Meet the 100BMGWDC’s 2020 Class!

Earlier this spring, the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC welcomed 12 new members, each committed to leveraging their gifts to make a difference in their community and to impact the lives of DC Metropolitan Area youth in a positive way!

Llew Brown
Llew Brown RN, MPA, is a registered nurse and expert in Health IT research and policy. He is currently a Senior Clinical Program Lead at Mathematica, where he leads cross-disciplinary teams to conduct analyses using electronic health data for federal and state quality improvement programs. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Binghamton University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. Brown is passionate about educational equity and outcomes, and was named high school father of the year in Prince George’s County, Maryland (2018) in recognition of his advocacy and service. Brown is a native of the Bronx, NY, and now lives in Bowie, MD with his wife and three children.
Lee Bruner

Lieutenant Colonel Lee M. Bruner III, hails from Concord, NC and is currently serving on active duty as an Army Acquisition Officer.

Over the past 8 years, he has been responsible for managing the procurement costs, project schedule, and overall system performance for several major Army systems with annual budgets in excess of $100 million.

LTC Bruner holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Howard University, and an M.B.A. in Information Systems from Troy University. His professional certifications include Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and DAWIA Level III Certified in both Program Management and Information Technology.

He is proud to hold Lifetime Memberships with Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, the Howard University Alumni Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

LTC Bruner currently serves on the Board of Directors for: Iota Phi Theta, Fraternity, Inc, National Headquarters, The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Beta Omega Social Services.

John Calhoun

John A. Calhoun has over 25 years of experience serving as a Financial Advisor to individuals and families, small to mid-sized corporations, and non-profit/endowment clients. 

As an Independent Wealth Management Advisor with SCF Securities and Advisors (partnered with Fidelity Investments Institutional Wealth Services), John’s responsibilities include introducing a wealth management planning system to meet each client’s needs by addressing concerns pertaining to (but not limited to) estate planning, retirement planning, business succession planning, tax minimization strategies and overall investment management.

John received his Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, majoring in Political Science with a minor concentration in Business Administration.  He is also an annual volunteer representative of Morehouse College at the Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU College Fair Festival, most recently at the Washington DC Convention Center, as well as serving on the Church’s Investment Committee. John is active as a Life Member with the Morehouse College Alumni Association (Washington DC Chapter), and as a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and active with the Alexandria-Fairfax (VA), and Washington (DC) Alumni Chapters.

John resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Kim and they have one daughter, Jana Alyse and a son, John Alton.

Perry Flemming

Perry is originally from Eastover, SC where he founded a scholarship fund named after his mentors. To date, the fund has provided $50,000 to over thirty graduates from the Lower Richland H.S. community.

As a Consulting Director at Experian, Perry leverages data, analytics, and technology to optimize banks’ lending processes.

Perry and his family reside in DC where they are members of New Bethel Baptist Church. He is one of the founders of Light Point’s “We Strive Together” Summit. WST brings together speakers to advance inclusive economic development through housing, employment, healthcare, and education programming for the Shaw Community surrounding Howard University.

Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston is currently leaving his mark as the Director of Government Relations for Coca-Cola Consolidated. Eric manages the public affairs, intergovernmental relations, and community engagement efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is also the youngest and first African-American to hold this leadership position in the company’s 117 year history.

Eric serves the community by contributing to multiple organizations on their Board of Directors. Those organizations include the Maryland Government Relations Association, New Leaders Council, Out Teach Inc., the Maryland and Virginia Beverage Associations, and The People’s Foundation. 

Eric graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and holds an M.B.A. from Hampton University. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and an even prouder husband and father.

Morris LaGrand
Morris is a 2017 University of Notre Dame graduate with an engineering degree in computer science. He has a passion for software engineering which he leverages to provide software solutions to clients across the federal government space. Specifically, Morris is interested in furthering the government’s mission to deploy sustainable, scalable, and ethical artificial intelligence solutions to serve and empower its citizens. Morris hopes to increase interest in STEM fields amongst children of color and prepare the youth for the amazing opportunities that lie ahead.
Freddie Mack

Freddie A. Mack serves as Deputy Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, he is second-in-charge of planning, organizing, and managing media relations, external communications, executive support and website & social media operations.

Before joining USDA, Freddie enjoyed a successful 20-year military career where he served in a wide variety of U.S. Army command and staff positions. 

Freddie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air University, Montgomery, Ala. He received his Executive Education from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA and the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA.

He is also a member of the Prince William County Chapter of the NAACP, and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Freddie is proud father of one son, Freddie O’Brien Mack.

John E. Pinkney
Mr. John E. Pinkney, is a passionate entrepreneur. He has been the founder and owner of five business ventures. He successfully established barbershops and beauty salons. He had a passion to hire, train and teach life skills to young men and women starting careers as beauticians and barbers. He established a telephone answering service with national services and a real estate rental service. As his spirit for entrepreneurial philosophies continued to grow, he was committed to support the educational needs of challenged youth. In 2001, he co-founded and started a DC charter school which offers services for all students, including special needs for grades pre-K to 3rd grade. As of 2020, the charter school has three campuses and services over 800 children.
Roosevelt Samuel, Sr.

Roosevelt Samuel possesses over twenty-eight years of experience in engineering design and construction of over 900 different facility and infrastructure types (including administrative, office, child development centers, youth activities centers, educational facilities-elementary, middle and high school; sports and athletic fields, maintenance facilities, medical facilities,
dining facilities and mission critical facilities designed for full spectrum military
operations worldwide during peace time and combat operations. 

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

Andre Samuels

Andre Samuels’ passion for turning teachers into educators is what drives his work.

Andre holds a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Human Communication Studies and two Master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Policy, and Special Education. In 2014 he returned to school, earning a Master’s in Business Administration in Leadership from Georgetown University. He earned his international certification in Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Center for Transformational Leadership. 

Andre is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a new member of Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and holds the greatest honor of being a father to Jahari and Aaron.

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson

Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. is a professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University, the president of Quality Education for Minorities, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Negro Education, and executive editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Toldson was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to be the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan D. Williams currently serves as the Assistant Head of School for the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. In that role, Mr. Williams serves as the head of academics and school culture. As an educator, Mr. Williams makes a point of focusing on equity and social justice issues by incorporating identity work, current events, and community service into classroom conversations and projects.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Williams maintains relationships with community organizations, both nationally and abroad. One such project created by Mr. Williams is called Black Men Who Care (BMWC). BMWC is an association of African American men gathered together to effect change in the DC metropolitan area.

A proud alumnus of Morehouse College, Mr. Williams hails from Harlem, NY yet currently resides in Bowie, MD with his wife, Seshmi, and 1-year-old daughter, Taylor.

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