Melissa L. bradley

Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises. She is also Curator of Venture DC/Project 500, an initiative that seeks to empower emerging entrepreneurs who are addressing and solving some of DC's most pressing challenges related to health care, education, housing, economic security and access to financial services, specifically in Wards 7 and 8. Launched in 2015, the initiative has collaborated with the public and private sectors to bring human and financial capital to marginalized entrepreneurs across the City.

During the summer of 2016 Melissa was named as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. In September 2016, Melissa was named Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) by Secretary Penny Pritzker from the Department of Commerce. In December of 2016 she was named to Mayor Bowser’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council (ITIC). 

Since 2012 Melissa has been a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she serves as an expert lecturer on Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Peer-to-Peer Economies and Innovation. In 2015 she was awarded the Entrepreneurial Faculty Excellence Award and the Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence and in 2016 she was awarded the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the School of Business at Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University Kogod School of Business. 

Phil Reeves

Philip Reeves is a proven leader with success in Commercial and Public Sector ventures with deep strategic competence, analytic skill and the ability to quickly produce results. He has provided advisory services for numerous growth oriented firms, from nascent startups to Fortune 500 businesses.  

Most recently Philip served as the Manager of Small Business Technology and Innovation for the Government of the District of Columbia. In his role, Philip established the District’s first program focused on providing full life-cycle technical assistance and mentoring to over 160 small businesses and startups pursuing federal R&D funding. He also supported city-wide technology initiatives and was appointed to the District’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council.

Prior to working in the public sector Philip worked in corporate development for a small government contractor, where he was responsible for M&A, strategic partnerships and business development. Philip began his career in private equity at Lehman Brothers.

Philip’s work and writings have been featured in MarketWatch, Government CIO Magazine and several local tech blogs. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers DC Hub and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s DC Region E-Council. Philip is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College.

Liz MAtory

CNXIS CONSULTING LLC is a women of color owned and operated Business Management and IT firm headquartered in the District of Columbia (CBE/SBE). Specializing in cost effective solutions for mission focused entities, CNXIS works with your team to find impactful solutions that help you connect the dots.

Liz Matory (Co-Founder & Principal) specializes in leadership development, change management, community outreach, and marketing strategy.  She advises for-profit, non-profit, political, and educational entities on how to harness their resources and bolster community.  Liz served as the Director of Marketing & Business Affairs for an independent music distribution company, and led all fundraising and alumni efforts for Howard University School of Law as its Director of Development.  She was on the founding team of Washington’s Excel Academy Public Charter School, the first all-girls public charter school.

Liz is a native Washingtonian. She earned a Master in Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and B.A. from Columbia University.