Board & Staff

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Dr. Marcia K. Brown

Executive Director, Global Scholars Foundation

Dr. Marcia K. Brown is a motivated, personable business professional. As a former elementary and middle school English teacher and Director of Parental Involvement for a public charter school in Washington, D.C., Dr. Brown learned valuable time and people management skills; budgeting techniques; community and team building capabilities; coordination, flexibility, and professionalism. Dr. Brown is naturally curious and always diligently seeks answer. Dr. Brown is accustomed to handling sensitive, confidential, records. Dr. Brown’s experience as an editor both for the U.S. Department of Commerce and American Diabetes Association help her hone an eye for writing succinctly and accurately. Dr. Brown enhanced her writing skills in the role as Editor-in-Chief/Web Content Manager and Confidential Assistant ensuring the message of the Secretary of Commerce was properly communicated to the public. At H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC), Dr. Brown responsibly manages the community outreach efforts, forging relationships with the community and is the Executive Director for the Global Scholars Foundation (GSF) Program.

 

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Kenneth J. Brewer, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Brewer has more than 25 years of professional experience with development, finance, and management. Following his two years of government service, Mr. Brewer joined the staff of the H Street Community Development Corporation and H Street Investment Corporation concurrently serving as Business Loan Specialist and Senior Asset Manager managing approximately $11 million in assets. Mr. Brewer completed 14 years of service in 2001 with HSCDC and H Street Investment Corporation after holding the position of Development Project Director where he managed all phases of commercial and residential real estate development from site selection, construction management to project financing. Mr. Brewer worked for the Fannie Mae Corporation from 2001-2006 as a Senior Deputy Director and Deal Structuring Manager. Mr. Brewer has held a real estate license in the District of Columbia and served as the Owner’s Representative to execute sales and leasing transactions. Further Mr. Brewer is the former Chairman of the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board wherein the agency annually transferred approximately $90 million to the DC General Fund/Treasury. Mr. Brewer provided management oversight and executive leadership of 130 personnel of the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board. In 2010, Mr. Brewer returned to HSCDC as Executive Director where he manages the fiscal health, direction, control and operations of HSCDC and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, H Street Investment Corporation and H Street Finance Corporation.

 

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Nicole M. Brewer

Nicole M. Brewer is a native of Portland, OR and has lived in Washington, DC for 25 years.  Nicole graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and later went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College.  It was at Spelman where Nicole realized that education without exposure to cultures across the diaspora is fruitless.  After working for a small management consulting firm in Washington, DC, Nicole went on to receive a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University. Nicole is presently employed with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where she serves as a Quality and Compliance Specialist.

She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. whose purpose is the promotion of scholarship and providing service to the community. Nicole is married to David S. Brewer, a Financial Auditor for the District of Columbia government and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. They have one child, David Amir Brewer who is a sophomore at School Without Walls Senior High School.

 

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Anita Cooke Wells, Esq.

Senior Vice President, Administration and Corporate Secretary at RLJ

Anita Cooke Wells has responsibility for human resources management, investment fund legal and governance compliance, and strategic planning. Before coming to RLJ, Ms. Wells served as Chief, Office of Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce. She administered the Department’s programs assisting minority entrepreneurs and developed and implemented programs to increase access to debt and equity capital for minority businesses. She worked with the Center for Emerging Domestic Markets at the Milken Institute, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Emerging Venture Network to promote solutions for financing minority firms. Ms. Wells also served as in-house counsel at Marriott Corporation, Host Marriott Corporation and Host Marriott Services. In 1995, she was appointed Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel at Host Marriott Services Corporation, where her responsibilities included Board of Directors relations, corporate governance and securities matters. She also worked for the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Ms. Wells received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.