Beeta Ansari  |  March 6

Ashoka U

Beeta is COO of Ashoka U, an initiative within Ashoka that partners with colleges and universities to transform them into drivers of social innovation and changemaking. In this role, she leads Ashoka U’s strategic planning, staffing, budgeting, and organizational design. In addition to her responsibilities as COO, Beeta also serves as Director of the Exchange, a global convening for social innovation and changemaking education and Director of the Ashoka U Commons, an online learning platform that supports university leaders to advance social innovation offerings on their campus. Beeta has been with the Ashoka U team since 2009. Previously, Beeta worked as a Procurement Manager at a high-growth tech startup and tutored students at KIPP Academy in Houston. Beeta graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Economics.

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Seshat Walker  |  February 21

The General Store and aSHE Fund

Seshat Y. Walker is the creative impact director and proprietor of The General Store Inc a make & do tank where she designs fresh solutions, projects, and products that sparks creativity and electrifies the community. For well over fifteen years she has designed creative strategy and freshly innovative projects for the Smithsonian, Florence Crittenton Youth Services, Kennedy Center, WACIF, DC Public Library, Washington Performing Arts Society, The DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities, and more. March 2019, Walker founded and launched the aSHE FUND Microgrant to support black women creatives. Seshat is a 2019 DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities Artist Fellowship Grantee. She is also a 2019 recipient of the TribeDCFest Impact Award, and Ward 7 Woman of Excellence Award.  Walker earned her Masters of Arts in Design Management from Savannah College of Art & Design. 


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Richard Thompson  |  February 14

C3 Wrestling

Founded in 2019, Capitol Combat Championship Wrestling (C3W) is the brainchild of Richard Thompson, designed as a place for wrestling fans, both old and new, to come together and share their passion and excitement for the sport in DC. Thompson, joined by a talented team of collaborators and athletes, is expanding C3W to next-level greatness. We are bold, edgy, and most importantly, hype. Capitol Combat Championship Wrestling (C3W) is a place for wrestling fans, old and new, to come together and enjoy the sport. Visit our website often to stay up to date on league events and our wrestlers. 

DC Brau  |  January 17

Starting in 2009, the duo went about filling the glaring void in the local beer market. Two years later, on Tax Day 2011, DC Brau Brewing Company officially tapped its first keg of beer entirely brewed, packaged and sold within the District of Columbia. Since then, the brewery has crafted award-winning beer — utilizing a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European techniques and ingredients — with distribution throughout the greater National Capital Region, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and beyond.


Tim Gordon  |  April 3

Film Gordon

Tim Gordon has been voicing his opinion on films, appearing regularly on television and radio for over two decades. He simultaneously serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and President of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA). Gordon’s reviews have aired on WETA-TV’s Around Town since 2005. He currently hosts the weekly online radio film show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon on BlogTalkRadio. In addition, his work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, JET magazine and BET Weekend. He is also a former member of the Variety Magazine Bureau of Film Critics (Washington, D.C. chapter).

Jasmine Byrd  |  January 10

Party Time Kid's Makerspace

Jasmine Byrd is the owner and creator of Party Time STEAMing Engineers©️ a curriculum and program designed to teach Science, Technology, Engineers, Arts, and Math. The curriculum and program are designed for children ages two-to-10 years old. Party Time’s STEAMing Engineers Makerspace is Jasmine's latest venture. She says, "it provides a creative outlet for children to explore education." The Makerspace incorporates the Core Curriculum Subjects such as Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Jasmine understands the importance of STEM/STEAM in early childhood development. The new generation of leaders is forward thinkers, creators, and innovators. According to Jasmine, her hands-on, non-traditional approach to teaching "fosters individuality and personal expression."

Mark Culliton  |  March 20

Boston Uncornered

As the founder of College Bound Dorchester, Mark is the vision behind the solution of Boston Uncornered. Before becoming CEO in 2007, he was Vice President for Business Development at Lighthouse Academies, Chief Operating Officer of B.E.L.L., among other roles in both the public and private sectors. Mark spent four years in India as a child and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand for three and a half years following his graduation from the University of Michigan. Mark earned his MBA from Yale University. He serves on the board of Roxbury Community College. He and his wife, Mary, are raising two teenage boys in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Easily obsessed, having run 3 marathons in crocs, you are likely to find him these days hanging upside down at his rock climbing gym.  

Brandon Skall

Brandon has built a career on making sure people drink well. He was keenly aware of the empty spot on DC’s local shelves and draft-lines for a hometown brew and set about changing that with partner Jeff Hancock in 2009 by establishing DC Brau. As CEO & Co-Founder, Brandon has leveraged his business development and sales expertise to grow the company into one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most influential players with sights on continued growth both at home and overseas. Among its many accomplishments, the brewery has been recognized as Washington’s Brewery of the Year by the NY International Beer Competition, the Restaurant Association of Metro Washington’s RAMMY Awards, Washingtonian Magazine & The Washington Post.

Jeff Hancock
Brewing beer is Jeff Hancock’s passion. After more than a decade of brewing for other breweries, including Franklin’s, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing, and Flying Dog, he teamed up with Brandon Skall in 2009 to build DC Brau. In the years since, Jeff {President, Co-Founder & Brewmaster} and his team have crafted a portfolio of beers that reflect the kinds of beer they like to drink — big hoppy IPAs, traditional English styles & easy-to-drink lagers. Under his helm, DC Brau has become a staple on beer lists in the National Capital Region racking up awards across the globe. When he’s not in the brewhouse, you can find Jeff at the decks pursuing his other love, music.

Mari Rodela

Mari Rodela is DC Brau’s Chief Community & Culture Officer and part of the brewery's Executive Team. During her career, she has played a central role in facilitating strategic and organizational development & systems development and implementation for both for- and non-profit organizations. As a long-time DC-area resident, Mari is proud to play a key leadership role in a business that contributes to the sustainability and growth of DC’s local economy and community. She is Co-Founder & past President of the DC Brewers’ Guild, Vice President of Think Local First DC, and sits on the boards of Craft x EDU, The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue Main Street, and Lyft's DC Advisory Council.