Board of Directors

Chair

Dr. Carolyn B. Rudd.

Dr. Carolyn B. Rudd is founder, president, and CEO of CRP, Incorporated (CRP), a Washington, DC-based, multi-faceted professional services and management consulting firm established in 1988. Under the stewardship of Dr. Rudd, CRP has evolved into one of the leading small businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, providing solutions in research, policy assessment and analysis, and program management and support services to federal agencies, the District of Columbia government, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations. CRP was recognized by the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce as its “2017 Small Business of the Year” for its leadership in federal contracting in the District.

In 2018, CRP was named one of the top 100 minority businesses in the DC metropolitan area. A native of suburban Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Rudd received a bachelors and master’s degree from Virginia State University. Immediately upon obtaining her master’s degree, she matriculated at the College of William and Mary, the second oldest higher education institution in the United States. Dr. Rudd earned a doctorate degree in higher education and a minor in business before the age of 30 from William and Mary, and is believed to be the youngest African American to receive a doctorate from the institution.

Prior to starting CRP, Dr. Rudd served at three universities: 1) Virginia State University where she was director of a Job Corps Advanced Career Training Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and later a faculty member in the School of Business; 2) Bowie State University as director of alumni affairs and executive director of the Bowie State University Foundation; and 3) Howard University as interim director of the Office of Satellite Communications and project director of a HIV/AIDS project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rudd has demonstrated an unswerving commitment to providing employment opportunities for graduates of the University of the District of Columbia: a significant number of CRP’s full-time staff attended UDC.

She has led CRP’s efforts as a charitable partner in the DC community by making philanthropic contributions to Howard University’s Sickle Cell Center, Howard University Hospital, and the following nonprofits: the Urban Alliance; Bright Beginnings; Crittenton Services of Greater Washington; Family Matters; the YWCA of Washington, DC; the Humanities Council of Washington, DC; the POSSE Foundation; and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. As national president of the National Epicureans, Inc., Dr. Rudd was instrumental in establishing and actively supports a nationally endowed scholarship in education at Virginia Union University. Dr. Rudd has served as chair of the DC Commission for Women (appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser) as well as on the boards of Family Matters of Greater Washington, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Leadership Greater Washington. She is chair-elect of the DC Chamber’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of its Membership Committee. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Rudd is married and lives in Upper Northwest DC.

Board of Directors

Vida Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl
William Alsup, Hines
Robin Anderson, Giant Food
Scott Kinlaw, EagleBank
Joe Askew, Verizon
Claude Bailey, Venable
Emmanuel Bailey, DC09
Marni Barron, Soul Tree
Marc Battle, DC Water
Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick, Treasurer
Lisa Brown Alexander, Nonprofit HR
Stacy Burnette, Comcast
Ryan Chaffo, City National Bank
Colette Chichester, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Karen Dale, AmeriHealth Caritas DC
Andres Echeverri, ACSI Translations
Kim R. Ford, Martha’s Table
Brett Greene, American Management Corp.
LaTara Harris, AT&T
Jacquay Henderson, Square Peg Technologies
Earle C. Horton, Tiber Hudson, General Counsel, and 2nd Vice-Chair
Carolyn Howell, Events USA
Rose Johnson, United Way
Michael Keatley, M.C. Dean
Dr. Neil Kerwin, American University
Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Children’s National Hospital, 1st Vice-Chair
H.H. Leonards, The Mansion on O Street
Ajay Madan, Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Immediate Past Chair
James Martinko, CohnReznick
Renee McPhatter, The George Washington University
James Moore, KPMG
Greg Stevens, Riggs Washington DC
Heather Ness, Robert Bobb Group, Secretary
Jim Steffes, Washington Gas
Kristin Ortiz, ASurface
James Page, Page After Page
Necole Parker, The ELOCEN Group
Connie Russel Gorum, C.L. Russell Group, LLC
Adam Rubinson, Deloitte
Dr. Carolyn Rudd, CRP Inc., Chair
Rudy Seikaly, MCN Build
David A. Smith, PNC Financial Services Group
Benjamin Soto, Premium Title & Escrow
Andrew Surine, M&T Bank, Chair Elect
Chris Taylor, Pepco
George Tawiah, Bank of America
Henok Tesfaye, U Street Parking
Maria Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Joe Torraca, RCN
John Tucker, TD Bank
Sonja Wells, City First Bank
Annie Whatley, University of the District of Columbia
Simone Williams, Williams Global Law, PLLC
Donna Woodall, Microsoft Corp

Committee Co-Chairs

Audit Committee – Jim Martinko
Finance Committee – Winell Belfonte
Government Affairs – Stacy Burnette and Brett Greene
Membership Committee – John Tucker and Rose Johnson
Health & Wellness Committee – Colette Chichester
Small Business Advisory Council – Ryan Chaffo and Jacquay Henderson
International Business Dev. – Simone Williams
Retail Workgroup – LaTara Harris
Governance Committee – Earle C. Horton, Andrew Surine, Tonya Kinlow, and Bill Alsup
Workforce Development – Marc Battle and Connie Russell Goram

Subcommittees

Women in Business Subcommittee

The objective of the Women in Business Subcommittee is to create a network of women professionals who can collaborate, share resources and opportunities, and cultivate strong partnerships to increase the equity and inclusion of women business leaders in the District. In the spirit of “Lifting As We Rise”, the committee will develop an mentor program for young women who are focused on their professional development. The Women in Business Subcommittee falls under the Small Business Advisory Council.

Construction Subcommittee

The local construction industry is an integral part of Washington, D.C.’s growth and development. A committee of construction contractors representing the various trades is an important resource for the D.C. Chamber in gaining new insights and expertise on a variety of issues such as workforce development, building standards, codes, licensing, indoor air quality, fire life safety, creating and maintaining energy efficient buildings. As such, the construction industry’s interest are compatible and aligned with the interest of the business community.