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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Nicolas Gunkel

Senior Vice President
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Michelle Benham

Senior Director, Marketing & Operations
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Brett Brenton

Senior Director, Learning
Networks
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Hassan Bazzi

Director, Community Innovation
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Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

Entrepreneur in Residence
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Stacey Williams

Director, Research & Evaluation
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Liz Brown

Director, Community Engagement
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Garrett Raczek

Senior Manager, Special Projects
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Megan Shuford

Manager, ESHIP Communications
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Tia Bond

Executive Administrator
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Rajah Satterwhite

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
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Symone Fogg

Marketing Coordinator
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Minnie McMillian

Research Assistant
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Andrew McGannon

Graduate Summer Intern

Community Leads & Navigators

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Paulo Gregory

ESHIP Baltimore
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Gabriel Munoz

ESHIP Kansas City
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Erin Ortigoza

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Vernard Alexander

Pittsburgh
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Rose LeJiste

Orange County / Orlando
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Kena Fuller

ESHIP Long Beach

 

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Tiffany Spencer

Orange County / Orlando

 


At Forward Cities, we value collaboration above all and are always interested in finding new partners, exploring new ideas, and forging new ground. Please take 1-2 minutes to complete this form, which allows you to share how you might like to engage with us as we collectively pursue equity for every entrepreneur. A Forward Cities staff member will follow-up with you in the next 48 hours.