Board of Directors
Della Clark is President of The Enterprise Center; an entrepreneurial center that provides access to capital, capacity building, business education and economic development opportunities to high potential minority entrepreneurs. During her 16-year tenure, she has cultivated relationships with key corporate and industry leaders from the wider business world, representatives from educational institutions, and high-ranking government officials at the city, state and federal levels.
A native of Texas and a graduate of Washington, DC's American University in Business Administration, Ms. Clark is a recognized leader. She was selected for and completed participation in the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship's Philadelphia International Leadership Initiative. Through the Fellowship, Ms. Clark explored international entrepreneurial activities in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic in 2002 and Ireland in 2004. Ms. Clark also served as a Senior Policy Fellow (1998-2000) at the George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.
Ms. Clark has received many awards and today, Della Clark demonstrates her active involvement in the community by serving as a board member for the University City District, and St. Christopher's Foundation for Children as well as a member of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.
George Stevens is many things: an entrepreneur, a community activist, a concerned and active citizen, and a family man. He has been involved in community activity since the late '60s. He worked closely with Lucien Blackwell, his mentor, to control and provide solutions to gar wars, the primary concern of the West Philadelphia community at the time.
Over a 30-year span, Mr. Stevens started and owned five different businesses, CSP Reprographics being the current business. CSP was the first Asian/African American minority business partnership to become the prime contractor for architectural printing on the East Coast, with the Philadelphia Convention Center Expansion Project as their initial client. Working in the tri-state area, CSP has worked with various businesses and nonprofit organizations doing large format reproduction.
Mr. Stevens currently sits on the Finance Board of the Enterprise Center, and is a newly elected officer of Peoples Emergency Center. He also sits on the board of the Police Advisory organization in his community. In his spare time he is the Block Captain for 3900 block of Lancaster Avenue. He was the Committee Person in the 5211 Ward under Michael Nutter. Just recently, George Stevens spearheaded the Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Association.
Gregorio Pac Cojulun
Gregorio Pac Cojulun Jr. is president of the Friends of Malcolm X Memorial Park. Over the past 12 years, he has worked tirelessly with city politicians, community leaders, local businesses, citizens, and events organizers to improve the overlooked and abandoned space. Under his guidance, the park has transformed from an underused city space ridden with crumbling walkways and trash into the most sought-after venue for public events in the city.
Mr. Cojulun's unending dedication to neighborhood and community improvement is also evident through his contributions to Philadelphia's 18th Police District Advisory Board and his work with the Public Safety Task Force. Working closely with integral partners, he has gained respect as a key figure in crime reduction in West Philadelphia.
In recognition, he was awarded the 29th Annual Governor's Award for Outstanding Citizen Crime Prevention.
In addition, Mr. Cojulun is an active figure in creating after-school programs for Students and helped establish a new school library at the Lea Elementary School. As a nature enthusiast, he also takes part on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Steering Committee and the University City Green Advisory Council.
Over his lifetime, Mr. Cojulun, an incredible community activist, has dedicated innumerable hours and efforts towards the citizens of the West Philadelphia community. He is a leader, a contributor, and a model citizen whose work has no end and no limits.
D. Christian Barrow, CPA
D. Christian Barrow, CPA is the Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Products Officer, for Bank of America Commercial Bank in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Barrow is responsible for the management of a $546 million diverse portfolio, which includes but not limited to technology, transportation, manufacturing and retail companies. Mr. Barrow has experience in maintaining a credit quality portfolio and compliance with state and federal regulations, bank policies and guidelines. In addition, Mr. Barrow is responsible for providing guidance and training to underwriters and credit analysts supporting the team. MR. Barrow is a Certified Public Account, Chartered Accountant ( past member of Ordre des Comptables Agréés du Quebec), Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from McGill University - Montreal, Quebec; Mr. Barrow also speak English and French.
Courtney Wilborn is the Vice President of Business Development at the HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in the Chinatown section of Philadelphia. Mr. Wilborn has 16 years of experience in the finance industry spanning from Relationship Management as an Assistant Vice President at Citibank to Commercial Lending at Commerce Bank to Mortgages with Ameriquest Mortgage Company.
Mr. Wilborn has experience in the non-profit sector from African American Museum of Philadelphia/ United Negro College Fund, Inc. where he crafted a corporate giving campaign to launch a five-year $146 million capital campaign that created more than 90 corporate partnerships. In addition Mr. Wilborn was responsible for conducting comprehensive, cost-effective annual and capital fund-raising campaigns through corporations, foundations, organizations, and individuals.
Mr. Wilborn brings his combined for-profit and non-profit experience to strategically position The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation in order to expand our ability to provide access to capital to minority and women owned businesses and businesses located in low-income communities.
Naeemah Solice Nelson
Naeemah Solice Nelson is the Business Coordinator for Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD). RHD is national non-profit which provides human services to disadvantaged populations. With a successful track record in developing social enterprises, RHD is an innovator in social finance. As the Business Coordinator, Ms. Nelson works to identify, startup, and develop socially conscious self-sustaining businesses. Ms. Nelson is currently evaluating business models that provide career opportunities for ex-offenders, the severely disabled, and at- risk /adjudicated youth in Philadelphia.
Ms. Nelson has a B.A. in Anthropology from George Washington University, and is working toward an accounting degree in the evening.
Ms. Nelson also serves on the advisory committee and helps with the management of SQA Pharmacy LLC, a closed door pharmacy that serves a "double bottom line," meaning that it is both financially self sustaining and socially focused. SQA was started to increase the quality of service provided to the vulnerable residents within RHD's residential facilities and is now break even with over $5 million dollars in revenue.
Ms. Nelson is on the board of GoodCompany Ventures (GCV), an incubator that develops social entrepreneurs and provides access to funding from the VC and angel investor community.
Ms. Nelson serves on the development team of ACHIEVEability. She is a 2009 graduate of the PA State Center for Progressive Leadership Fellowship Program.
Baron B. Holland
Baron Holland is the Regional Vice President of Banking for Citizen's Bank. Mr. Holland manages a nine person team of Business Bankers for Citizens Bank here in Philadelphia. Mr. Holland's team focuses on helping businesses manage cash flow, protect assets, borrow and plan for the future. Mr. Holland's typical client revenues are between 1-10mm with lending needs between 50m-1mm but can operate above or below that range.
In addition to helping business owners we also have a tremendous program designed to assist attorneys with the set up and funding of estates and trusts in multiple states.
Jeffrey Mitchell, CPA, is a partner at Mitchell & Mitchell CPAs, LLC, located in Media, Pennsylvania. In his current position, Mr. Mitchell is responsible for financial statement review and tax planning work for small and mid-market businesses, as well as individuals. Mr. Mitchell has 10 years experience in the accounting industry – prior to his current position he worked in Assurance and Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Philadelphia.
Currently, he is working toward his Masters of Taxation at the Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Mitchell is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants – and is sits on several committees for the latter.
John Howie is a Supervisor of The Vanguard Groups' Fund Financial Services in the Cash Management department. Mr. Howie supervises a team who captures, analyze, and report operation of daily cash positions for 300+ custody accounts. Mr. Howie has a background in funds management and real estate investment and sales. While at UPS, Mr. Howie assisted in the planning and analyzing of $329 million operating budget; audited Asset Management functions in compliance with company and federal regulations; and performed net present value calculations and cost benefit analyses on projects up to $1.3 million.
Mr. Howie is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's in Finance and Management and of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
Mr. Howie has used his experience worked as a Tax Volunteer for the Campaign for Working Families.
Christopher Andoh's leadership has consistently been displayed throughout his academic and professional career. While attending Xavier, he served as president of the Finance Management Association and finance chairman for the NAACP-Xavier University Chapter. While working toward his MBA in finance and management at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, Mr. Andoh served as an equity analyst for Burkenroad Reports, the nationally recognized securities research program that distributes its reports to more than 20,000 institutional and individual investors. During that time he was a member of the Freeman Consulting Group, Toastmasters, the Entrepreneur Association and the National Black MBA Association.
His past includes numerous prestigious positions such as Co-Owner/Interim COO at Global Integrated Development Group Inc. , Investment Analyst at City of London Investment Group, PLC and Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee at Adopt A Neighborhood for Development – Mantua. Currently, he is the CEO (and Founder) of S.E.A. Global Enterprises Corporation.
Mr. Andoh earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University of Louisiana, where he majored in finance with a minor in business administration. Additionally, he completed his MBA studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
William Carr is a Vice President of Philadelphia Business Lending at TD Bank located in Center City Philadelphia. Mr. Carr has past experience in economic development while employed with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Mr. Carr understands the Community Development Financial Institution space and has knowledge of New Market Tax Credits.