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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 the creator and Managing Director of Project 500, an initiative and partnership between American University's Center for Innovation and the Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) that supports small business in DC. Project 500 offers participating businesses hands-on training, capacity building, mentoring and networking. Through these resources, Project 500 will catalyze business growth and advance the economic success of communities.

As Director of the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital, Melissa develops and leverages innovation and entrepreneurship in training, application and research to catalyze a new generation of leaders inside and beyond the capital region.

Bradley served as a Presidential Appointee under Presidents Clinton and Obama. Under Clinton, Melissa served as Financial Regulatory Affairs Fellow at the Department of Treasury, Office of Thrift Supervision, where she researched the impact of welfare reform and micro-enterprise lending on the financial industry and authored “IDA Strategy for Asset Accumulation.” Under Obama, she was 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.

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, has established herself as an authoritative figure on digital media and multicultural communications. Xina began her career working on public health campaigns, where she was a vital part of developing and launching a national tech health campaign entitled “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.” The initiative, sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to raise awareness of 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 not yet capitalized on the use of social media for building awareness.

As an engagement builder, X+PR’s work has yielded 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.

Sibyl Edwards

Sibyl Edwards is a brand manager, strategist, designer and an advocate for 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 digital agency whose focus is branding and developing digital products for non-profits, mid-to large companies and tech-based startups.

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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