- Chike Aguh - Head of Economic Mobility Pathways, Education Design Lab -
Chike Aguh works across sectors on creating a future of work for all. He is the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways at the Education Design Lab. There he leads the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative, tri-sector and $2.5M dollar effort turning community colleges into bridges to careers in high growth fields for every American learner and worker, starting with nearly 4,000 in 6 communities.
Chike is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he is writing a book on the future of work and racial equity, and Venture Partner at Maryland-based New Markets Venture Partners where he focuses on workforce technologies. He is a faculty member at Columbia University and advisor on social impact to Baltimore-based upskilling technology startup Catalyte.
Previously, Chike worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy at Education Advisory Board (EAB), CEO of a national social enterprise which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Senior Principal and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal. He has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce, expert advisor to the American AI Forum, and inaugural Future of Work Fellow at the International Society for Technology in Education.
Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (MBA). He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; past Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors and Advisory Board Chair of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Chike and his work have been featured at or in the White House, Harvard, Forbes, Wired Magazine, US News and World Report and Fast Company. Chike, his wife and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.
- Diana Katz - Chief Catalyst, Second Wave Learning -
Diana Katz has spent much of her career as a connector, a voice, and a partner for local nonprofits in Northern Virginia. Nearly twenty years ago, she co-founded the Giving Circle of HOPE (GCH), a member-run philanthropic organization. Diana helped develop the GCH’s founding principles, mission, bylaws, and its financial partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.
As initial Grants Chair, she led the development of the grantmaking process, from mission definition and criteria through evaluation, award, and post-grant assessment. During her tenure on the board, she served as the first Outreach Member, driving the GCH’s community partnerships.
In 2015, Diana worked with local nonprofit leaders to convene the Northern Virginia Ideas Exchange (NoVIE), an ongoing CEO-level forum. She was also the force behind the award-winning NVRides, the most impactful Fairfax County 50+ Community Action Plan program. She still serves on its board.
Believing philanthropy should represent the communities served, she launched the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund to support and increase Latinx civic education and engagement in Northern Virginia.
She began her career in computer science after receiving an M.S. from the University of Maryland. She currently serves as Chief Catalyst at Second Wave Learning and has been a part-time yoga teacher since 2001.
Diana is a fully bilingual native of Puerto Rico.
- Dominic Delmolino - Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Technology & Innovation, Amazon Web Services -
Dominic Delmolino was most recently the Chief Technology Officer at Accenture Federal Services. He was responsible for the oversight, strategy and definition of Accenture Federal Services technical offerings.
In his career, Delmolino has assisted clients in the application of leading edge data management and software development productivity solutions. He oversaw Accenture Federal’s efforts in the emerging technology space, including the implementation of responsible Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Cloud-based DevOps architectures.
Delmolino is an expert in system and data modernization, agile application and database development for high performance, and rapid deployment of large-scale systems. He also specializes in technical oversight and review of sales and proposal activities for complex cloud infrastructure and application development sales efforts. As a member of Accenture’s Global Technology Leadership Council, Delmolino provided a public sector perspective on emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, DevOps and Quantum Computing.
In addition to a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, Delmolino has a Master in Information and Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Delmolino has received a number of industry certifications, and has been published on data optimization and related specialized topics. He chose a career in technology for its constant innovation and the potential to make all people more productive. He lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife and two children, and enjoys sailing and downhill skiing.
- Jeanine Callahan - Vice President of Corporate Operations at Plus3 IT Systems -
Jeanine Callahan is passionate about improving the employee experience by creating, launching, and sustaining initiatives that result in enhanced organizational effectiveness and engagement. She has more than 20 years of management and consulting experience supporting defense, intelligence and homeland security customers.
As Vice President of Corporate Operations at Plus3 IT Systems, a growing cloud services company, Jeanine is responsible for scaling business functions to support growth, delivering operational efficiencies that strengthen financial performance, and championing programs that enhance team satisfaction and retention.
Jeanine previously served as Eagle Ray’s Chief Growth Officer, overseeing the execution of its enterprise growth agenda. She positioned the company for successful expansion of its presence within current and prospective client agencies. Her expertise in DoD and the Intelligence Community encompasses program management, organization development, and operational improvement. She has set strategy and led successful capture of over $200M in new business. Jeanine is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Advisory Committee and founding member of the GMU School of Business Women in Business Advisory Board.
Jeanine holds numerous professional certifications and accreditations, including ISO9000 Lead Auditor, Project Management Professional, Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner and Scaled Agile Framework Agilist. She also is a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 1999. Jeanine earned an Organization Development certificate from Georgetown University, an M.S. in Technology Management from George Mason University, and a B.S. in Foreign Service in Economics from Georgetown University.
- John Bridgeland - Founder & CEO, Civic -
John Bridgeland is Founder & CEO of Civic, Vice Chair of Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28 year olds, Co-Convener of GradNation to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to end malaria deaths in Africa.
Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps under President George W. Bush. He is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law and has given commencement addresses at the College of William & Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Saint Anselm College, Hamline University and Ripon College. In addition, he was named a Non-Profit Executive of the Year in 2009 for his work in developing the Serve America Act that was signed into law.
- Joseph Bracewell - Chairman, Trustar Bank -
Joseph Bracewell was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended Harvard College, where he majored in applied math and rowed on the varsity lightweight crew team; he then received an MBA from Stanford in 1971. In 1980 he was appointed by President Carter to become president of the newly-created Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank, a short-lived assignment which brought Joe and his wife Peggy to Washington after nine years in Houston. During the 1970s in Houston, Joe participated in the organization of three small community banks. After his short tenure in government, Joe joined Century National Bank in Washington, DC, which he managed as CEO from its inception in 1982 through its sale in 2001. Having obtained a law degree in 1991 from American University, Joe joined the law firm of McKee Nelson as a partner in 2002. Simultaneously, Joe served as non-executive chairman of WashingtonFirst Bank, which was organized in 2004 by former Century Bank colleagues. After retiring from law in 2012, Joe continued as executive chairman of WashingtonFirst until its merger in 2018 with Sandy Spring Bank. Joe currently serves as non-executive chairman of Trustar Bank, which was organized in 2019 by former WashingtonFirst colleagues, and he is also a board member of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company, of which his son Patrick is CEO. Joe serves on the Dean's Council of the Washington National Cathedral and is an active masters rower in the early morning hours on the Potomac River.
- Kathryn Kross - Executive Director of Communications, United Nations Foundation -
Kathryn Kross develops communications strategies for the Better World Campaign and other advocacy teams throughout the United Nations Foundation. Prior to joining BWC, she was a strategic communications consultant for non-profits, NGO’s and corporations.
Kathryn began her career as a journalist. As a producer for ABC News Nightline, she traveled widely throughout the US and the world, covering domestic politics and international affairs. She was awarded five Emmys for her work during this time. She later became CNN’s first female Bureau Chief in Washington, DC, and managed a staff of 300 in the aftermath of 9/11. In 2006, she joined Bloomberg Television in Washington as Bureau Chief, tasked with developing new programming and building the company’s TV presence in the nation’s capital.
Kathryn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire. She was awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard during the 1994-95 academic year.
- Kathy Calvin - Fmr. President and CEO, United Nations Foundation -
Kathy Calvin is a UN Foundation Board member whose career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. From 1976 through 1984, she served as Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary for both his Senate office and 1984 Presidential campaign – making her one of the first women to hold that title in American politics. She then served for 12 years as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report and later as Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company. In 1997, Kathy then went on to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of America Online and later as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner’s philanthropic activities and corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined the UN Foundation in 2003, first serving as Chief Operating Officer, then CEO, and then President and CEO starting in 2013. Kathy retired as President and CEO in December 2019.
Throughout her career, Kathy has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including serving on the B Team and Elders Advisory Council as well as the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.
- Michael Fraser - Investor; Fmr. Professor at National Defense University -
Angel investor as member of the Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN) and the Cavalier Angel Ventures (CAV). Retired Dept of Energy senior executive working with renewable energy and the advanced automobile manufacturing sector. Volunteer with the Sierra Club Great Falls Chapter working on energy efficiency, climate change, legislative and policy strategy including power purchase agreements (PPAs) for local governments. Agency Chief Information Officer leading national organizational transformations leveraging information and telecommunications technologies for enhanced mission support and organizational cultural change. Professor at the National Defense University focused on portfolio, program and project management, artificial intelligence, and use of the business planning canvas for mission driven organizations. Board member for NOVA Labs, a Reston, VA based maker space with incubator startups. Volunteer helping to start a Financial Education Center in South Fairfax County. Member and team leader on Vice President Gore’s Reinventing Government Program. Deputy Director of a new Center for Information Technology at the National Academy of Public Administration. Volunteer Mentor for small and medium businesses and startups.
Executive MBA, George Mason University; MS in Marine Resource Management, Oceanography, Oregon State University; and AB in Economics from Stanford University.
- Michael Sion - Partner, Bain & Co. -
Michael Sion is a partner at Bain & Company. He works primarily with companies and financial investors in the industrial and aerospace & defense sectors. Mike joined the Washington D.C. office of Bain when it opened in 2013, and prior to that worked in Bain’s New York office. He has expertise in strategy, commercial due diligence, and M&A, with focus on commercial aerospace, government services, and defense. Prior to joining Bain in 2008, Mike worked for DFI International, where he worked with US government clients on strategy and policy. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a BA in international affairs, magna cum laude, from George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
- Paul Kyle - Fmr. President of King Wholesale, an Anheuser-Busch distributer -
Paul Kyle is a former executive director of Helping Children Worldwide, Inc. Also, he was a co-owner and President of an Anheuser-Busch distributer, King Wholesale, spanning a career of 27 years. King Wholesale was a privately held wholesale beer distributor serving Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun Counties. The company was sold in November 2007. Prior to that, he was a Tax Partner for a local CPA firm. He has had the privilege of serving on many boards of local businesses and in various capacities with several local community-based organizations.
Mr. Kyle is a passionate fan of George Mason University Athletics, serving on the Patriot Club Advisory Board since 1999, and serving as a Chair since 2006. He was the former Chair for the Board of Trustees and has served as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Mason Housing, Inc. Mr. Kyle and his wife, Connie Kyle, live in Fairfax, Virginia. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Connie, Patrick, and Bethany are graduates of George Mason University.
- Prachi Vakharia - Founder, Womanium and Investor -
Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC in the Office of CTO of AES (http://aes.com), a 33 Billion USD company with 10 Billion USD in annual revenues, where Prachi runs the Innovation and Investments of AES Next in new domains and technologies. Beyond AES, Prachi works on Autonomous Vehicles, V2X technologies, digital and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, she worked with the WRI, World Bank and also mentors and invests in organisations and startup companies — 3 of those startups were acquired by Daimler AG (German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for $100 million in a single deal on a single day. (One of the companies went from powerpoint presentation to product design, launch, expansion and to acquisition in just 9 months!) Prachi invests in selected and advises many startup companies in USA, ranging from transportation, to energy, to computer vision, and more.
Prior to this, Prachi has worked in the Transportation Industry with World Bank, WRI-Embarq, Car2Go, myTaxi, RideScout, TransitLabs, and RideAmigos equipping her with a comprehensive understanding of V2V–V2I–V2X, BRTS, HSR, Urban Transport, Taxi and Shared Vehicles. Prachi also worked in the Business Development for RANIMOL-MIT where they built Artificial Intelligent Solutions for large companies and government agencies, and she brings those collective understanding, skills and knowledge of Industries, Systems, Structures, Operations, Management and the Leadership to Womanium.
Prachi also chairs 3 committees for the US National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board, and was approached by SAE to serve as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE to create new global standards, definitions and business models for industry, governments, regulators and academia. Part one was completed in a record time of 10 months! Within these, Prachi advocates for accessibility features and needs for the elderly and disabled to be included in the standards, along with creating new avenues to advance education and training for the next generation.
Having grown up and educated between Asia, Europe and Americas, Prachi also brings global perspectives, mindset, values and understanding. Prachi holds combined degree in Mathematics and Economics from London School of Economics (England, UK).
Prachi created and fully funds WOMANIUM FOUNDATION to create the new Scientific Leaders of Tomorrow. Modelled after DARPA and ARPA-E, Womanium is one of the most unique Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship organisations in USA that has worked with NASA, DARPA, ARPA-E, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Mental Health, Amazon, PARC, Industries, etc. for women’s advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Geroscience, CRISPR Gene Editing, Industrial Additive Manufacturing, Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety.
Through Womanium, Prachi Vakharia gave away 177 Scholarships through Womanium to students in 42 countries – including 50 from MIT and 11 from Columbia University, for Space, Energy and Neuroscience.
- Siisi Adu-Gyamfi - PE Consultant -
R. Siisi Adu-Gyamfi is a recognized leader with demonstrated expertise in managing and expanding existing businesses, as well as identifying and developing new business opportunities. He has successfully developed businesses in over 100 countries. He is Managing Partner at AGA Associates, which provides consulting services to PE firms and Fortune 1000 companies.
He is also CEO of ID-Queue LLC, a SaaS solution company that helps healthcare partners increase access to their services, optimize productivity and improve patient outcomes.
He has been a corporate officer at Textron Inc., Eaton Corporation and Cummins Inc. He has also held a series of high-profile general management, finance, marketing and strategy roles at United Technologies and Digital Equipment Corporation.
As the Corporate Senior Vice President and President of International at Textron, he led the $4B non-US business. He was a member of Textron's Transformation Leadership Team and the International Advisory Council (IAC). Siisi also led the company’s sales and marketing efforts and was Chairman of the Customer Leadership Council, Chairman of the Global Roadmap Implementation Team and a member of the Corporate Strategy Council.
At Eaton, Siisi was the first to hold the Chief Marketing Officer position created in 2000. He developed cross-company sales and marketing initiatives that delivered increased revenue and profits. He served as Chairman of the Marketing and Growth Councils. He moved to the Netherlands to become the Operating Advisor to two low-performing businesses in Europe.
Prior to Eaton, Siisi ran the $400M Generator Drive business at Cummins. He was also responsible for worldwide sales and marketing for the $3B Cummins Power Generation group. He and his colleagues led the company’s venture into value-added markets such as Operations, Maintenance and Leasing.
Siisi received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with 3 degrees: a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Management.
A graduate of the Kellogg School of Management Minority Director Development Program, Siisi serves on the Board of Maybert Engineering and ID-Queue LLC. Boards served include System Insights, Inc., Council on Emerging Markets, Healthcare Without Walls, MIT Corporation Development Committee and MIT Class President. He is a member of the MIT Educational Council, BAMIT, HBSAAA and the Executive Leadership Council.
Siisi is author of “Corporate Politics -- A Community Affair. A Proverbial Guide to Success” (2010) and co-author of “Inside the Minds: CMO Leadership Strategies” (2005).
- Tom Bagamane - Managing Director, Profitable Good Group -
Tom Bagamane has over 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the consumer products/retail field, including areas of strategy, operations, global sales, traditional and digital marketing, product branding and manufacturing. He has operated venture capital, private-equity and owner-financed product companies and has launched and successfully sold two start-up consumer product companies. Tom currently is the Managing Director of Profitable Good Group, a Los Angeles-based advisory firm for businesses, their leaders and investors who are interested in growing their bottom line through purpose-driven and actionable strategy and programming.
Tom’s business and leadership skills combined with his passion for helping those in need resulted in his founding The Giving Spirit a homeless outreach and educational non-profit in 1999. The Giving Spirit has a two-pronged mission – to provide direct survival assistance to the unsheltered of Greater Los Angeles, while curating educational and community awareness programming to better inform about and expose to individuals and families the root causes of homelessness. In 20 years of service, their over 22,000 volunteers have served more than 66,000 homeless families, men, women, children and youth in Greater LA.
A native Arlingtonian, Tom received his MBA from George Mason University’s School of Business and his BA in Communications/Political Science from Virginia Tech University. Tom has received recognition from both of his alma maters for his humanitarian work, in 2005 from Virginia Tech as the inaugural recipient of its Alumni Association’s Humanitarian Award and in 2016 by George Mason University as a Prominent Patriot and several citations from the City of Los Angeles and its Mayor Eric Garcetti.
- Victor Bilgen - Head of Analytics, McChrystal Group -
Victor Bilgen is a pioneer in the emerging field of organizational performance and organizational network analysis – using advanced analytics to diagnose, evaluate, and enhance the performance and behavior of people and the organizations the operate within. He is developing tools that help leaders dramatically improve the communication, teamwork, responsiveness, engagement and decision-making of large distributed teams using the Team of Teams model.
Victor joined McChrystal Group in 2012, and has built a team that has measured the performance and networks of over 100 companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Marketing Communication from the University of Connecticut. In his spare time, Victor is enjoys playing his keyboard and cooking.