was instrumental in securing career opportunities and employment for 33 workforce development program graduates.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia, and is a 2016 Master of Business Administration candidate at Howard University. When he is not working or pursuing his academic advancement, Bryan spends most of his free time serving community based organizations in the greater Washington Metropolitan Area. As an Eagle Scout, he now devotes countless hours to working with local Boy Scout troops, as well as, mentoring the college bound students at the KIPP:DC public charter schools and serving as the co-chair for fundraising for the DC Young Democrats. Bryan is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and was named the 2015 – 2016 Man of The District by the Miss America Organization, after helping to raise over $22,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

 

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