President and CEO
A. Shuanise Washington is responsible for charting the future of NAMIC, including guiding strategic planning efforts and leveraging the organization’s existing strengths.
An executive with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sector, Ms. Washington led the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for five years, where she oversaw public policy, research, educational and fundraising initiatives. Most notably, she supervised the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), a five-day, policy gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws prominent figures from across politics, business, entertainment, academia and other sectors each September. Prior to her appointment as president of CBCF, Ms. Washington was the president, founder and CEO of Washington Solutions, LLC, a firm she founded in 2008 after a long and successful career working at the highest levels of corporate America. The firm provided strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, governments and non-profit organizations, filling a critical range of needs for them, including political outreach, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Her work in external and government affairs included tenures at Altria Corporate Services, Inc. and Philip Morris.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences Cognate in Mathematics, Ms. Washington has also participated in leadership programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and Columbia Business School Executive Education Program. She also holds a long and deep belief in philanthropy and civic engagement. In addition to numerous charitable efforts she undertakes, Ms. Washington serves as a commissioner on the Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission; is the former chair of the board for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; and is a member of the Community Foundation Prince George’s County, Maryland and The Links, Incorporated. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in various national and local publications.