Ben is a co-founder of Fundrise. Ben's responsibilities involve strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, real estate development, PR as well as setting the long-term strategy and goals for the company. Ben has 15 years of experience in real estate and finance, and he has acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation. Ben also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic
private equity and operating company. Ben has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. Ben is also co-founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website.
Michael lives with his wife, Jennifer and two young sons, Pierce (7 years old) and Grant (4 years old) in Arlington, VA
Wardian began running and competing in triathlons in 1996, and has completed more than 150 marathons, 60+ Ultra Marathons-on three continents, 20 triathlons, including Iron Man Lake Placid, and one adventure race, with a marathon personal best of 2:17:49. His list of accomplishments include:
Lloyd Henry is a 12-time Ironman triathlon participant, as well as a marathoner, coach, and race director. A native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Lloyd has a B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Medical Science and BA degree, and now lives in Washington, DC. He is also an avid scuba diver and snowboarder. He is the founder and owner of OnPoint Fitness coaching (www.onpointfitness.com), as well as the Capital Sprints race series (www.capitalsprints.com).
Lloyd Henry is a 15-time Ironman FINISHER (Wisconsin, South Africa, Western Australia, Arizona, Coeur d’Alene, Louisville, Cozumel (3), Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Boulder, Muskoka and Kona-World Championship with international race experience in all triathlon distances. He has been running since 2002 and coaching triathletes since 2004. In addition to triathlon, Lloyd has competed in numerous running events (5k to marathon and ultra-marathon) including the 110th Boston Marathon and Comrades Marathon.
Form and technique are the focal points of Lloyd’s coaching style. As a coach he enjoys seeing clients experience that “ah ha” moment. Whether, it is gliding though the water with ease,finally feeling like a fish in the water, figuring out how to level their pelvis using only their abs, the feel of gravity pulling them forward as they engage their lean, or the sudden outburst of “I‘m running and it doesn‘t hurt”. He has helped clients learn to swim, improve their stroke, compete in triathlon, move from the couch to a 5k, finish their first marathon, and qualify for Boston.
[Lloyd Henry finishes IronMan Cour D'Alene] A native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Lloyd has a B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Medical Science and MBA degree.
NuNu Wako is an internationally recognized broadcast journalist, independent filmmaker, Spokesmodel, and health advocate. Ethiopian-born and American-raised, NuNu Wako jump started her broadcasting career in 2006 as one of the founders of a website based television show –Africa in Demand to bring African issues to the forefront and joined the team at EBS in early 2008. With a background in international relations, communications and broadcast journalism, NuNu Wako is able to steadily and respectfully build her broadcasting career as a trusted source discussing range of topics linking our-global community. Having traveled to various African nations, interviewed Ambassadors, globally renowned philanthropists, pioneers and leaders of multi-continental corporations, NuNu Wako brings a more personalized form of interviewing skills to the show. One of NuNu Wako's main goals is to advocate ending Podoconiosis in our lifetime. Podoconiosis is an entirely preventable, noncommunicable, geochemical disease caused by exposure of bare feet to irritant clay soils. It is found across tropical Africa, Central America, and north India where such soils coexist with high altitude, high rainfall, and low income. NuNu Wako’s philanthropic efforts have and continue to bring awareness to Podoconiosis. Visit www.podo.org to learn more on how you can help.
Abera Bezuneh is a well-rounded and distinguished businessman, primarily with Allstate Insurance Management, where he has worked for 30 years. Bezuneh is a two-time Chairman’s award winner, 16 times National Conference qualifier, top in the Country in 1989 out of 800 Allstate managers, Abera was also the Middle East distribution manager for AIG from 2008 to 2010. Abera’s credential includes a B.S. in Economics from the State University College at Brockport and a Certificate from the Graduate School of Sales Management and Marketing.(Executives International) at Syracuse University. Abera is a Board member of the Central Fairfax Chamber of commerce and is Managing his Current Allstate Agency in Fairfax City
Scott Burr is President of Tech Painting Company. Scott worked his way through college painting and began the business not long after graduation. Since 2001, Scott has served on the boards of Team Placement, Inc.; the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals; and is a member of the National Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Scott received his B.A. from Drew University and is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Washington program. As a volunteer, Scott is Chairman of the Alexandria Education Partnership; a past Chair of Leadership Alexandria; and has served on the Advisory Board for the Washington Business Journal. Scott lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yaphet Woldu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in philosophy from George Mason University and currently studying at the Georgetown University Law Center. While studying as St. Stephen and St. Agnes HighSchool in Alexandria he took part in the Presidential Classroom Media and Democracy program in Washington DC. Woldu joined more than 360 student leaders from 42 states and Puerto Rico. Woldu is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and first generation Ethiopian. Yaphet has an entrenched desire to explore all the joys of life. Most recently, this yearning lead him to become an avid golfer. Yaphet has been described as a conspicuously confident, resourceful and bright young man.
REASONS ALL CHILDREN ENDURE
Senior at Flint Hill High School in Oakton, Virginia. Starting back in Middle school Tom has always felt a need to give back to those less fortunate and to learn international relations. His hope is to work in foreign service or with the CIA and plans to attend Drew University next fall. Tom was selected for the Model UN program in only 8th grade and spent 4 days in NYC debating along with actual UN representatives. In High School Tom has received a varsity letter in two sports all four years and was chosen to participate in the schools Peer Counselor program. In addition Tom has participated in numerous clubs such as Huskies for the Homeless, the Yearbook Club and has logged at least 100 hours of community service. Lastly Tom has studied Spanish since 8th grade and has completed Honor level Spanish his senior year. Tom traveled to Ethiopia with the Race4ever Team team and played a key role in the field organizing process.
Foundr and Organizer
Prior to joining the Fenty Administration in 2007, Mr. Albert was co-founder and CEO of EdBuild, an educational services firm working to increase the number of high performing schools in the district. Before assuming his role as EdBuild's CEO, Mr. Albert served residents of the district as deputy mayor for children, youth, families and elders and director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. Before his public service in Washington, D.C., Mr. Albert served for five years as the director of nonprofit assistance programs for the Fund for the City of New York, where he led that foundation's management consulting practice to New York City government and nonprofit agencies. Mr. Albert also served as director of contract agency finance for the New York City Department of Youth Services, where he was responsible for managing the financial, accounting and technical assistance functions required for the disbursement of more than $64 million in city and state funds to more than 800 grantees.
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AND ADVISER
Neil O. Albert, former D.C. deputy mayor and city administrator and senior policy advisor for Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group, is the current executive director of the Downtown BIDNeil Albert is a senior policy adviser in Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. Mr. Albert brings more than 20 years of public and private sector executive management experience and has a vast network of contacts in the construction, education, real estate, and land use transportation and government sectors. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Albert served as the deputy mayor for planning and economic development in the Fenty Administration, where he was responsible for developing and executing the district's economic development strategy and managing a development pipeline worth more than $13 billion in public-private housing, retail, office and parks projects throughout the district. Mr. Albert was also responsible for the district's efforts to create and preserve affordable housing and oversaw business attraction and retention initiatives.
Wrege has been a contributing member of the Information Technology (IT) community for over 25 years. She began her career at the Resolution Trust Corporation a temporary federal agency created to resolve the savings and loan crisis. In 1994 she joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where she developed the FCC license auction program that has raised over $50 billion for the US Treasury since its inception.
Since 2005 she founded a software and management services consultancies and has worked with international clients in five continents developing and implementing spectrum auction programs. For the last 15 years Ms. Wrege was on the Board of Directors of The Angels Network a fundraising organization that provides financial grants to homeless charities in the Washington metropolitan area, serving as co-president from 2010 to 2014. A few times each year, Ms. Wrege provides auctioneer services to homeless organizations and over the last 10 years has raised over $900,000 for local charities.
Jeff Horowitz is an experienced runner, coach, youth non-profit program director, and author. He's raced in over 170 marathons and ultramarathons, across the U.S. and around the world. Formerly a practicing attorney, he is an endurance sport coach and trainer, and teaches running at George Washington University. Jeff is the author of My First 100 Marathons; 2,620 Miles With An Obsessive Runner (Skyhorse Press 2008), Smart Marathon Training: How to Run Your Best Without Running Yourself Ragged (Velo Press 2011) and Quick Strength For Runners (Velo Press 2013). Visit Jeff’s websiteand blog at www.smartmarathontraining.com.
from August 2001 to February 2006. He was the Mayor Anthony Williams primary adviser on issues pertaining to the City Council, U.S. Congress, Office of Management and Budget, and the White House. From January 1999 to August 2001, McCarthy was Director of Policy and Evaluation in the Executive Office of the Mayor, where he was responsible for, among other things, the federally-funded Tuition Assistance Grant Program.
Gregory McCarthy is Vice President for Government and Municipal Affairs of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. He works with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, city agencies, the United States Congress, and various federal agencies to ensure that Nationals Park operates smoothly and in concert with local, regional, and federal policies. An avid runner, he has completed 15 marathons on all seven
continents including Antarctica. McCarthy was also Deputy Chief of Staff in the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, DC
Bereket Woldu is executive vice president of The Forge Co., a private real estate and transportation holding company based in Washington, D.C., whose principal operating units are Colonial Parking Inc. and PortfolioFirst Parking Solutions, an international parking asset management firm. Prior to joinng the Fore team, Bereket served as Senior Vice President for over 20 years at Colonial Parking, Inc. and a member of the Board of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). Bereket is also a member of ECDC, Ethiopin Community Development Councel and is an active supporter of the Ethiopian and Hispanic communities in Washington. Woldu received several prestigious awards for his community related services. Bereket holds a B.A. from The University of Baltimore.
Nathania Woldu is best described as a woman of passion; someone with an embedded desire to absorb all the knowledge that life allows. This passion becomes obvious when one simply observes her impressive years as a scholar. Nathania first earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, concentrating on International Studies and Communications from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Next, Nathania pursued a M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, Ms. Woldu is on track to receive a Ph.D. in International Development with a specialization in Emerging Markets from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Additionally, Nathania works as a consultant for a non-profit government organization where she manages programs, grants and contracts. Her prior experiences, in both non-profit and government sectors, also include management and coordination of projects, both domestic and abroad, organizational development, human resource management, communications, marketing, fundraising and legislative affairs. If her resume is not impressive enough, Nathania also served as a Field Organizer for President Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.