Nancy P. Burnett
Nancy is the CEO of The SB Group, a business advisory firm focused on corporate process improvement, reputational enrichment and financial profitability. The SB Group provides audits, investigations, engineering, communication design, team and executive development and board development. The SB Group serves law firms, universities, and financial industry boards of directors, senior officers and their teams. Clients include a multinational private equity firm with manufacturing and supply chain operations in the US, China, UK and Mexico.
An original member of the Board of Directors of the DC Social Innovation Project, Nancy began her career after law school representing women coal miners in tort and employment litigation and appeared on 60 Minutes related to this work. Nancy is President and a founding trustee of the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), an alliance that designs and facilitates delivery of cutting edge securities and finance curriculum to diverse emerging leaders in the industry, which was recognized in 2014 for its innovative design and operations by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She is active as a public speaker before audiences in both the private and public sectors. She is an award winning adjunct faculty member who taught graduate students at Georgetown University and at Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). Her media appearances include the PBS News Hour and Voice of America.
Natalie S. Foley
Natalie serves as Vice-president/COO at Peer Insight. With a background in strategy, technology implementation, and change management, Natalie has led major projects for Peer Insight. The diversity of her experience is brought to bear throughout the innovation lifecycle, enabling strong exploratory and divergent thinking while maintaining a grasp on the ins and outs of execution. Natalie has worked in both the private and public sectors, with clients such as Allstate, DTE Energy, the World Bank, Kimberly-Clark, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Good Samaritan Society. She holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary.
Jenny is the Associate Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of innovative organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Jenny has fifteen years’ experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was the Senior Program Manager, Membership and Individual Donors at Hispanics in Philanthropy. She has also worked with DoubleClick in San Francisco and the Concha y Toro winery in Santiago, Chile. During business school, she worked with Agora Partnerships in Nicaragua, Enterprise Solutions for Poverty in New York, and Investors’ Circle in San Francisco. She is a former member of the Advisory Council of the New York Venture Philanthropy Fund and the Board of Refugee Transitions in San Francisco. She has an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Latin American Studies from Davidson College.
Steven serves as partner and President of Strategy at Ghost Note. In this role he is responsible for leading the development of innovative and thoughtful integrated communications strategies. Steven has developed an expertise in strategy and client engagement after previously serving as an executive at some of the nation’s leading boutique communications agencies. Before leaving to build Ghost Note, he served as director at The Walker Marchant Group, where he developed and executed comprehensive communications campaigns for leading companies and organizations. Prior, Steven served as account director at Bravery Corporation where he was responsible for business development and strategic development. Steven began his career as account executive at Impact Strategies – the nationally renowned agency that was the inspiration for ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” In this capacity he developed strategies and led campaigns for a range of clients. Steven is a native of Washington and a proud graduate of Florida A&M University.
Steve serves as managing partner of DC Community Energy Partners, a consulting practice that provides services in the energy arena to government, business, and nonprofit clients. He is also principal of Boyd Strategies, which provides strategy, management, communications, business development, fundraising, and civic engagement consulting to advocacy groups, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. Steve has managed organizations, programs and campaigns addressing economic development, clean energy, educational opportunity, and social justice for over eighteen years.
Andrew serves as a Strategy Consultant with Accenture Federal Services (AFS) in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he advises senior government executives on important critical management issues spanning organizational mission, structure, management and services. Prior to his consulting work, Andrew was a Senior Provider Reimbursement Analyst with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia and has also worked with the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Leadership Fellowship Program. He’s highly active in the Washington DC community and has been involved with DCSIP for over 4 years, originally a key member to initiating DCSIP’s pro-bono consulting program. Andrew is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Ayris represents a dynamic hybrid of skills having served in the public, private and social sectors. She has created a niche for designing, launching and marketing holistic approaches to addressing disparities at both systemic and organizational levels. Currently, Ayris serves as the Senior Director of External Affairs with the Equal Rights Center (ERC), a DC-based civil rights organization that remediates discriminatory practices in housing, employment, retail and public services. In this role, Ayris manages the organization’s thirty plus corporate partnerships, sustainability initiatives, membership engagement and communications. In 2012, Ayris became the first Executive Director for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI), where she led the design and implementation of a transformative education model to improve the social indicators of a low-income community in northeast D.C. Under her leadership, DCPNI received a $28M grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as part of the White House Revitalization Initiative to end inter-generational poverty. DCPNI was the first and only start-up organization to be awarded this highly coveted designation and investment. Additionally, Ayris has held leadership roles with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), a public grant-making agency in the Nation’s Capital and served as a key advisor in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), overseeing a $250M community development portfolio.She is highly involved in civic opportunities and is actively leading the launch the DC Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and serves as the Managing Principal of 7 Concepts, LLC where advises non-profits and city agencies on public-private partnerships, program design and outreach strategies to advance social impact agendas.
Board Chair and Co-Founder
Darius recently joined Johns Hopkins University as the inaugural Director of the Social Innovation Lab, an incubator for mission-driven ventures tackling local and global challenges. For the past two years he has served in the advisory capacity of Social Entrepreneur-In-Residence in the Center for Social Value Creation at University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Darius was previously an associate in the corporate restructuring group at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and has served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service. He was recently named a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and is an alum and trustee of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Darius is author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law where he served as an editor of the California Law Review and as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.