DC City Advisory Board Members

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DC City Advisory Board Members

Dave Flessas

Partner, Forsys Consulting

After a long career in telecom operations at Sprint and Time Warner Cable, Dave has spent the last several years working to give back more to the community and those in need. Dave and his wife Janet have lived in McLean for the last 10 years and have four daughters who are in various stages of adulting. Dave is looking forward to helping Shelters to Shutters expand its reach and make greater impact.

Noha Georges

Noha is an accomplished C-level executive with a 20+ year track record of strategy, marketing, public affairs and communications experience and an award-winning and visionary business leader skilled at designing disruptive solutions and bringing them to market in an impactful way. As a Global Data Insights Leader, Noha was responsible for building a new $7B Global Data Insights business (e.g., artificial intelligence, analytics) to enable Deloitte transform data insights into revenue, profits and clear market advantage. As Chief Marketing, Communications and Pro Bono Officer for Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory (RFA), a business comprising of 12,500+ risk professionals and 900+ partners globally, with revenue of $3.1B in FY19 Noha drove RFA into new markets and industries through the launch of disruptive, hybrid technology-based businesses, culminating in significant growth in both revenue and earnings over three years, outpacing competitors in both growth and analyst ratings. Noha’s experience also includes Chief Communications Strategist for Deloitte’s Chairman of the Board, setting communications strategy and vision globally for business goals and objectives.

Andy Helmer

President & CEO, Affordable Communities of America

Having spent more than two decades in sales leadership roles for organizations ranging from start-up technology companies to larger publicly traded corporate environments, Andy entered the non-profit world joining Shelters to Shutters as CEO

in 2016.


lacing an emphasis on developing a programmatic approach to candidate

hiring and expansion, the organization significantly accelerated its impact growing its non-profit partners from 31 to over 150 and more than tripling the number of industry partners to 45. Seeing first-hand how the limited inventory in affordable housing manifests itself into those experiencing homelessness, Andy founded Affordable Communities of America in 2021 to increase access to affordable housing.


Jessie B. Henry

Founder, Charger Ventures

Jessie founded Charger Ventures in 2018 to create value for her partners by applying her 12+ years of institutional multi-family investment experience. Previously, she was a Managing Director - Acquisitions with Mill Creek Residential Trust and Senior Director of Investments at AvalonBay Communities. Jessie serves as Vice Chair of the National Multi-Housing Council’s (NMHC) Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Engagement Committee. She is also a member of the steering committee for ULI’s WLI Washington, DC chapter. Since 2011, she has co-managed the Washington, DC-area Multi-Family Network, which has grown to over 300 constituents. Jessie holds a Masters of Business Administration from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband Brandon and two children, Boyd and Adaire.

Adam Levin

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Information Experts

As CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Information Experts, Adam formulates the company’s growth strategy & marketing strategy, and leads the company’s business development efforts to ensure the company remains known as one of the most successful organizations in the industry. In addition to running Information Experts, Adam is the Chief Marketing Officer, Partner for NeXCo National. He is also passionate about giving back to his community. Adam served on the Ashburn Youth Basketball League Board for five years and enjoys creating and planning charity events as part of his NeXco National leadership role. Adam lives in Reston VA. He and his wife Marissa have been married for 27 years, and are the proud parents of two sons: Jared, age 22 and Jordan, age 19.

Richard Louis

Principal, The Arches Group

Richard is a Principal at The Arches Group, a firm providing advisory services to non-profit and corporate clients. Prior to joining The Arches Group, Richard held senior leadership positions at Neustar including Vice President - Finance, Corporate Treasurer, Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Richard began his career at UUNET where he was in Sales, Business Dev and Finance. He earned a Master in Business Administration with a focus in Sustainable Business from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. A native of Ohio, Richard resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.


Brittanie McCarty

Regional Retail Sales Manager

Brittanie has spent over nine years in the rental industry, first, with cars and now furniture. Over the years, she has held various roles within the industry—most recently the Regional Retail Sales Manager at CORT Furniture Rental, overseeing parts of the Northeast. Having spent five years traveling and working on the West Coast as a senior director in the rental car business, Brittanie is thankful to be back on the East Coast closer to her family and working with a fantastic organization. She is an Executive MBA Student at Jack Welch Management Institute. Originally from Louisiana, Brittanie is learning all the seasons of weather here and loving the new DMV area as home.

Erik McLaughlin

Senior Vice President, CBRE

Erik is a 25 year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and serves as a Senior Vice President at CBRE. His role is to create and implement effective marketing campaigns and handle all aspects of the lease negotiation process. Previous to CBRE, Erik was Co-Founder of aFocus, Inc., an accounting staffing and consulting company focused on Sarbanes-Oxley and compliance. Erik has served on the Arlington County Board of Equalization and The American Writers Museum Planning Committee.

Brenda Ntim

Director, Strategic Finance, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Brenda Ntim is Director of Strategic Finance at Hogan Lovells US LLP, an Am Law 50 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. She leads a team that drives performance and achieves maximum results for the firm. She has expertise in financial

management, financial planning, analysis, and reporting. She is widely respected at all levels of the firm for her ability to drive change using a strategic and collaborative approach. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Brenda was president and founder of NurtureLink, an agency she established to provide seniors and other individuals with affordable quality home care services. Prior to founding NurtureLink, Brenda held several management positions at a Fortune 500 company whose mission is to provide access to reliable, affordable mortgage financing. During her 15+ years tenure with the company, she served as Director of Ops Plan Management, Simplify Initiative; Director of Project Management & Administration; and Director of Financial Analysis &

Planning. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree and a Master of Finance degree, both from the University of Maryland.


Stephanie Polyzois

Debt Finance Advisor, Kettler

Before stepping into an advisory role in January 2021 at Kettler, Stephanie led all debt financing activities for the company. Her responsibilities included broadening and maintaining Kettler’s lender network, and originating, negotiating, and documenting construction, acquisition and refinance loans, land development facilities, credit and bridge facilities, and secured and unsecured lines of credit for the company.

Prior to joining Kettler, Stephanie enjoyed a long career as a multifamily lender. During her 25+ year tenure with national banks and non-bank lenders, her roles included multifamily loan underwriter, chief risk manager, loan originator, and production platform manager. Stephanie has expertise in the financing of both market rate and affordable multifamily properties.

Stephanie graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in

Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, and a MBA from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University in Baltimore.

Christine Roddy

Executive Director, AlphaMundi Foundation

As Executive Director of the AlphaMundi Foundation, Christine leads the organization in delivering business advisory services, impact measurement support and women’s economic inclusion efforts to global SMEs. She combines over 10 years of experience in blended finance and international development with a passion for promoting women’s economic inclusion in sustainable

businesses. Her prior work experience includes positions with the United Nations Foundation, ACDI/VOCA and the Louis Berger Group. She has relevant

professional experience in Mali, Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Colombia, Tanzania, Peru, and Jamaica. Christine holds a BA in International Relations from the

College of William and Mary and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and basic Arabic.

Pamela Rothenberg

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Pamela is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP where she practices in the areas of commercial real estate, business and entrepreneurship. Pam is a change agent and founded her firm’s Impact Business comprised of a team of more than 40 firm professionals working at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing Impact Economy. Pam serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Directors for Shelters to Shutters, the Advisory Board for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and the Board of Governors for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.


Jay Sadhu

Managing Director, Accenture

Jay is a Managing Director with Accenture with a background in multiple areas such as Digital Transformation, Technology Strategy Consulting, Federal Emergency

Management, Climate Change and sustainability engineering. Jay is a proud father to his daughter Mira, son Ved, husband to wife Poh and can be found obsessively

thinking of ways technology can improve the human condition. Having immigrated to the US as a student to build a life from scratch, he holds dear the thought that taking a chance on someone creates sets forth a circle of virtue for the person and their


Chris Soucie

General Counsel, SP Global, Inc.

Chris is General Counsel for SP Global, Inc. in Chantilly, Virginia. SPG seeks out

entrepreneurs and companies that possess unique technology that has great potential to be commercialized and be societal enhancing. Previously, Chris held a variety of leadership positions in several commercial real estate firms from 2006-2019, to include tenant and landlord representation, managing director for a brokerage firm, and director of leasing for a trophy office developer. Prior to 2007, he served in the US Army as a judge advocate and as a signal officer with an overseas tour in Afghanistan in 2001-2002.

Jonathan Stroud

Chief IP Counsel, Unified Patents, LLC

Jonathan Stroud is Chief IP Counsel at Unified Patents, LLC, where he manages a team of talented, diverse attorneys and oversees a docket of administrative challenges, appeals, licensing, and district court work in addition to IP, administrative, amicus, policy, marketing, and corporate matters. Prior to Unified he was a patent litigator for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, and before that, a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Baihly Underhill

Associate, Avison Young

Baihly Underhill is a commercial office leasing broker born and raised in the DC area. After attending college in Los Angeles, working in Denver for a few years, and eventually moving back to the District, one of her main goals was to give back to the community and get involved in an organization working to eradicate homelessness, a prevalent issue in each city she’s lived. Baihly is excited to be a part of and help grow Shelters to Shutters; she believes they have the framework to have a strong impact on lifting many people back up on their feet.


Karen Whitt

President, Real Estate Management Services, Colliers International

Karen oversees Real Estate Management Services for Colliers International in the United States. She focuses on strategically connecting Colliers’ Retail, Industrial, Office and Multifamily, brokerage, investment sales, and property management services with key investor clients. Karen leverages new technology and creative management strategies to create holistic real estate solutions that add value to client assets.

Community service is very important to Karen and she holds leadership roles in the Institute of Real Estate Management, Virginia Tech University’s Program in Real Estate, and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, for whom she has personally fostered more

than 300 dogs.

Liza Wright

Managing Partner, Lochlin Partners

Liza is Managing Partner at Lochlin Partners and has over 25 years of experience in the executive search industry. Prior to co-founding Lochlin Partners, Liza most recently served at the highest levels of government working at the White House as

the Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel. Before joining the White House senior staff, Liza spent almost a decade as a Principal with one of the largest executive search firms, Heidrick & Struggles. Liza previously served on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was the Chairman of their Governance

Committee. She also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.





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