Washington DC Executive Council 


Jazmin Tanner

Washington DC Hub I Curator

Jazmin is a Program Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting Wikipedia and a suite of other wiki projects. Jazmin is also Co-Founder and President of Project Z, a non-profit that leverages experiential project-based learning to provide youth diverse marketable skills, economic mobility, consulting experience, and civic engagement. Previously, Jazmin was a IT Strategy Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a Digital Marketer for Virginia's largest commercial sheet-fed printer and Chair of youth development program, Leaders of Tomorrow-DC. Jazmin has been recognized as Mentor of the Year by the National Black MBA Association Washington, DC Chapter and an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar recipient.


Josue Lopez Calderon

Washington DC Hub II Curator

Josue is a Co-Founder of The Baseball Foundation and serves in the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Previously he served in the Obama Administration's Presidential Personnel Office at The White House and at the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Bo Machayo

Immediate Past Washington DC Hub I Curator

Bo Machayo is the Chief of Staff to Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large). Bo formerly served as the Strategic Advisor of External Engagement at the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), as the Principal Deputy Associate Director for Public Engagement at the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Obama, and as the Co-Founder and President of Global Inheritance.


Clara Tsao

Alumni Engagement Chair (Hub I)

Clara Tsao is the Chief Technology Officer at the US interagency Countering Violent Extremism Task Force administratively housed at the Department of Homeland Security and Vice President of the Board for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Foundation. Clara entered the US Government as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, but before that, she spent seven years in the commercial technology industry.


Raj Tilwa

Membership Chair (Hub II)

Raj is a commercial strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Strategy and Operations group.


Maria João Montenegro

Social & Happiness Chair (Hub I)

Maria João is a consultant at McKinsey & Company's Washington DC office. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare through technology. Previously, she was with Rocket Internet in Sydney where she helped set up several e-commerce startups from scratch and with the Global Financial Sponsors Group at Morgan Stanley in London. Maria João has lived and worked in over 10 countries, and in all the 5 continents.


David Agranovich

Washington DC Hub I Vice Curator

David Agranovich is a Director at the National Security Council and a Washington D.C. based foreign policy analyst focused on Russian organized crime and corruption.

Roberto Carlos Garza Rodríguez

Washington DC Hub II Vice Curator

Roberto Carlos Garza Rodríguez is a biomedical engineer who currently serves as an International Consultant in Blood Services and Transplants, in the Pan American Health Organization. Garza is a co-founder of #Blood4All, a global initiative to promote collective voluntary blood donations to prevent seasonal blood shortages.


Kevin Clark

Immediate Past Washington DC Hub II Curator

Kevin's experiences range from working in Major League Soccer, to the London 2012 Olympics, the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 and much more, focusing primarily on sport operations and competition management; though he has also worked in digital communications, serving as an editor for FIFA.com. Kevin Clark founded a publishing company called Nimble Feet to bring a series of children's soccer novels from the UK to America.


Olivia Woods

Marketing & Communications Chair (Hub I)

Olivia is a civil servant/professional foreign affairs and homeland security nerd currently serving in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, where she focuses on executive communications. She previously worked on the National Security Council at the Obama White House, where she served as Special Assistant to the President's Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, and in several offices within the State Department.


Urgamal Azat

Project & Events Management Chair (Hub I)

Urgamal is the Founder and Board Director of Od-Dariya Foundation, a nonprofit contributing to modern and reliable health care systems through closing the technology and knowledge gap. Urgamal formerly served as supervisory staff at several international organizations and is an experienced legal expert who contributed to building human rights centered domestic legal environment in Mongolia.


Felizia Bacall

Treasurer (Hub I)

Felizia is a financial professional working on emerging markets and financial inclusions. Currently, she is a Senior Investment Officer at USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) in the Latin America, Caribbean and Eastern Europe team. Prior to USAID, she worked at The Bridgespan Group (Bain's social sector arm), The International Monetary Fund, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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Rishi Neil Ahuja

Washington DC Hub I Member

Rishi Ahuja is a member of the 2018-2019 Luce Scholars Program selected for a year of language training and a professional placement. He will be exploring the role that technology can play in building a more efficient and equitable financial system in India.

Brandon Banner

Washington DC Hub I past curator

Brandon Banner is a MBA Candidate at Cornell University and a former Senior Manager of Policy Advocacy for Food, Agriculture, and Retail Trade at the US Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council.


Ilya Breyman

Washington DC Hub I member

Ilya is a co-founder of Talent Equity Ventures. He is involved in pipeline management and actively works with portfolio companies on operational and strategic level.


Akash Chougule

Washington DC Hub I Member

Akash Chougule is the Director of Policy at Americans for Prosperity, the nation's largest free-market grassroots advocacy organization. In this role, he oversees all of AFP’s state policy advocacy efforts, with a focus on labor, healthcare, education, and tax policy. Akash was named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" list for Law & Policy in 2016.


Paige Gentry

Washington DC Hub I Member

Paige is an Associate for Affordable Housing & Non-Profits at DC based law firm, Klein Hornig. Paige is passionate about sustainable community economic development

Laura Jaramillo-Bernal

Washington DC Hub I member

"Laura Jaramillo is a producer for Efecto Naím, a Spanish language newsmagazine show broadcast in the United States and throughout 23 countries in Latin America. She covers a broad range of topics including technology, international relations and economics. Before joining Efecto Naím, Laura was a Michael Rockefeller Fellow in China, where she studied traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink painting

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Quratul-Ann Malik

Washington DC Hub I Member

Quratul-Ann Malik is the cofounder of herDomain. Her early career took her to the White House National Economic Council, where she spearheaded the TechHire Initiative: a program connecting economically disadvantaged populations across the US with accelerated training pathways to tech jobs. When she moved to the private sector, Quratul-Ann joined a team of tech specialists to create SPINN Labs, a coworking, incubator tech hub in Islamabad, Pakistan. She combined her expertise in the worlds of technology and policy to create, herDomain, which she hopes will be a game-changer for Pakistani women from lower socio-economic backgrounds.


Marcus Noel

Washington DC Hub I member

Marcus Noel is the founder and CEO of Heart of Man (HōM), an immersive entrepreneurship program that enables middle and high school students to identify their core motivations and transform them into game-changing products & businesses. Noel was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, 2016 Made Magazine "Impact List" honor, 2015 Class of “Emerging Innovators” by Ashoka and American Express, 2015 Camelback Ventures Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, and a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship.


Reagan Thompson

Washington DC Hub I member

Reagan is the policy advisor to Melania Trump. Reagan previously served as Congressman Mike Pompeo’s Policy and Communications Advisor. Reagan was responsible for issues including Iran, Guantanamo Bay, Benghazi, ISIS, and Asia. Reagan has been recognized as a Forbes magazine 30 Under 30.


Thysson George Williams

Washington DC Hub I member

Thysson joined Crocs, Inc. in 2000 as one of the first employees and original angel investor - he is credited with developing the initial sales and marketing strategy for all Crocs Brand Footwear and implementing the 'kiosk model', accounting for over fifty percent of total footwear sales. Thysson left Crocs in 2007, and started Lookout Investment Group, a private equity firm specializing in new venture initiation and capital bridge financing.


Ellington Arnold

Marketing & Communications Vice Chair (Hub I)

Ellington is a Program Analyst with a focus on Somalia and Youth Entrepreneurship for the U.S. African Development Foundation. Previously he worked as a development consultant in Kenya focusing on economic diversification on a community level.


Nichole Bestman

Washington DC Hub I member

Nichole Bestman is a MBA Candidate at Cornell University and the Co-Founder and Projects Director of Gbomai Bestman Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well being of mothers and children through pre and postnatal care, nutrition, child healthcare, family planning, and health education to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in West Africa, Liberia.

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Kim Bryden

Washington DC Hub I Member

Kim Bryden is the CEO & Founder of Cureate and Cureate Connect. For over 10 years, she has worked in the food and beverage industry from government to Fortune 500 retail management, to food+tech startup. Cureate provides services to emerging food and beverage business owners to assist with their growth and scaling initiatives.


Peter L Danjczek

Membership Vice CHair (Hub I)

Peter is an Executive Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Peter has represented FEMA on White House Sub-Interagency Policy Committees and was detailed to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


Rishi Gupta

Washington DC Hub I member

Rishi R. Gupta is a junior associate with the international trade practice group at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, working on trade remedy and export issues. Prior to joining the firm, Rishi has had experience working on multilateral trade issues at the United States Representative, on anti-corruption matters at the World Bank, and on transitional justice and strategic litigation at a non-profit legal services firm.


Angela Jhanji

Washington DC Hub I member

Angela Jhanji is a Manager in Accenture Strategy with a focus on non profit, public sector, entrepreneurship, innovation, digital, and sustainability having worked for clients in the FMCG, NGO and charity sectors as well as international bodies such as the World Economic Forum and World Bank.

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Mary-katherine McKenzie

Washington DC Hub I member

Mary-Katherine is a self-taught programmer and a software engineer at WeddingWire. She stays active in the D.C. Tech community by being involved in Women Who Code DC and organizing the local branch of CodeNewbie meetups.


Steven Olikara

Washington DC Hub I member

Steven Olikara is Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), a national organization activating young policymakers across partisan lines in Congress and state legislatures. Steven has been recognized as a Forbes magazine 30 Under 30, a Truman Scholar, the Millennial of the Year, and one of the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine.


Phillip Reeves

Washington DC Hub I past curator

Phillip Reeves is the Principal of Mercantile Strategies an advisory and management consulting firm that can meet a variety of client needs. Phil has provided advisory services for numerous growth oriented firms, from nascent startups to Fortune 500 businesses.


Ermal Vila

Social & Happiness Vice Chair (Hub I)

Ermal is a Parliamentary Specialist at the World Bank Group, the world's largest international development organization, working at the Parliamentary Strengthening Cluster on enhancing the capacity of parliaments to effectively perform their core functions. His previous work focuses on issues of Public-Private Dialogue and the better involvement of the private sector into the development agenda.


Jen Zhu

Project & Event management Vice Chair (Hub I)

Jen Zhu is Founder of BMoreLoved.org to combat the systemic issues of domestic violence and Professional Staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Majority. Previously, she led policy and budget at the White House, designed and tested healthcare reforms at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and served the United Nations in East Africa, where she worked to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals and address gender-based violence for the UN Refugee Agency. Jen serves on the board of DC SAFE, the only 24/7 crisis intervention agency for domestic violence in the nation's capital, and as Harvard Class President.

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Suhad Babaa

Washington DC Hub II member

Suhad Babaa is the Executive Director at Just Vision, an organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, equality, dignity and human security for all through unarmed means.


Baria Daye

Alumni Engagement vice chair (hub II)

Baria Daye is an Operations Officer at the World Bank in Washington DC. She works on the implementation of the new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).


Neha Dalal

Washington DC Hub II member

Neha is a Program and Operations Coordinator at The Institute for College Access & Success. She previously served as a staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, advising the President and senior White House staff on economic opportunity policy areas including early, K-12, and higher education. Neha currently serves as vice chair of the Youth Working Group of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.


Worku Gachou

Washington DC Hub II member

Worku Gachou is a Professional Staff Member overseeing the African Affairs portfolio for the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States Congress. Within this portfolio, his work focuses on a wide range of U.S. political, security, and economic engagements in sub-Saharan Africa.


Juan Pio Hernandez

Washington DC Hub II Past Curator

Juan Pio Hernandez is a Washington D.C. based consultant focused in International Trade, Public Policy, International Relations and Agricultural Markets. He is currently the Managing Director at Innovatics Group LLC, an International Trade, Business and Policy consulting firm.


Tanveer Kathawalla

Washington DC Hub II Member

Tanveer is the CFO of Analytical Space, a satellite communications company based in Boston. His career spans aerospace entrepreneurship, venture capital, and politics. Additionally, Tanveer has worked and supported campaigns on various federal levels including helping lead Marco Rubio’s 2016 Presidential campaign millennial outreach.

Katarina Podlesnaya

Washington DC Hub II Member

Katarina has served as a trusted adviser at BCG and rolled up her sleeves as an entrepreneur, having bought, operated, and sold a custom-clothing business, worked at a product design startup and a startup incubator. Currently, Katarina an Engagement Manager at ConsySes, a blockchain venture production studio


Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval

Washington DC Hub II Member

Elizabeth is the Press Secretary for the House Democratic Caucus. Elizabeth is the former Deputy Director for Hispanic Media for Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and a Hilary Clinton Alum.


Esther Tetruashvily

Washington DC Hub II Member

Esther is a US Diplomat focused on Eurasian politics, migration, and national security and will be serving in Guangzhou and Beijing for her next tour. Her first tour of duty was in Embassy Dushanbe, although she has worked as a Pickering Fellow at the U.S. Mission to NATO and the Office of Russian Affairs prior to joining the State Department in 2015.

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Michelle Blanchet

Washington DC Hub II member

Michelle Blanchet is an educator and social entrepreneur, who is passionate about inspiring innovation in the field of education. She has been working with young people for the past ten years and recently founded The Educators' Lab, which aims to revolutionize teacher trainings and support educational innovation.


Micaela Coleman

Washington DC Hub II member

Micaela is currently pursuing her masters in International Business & Foreign Policy at Georgetown University. Her experiences in public service include working for the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. House of Representatives & Brookings Institution.


Julia Duncan

Washington DC Hub II member

Julia is a Consultant for Accenture. Previously, Duncan worked at the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State, at Google on the Finance Team and in the White House. In her personal time, she sits on the InnVision Shelter Networks’ NextGen Advisory Board which she helped found in 2013, is a member of the Young Professionals Board of Covenant House, DC and is a volunteer disaster responder.

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Andrew Goodman

Washington DC Hub II member

Andrew is a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he works on strategy and organization issues for governments and private sector clients around the world. At McKinsey he was the first Chief of Staff for the McKinsey Center for Government, a new global think / do tank for research, collaboration and innovation in government performance.


Chris hughes

Washington DC Hub II Member

Chris is a Venture Capitalist with Revolution's growth equity fund. Chris has a focus on investments in fintech, software, and consumer businesses. He formerly a Project Leader at BCG, focused on strategy, sales and marketing, and M&A work with consumer and services businesses.


Hedieh Mehrtash

Washington DC Hub II Member

Hedieh currently a consultant at the U.S National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Global Health having previously served as a Global Cancer Fellow. Hedieh conducts tobacco control research for cancer prevention, particularly focused on non-cigarette tobacco products including betel quid/areca nut and waterpipe smoking.


kathy Qian

Finance vice chair (Hub II)

Kathy is the co-founder of Code for Democracy, a civic technology lab, and the founder of Tickermachine, an algorithmic trading firm. Previously, she created data-driven innovation policies for developing countries at the World Bank, designed analytics experiments for Fortune 500 companies at Applied Predictive Technologies, and consulted on civil rights litigation with the ACLU.

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Carl shotwell

Washington DC Hub II Member

Carl is the owner of CarlWorks LLC where he build apps, lead teams, and publish words. His passion for startups and community stems from a lifelong involvement in a family operated small business.


Alex Wirth

Washington DC Hub II Member

Alex Wirth is the Cofounder & CEO of Quorum, a public affairs software platform that enables organizations to launch grassroots advocacy campaigns, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor dialogue in Washington, Brussels, all 50 states, and thousands of cities around U.S. Alex was named by the Washingtonian as one of D.C.’s Top 100 Tech Leaders and sits on the Government Relations Executives Council, the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Board of Directors of The Public Affairs Council, and the Board of Directors of the Forum for Youth Investment.