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Donna Gambrell

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Donna Gambrell
As President & CEO of Appalachian Community Capital, Donna J. Gambrell is responsible for attracting and directing investments to Community Development Financial Institutions (or CDFIs) and other mission-driven lenders in Appalachia. These lenders, in turn, use the investments to make loans to small business owners, including to minority- and women-owned businesses, in underserved communities throughout the region.

Previously, Ms. Gambrell served as Director of the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, and in executive positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Currently, she is a board member for  the following organizations: Southern Bancorp, Little Rock, Arkansas, which is one of the nation’s largest CDFIs; Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a membership organization for microbusinesses; Opportunity Finance Network, a CDFI trade association; The Low Income Investment Fund, a national CDFI focused on education; and Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino CDFI in the country.


Kelly Burton, PhD

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Kelly Burton' Bio
Political scientist, serial entrepreneur, change agent and social critic. Kelly Burtonis a modern-day renaissance woman who leads with passion, purpose and vision. She is the Founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale non-profits to help them catalyze change in local communities.

In 2017, Kelly launched Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. Today, FOC has more than 4K users in 40+ states, with members ranging from earlyistage tech startups to multi-million dollar companies. She is also the founding co-convener of the Black Innovation Alliance, a national coalition of ecosystem leaders committed to ensuring African-Americans have fair access to the innovation economy.

Kelly’s work has been featured in numerous publications, among them Tech Crunch, Fast Company and Essence Magazine.

In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she has served as a regular contributor for HuffPost and currently serves on the Advisory Board for SXSW Pitch.  She is a mentor for numerous entrepreneur communities including Praxis Labs and Echoing Green and is a very active voice on social media, with approximately 70K followers on Linkedin alone.

Kelly has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University, both in Political Science.


Ted Archer

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Ted Archer' Bio
Ted is an Executive Director within Global Supplier Diversity at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management.
Ted joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2016 and directs the firm’s strategy to grow diverse businesses through supplier inclusion and development, a critical component of JPMC’s $30 billion Path Forward commitment to advance racial equity. Prior to his current role, he served as Head of Small Business, Global Philanthropy and led Small Business Forward, the firm’s global initiative investing $50 million annually to connect small businesses with growth resources. He is an experienced leader who brings more than 15 years of global experience in building programs and partnerships that drive economic growth — with an emphasis on underserved small businesses.
Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Ted led Small Business initiatives at SourceAmerica, HJ Heinz, consulted with the World Bank Group, and was Chief of Staff at the Washington, D.C. Department of Small & Local Business Development.
Ted earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University and a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University Of Pittsburgh.

William Bradford, PhD

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William Bradford' Bio
William Bradford, PhD, is a national expert on minority-owned businesses, as well as entrepreneurial and small business finance, venture capital, and corporate finance. Previously, he was Dean of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He has authored or co-authored three books and more than 70 articles on finance during his career. Upon his retirement in 2020, the Foster Business School established the William Bradford Professorship, to be awarded to a faculty member concerned with diversity. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has consulted numerous firms and international lectureships in corporate finance and entrepreneurship in the UK, Indonesia, Egypt, the Ivory Coast, South Korea, Canada, China, and South Africa. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Howard University, MBA in Finance, and PhD in Finance and Economics from Ohio State University.