After graduating from Williams College in 1986, Mike Curtin lived and worked in Japan for three years before returning to the United States. It was then that Mike began a 20-year career in the hospitality business, joining DC Central Kitchen in 2004. Nine years later, Mike is the CEO of the Kitchen, which endeavors to “use food as a tool to strengthen our community”. Mike has spent a great deal of time developing the Kitchen’s social enterprise portfolio which over the last five years has generated over $17 million in earned income, more than half of the Kitchen’s entire budget, and have been an integral part in leading the effort to provide opportunities for job training, healthy food distribution, and local farm partnerships. From providing schools in DC with locally-sourced, scratched-cooked meals to inspiring similar programs nationwide, Mike and DC Central Kitchen provided a path-breaking solution to poverty, hunger, and poor health in the District community and beyond.
Drew Dudley is the former National Chair of Canada’s largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis. After serving as the Director of Canada’s largest university leadership development program, he founded Nuance Leadership in 2010, and works with organizations around the world to empower people to develop their leadership capacity. He has spoken to over 100,000 people around the world, and appeared on the main page of TED.com.
Katey began her work with Jumpstart in 2004 as Program Director in Jumpstart’s Central Region office. In 2006, Katey transitioned to City Director for Jumpstart in Washington, DC and propelled the organization’s presence in the region. In fall 2009, Katey joined the national team under a branch of the Education & Program department called National Field Support. In her current role as Executive Director, Katey oversees the programmatic, development and operational support activities geared directly to work in Jumpstart in Washington, DC, including Jumpstart DC’s seven higher education partners and growth. For over 10 years, Katey has been working with non-profit organizations focusing on education, youth development, and civic engagement. Katey has a BA in Sociology from Kent State University and received her Masters in Social Work at Temple University.
Founded in 1999 by Alissa Roeder and Bess Paupeck, the Vibes is one of GW's student-run co-ed a cappella groups. Covering a range of musical styles and eras, from 1960s R&B to today's indie rock, the Vibes perform around campus, in the White House, throughout DC, and beyond. More than just a badass a cappella group, the Vibes are a big family that always aims to entertain and have a great time doing it.
Elizabeth Acevedo is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, proudly born and raised in the heart of New York City. Through poetry that is infused with hip-hop and bolero, she uses her words as a way to translate the world. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University (2010) and is currently in the MFA program at The University of Maryland. She has been a featured poet at The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, The Kodak Theatre, Madison Square Garden and has performed live on BET, Mun2, and Current’s, Lyric Café.
Elizabeth has been published in Off the Subject: The Words of Lyrical Circle, and The Acentos Review. She is a CantoMundo Fellow of 2012 and a member of the 2013 Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.
Daniel Maree is a strategist, writer, and filmmaker with a passion for leveraging the power of brands, social media, and entertainment to spark social change and empower global youth. As a Senior Digital Strategist at McCann-Erickson, Maree created the Million Hoodies Movement for Trayvon Martin, which received 2 Silver Lions at the 2012 Cannes Advertising Festival, the world's biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry.
Maree has been featured in several publications (including the New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Advertising Age), been a featured speaker at conferences and universities around the globe, and written for the Huffington Post, Global Voices, and Takepart.com. Prior to joining McCann, Maree worked at the intersection of storytelling, media, and social action for multiple industry-leading organizations, including: Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., The Cove), the World Bank (WDR 2011), and the Center for American Progress.
Maree graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History, Philosophy, and Film from American University ('08) and is currently working on a documentary about political corruption in South Africa, where he was raised.
David has spent the last 10 years as a first responder to many of the world's largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of Operation Blessing International, he has traveled to over 50 countries and is currently based in Haiti. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca fild festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera. David's media from the front lines of disaster relief have regularly appeared on Reuters, the BBC and CNN. In 2012, David was named an "American of the Year" by Esquire magazine for his work in establishing Haiti's first baseball little league.
David is co-founder of RYOT, an activism brand featuring the RYOT Foundation; focused on humanitarian assistance, RYOT Film; producing media to highlight untold stories and the flagship, RYOT News; a breaking news platform allowing visitors to "Become the News".
David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.