Sarah Koch

Sarah Koch is Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, which invests in people and ideas that can change the world.

At the Case Foundation, Sarah leads the inclusive entrepreneurship portfolio, which works to create the opportunity for women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color to grow and scale their businesses. Sarah also heads up the Foundation’s Be Fearless campaign to encourage more innovation and risk taking in the nonprofit sector. Sarah has a particular interest in issues such as technology for social good and prizes and challenges.

Previously, Sarah worked in Nonprofit Services at and in health education at La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington DC. Originally from Wisconsin, Sarah earned a bachelor of arts in sociology and Spanish from Luther College. She has spent time working with Latin American immigrants to the United States, particularly in the areas of culturally competent education and healthcare.



Alton O. Turner, JD, MBA, joined the District government in 2013 and is currently the Program Monitor in the Division of Banking, where he has responsibility for assisting the Associate Commissioner of Banking in administering the State Small Business Credit Initiative (“SSBCI”), in addition to working on the Foreclosure Mediation program and the Division’s Enforcement efforts.

Prior to joining the District Government, Alton was a Senior Counsel at the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and served in different capacities in the Division of Enforcement, Compliance & Inspections and the Office International Affairs.  During his tenure at the SEC, Alton also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was responsible for prosecuting cases throughout the District.  Prior to working at the SEC, Alton worked for the Financial Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and a publicly traded computer security company named Symantec.

Alton holds a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.  and a bachelor’s degree in History from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.


jenny abramson

Jenny Abramson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact. She is a proven executive and entrepreneur having held a range of leadership roles across the impact tech space–in education, personal data, and media. She has been covered in CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, interviewed on Squawk Box, featured at the Code Conference, at the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill, and was named Top 40 Under 40 in 2015 and a DC Power Women in Tech in 2014.

Before leading in the venture space, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a mobile security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held significant business roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), and The Boston Consulting Group. In the education and social sector, Jenny oversaw the Transformation Management Office for DC Public Schools Chancellor Rhee and served as the Director of Strategy & Development at Teach for America, and sits on four boards. 

Beyond her entrepreneurial and executive experience, Jenny has played leadership roles in the investment realm. Most notably, beyond her current fund, she is an Advisory Board member of a venture fund that is part of the successful Camden Partner’s portfolio (Exelixis Fund, a Venture Capital fund focused on investing in Maryland-based businesses). She also as selected to be the only Harvard MBA to serve on Harvard’s Investment Committee for Shareholder Responsibility.

Jenny received a BA and MA from Stanford, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard Business School. She was also a Fulbright Scholar focusing on Human Genomics at The London School of Economics.


kendrick nguyen

Kendrick Nguyen is CEO of Republic, an investment crowdfunding platform that facilitates seed financing by main street investors. He's the founding adviser of NOW, a venture fund led by Shiza Shahid in collaboration with AngelList, where he served as Venture Hacker and General Counsel. Formerly a Fellow at Stanford Law School and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, Kendrick is an active angel investor with an interest in FinTech, LegalTech, HealthTech and inclusive entrepreneurship.

Patience Ball

Patience Marime-Ball is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, focusing on seed and early stage investments in gender diverse/women-led start-ups. Most recently, she was Managing Partner and CEO of Mara AdVenture Investments, part of the Mara Group.  She developed and was the Global Head of Banking on Women at the International Finance Corporation.

Patience was Vice President, Project Finance Group at Mizuho Bank in New York City where she was involved in the acquisition of power generation assets and greenfield infrastructure developments across the United States and Mexican markets. Patience's career at IFC also included four years working on distressed assets in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Patience serves on the Board of the International Center for Research on Women, as well as the Advisory Boards of two early-stage companies.

Patience holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a JD from the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University.


Rashad began his career in the defense industry in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., working for Northrop Grumman where he saw an unmet need for software engineers within the defense industry. After learning how to win government contracts while working for Clear Solutions, Rashad quickly realized it didn’t matter what company got the government bid, they would still come to him for software engineering.

His unique skill set, including programmer languages Java, C++ and UML to name a few, was a rare find in the DMV. Armed with a strong understanding of how the defense industry worked and recognizing that his skill set was in high demand, Rashad decided to start his own company, Software Theoretic Corp. The business opened in 2007 with Rashad working on projects for the intelligence industry such as sentiment analysis and war simulations. After years of building the company, he sold it to RGS in 2015.