Our Team

Actualizing our mission to create opportunities for shared prosperity through inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem development is made possible by our uniquely talented, skilled, passionate, and resilient team of equity champions and ecosystem builders.

Meet our team

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Fay Horwitt

President & CEO
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Kasem Rodriguez Mohsen

Interim Managing Director
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Stacey Williams

Senior Director of Impact & Assessment
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Hassan Bazzi

Director of Entrepreneur Engagement
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Magalie Yacinthe

Director of Ecosystem Engagement
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Anna MacDonald

Director of Development

Nutishia Lee

Manager of Development & Communications
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Nastacia Pereira

Research Manager
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Alice Quach

Research Assistant

 Board of Directors

  • Pete Carlson, Former President at Regional Growth Strategies, Board Chair
  • Adrian Smith, Founding Partner at Equilibrium Impact Ventures, Treasurer
  • Demetra Brown – Senior Program Manager at Promise Venture Studio
  • Christina Cain, Chief Lending Officer at Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union
  • Lauren Paul – Director of Partnerships and Policy, Common Future
  • Trevor Smith, Director of Narrative Change at Liberation Ventures
  • Fay Horwitt, CEO & President at Forward Cities (ex officio)

Emeritus Board members include Cathy Belk, CEO of Deaconess Foundation; Brandon Cosby, Executive Director of Flanner House; Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation and co-Founder of CEOs for Cities; and Brian Payne, CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and former Board Chair.

Strategic Advisors

  • Alex Derkson, Corporate Counsel, Real Estate at Amazon
  • Jean Horstman, Founding CEO of Interise
  • Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen
  • Walker Sanders, President of the Greensboro Community Foundation