Social Entrepreneurs in Residence

The Center for Social Value Creation's Social Entrepreneurs In Residence are recognized pundits and industry leaders in the DC/Baltimore region who share the values of creating a better world through business principles. They commit to spending time on campus each month advising students on their ideas for start-ups with social impact, judging competitions, speaking at club events, and guest lecturing in the classroom. They also seek to enhance the CSVC and the Smith School's strategic alliances with industry, policy, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Drew Bewick, Managing Director, Tree House Ventures

Drew Bewick

Drew Bewick brings more than 20 years of experience involving the most challenging issues where technology and innovation intersect. As Managing Director of Tree House Ventures, LLC, Drew serves as an advisor to multiple companies and non-profit organizations assisting visionary innovators launch successful ventures by discovering opportunities and using entrepreneurial principles to organize, launch, and manage a successful venture to make an impact. He brings experience in venture capital investing in and nurturing entrepreneurs, as a member of the boards of directors of for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as, experience directing entrepreneurship training programs.

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Drew served as chairman of a number of technology boards and councils in government, and in 2007 was recognized by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as a leader who demonstrated collaborations which cross the boundaries of organizations and sectors in developing linkages to the private sector and evaluating their worth for public purposes. He’s participated in more than 30 equity investments into technology companies across three stages of enterprise development–seed, early stage and growth in emerging computing, wireless, renewable energy, and communications and has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs launch successful ventures.

Drew is a graduate of the American University and the University of Maryland, where he co-founded the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.

Ali Cherry, Founder & CEO, Snack Packers

Ali Cherry

Ali Cherry is the founder, CEO of Snack Packers, a healthy snack delivery service that improves workplace wellness and productivity and is on a mission to make it easier for people to integrate healthy habits into their daily lives. In addition, she maintains active roles in health promotion including working with the United States Healthful Food Council and Weight Watchers. 

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Prior to focusing on health behavior change, Ali spent eight years developing creative online marketing strategies to help dozens of social cause organizations, like the Special Olympics and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, grow audiences of engaged supporters. Ali has been a business development consultant working on customer communication and user experience for a start-up online marketplace in Hyderabad, India, was the Online Campaigns and Marketing Director at Beaconfire Consulting and Director of Marketing at Grassroots Enterprise. 

Since 2009, Ali has served on the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green, an organization dedicated to promoting social enterprise and is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence for the University of Maryland's Center for Social Value creation. Ali has a BA from Hamilton College, an MBA from University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and her certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Darius Graham, Co-founder, DC Social Innovation Project

Darius GrahamDarius Graham is the founder and director of DC Social Innovation Project, an organization providing funding and pro bono services to help community members and organizations launch or grow innovative community programs tackling pressing social issues for Washington, DC’s low-income and vulnerable residents. He is also a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and is an alum and trustee of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.

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Darius previously served as an associate in the corporate restructuring group at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He also recently served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service. Darius is author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law where he served as an editor of the California Law Review and as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.

Kim Person, Principal, The KAP Group, LLC

Kim Person

In 1999, Kim Person founded a wholesale and distribution company, manufacturing women's handbags and fashion accessories in Asia. Over the next 10 years the company grew at a rapid pace and soon was shipping to almost 50 states, Canada, Europe and Australia. Their customer base was large national retailers, catalog companies, web based stores and independent boutiques. Kim sold the company in the spring of 2009 and remained on contract until early 2010.

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As CEO, Kim spent her time on corporate strategic planning, marketing, growing the business, and financial management. She worked closely with my senior staff on product design, manufacturing, shipping, operations, advertising and customer service. Prior to running her own business, she spent several years as National Sales Manager for a loan servicing company, as the company’s customer base consisted of banks, S&L's and government agencies. Her focus was on touchpoints with C suite executives to introduce the company and its services. She brought the company into new markets, growing revenue along with extensive domestic travel and sales force management.

Kim’s early career years include time at State Street Bank, Hallmark and McDonald's Corporation, all in marketing and business development. Ease of working and interacting with a variety of senior level executives are her strong suits, and her core skills are marketing and business development with a strategic focus.

As CEO, Kim spent her time on corporate strategic planning, marketing, growing the business, and financial management. She worked closely with my senior staff on product design, manufacturing, shipping, operations, advertising and customer service. Prior to running her own business, she spent several years as National Sales Manager for a loan servicing company, as the company’s customer base consisted of banks, S&L's and government agencies. Her focus was on touchpoints with C suite executives to introduce the company and its services. She brought the company into new markets, growing revenue along with extensive domestic travel and sales force management.

Kim’s early career years include time at State Street Bank, Hallmark and McDonald's Corporation, all in marketing and business development. Ease of working and interacting with a variety of senior level executives are her strong suits, and her core skills are marketing and business development with a strategic focus.