Brandon Andrews, Host

Brandon Andrews is a senior consultant at Values Partnerships. He leads the company's work on technology and entrepreneurship, including leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. He is also a consulting producer on Steve Harvey's Funderdome; a new seed-capital show on ABC. 

In addition to working with entrepreneurs Brandon has helped lead nationwide engagement campaigns including Fences (2016), ROOTS (2016), and Concussion (2015).

In 2015, he worked with A+E Networks, iHeartMedia, and the United Way to develop the Shining A Light Concert for Progress on Race in America, Shining a Light Fund, and Conversations on Race in America documentary.

Previously, Brandon worked as a consultant assisting disruptive and social impact organizations with digital strategy, online advocacy, and navigating the federal system. He spent 5 years in the U.S. Senate where he handled technology, small business, and defense policy. During the 2012 campaign cycle, Brandon served as Political Action Committee Chair for the NAACP’s Washington, DC Branch where he led GOTV efforts and established the Branch’s digital presence.

Following the campaign, he worked on the digital team of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Committee and served as interim Executive Director of INSIGHT. Brandon currently serves as a Director of IMPACT where he manages web content and civic engagement.

He was appointed to the D.C. Commission on National and Community Service by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., where he currently serves at Vice-Chair. A fashion model, he was also appointed to the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events. Brandon also serves on the Board of Advisors of the OpenGov Foundation; an organization that builds tech tools to bridge the gap between citizens and government.

He provides commentary on policy, politics, and technology on TV, radio, and the web.


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.


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.