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
Miriam Mueller

Miriam Mueller

VP of Finance & Operations
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Brett Brenton

Senior Director of Learning
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Stacey Williams

Senior Director of Ecosystem Impact
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Michelle Benham

Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
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Hassan Bazzi

Director of Community Innovation
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Tia Bond

Senior Manager of Operations

Deryle Daniels

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications
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Megan Shuford

Manager of ESHIP Communications
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Alice Quach

Research Assistant

Phylicia Bediako

Manager of Research & Evaluation

Nutishia Lee

Coordinator of Marketing & Communications
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Minnie McMillian

Research Assistant

Community Leads & Navigators

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Kena Fuller

ESHIP Long Beach


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Paulo Gregory

ESHIP Baltimore
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Erin Ortigoza

ESHIP Rio Grande
Magalie Yacinthe

Magalie Yacinthe

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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.