Over the last 15 years, POLIHIRE has built a record of unparalleled success in identifying leadership with a focus on excellence, accountability, and diversity in public-serving agencies and organizations
We partner with government agencies and NGOs as well as with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to define their leadership needs and find the best talent for the role.
As intricate ecosystems designed to address complex challenges, public agencies nonprofits, and NGOs have unique sets of leadership requirements.
Our roots and experience in the needs of this sector run deep. Some of our current and former client organizations include:
CEO & President
Kenyatta is the founder and President of POLIHIRE. Under his leadership, POLIHIRE has gained a reputation for high ethical standards and strict professional standards of performance. Building on his previous executive experience in the private and public sectors, Kenyatta brings a transformative vision for diversity and inclusion to assist clients in their executive recruitments. Kenyatta previously served as the Executive Recruitment Manager for the Government of the District of Columbia.
During his tenure with the Anthony A. Williams Administration, Kenyatta was responsible for the successful recruitment and hiring of multiple executives and senior managers, to include, the City Administrator, Deputy Mayors, Inspector General, and numerous agency Directors and Deputy Directors. Kenyatta received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds an MBA from Howard University’s School of Business. Kenyatta is an active member of several civic and professional organizations, including the National Forum for Black Public Administrators where he served on the National Corporate Advisory Council. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, and also served on the Board of Directors for the African American Nonprofit Network.
Bill has more than 30 years of local government experience, primarily as a senior executive. He is especially well-versed in managing organizational operations such as finances, human resources, information technology, and procurement. Bill led more than 1,400 employees and served as the Director of the District’s Department of Public Works for more than 11 years and served four Mayoral Administrations.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Public Works, Bill served as the Chief of Staff to the DC Deputy Mayor for Operations. Bill joined the District of Columbia as the Deputy Director for the Department of Human Services (DHS), where he directed the administrative management for the agency. He managed the capital budget for DHS, oversaw construction and renovation of agency buildings, and led a team of eight departments to create an emergency management plan to shelter displaced residents and reunify families. Bill also served the Fairfax County (VA) Government for 17 years, as a Personnel Analyst, an Assistant to the County Executive, and finally as Director of the Department of Administration. Bill holds a BA from UC-Berkley and an MPA from Carnegie Mellon University.
De’Shawn has spent over 15 years serving in senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Before joining POLIHIRE, he served as the Senior Manager for Public Policy at Uber Technologies. Before Uber, he was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Education, the highest-ranking education post in the Executive Chamber of New York State Government. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Governor’s statewide education agenda, overseeing an annual budget of more than $20 Billion and managing the Administration’s collaborations with the State Department of Education, State University of NY, City University of NY and the Higher Education Services Corporation.
Before joining the Cuomo Administration, Wright was appointed to the post of Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC where he created a citywide birth to 24 strategy that includes early education, K-12, post-secondary education. Before those roles, De’Shawn also served as Chief Policy Advisor to then-Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, New Jersey, and as Policy Analyst for former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. De’Shawn is a graduate of James Madison University and later earned a Master in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Policy.
John joined law enforcement in the 1980s. He first served in the US Marine Corps and then for 25 years as a police officer in Richmond, VA, rising from patrol officer to the rank of major. He served in patrol and the narcotics and juvenile divisions and became Chief of Police in 2007. He has also served as Chief of Police in Petersburg, VA. John is a regular participant in public safety conferences and national speaking engagements. John is the past president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
KJ has over 20 years of experience working with social impact organizations rooted in a variety of issues – including, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ youth advocacy, Indigenous education, and racial justice – and from several angles, including nonprofit management (staff and board), organizational development/communications consulting, philanthropy, and editorial journalism. KJ is a former elected member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Director of Search Assessment
Dr. Kamala is a Senior Consultant of Search Assessment for POLIHIRE. A national board-certified counselor and licensed professional counselor supervisor with more than 20 years of clinical and higher education experience, Dr. Kamala contributes her expertise to POLIHIRE’s process of leadership development and assessment. She is responsible for maximizing POLIHIRE’s use of assessment on many of our engagements. Dr. Kamala’s professional experience includes work at North Carolina Central University School of Law, North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Campbell University, the University of Mount Olive, and Durham Technical Community College. She has served in leadership roles, such as Assistant Dean of Student Development, Director of Workforce Development, Director of Career Services, and Director of Wellness. Additionally, she has conducted several professional leadership development and diversity workshops and is certified in administering the EQ-i 2.0 / EQ 360.
Additional certifications that she holds include Career Development Facilitator and Title IX Investigator. Dr. Kamala attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Agency Counseling from Campbell University and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.
Retired Police Commander Jennifer Greene is a 29-year veteran of the Metropolitan Washington Police Department. She commanded the 5th Police District which included 420 sworn and civilian employees. She also served as the Interim Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and as Director of the District of Columbia Office of Unified Communications (911 and 311 call center). Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP); and the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management.
Angie has been a solid contributor to POLIHIRE since 2011. Before joining POLIHIRE, Angie served in several roles from HR Manager to Senior Recruiter. She has become a leader with valuable organizational skills and the ability to authoritatively identify the strongest candidates based on experience, skill sets, qualifications, and interests. Angie has held board positions for several non-profit organizations. She is currently serving on the board of Survivors United, an organization dedicated to serving individuals who have been sexually assaulted by US military service members. Angie is a graduate of Radford University.
Kenneth currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), which functions as the state Medicaid agency for the District. He is responsible for all DHCF administrative operations and assumes the lead role in recommending and formulating related policies and strategies. He ensures the timely implementation of the agency’s procurement process and effective management of the contract monitoring activities of staff. He oversees the agency’s human resources activities, including management of the agency’s relations with Labor and providing advice on how DHCF policies should be altered to advance the Director’s goal of promoting from within across all levels of employees. He also provides advice and recommendations to agency management on all personnel, labor relations, and payroll matters. Ken is responsible for the on-going review and assessment of the agency budget, oversight of information technology activities; implementation of risk management activities; oversight of administrative support and property management activities; and implementation of the agency-wide strategic planning and performance management processes. Ken earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA in Finance from the Howard University School of Business.
As the inaugural Commander of U.S. Africa Command, General Ward oversaw the establishment of the nation’s newest geographic command responsible for all U.S. defense and security activities on the African continent and its island nations. Before taking this position, General Ward was the Deputy Commander of the U.S. European Command, U.S. Security Coordinator for the Israel-Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and NATO Force Commander in Bosnia. Since retirement from the United States Army, General Ward has served as the President, SENTEL Corporation, Strategic Adviser, Vectrus Systems Corporation, and permanent member, Council on Foreign Relations.
Freddie Fuller has spent his entire professional career in the public transportation industry. For more than 23 years, Freddie has utilized his education, expertise, and relationships to engage and connect organizations and individuals within the transit industry. He is currently a Vice President at Jacobs, leading new business capture for transit and rail pursuits in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Canada, with a focus on electronic payment systems. Also, he has been asked to serve as the liaison between Jacobs and several political organizations including African American Mayors Association, Community Leaders of America, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, and US Conference of Mayors.
A private-sector consultant and public servant, Freddie currently serves on boards as the National Chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Freddie earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, two Masters degrees from Georgia Tech in City Planning and Civil Engineering. He also completed coursework towards a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech in Planning, Governance, and Globalization.
Marc is the State Chief Operating Officer (COO) for WellCare of Georgia. WellCare is the largest Medicaid health plan in Georgia and it operates a significant Medicare Advantage plan. Marc is primarily responsible for Health Plan Operations, Network Management, and Member Experience. Also, he is responsible for driving financial performance, improving quality outcomes, and managing the relationship with the plan’s government partners. Before joining WellCare, Marc was Vice President of Managed Care Operations for PHP, a Medicare Advantage HMO, and PHC, a Medicaid Managed Care HMO in Florida. Marc’s experience includes various leadership and management roles, including National Director of Insurance Contracting for HCR Manor Care; Senior Director, Network Management, Coordinated Care Solutions; Manager, Deloitte & Touche; Analyst for Howard University Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center. Marc earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Howard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Talladega College.
Randall Akee is a Nonresident Fellow with the Economic Studies program at Brookings. He was a David M. Rubenstein Fellow with the Economic Studies program from 2017–2019. He is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in June 2006. Prior to his doctoral studies, Akee earned a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics at Yale University. He also spent several years working for the State of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs Economic Development Division. Akee is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Labor Studies and the Children’s Groups. In addition, he is a research fellow at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), a faculty affiliate at the UCLA California Center for Population Research (CCPR) at UCLA and a faculty affiliate at UC Berkeley Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His main research interests are Labor Economics, Economic Development and Migration.
Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton is the inaugural Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Auburn University. She serves as the designated executive administrator for coordinating the University’s diversity and inclusion strategy and is the principal advocate and adviser to the President, Provost, and senior University leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion. As Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Clayton leads the Office of Inclusion and Diversity comprised of Women’s Initiatives, Access and Inclusive Excellence (which houses the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence), Inclusion and Diversity Education, and Strategy and Special Initiatives subunits. Dr. Clayton also serves as Convener of the CDO Cabinet, an institutional body connecting diversity liaisons from units across the campus. She and her team are tasked with expanding Auburn’s diversity and inclusion footprint within the institution and nationally.
Dr. Clayton formerly served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at East Carolina University. Throughout her 20+ career as an executive administrator leading diversity and inclusion efforts at major universities, Dr. Clayton has served students, faculty, staff, community, visitors and alumni. As an early career professional, Clayton served as a Legislative Research Fellow on the staff of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, led by Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy in the United States Senate and worked on the campaign committee to elect the first woman to Congress from the state of North Carolina.
Dr. Clayton is known nationally for her presentations on faculty diversity recruitment and retention, institutionalizing diversity and inclusion in higher education institutions, and translating corporate diversity and inclusion promising practices into the higher education context. She is an affiliate Instructor with the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center’s Equity Institutes and co-leads a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice with Lorelle Espinosa, Vice President for Research at the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Clayton is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and is co-chair of the Membership Committee.
Dr. Clayton is an appointee on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Equity. Additionally, she sits on the Executive Committee of the Diversity and Inclusion Executives Council of The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research organization serving 1,200 public and private corporations, and recently became a member of its Executive Committee for the Council. Dr. Clayton serves on the Advisory Board of the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates at the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center. She is a current member of the Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers network and a former Convener for North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners, a statewide network of diversity and inclusion professionals.
Dr. Clayton is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American University, and East Carolina University. She has also completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Institute of Higher Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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