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BUILD Metro DC

A critical feature for our U.S. Capital city in engaging students from under-resourced communities through our four-year entrepreneurship, business development, and post-secondary readiness model

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The BUILD Metro DC Story

Since its launch in 2009, BUILD Metro DC  has been a critical feature for the city in engaging students from under-resourced communities through our four-year entrepreneurship, business development, and post-secondary readiness model. In partnership with DCPS and charter schools, we virtually serve 180 students at five high schools in the District of Columbia. We operate digital business incubators, in which student business teams launch and run their very own startups. 

 

BUILD students are provided individualized academic support and business coaching, supported by professional mentors who work with our young entrepreneurs on a weekly basis. BUILD staff and volunteers cultivate our students’ business, academic, and life skills to prepare them for high school, college, and career success.

Meet BUILD Metro DC Students

Updates & Events

The BUILD Metro DC Team

Adeleke Omitowoju

Position: Principal, Groundwork

Adeleke Omitowoju

Principal, Groundwork

Andrea Dimarco

Position: Vice President, Tenable

Andrea Dimarco

Vice President, Tenable

Anesa Parker

Position: Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Anesa Parker

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Candace Roberts

Position: Events and Meetings Professional

Candace Roberts

Events and Meetings Professional

Chen Chen Tung

Position: Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank

Chen Chen Tung

Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank

Christian Souza *Co-Chair*

Position: Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Christian Souza *Co-Chair*

Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Corry Bedwell

Position: Senior Risk Analyst, Nodal Exchange

Corry Bedwell

Senior Risk Analyst, Nodal Exchange

Danielle Staggs

Position: Development and Operations Manager

Danielle joined BUILD Metro DC in the Fall of 2020 and serves as the hub of all development operations for the Metro DC team. This includes, but is not limited to helping to manage fundraising, coordinating social media/communication, and supporting the Executive Director. Danielle’s background is in events and fundraising, having worked both for political agencies and education nonprofits. She has always had a passion for youth empowerment and an entrepreneurial mindset, believing in the power of education as a pathway to closing the opportunity gap in underserved communities. Danielle graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in International Relations, with a focus in diplomacy and political communication.

Danielle joined BUILD Metro DC in the Fall of 2020...

Danielle Staggs

Development and Operations Manager

David Toney

Position: Vice President, Development, Akridge

David Toney

Vice President, Development, Akridge

Donovan Tyson *Co-Chair*

Position: Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

Donovan Tyson *Co-Chair*

Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-Chair*

Position: DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One
Top: 1

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-Chair*

DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One

Elan Bar

Position: Founder, Urban Gastronaut

Elan Bar

Founder, Urban Gastronaut

Grant Williams

Position: Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Grant Williams

Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Heather Godsmark *Co-Chair*

Position: DC Regional Board Chair, Consultant, Egon Zehnder
Top: 2

Heather Godsmark *Co-Chair*

DC Regional Board Chair, Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Irving Yoskowitz

Position: Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Irving Yoskowitz

Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

James Farmer

Position: Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

James Farmer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

Karleton Thomas

Position: Regional Executive Director, DC
Top: 1

Karleton Thomas is a social entrepreneur and workforce development practitioner who has spent much of his career developing opportunities for marginalized communities. After nearly a decade of engaging vulnerable populations and witnessing the myriad of barriers to effective programming, Karleton is poised to deliver on the “dream” and provide sustainable solutions to the students, residents, and parents of our communities.

Karleton Thomas is a social entrepreneur and workforce development practitioner...

Karleton Thomas

Regional Executive Director, DC

Kateri Jones

Position: Small Business & Start Up Consultant

Kateri Jones

Small Business & Start Up Consultant

Krystal Johnson

Position: Project Manager, SAP Concur

Krystal Johnson

Project Manager, SAP Concur

Luigi Lannutti

Position: Blended Finance Officer, IFC- International Finance Corporation

Luigi Lannutti

Blended Finance Officer, IFC- International Finance Corporation

Malcom Glenn

Position: Fellow, New America

Malcom Glenn

Fellow, New America

Melissa Webster

Position: Grant Writer, D.C.

Melissa Webster joins the BUILD DC team with a diverse background in nonprofit development. She has spent the majority of her career working in food access and agriculture. She is passionate about helping build communities that have traditionally been underserved and under-resourced in the Metro DC area. Melissa loves intertwining stories of the community into grant narratives and thinks it is essential to share the human experience and perspective with funders and shareholders alike.

Melissa lives in Great Falls, Virginia, on a small flower farm with her husband, Ben. She likes to tend to their many chickens and ducks in her spare time and share the local flowers they grow with friends and neighbors.

Melissa Webster joins the BUILD DC team with a diverse...

Melissa Webster

Grant Writer, D.C.

Michael Copty

Position: Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Michael Copty

Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Patrick Van den Bossche

Position: Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Patrick Van den Bossche

Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Rayna Landa

Position: Program Associate (Avodah Fellow)

Rayna Landa is originally from Springfield, NJ and is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Public Policy with a minor in Sociology. She is thrilled to join the incredible BUILD DC team as this year’s Avodah fellow. Avodah is a Jewish non profit organization whose mission is to develop lifelong social justice leaders. As the Program Associate at BUILD DC, she facilitates mentoring and helps to aid the student experience. This year, she is excited to have the opportunity to live, learn, and work in D.C. with other members of the fellowship, creating a mindful and impactful community. .

Rayna Landa is originally from Springfield, NJ and is a...

Rayna Landa

Program Associate (Avodah Fellow)

Rob Colenso

Position: Senior Director, RareLife Solutions

Rob Colenso

Senior Director, RareLife Solutions

Shawn Berriman

Position: Director of Development
Top: 2

Shawn worked as a professional chef straight out of high school before landing his first real office job in international development. In that role, Shawn spent several years working with government clients from Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam, and came to appreciate just how much need there is for community support initiatives around the world. In 2005, Shawn and his wife, Eva, moved to Washington, DC from New Zealand. After working at both the New Zealand and Canadian Embassies to the U.S., Shawn left government work to join the world of social good. Over the past decade, Shawn has worked with several nonprofits to help connect individuals and companies to the causes they most deeply care about. If Shawn’s fundraising experiences were written up as a novel, he believes that the donors and corporate partners would be the heroes of the story – after all, it is they who through their generosity help make change possible.

Shawn holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies form Massey University in New Zealand and is blessed to have two amazing children: Anna (6) and Owen (3).

Shawn worked as a professional chef straight out of high...

Shawn Berriman

Director of Development

Shelbi Svoboda

Position: Director of Account Management, Kit Check

Shelbi Svoboda

Director of Account Management, Kit Check

Temisan Shebi

Position: Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Temisan Shebi

Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Timothy Garnett

Position: Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Timothy Garnett

Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Trent Houston

Position: Assistant Manager, Cambridge Associates

Trent Houston

Assistant Manager, Cambridge Associates

Danielle Staggs

Position: Development and Operations Manager

Danielle joined BUILD Metro DC in the Fall of 2020 and serves as the hub of all development operations for the Metro DC team. This includes, but is not limited to helping to manage fundraising, coordinating social media/communication, and supporting the Executive Director. Danielle’s background is in events and fundraising, having worked both for political agencies and education nonprofits. She has always had a passion for youth empowerment and an entrepreneurial mindset, believing in the power of education as a pathway to closing the opportunity gap in underserved communities. Danielle graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in International Relations, with a focus in diplomacy and political communication.

Danielle joined BUILD Metro DC in the Fall of 2020...

Danielle Staggs

Development and Operations Manager

Karleton Thomas

Position: Regional Executive Director, DC
Top: 1

Karleton Thomas is a social entrepreneur and workforce development practitioner who has spent much of his career developing opportunities for marginalized communities. After nearly a decade of engaging vulnerable populations and witnessing the myriad of barriers to effective programming, Karleton is poised to deliver on the “dream” and provide sustainable solutions to the students, residents, and parents of our communities.

Karleton Thomas is a social entrepreneur and workforce development practitioner...

Karleton Thomas

Regional Executive Director, DC

Melissa Webster

Position: Grant Writer, D.C.

Melissa Webster joins the BUILD DC team with a diverse background in nonprofit development. She has spent the majority of her career working in food access and agriculture. She is passionate about helping build communities that have traditionally been underserved and under-resourced in the Metro DC area. Melissa loves intertwining stories of the community into grant narratives and thinks it is essential to share the human experience and perspective with funders and shareholders alike.

Melissa lives in Great Falls, Virginia, on a small flower farm with her husband, Ben. She likes to tend to their many chickens and ducks in her spare time and share the local flowers they grow with friends and neighbors.

Melissa Webster joins the BUILD DC team with a diverse...

Melissa Webster

Grant Writer, D.C.

Rayna Landa

Position: Program Associate (Avodah Fellow)

Rayna Landa is originally from Springfield, NJ and is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Public Policy with a minor in Sociology. She is thrilled to join the incredible BUILD DC team as this year’s Avodah fellow. Avodah is a Jewish non profit organization whose mission is to develop lifelong social justice leaders. As the Program Associate at BUILD DC, she facilitates mentoring and helps to aid the student experience. This year, she is excited to have the opportunity to live, learn, and work in D.C. with other members of the fellowship, creating a mindful and impactful community. .

Rayna Landa is originally from Springfield, NJ and is a...

Rayna Landa

Program Associate (Avodah Fellow)

Shawn Berriman

Position: Director of Development
Top: 2

Shawn worked as a professional chef straight out of high school before landing his first real office job in international development. In that role, Shawn spent several years working with government clients from Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam, and came to appreciate just how much need there is for community support initiatives around the world. In 2005, Shawn and his wife, Eva, moved to Washington, DC from New Zealand. After working at both the New Zealand and Canadian Embassies to the U.S., Shawn left government work to join the world of social good. Over the past decade, Shawn has worked with several nonprofits to help connect individuals and companies to the causes they most deeply care about. If Shawn’s fundraising experiences were written up as a novel, he believes that the donors and corporate partners would be the heroes of the story – after all, it is they who through their generosity help make change possible.

Shawn holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies form Massey University in New Zealand and is blessed to have two amazing children: Anna (6) and Owen (3).

Shawn worked as a professional chef straight out of high...

Shawn Berriman

Director of Development

Adeleke Omitowoju

Position: Principal, Groundwork

Adeleke Omitowoju

Principal, Groundwork

Andrea Dimarco

Position: Vice President, Tenable

Andrea Dimarco

Vice President, Tenable

Anesa Parker

Position: Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Anesa Parker

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

David Toney

Position: Vice President, Development, Akridge

David Toney

Vice President, Development, Akridge

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-Chair*

Position: DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One
Top: 1

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-Chair*

DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One

Grant Williams

Position: Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Grant Williams

Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Heather Godsmark *Co-Chair*

Position: DC Regional Board Chair, Consultant, Egon Zehnder
Top: 2

Heather Godsmark *Co-Chair*

DC Regional Board Chair, Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Irving Yoskowitz

Position: Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Irving Yoskowitz

Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

James Farmer

Position: Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

James Farmer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

Malcom Glenn

Position: Fellow, New America

Malcom Glenn

Fellow, New America

Michael Copty

Position: Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Michael Copty

Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Patrick Van den Bossche

Position: Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Patrick Van den Bossche

Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Rob Colenso

Position: Senior Director, RareLife Solutions

Rob Colenso

Senior Director, RareLife Solutions

Timothy Garnett

Position: Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Timothy Garnett

Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Candace Roberts

Position: Events and Meetings Professional

Candace Roberts

Events and Meetings Professional

Chen Chen Tung

Position: Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank

Chen Chen Tung

Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank

Christian Souza *Co-Chair*

Position: Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Christian Souza *Co-Chair*

Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Corry Bedwell

Position: Senior Risk Analyst, Nodal Exchange

Corry Bedwell

Senior Risk Analyst, Nodal Exchange

Donovan Tyson *Co-Chair*

Position: Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

Donovan Tyson *Co-Chair*

Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

Elan Bar

Position: Founder, Urban Gastronaut

Elan Bar

Founder, Urban Gastronaut

Kateri Jones

Position: Small Business & Start Up Consultant

Kateri Jones

Small Business & Start Up Consultant

Krystal Johnson

Position: Project Manager, SAP Concur

Krystal Johnson

Project Manager, SAP Concur

Luigi Lannutti

Position: Blended Finance Officer, IFC- International Finance Corporation

Luigi Lannutti

Blended Finance Officer, IFC- International Finance Corporation

Shelbi Svoboda

Position: Director of Account Management, Kit Check

Shelbi Svoboda

Director of Account Management, Kit Check

Temisan Shebi

Position: Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Temisan Shebi

Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Trent Houston

Position: Assistant Manager, Cambridge Associates

Trent Houston

Assistant Manager, Cambridge Associates

School Partners


BUILD Metro DC

Headquarters

1770 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

MAILING ADDRESS

2202 18th Street NW, #104
Washington, DC 20009

CONTACT
Email [email protected]
Phone
202.506.6623
Fax 202.204.1398
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