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 & Communications
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Brett Brenton

Senior Director, Learning
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Stacey Williams

Director, Research & Evaluation
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Hassan Bazzi

Director, Community Innovation

Deryle Daniels

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
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Tia Bond

Executive Administrator

Garrett Raczek

Senior Manager, Special Projects
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Megan Shuford

Manager, ESHIP Communications

Nutishia Lee

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Miriam Mueller

Miriam Mueller

Bookkeeper (Contract)
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Minnie McMillian

Research Assistant

Phylicia Bediako

Research Assistant
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Alice Quach

Research Assistant

Community Leads & Navigators

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Mike Byrd

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Paulo Gregory

ESHIP Baltimore
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Erin Ortigoza

ESHIP Rio Grande
Magalie Yacinthe

Magalie Yacinthe


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.