Tony was the Mayor of Washington D.C. from 1999 to 2007. Before his election as Mayor, he was the District’s independent Chief Financial Officer. Tony had previously held positions in federal, state, and local government in New Haven, Boston, and St. Louis, and was nominated by President Clinton to be the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Heholds a BA from Yale, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a JD from the Harvard Law School.
Zach Leonsis, Secretary
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Zach is Director of Monumental Network, the enterprise that owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and theVerizon Center. Zach is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is a proud Washingtonian with interests in sports, new media, cable and OTT systems, as well as public service in the DMV.
Lionel Lynch, Treasurer
Mortgage Bankers Association
Lionel is Vice President of Strategic Member Relations at the Mortgage Bankers Association, responsible for strengthening relationships with senior executives of MBA member companies and ensuring that MBA understands their business models, organizational structures, legislative and regulatory priorities and operational challenges. Previously, Lionel held senior positions at Roadside Development, HR&A Advisors, and HUD. He earned an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Andy is a principal at Streetscape Partners, a real estate development company based in the Washington DC area, where he leads the urban and transit-oriented development portfolio of over 1 million square feet of development. Andy previously held senior planning and economic development positions in Oakland, Washington, Philadelphia, and the United Kingdom. He led the planning and implementation efforts on the Anacostia Waterfront in the Williams Administration, and the legacy redevelopment of the London 2012 Olympics site.
St. James Group LLC
Kendrick is a co-founder and co-Managing Director of the St. James Group, a sports, wellness and active entertainment complex development company. Previously, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and a founding member of the financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners, where he was a managing director and served as COO of the investment banking business. He earned his JD and MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, where he earned his AB and played varsity football.
Senator Mary Landrieu
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Senator Mary Landrieu served the people of Louisiana in the state legislature, as State Treasurer, and in the United States Senate from 1979 to 2015. She is a Senior Policy Advisor at the law firm of the Van Ness Feldman LLP. Among other roles in the Senate, she chaired the DC Appropriations subcommittee, from which she was able to work very effectively for the interests of the residents of the District of Columbia.
The Raben Group
Cleve Mesidor is a Principal with the Raben Group, where she manages an international portfolio of clients. Ms. Mesidor previously served as Communications Director for two members of the House of Representatives and as the Director of Public Affairs at the US Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration.
Chris Murphy is the Vice President for Government Relations and Community Engagement at Georgetown University. He is a former Chief of Staff to Mayor Vincent Gray and Deputy Chief of Staff to HUD Secretary Shawn Donovan. Previously he General Counsel for Atlantic Media, the founder and director of City Year Washington DC, and a staff person for Senator Edward Kennedy.
Center for NonProfit Advancement
Glen O’Gilvie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the principal association of nonprofit agencies in the national capital region. He is the former President and CEO of the Earth Conservation Corps and was a program officer with the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.
Kristin is the founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet, an international consulting firm seeking to scale successful conservation initiatives through business. Previously, she was Senior Vice President at the National Geographic Society, where over 14 years she helped to grow its international cable channels, global corporate partnerships division, and global research, conservation, and exploration programs. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Young Global Leader community of the World Economic Forum. Kristin has a public policy degree and documentary film certificate from Duke University.
Denise Rolark Barnes
The Washington Informer
Denise has been the publisher of the Washington Informer for more than 20 years. She was recently elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 black-owned newspapers around the nation. She is a director of the United Black Fund and several other civic and community organizations. Denise earned her BA and JD from Howard University.
Cohen Siegel Investors
Eric has been involved for nearly a decade in acquisition, financing and development of real estate projects as well as strategy planning and government relations. Since 2006, he has served on the Steering Committee and Board of Directors of the Capital Riverfront BID, as has been Chairman since December 2007. He holds a BA from Tufts University and a JD from UCLA, and was a former trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Capital Riverfront BID
Michael has been involved in the economic development, urban planning, and down town/neighborhood development fields for the majority of his 35-year career. Prior to his work at the BID, Michael served as the President & CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership from 2000 to 2006. Michael holds a BA in Urban Sociology from Millsaps College and an MA in Urban Planning/Urban Design from Virginia Tech.