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: VP Risk Management, Capital One

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-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: Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Heather Godsmark *Co-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

Malcom Glenn

Position: Fellow, New America

Malcom Glenn

Fellow, New America

Matt Wexler

Position: Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners

Matt Wexler

Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners

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.

Quincy Jones

Position: Program Director
Top: 2

Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1995. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Quincy began his career as a financial advisor, but was soon called to the social services field. He moved to the DC area in 2001, where he worked for years in the foster care arena as a Case Manager and Crisis Intervention Specialist. Quincy then began to work as a college access advisor in DC Public Schools. In this role, Quincy worked with all students to include athletes, honor roll, special education, parents, and international students, advising and assisting them on all aspects of college and career planning.
Quincy’s most recent roles includes piloting and managing a peer leader focused program in low-income high schools in D.C., Prince Georges County, MD, Detroit, MI, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, OH. In this program, Quincy fostered relationships with school districts and high schools to enhance the college-going culture and train student leaders and teachers. Before beginning his career as the Program Director of Build Metro DC, Quincy worked to improve the college and career going culture in some of the most challenging high schools in Baltimore City. Quincy holds a M.S.A (2009) from Trinity University, in Organizational Development and a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success, from Walden University (2015). Quincy is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky...

Quincy Jones

Program Director

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

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

Quincy Jones

Position: Program Director
Top: 2

Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1995. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Quincy began his career as a financial advisor, but was soon called to the social services field. He moved to the DC area in 2001, where he worked for years in the foster care arena as a Case Manager and Crisis Intervention Specialist. Quincy then began to work as a college access advisor in DC Public Schools. In this role, Quincy worked with all students to include athletes, honor roll, special education, parents, and international students, advising and assisting them on all aspects of college and career planning.
Quincy’s most recent roles includes piloting and managing a peer leader focused program in low-income high schools in D.C., Prince Georges County, MD, Detroit, MI, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, OH. In this program, Quincy fostered relationships with school districts and high schools to enhance the college-going culture and train student leaders and teachers. Before beginning his career as the Program Director of Build Metro DC, Quincy worked to improve the college and career going culture in some of the most challenging high schools in Baltimore City. Quincy holds a M.S.A (2009) from Trinity University, in Organizational Development and a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success, from Walden University (2015). Quincy is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky...

Quincy Jones

Program Director

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

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: VP Risk Management, Capital One

Dora Gougoufkas *Co-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: Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Heather Godsmark *Co-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

Matt Wexler

Position: Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners

Matt Wexler

Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners

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

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 builddcinfo@build.org
Phone
202.506.6623
Fax 202.204.1398
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