Dr. Beverley Wheeler:
Beverley R. Wheeler, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, which is an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). Dr. Wheeler has over 20 years of experience working with the District of Columbia (DC) government and the DC Council at the executive level as Executive Director of the State Board of Education and Neighborhood Action; Chief of Staff to Phil Mendelson; and Special Assistant to three City Administrators. She is the former president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools. She holds a B.S. in Social and Decision Science and a M.S. in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Harvard University. She is a lifelong Washingtonian who currently resides in Columbia Heights.
Facebook: dchungersolutions Twitter: @dchunger
In 2012 Julie Kirkwood cofounded DC UrbanGreens, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on reducing the impact of food deserts in the District of Columbia. DC UrbanGreens converts small pieces of urban land in Southeast DC into sustainable, productive neighborhood farms that provide healthy, affordable food to the surrounding community. The food is sold within the urban farm neighborhoods via individual popup farm stands that accept both WIC and SNAP. Through job training and employment opportunities for lowincome DC residents, DC UrbanGreens uses healthy foods as a vehicle to grow stronger individuals and communities.
Social: Twitter: @DCUrbanGreens Dcurbangreens.org Facebook.com/DCUrbanGreens
Jonas Singer is a DC native whose mission is advancing DC’s culture and economic opportunities. Since Jonas and cofounder Cullen Gilchrist launched Union Kitchen in 2012, the business has worked with over 100 businesses. These businesses have supported the creation of over 500 jobs, generated $75 million in revenues across all of Member businesses, hired and/or placed nearly 70 returning citizens.
Social: Instagram: @unionkitchendc Twitter: @unionkitchendc YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7T3Y3jfhYG8uI5TIZI5qFw
H Street, Main Street:
Anwar Saleem is the executive director of H Street Main Street, Inc., a position he has
held since 2007. Mr.Saleem founded this nonprofit organization in 2002 to guide the revitalization of an important, and long neglected, neighborhood commercial corridor in Washington D.C. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors until taking the direct responsibility for the delivery of commercial revitalization and business retention services as executive director. The economic growth strategy that Mr. Saleem developed has resulted in more than 2,600 new jobs on the H Street corridor. Through direct recruitment and partnerships, he helped to attract more than 286 new businesses to H Street NE.