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.

2022 Board Officers

  • Dr. Carolyn Rudd, CRP Inc. – Chair
  • Andrew Surine, M&T Bank – Chair-Elect
  • Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Children’s National Hospital – 1st Vice-Chair
  • Earl “Chico” Horton, Tiber Hudson – 2nd Vice-Chair
  • Heather Ness, The Robert Bobb Group – Secretary
  • Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick – Treasurer

2022 Board of Directors

  • Lisa Brown Alexander, Nonprofit HR
  • Vida Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • William Alsup, Hines Interests Limited Partnership
  • Joseph Askew, Verizon
  • Claude Bailey, Venable
  • Emmanuel Bailey, VSC
  • Marni Barron, Soul Tree LLC
  • Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick
  • Brian Burke, Microsoft Corp
  • Stacy Burnette, Comcast
  • Ryan Chaffo, City National Bank
  • Colette Chichester, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Karen Dale, AmeriHealth Caritas DC
  • Andres Echeverri, ACSI Translations
  • Brett Greene, American Management Corp.
  • Seth Grossman, American University
  • LaTara Harris, AT&T Services Inc
  • Jacquay Henderson, Square Peg Technologies
  • Earle C. Horton, Tiber Hudson
  • Carolyn Howell, Events USA
  • Rose Johnson, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Michael Keatley, MC Dean
  • Scott Kinlaw, EagleBank
  • Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Children’s National Hospital
  • H.H. Leonards, The O Museum in the Mansion
  • Ajay Madan, OST, Inc. (Optimal Solutions and Technologies)
  • James Martinko, CohnReznick
  • Marissa McKeever, Sibley Memorial/Johns Hopkins
  • Renee McPhatter, The George Washington University
  • Ronnette Meyers, JLAN Solutions
  • Jame Moore, KPMG
  • Heather Ness, Robert Bobb Group
  • Apera Nwora, DC Water
  • Kristin Ortiz, Asurface
  • James Page, Page After Page Business Systems, Inc.
  • Necole Parker, ELOCEN Group, LLC
  • Adam Rubinson, Deloitte
  • Dr. Carolyn Rudd, CRP, Incorporated
  • Connie Russell Gorum, C. L. Russell Group, LLC
  • Rudy Seikaly, MCN Build
  • David Smith, PNC Bank
  • Benjamin Soto, Premium Title & Escrow, LLC
  • Jim Steffes, Washington Gas
  • Greg Stevens, Riggs DC
  • Andrew Surine, M & T Bank
  • George Tawiah, Bank of America
  • Chris Taylor, Pepco
  • Henok Tesfaye, U Street Parking
  • Joseph Torraca, Astound
  • John Tucker, TD Bank
  • Lianne Wang, Truist
  • Sonja Wells, City First Bank
  • Annie Whatley, The University of the District of Columbia
  • Simone Williams, Williams Global Law, PLLC
  • Dan Wolk, Giant Food LLC

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. Committee – Simone Williams and Henok Tesfaye
  • Retail Workgroup
  • Governance Committee – Earle C. Horton, Andrew Surine, Tonya Kinlow, and Bill Alsup
  • Workforce Development – Jim Steffes and Connie Russell Gorum

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.