We asked 93.9 WKYS listeners to send in their nominations for the Top 30 Under 30 in the DMV for 2013 and we’ve chosen the best and the brightest young African-Americans in the area to make the list. Come by daily during the whole month of February for a new member to the Top 30 Under 30 Club.
1. Billy Holcombe
Billy D. Holcombe is the State Advocacy Chair for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). As a member of American Psychological Association, he is responsible for overseeing the programs related to campus, local, state, and federal advocacy initiatives. In this capacity, he oversees a committee of delegates represented 9 major metropolitan DC campuses, including Howard University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. In this capacity, he has partnered with universities and local legislators to advance the following initiatives: increase federal funding for pre-doctoral psychology internships, increase pay and recognition for psychologists as doctors, and offer psychological services to under-represented and marginalized patients. Holcombe was appointed to this position after serving as the Howard University representative to APAGS and also a diversity delegate during the American Psychological Association’s State Leadership Conference. Outside of these responsibilities, Holcombe has worn several hats as a researcher, clinical psychology Ph.D student, and clinician. At present, he serves as a pediatric neuropsychology extern at Children’s National Medical Center. He holds a joint research appointment with Dartmouth College and Howard University Hospital, and is responsible for collecting data on African-American families with severe mental illness. He also serves as the president of the Howard University Clinical Caucus and served as director of the Howard University Psychology Spring Training Conference in 2011 and 2013. Billy has worn several leadership hats a student and community servant. As an active and financial member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., he serves as Keeper of Records & Seal and also chairs the Kappa Psi Education Foundation. As an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Florida, he served as president of the Black Student Union, student government senator, Black History Month Director, Office of Community Service Director, and member of Florida Blue Key. He was also one of twenty-five students inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Holcombe hails from Fort Lauderdale, FL and holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, & Society.
2. Chrishonna Hooker
28-year-old Chrishonna Hooker, a 2007 graduate of Morgan State University, currently works for the Federal Department of Homeland Security in the Personnel Security Division of Internal Affairs but mentors and tutors youth and young adults on her own time. Chrishonna began tutoring through the District of Columbia’s Supplemental Education Service Program, a program that targets young people of low-income families. She then became a Program Facilitator for a program designed to assist youth with GED preparation, career readiness, college preparation and job placement before going on to run the Supplemental Educational Services Program in the District of Columbia in more than ten DCPS and Charter schools, servicing underprivileged students who were performing on a below-basic academic level. Her skills proved to move over 75% of her students to a “proficient” level or above. At the age of 24, Chrishonna purchased her first home, at the same time that she started the MBA Program at University of Maryland University College. Chrishonna earned her M.B.A in 2011, putting her even closer to realizing her lifelong dream. Approval is pending for a non profit organization that Ms. Hooker is hoping to be in operation in the Spring of 2013. Low-income families in DC, MD, and VA will be able to access tutoring through this organization. Chrishonna gives back to her community by participating in volunteer events such as Martha’s Table, DC Trot for Hunger, and Toys for Tots.
3. Amanda Spann
Amanda Spann is a PR and Branding Consultant who writes and speaks on the topics of media, entertainment and technology. She is the CMO of STEM social enterprise Blerdology (formerly known as #BlackGirlsHack) and the owner of fashion tech hub, GLAMobile. A native of Jacksonville, Fl, Amanda studied in England, Italy and France before earning a BS in Merchandising, a BA in Communication Studies and a graduate certification in International Merchandising from Florida State University. She also has a masters’ from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. Compelled by the fact that African American’s comprise less than 1% of tech entrepreneurs nationally; the FOCUS100 Fellow teamed with an another entrepreneur to spearhead the charge to change the face of innovation with Blerdology. The social enterprise aims to enhance, elevate and expand the black tech community by providing unmatched opportunities to network, meet and recruit black developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs. The organization is widely noted for its signature hackathon series #blackhack in which coders rally to help minority entrepreneurs build apps and tech startups for little to no costs in friendly overnight competition. For her efforts Amanda has been featured in Black Enterprise, The Grio, Venture Beat and more and was recently invited to be a participant at the White House Tech Inclusion Summit. Prior to forming Blerdology, the budding entrepreneur and media strategist has had the privilege of working for and with some of the world’s most esteemed brands including Atlantic Records, Sean John & Ciroc, Avon Products/Mark Cosmetics , OKA b. shoes, SNOBSWAP, the Financial Services Innovation Coalition, video and photo sharing app Mobli, dating app Hinge as well as a host of NFL athletes, Grammy & Emmy award winning talent, clothing lines and digital platforms. Amanda is a nationally published writer and the founder of Tallatainment.com. For her editorial contributions, Amanda was awarded the Karl A. Bickel Fellowship for leadership in journalism. Amanda currently resides in Washington, D.C. where she acts as the regional ambassador to professional organization, Women in PR.
4. Zon D’Amour
Zon D’Amour is the Founder/Editor-In-Chief of AimerAmour.com, an online
entertainment magazine that emphasizes the business aspects of the entertainment industry.
Born in Los Angeles & raised in New Orleans, Zon is an alumna of Howard University. Having begun her collegiate career at age 16, Zon has worked within numerous facets of entertainment. Her professional experience ranges from being a Production Assistant in the wardrobe department for the feature film BATMAN: The Dark Knight to working in France with the William Morris Endeavor (WME). Zon has also worked as a Production Assistant for NBC and with the GRAMMY Foundation in Los Angeles. As the Founder/Editor-In-Chief of AimerAmour, D’Amour has interviewed countless artists and industry tastemakers from Spike Lee to J.Cole, Big Sean, Raheem DeVaughn, KeKe Palmer, Chrisette Michelle, Ledisi, Future, Miguel and more. Zon is a skilled photographer, videographer and graphic designer. In addition to running AimerAmour, she currently works for LIVE NATION as a Premium Seat Sales Coordinator for the Warner Theatre.
5. Daniel Sampson
Daniel Sampson finished his third season with the Washington Redskins and his second as the Assistant Director of Communications in 2012. Sampson served as Media Services Assistant during his first full-time NFL season in 2010.
He is responsible for football publicity efforts, including handling media requests for coaches and players. In 2012, Sampson spearheaded the team’s Pro Bowl push, in particularly for Lorenzo Alexander and Trent Williams. He also serves as the key department contact on special projects for the head coach, assistant coaches and scouting staff. On game days, Sampson serves as the team’s sideline public relations contact.
Sampson joined the Redskins after working with the Houston Chronicle as a web content producer for the sports department from 2009-10.
Prior to working with the Chronicle, Sampson served as a game day intern for the Houston Texans during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, including working with the staff that earned the 2010 Pete Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Writers Association. He is a native of Aurora, Colo., where he attended Gateway High School. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.
6. Onawa Simmons
Onawa Simmons, at the age of 28, is a Project Manager with the Office of Multifamily Housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ms. Simmons has been managing the 202/811 grant process since 2006 where she is responsible for the execution of this process for the Baltimore Hub, which covers the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since beginning management of the 202/811 process, Ms. Simmons has overseen the approval of 29 affordable properties (1074 units). Those properties received a total of $79,968,241 in capital advance funds and $7,009,430 in rental assistance funding. The impact of these construction dollars and annual funding sources on the local communities is far reaching. It is estimated that every unit of construction creates one temporary job and that every $1,000,000 of funds creates 11 to 12 permanent jobs. The projects that Ms. Simmons has worked on over the past 6 years would have created over 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 112 permanent jobs. The impact of these 1403 affordable housing units on vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities is incalculable. She has received a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Science and Systems from Morgan State University in May 2007, and a Master’s of Science in Information Project Management from Towson University in May 2011. She has received an Outstanding rating (the highest achievable) in each year employed. In recognition of her exemplary contributions, in 2010, Ms. Simmons was recognized by the HUD Philadelphia Regional Director for her oversight of the Section 202/811 process. In 2011, Ms. Simmons was awarded the first Baltimore Field Office Director’s Award. This award was given to her in recognition of her outstanding service. In 2012, Ms. Simmons received the FEB Silver Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence in Federal Career.
7. Chaz Gipson
Chaz Gipson is a Teaching Associate at Howard University School of Communications. At 25, Mr. Gipson is the youngest Professor at Howard where he teaches undergraduate courses in Communication & Culture studies. In addition to teaching, he serves as a Pathway Fellow at the U.S Department of Education in the office of Post-Secondary Education and works closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Programs and the National Student Service Director. Chaz has contributed to the development and management of policy and grants involving daily operation of outreach programs including the Ronald E. McNair, Upward Bound Math-Science, Talent Search, GEAR-UP, to name a few, which are all designed to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and persons with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Chaz received his BA from Morehouse College with a major in Sociology & Public Health Sciences and is currently completing his masters in Education Leadership, Administration & Policy at Howard University. He took home the first place winner prize at the 15th Annual SAEOPP National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference presenting on “How Do Health Beliefs Affect Health Behaviors Among African-American Male College Students?”
Furthermore, Chaz has presented at several national conferences and workshops including, Eastern Sociological Society, ABRCMS, Fredrick E. Mapp Science & Mathematics Symposium, to name a few, served on many panels, served as a keynote speaker and facilitator for several professional, and academic events such as IMPACT Awareness, Brother 2 Brother Leadership, National Upward Bound Scholars Bowl, DMV High School Career Day, College/Graduate School Awareness Programs and more.
Chaz has accepted admissions to begin his doctoral work in Mass Communication & Media Studies with a focus on Educational Leadership & Policy studies in August 2013 at Howard University where he will continue to learn, serve and educate. Chaz is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and will be inducted into Phi Delta Kappa National Honors Society this spring.
8. Leslie Washington
Leslie D. Washington, 26 of Clinton, MD, is a sought after licensed massage therapist. She studied Nursing at Norfolk State University and is also a graduate of Potomac Massage Training Institute. Her company “In His Hands Massage Therapy” has a huge roster of clients throughout the area. Leslie is also the co-founder of the “FJ Movement” (Follow Jesus), which assists people in discovering their relationship with Christ. Over the past three years, Leslie has also been the owner of an international essential services franchise, and now a energy franchise owner for the past 18 months.
9. Jevona Battle
Jevona Battle is a certified personal trainer and the owner and founder of Battle Fitness, where she provides private training sessions, online consulting, semi-private training, and in-home training. Jevona spent her college years in nursing school learning about nutrition, anatomy, and overall functioning of the human body. With her nursing knowledge, background in cheerleading, ballroom dance instruction, and competition, Jevona began changing lives in the Washington DC area one person at a time.
10. Janelle Gladden
Janelle “Jazzy” Gladden is an accomplished and celebrated jewelry designer within the Fashion industry. A native of Washington DC by way of Baltimore MD, Janelle is a proud and successful business owner of “Jazzy Jewelz Jewelry” in Laurel, MD. Janelle’s jewelry design career started in 2007, after a friend suggested that she sell her jewelry. Janelle has taken this company to many heights within the last 6 years, holding the title as one of the top growing independent custom jewelry design companies in the DC Metropolitan Area and abroad. Her company has been featured in many publications such as: The Source Magazine (Twice in 2011), Folk Magazine (Sweden), Council Magazine, Linen Magazine, Dollhouse Magazine, 360 Magazine just to name a few, while also being nominated as Best Accessory Collection for the MD, Fashion Awards two years in a row (2012- 2013) and also collaborating with Tiffany Parker (Ms. Maryland US 2012) for an Exclusive Jewelry Collection and commercial (featured on the Style and E! network) She is a youth director for her church, where she shares her story to the youth to inspire them to peruse their passion.
11. Nathalie Smith
Nathalie Smith is owner and CEO of Plush Beautiq. In 2011, she started her online eco-beauty company specializing in innovative and quality products and services ranging from hair care, skin care, makeup, health and wellness, hair extensions and more. Plush’s goals are to provide the hottest products on the market with the highest brand appeal, all while reducing their carbon footprint on the planet. Today, PlushBeautiq.com reaches hundreds of thousands of people and the boutique is expected to launch soft opening of its first “Beauty Bar” in Washington, DC. Nathalie is also a certified Executive Coordinator within Market America, a product brokerage and internet marketing company, as well as a specialist in Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger. Nathalie has spent the last six years volunteering and tutoring local DC youth, freelancing and offering health/beauty tips both locally and nationally. She double majored in business management and communications and received a BS from Howard University in 2009.
12. Monique Harris
Monique Harris is a Network Operations Coordinator at the Magic Johnson-owned network Aspire TV.
In 2012, Monique started up Directing Dreams a non-profit organization for children in Washington D.C. that are interested in Arts and Entertainment as it relates to TV, film, public relations, and theater.
The 24-year-old Glenarden, Maryland native attended The Art institute of Philadelphia for Video/TV Production. Shortly after she landed her first internship at BET in the International Department and was able to be a Production Assistant at the MTV and BET awards. She worked on her first live TV show, “The Truth” with Jeff Johnson were she covered election night when President Obama was elected into office. After working in D.C, She decided it was time for a change and moved to Atlanta, GA to work as the Assistant Coordinator on BET’s “The Monique Show.” Monique also worked on other sitcoms such as “The Game” (BET), Lets Stay Together (BET), “Trey Songs BP3 Documentary (BET), “T.I. Road to Redemption” (MTV), “Chef Vs. City” (Food Network), “Sunday Best” (BET), and “America’s Got Talent 5” (NBC). After three years with BET, Monique stepped out on faith and started her new career with Tyler Perry Studios as a Post Coordinator. She worked on “Madea Goes to Jail” (stage play), “The Have and Have Knots” (stage play), and “For Better or Worse” (sitcom).
13. Kimberly Owusukoko
Kimberly Owusukoko, age of 27, is currently working at Holy Cross Hospital, one of the top hospitals in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, as a Government & Community Relations Specialist in the External Affairs Department. By the age of 25, she interned in all the three branches of the government all while being a full time law student. Kimberly served as intern on the Court of Appeals of Maryland (the state supreme court), the U.S. Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, and worked as a legislative clerk for U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin. She also served as a White House intern in the Office of the First Lady. In addition, Kimberly is an active member of the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce and was selected to participate in the Maryland State Highway Administration MD 97 Montgomery Hill Project Planning Study. Kimberly was elected to serve as the Director of Community Service for the Women’s Bar Association as a law student at University Of Baltimore School Of Law. Kimberly received her B.A. in Political Science from Howard University and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
14. Jeffery Tribble
Jeffery Tribble, Jr. is a co-founder and executive director of The MusicianShip Inc., a non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities for urban youth (TheMusicianShip.org). The MusicianShip, which has been featured by Channel 9’s JC Hayward, NBC’s Channel 4, and Angie Ange of 93.9 WKYS, has garnered both financial and in-kind support from companies such as Google, VitaminWater, Capital One, Pearl Drums, and Vater. They have sold out the John F. Kennedy Center – one of the top three performing arts venues in the United States – and have served approximately 700 students in the DC Metropolitan Area.
In addition to leading The MusicianShip, Jeffery is employed as a Senior Contracts Administrator at MicroSystems Automation Group, a private sector company listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. In 2011, Jeffery’s professional accomplishments were recognized when he was inducted into Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. In 2012, Jeffery received from three separate organizations the following civic awards: Living Legend, Exemplar in Community Service, and Man of Distinction.
Jeffery is the percussionist at his church and serves as the president of United Men In Christ, a church-based ministry that focuses on community service and youth mentoring. Jeffery graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a degree in Legal Communications and earning a a Juris Doctorate in George Washington University Law School.
15. Brandon Best
Brandon Best is a special education teacher at Tree of Life Public Charter School in the District of Columbia. The Trinity College graduate received his M.Ed of Education (Special Education focus) from Bowie State University. Some of Brandon’s special education students have gone to such schools as Howard University and Boston University, to name a few. Not wanting to give up his other love, music, the 29-year-old Maryland-native is more commonly known for efforts in the DMV entertainment sphere for his role as founder of Life Love & Lyrics LifeStyle Group. Brandon has recently worked on a feature film entitled “Dream Cash, as well as directed his own short film entitled “The Undercard”. Brandon has also been influential to the growth and development of local acts such as Black Alley by helping them create an online presence, and, help promoting top go-go bands as Backyard Band, Rare Essence & Bela Donna. His local music video work includes the likes of Anwan “Big G” Glover, Phil Ade, Phil da Phuture, Raheem DeVaughn, Shy Gizzy, Black Alley and Komplex.
16. Ashley Soto
Ashley is a pastry chef at Founding Farmers, one of the leading restaurant groups in DC. She is not only a woman, but she is half African American and Puerto Rican, a college graduate and she is leading a kitchen in less than five years after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. She’s an honors graduate of Georgia Southern and also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her work has been featured on many blogs, the Washington Post, Washington Express, and the Washingtonian.
17. Rodney Carter
Rodney L. Carter, Jr., born in 1991, the youngest minister in the Faith Fellowship of Churches’ International, and a member of the National Academy of Young Preachers and an adjunct instructor at Revival Temple Bible Institute. At the age of 14, he was licensed as a minister by his grandfather the late Bishop Milton L. Carter at the Revival Temple Full Gospel Church in Washington, DC, where his father and his uncle Pastor M. Kennard Carter now shares the pastorate. Rodney graduated valedictorian from Shabach! Christian Academy. While in high school, he was a member of the High School Honor Society of Scholars, National Honor Society, chosen to be an Ambassador of Maryland for the US National Leadership 2009 Summit at the United States Capital, and was inducted into the Who’s Who program. At Washington Bible College, he has served as school Chaplain, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Administrator of Student Workers, and as Student President. He is the recipient of the Milton L. Carter Scholarship, the Robert C. Emmans Scholarship, and the Fred Schuppe Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Rodney is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennesyivia.
18. Jacinta Taylor
Jacinta Taylor, 26, is the owner of Luxe Beauty Supply, a cutting-edge retail beauty boutique in Waldorf, MD. At both her retail store and warehouse headquarters, Jacinta manages her employees, oversees daily operations, store merchandising and focuses on making shopping with Luxe Beauty Supply a rewarding experience for clients. At the age of 20, Jacinta graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with a B.A in Psychology. At Marquette University, she continued her studies in the Community Counseling and was awarded her Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Addiction and Mental Health, by age 22. While in school, she interned at Homeless Shelters and Hospitals providing Substance Abuse Therapy. After graduating, Jacinta incorporated her counseling background and her life-long love of beauty and hair to birth Luxe Beauty Supply.
In 2008, Jacinta, mentored by her mother, started Luxe Beauty Supply as an online store, to bring high quality custom hair extensions, lace wigs and hair pieces to women suffering from hair loss. The response was overwhelming and by the second year, Luxe reached over $1 million in gross sales.
19. David Johns
David Johns most recently served on the Presidential Inaugural Committee after serving as the Nevada Policy and Research Director for President Obama’s presidential re-election campaign, where he was responsible for communicating the impact of the President’s policies for Nevadans by producing state-specific campaign literature. Johns is also a Director for IMPACT (www.IMPACT-dc.com), a non-profit organization founded to increase knowledge about political and legislative processes and to enhance economic empowerment opportunities for young professionals. Johns is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University, where he teaches a graduate level course on “Education and the American Political System.” Johns previously served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin. Johns is a member of the Magic Johnson Taylor Michael’s Scholarship Program committee; is on the board of Plan for Success; and has volunteered with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. Johns graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2004 with a triple major. He obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, while teaching elementary school in New York City.
20. Christina Harper
Christina Harper is a public affairs practitioner who specializes in external and governmental affairs, community outreach, and telecommunications development. This Maryland native’s professional experience includes government, non-profit, private, consulting, and corporate industry. Her extensive background has led to positions of increasing responsibility within the White House, U.S. House of Representatives, Comcast, Federal Communications Commission, and Clarke & Associates Entertainment Firm. As an Obama for America 2012 campaign alumni, she successfully led battleground state campaign teams with surrogate travel utilizing state media markets and coordinated surrogate/VIP participation in principle events for over 30,000 people from Chicago, IL headquarters. She is currently employed as a Capital City Fellow in the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, DC. Harper has been a national speaker on Broadband Imperatives for Minority Communities, Business Development, and Social Media. Her speaking engagements have mirrored her professional memberships as she is a current board member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association, as well as member of Prince George’s County Maryland Young Democrats, and From the Heart Church Ministries. Harper graduated from Trinity University with dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Communications and English. She went on to earn her Masters in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.
21. Brandon Andrews
Brandon Andrews serves as Special Projects Manager for IMPACT, a non-profit that seeks to engage young professionals through civic engagement, political involvement, and economic empowerment. In 2012, Brandon joined the Presidential Inaugural Committee and helped plan the balls and receptions for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Brandon has served the D.C. area’s largest volunteer organization, Greater D.C. Cares, as a Project Manager and Strategic Outreach Committee member for several years. In 2011, he planned a community cleanup and fair for black men in conjunction with Greater D.C. Cares and the Friends and Family of Incarcerated People. Brandon previously served as political action chairman for the NAACP, DC Branch. In 2012, Brandon was included in the Loop21 40 Under 40: Capitol Hill Edition. Brandon was featured in the September issue of Washingtonian Magazine after being named a 2012 Style Setter.
Brandon’s philanthropic efforts were recognized by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray who appointed him to the Commission on National and Public Service. Brandon has been tapped for commentary by the National Journal, the BBC, TV4, TVOne, and other media outlets. He is a 2008 graduate of Oral Roberts University.
22. Andrena Sawyer
Andrena Sawyer is Founder and CEO of P.E.R.K. Consulting. When she was nine years old, her family left Sierra Leone due to a civil war that left thousands dead and untold numbers maimed and displaced. Encouraged and energized by the compassion that she received upon coming to the United States, Andrena vowed to herself that when she could, she would continue to “pay it forward” to others. At age 15, she founded Triple “T” MAD (Teens Trying to Make a Difference), a community service organization for teens in central New Jersey. As a freshman at Howard University, Andrena continued to cultivate her interest in community development by founding “Rock, the MIC,” an annual community outreach for youth in Washington, DC. These experiences laid a firm foundation and defined her passion for empowering youth, women, and at-risk individuals. She is a certified Self-Esteem and Life Skills Trainer. She serves as a liaison for IEDA Relief and as an Executive Board Member of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) and Project Dream BIG. In addition to her work with P.E.R.K. Consulting, she is also an avid writer. She recently published her first eBook, The Other Side of Assertiveness.
23. Quentin James
Quentin James is the National Director for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental organization. In 2008, Quentin served as the Deputy Youth Vote Director in Ohio for the Obama Campaign where he helped organize 315,000 college students at 32 colleges and universities, and doubled youth voter turnout at the Ohio State University. In 2009 Quentin joined Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick’s legislative staff on Capitol Hill serving as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent, and afterwards served as the Executive Political Aide for Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins at Green for All. In 2011, Quentin co-founded Vestige Strategies, a boutique Public Affairs firm that specializes in grassroots community engagement, public affairs and government relations. One of Vestige’s earliest accomplishments was managing the successful state senate campaign for state Rep. Karl Allen in South Carolina. Quentin’s work has been featured in many national outlets, books, and publications such as the Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, Ebony & Jet Magazines, the Tavis Smiley Radio Show and Tina Rosenberg’s New York Time’s Bestseller “Join the Club.” Currently Quentin serves as a national board member for the NAACP and Headcount, an organization that works with major artists and musicians to promote participation in democracy. Quentin received a Bachelors of Arts in Africana Studies from Howard University in Washington, DC and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
24. Jeanette Hordge
Jeanette Hordge is the founder & CEO of DASH Coordinating & Marketing, LLC. Hordge, a Howard University graduate and native of Tampa, Florida, she has worked with several clients including but not limited to the Office of the Vice President, SCREAM Star Entertainment, the DuBose Institute for Dentistry and The William Kellibrew Foundation. She is also a former contestant for MISS MARYLAND USA 2012 and an advocate for promoting oral healthcare education and its relation to the paradigm of global healthcare. Hordge continues to give back to her community through serving as a volunteer for Daughter for The Day, Inc. in Washington, DC as well as Happy Helpers for the Homeless in Baltimore, MD while continuing to mentor young girls along the east coast through her online blog, The Diva J Way!
25. Jabari Douglas
Jabari Douglas is the Pastor of the Kingdom Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. He has been in ministerial leadership for the past five years under the tutelage of Bishop Glen A. Staples of the Temple of Praise in Washington, DC. He served as a former assistant to Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton, where he gained legislative experience at the federal and state levels. He also served as the Director of Advocacy and Religious Outreach for the Washington Linkage Group. His established relationships with government and church officials has given him expertise in appropriating funds for community development programs and church expansion projects. His ecumenical training at Howard School of Divinity and his participation in various denominations has made him an asset to the Washington Linkage Group. As an undergraduate student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Douglas served as the state vice president for the Youth and College Division of the NAACP.
26. Deanna Jefferson
Deanna Jefferson is the owner and head trainer of Fab Body Factory in Upper Marlboro, MD. Not only is she a great personal trainer but her boot camps and classes are really encouraging and educate women on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Team Fab Body is a great community getting fit together but Deanna also leads the group by participating in community events to raise money for great causes and to end childhood obesity.
27. Dominique Broadway
Dominique Broadway began her career in the financial services industry with UBS Financial Services in New York City. Dominique possesses 7 years of client service and investment experience working with individuals, families, small organizations and High Net Worth individuals.
Dominique is a proud graduate of Bowie State University and also a recent graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a Masters of Science in Financial Management.
At the age of 27, Dominique launched Finances De•mys•ti•fied, a happy hour series that focuses on provoking the conversation of money amongst young professionals, over signature money themed cocktails.
28. Lauren Wilson
Lauren Wesley Wilson is a professional communicator, media spokesperson, acclaimed entrepreneur, captivating speaker and networker extraordinaire. She is the Founder and Chief Networking Officer of the dynamic and fast-growing ColorComm, the only membership organization exclusively for executive women of color in communications. Lauren went from top PR agency Hill & Knowlton to a top position on Capitol Hill. Lauren was on the frontline as the Communications Director for a Ranking Member of Congress, where she was the formal spokesperson and media liaison. Her connections led to the high-stakes, highly-visible media booking and consulting position for Obama for America at the all-important Florida Campaign Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Celebrity bookings she landed included media interviews with Obama supporters Alicia Keys and Alfre Woodard. Lauren is a graduate of Spelman College.
29. Christopher Barnhill
Award-winning HIV/AIDS activist, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and founder & CEO of POZitive Impact, LLC, Christopher Barnhill is changing the face of activism. At the age of 16 Christopher discovered that he was infected at birth with HIV. This motivated him to dedicate his life’s mission to promote HIV/AIDS and personal awareness. Christopher has spent the last 8 years speaking publicly to audiences of 100 to 10,000 about the impact and responsibility of being positive.
30. Krystle Maclin
Krystle Maclin is a property manager at Archstone, the 3rd largest Real Estate Investment Trust in the United States and owner of Princess Kut, LLC. Her organization is designed to promote balanced, healthy relationships among daughters of the clergy and bring others to the Kingdom as the daughters develop their own gift in ministry.