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Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. She is also Founder and Curator of Venture DC/Project 500, a DC-based project that seeks to create equity and opportunity in entrepreneurship through the training and visibility of diverse entrepreneurs aimed at bridging the literal and figurative innovation divide in the city.

During the summer of 2016 Melissa was named as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. In September 2016, Melissa was named Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) by Secretary Penny Pritzker from the Department of Commerce. In December of 2016 she was named to Mayor Bowser’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council (ITIC).

Bradley has served as a Presidential Appointee under President Obama from 2012-2015. She served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, served at the Department of Education and was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service and My Brother’s Keeper.  From 2014-2015 she served as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House Initiative committed to scaling ‘what works’ in our communities.

Since 2012 Melissa has been a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she serves as an expert lecturer on Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Peer-to-Peer Economies and Innovation. In 2015 she was awarded the Entrepreneurial Faculty Excellence Award and the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence and in 2016 she was awarded the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Erin Horne McKinney

Passionate about emerging technology and entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney serves as Senior Advisor to Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO).

Previously, Erin served as the Mayor of Washington, D.C.'s Tech and Innovation Sector Manager representing technology firms, entrepreneurs, and organizations. Erin is a serial tech entrepreneur with nearly two decades of tech policy, marketing communications, and business development experience.
Prior to joining DMPED, Erin served in leadership roles with the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (NAMDE) and the National Diversity Council. Her telecommunications policy work includes research positions with TechNet, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Erin serves as a mentor to tech entrepreneurs in 1776, WeWork, and AccelerateDC. She also serves on the advisory board of the Halcyon Incubator and the review committee for Fish & Richardson's FISHstep program. Previously, she served on the boards of NAMDE, the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, the Minneapolis Urban League, KMOJ-FM, the Twin Cities Intern Task Force, and the Cornelius Travelers Foundation, Inc. as well as the advisory board of DiversiTech.

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Xina Eiland

Xina Eiland, President and CEO of X+PR, is a visionary leader and recognized authority in multicultural communications and digital media. Xina brings a wealth of experience to clients, helping them effectively
connect with diverse and hard to reach populations. Her dedication and tenacity, complemented by energy and drive, have earned her a well-deserved reputation as an innovator who gets the best results. She is known for taking on projects that tackle issues of diversity and inclusion and that help reach
disenfranchised and underserved.

Xina is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black Female Founders (BFF), an organization that serves as a convener to provide conversations and solutions for Black female tech founders. Because of her work in the tech and startup space, she is also a board member of BEACON, a Washington, D.C. initiative to make D.C. the number one ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

Xina began her career working on public health campaigns, where she was a vital part of developing and launching a national health campaign entitled “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.” The initiative, sponsored
by Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to raise awareness about infant mortality in the African-American community. This four-year campaign included celebrity engagement with Tonya Lewis Lee, the wife of Spike Lee, as well as significant social media outreach at a time when campaigns had yet to capitalize on or build awareness with social media.

As an expert on social media brand engagement, Xina’s company has achieved great success in all areas of the public relations arena. They have worked with numerous and diverse clients such as Digital DC, a
national marketing campaign and economic initiative to increase the visibility of Washington, D.C. as a leading community in the innovation and high-tech economy; Blogalicious, a blogging community that celebrates diversity in digital media; Ford Motor Company Fund, a nonprofit arm of Ford Motor Company
that creates community outreach service programs; Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association to highlight the African-American sites in the city of Alexandria; and Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology company.

Xina has her Masters in Health Administration and Bachelors in Communications, both from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Xina is an avid runner and enjoys traveling to and experiencing new places.

Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards is a brand manager, strategist, designer and an advocate for tech inclusion and women in technology.

For over a decade, Ms. Edwards has created successful digital campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit associations, NGOs and startups such as: The World Bank, DC Government, Social@Ogilvy, Rosetta Stone, Gannett/GO Digital, Cision and Marriott.

Ms. Edwards is currently Chief Creative Officer (CCO) and partner of Wetogethr, a strategy agency whose focus is innovation, tech inclusion,and diversity. She also works on the digital team for The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

Sibyl has served as Executive Director for DC Innovates (DCI), a non-profit organization with the mission of fostering and supporting a diverse tech innovation economy in the District of Columbia. DCI managed the Digital DC Technology Fund (DDCTF), a $1 million catalytic fund for early-stage technology ventures in the District.

As President of DC Web Women (DCWW), one of the largest and longest-running tech nonprofits for women in D.C., Sibyl volunteers her time helping to support and advocate for women and girls in internet and tech-related industries.

Sibyl is an alumni of the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

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