Mr. Kimble is a 25-year veteran of Capital Hill and has held positions as chief of staff for a senior member of congress and chief lobbyist for one of the nation’s largest financial services firms. As current DC Bureau Chief for the national chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Kevin has unparalleled access to minority communities and civic leaders around the country. He is routinely called upon and advises members of congress on policy and legislative issues and has been asked to speak to state and local government and testify at hearings.
He is a subject matter expert on economic inclusion, economic innovation, community development and policy strategy. As a seasoned economic innovator and business development strategist Mr. Kimble created the nonbank charter and has devised many other dynamic solutions to problems in the modern economy. Mr. Kimble routinely advises elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. He also advises national organizations and community groups on these policies and has been featured in numerous media outlets.
As Chief of Staff/Counsel for Congressman Charles Gonzales in Washington, DC for 10 years Mr. Kimble was required to develop, implement, and lead multiple complex projects such as the San Antonio Airport International Status adoption, the major financial reform initiative to merge the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF) and Savings Association Insurance Fund (SAIF), Glass-Steagall reform, and the Bankruptcy reform of 2005. Additionally, he served as Congressman Gonzales’ council for both Election Challenges and the Healthcare Subcommittee for Small Businesses.
Mr. Kimble has previously counseled and currently sits on the advisory boards of multiple financial services start up organizations and is well positioned to act as their voice in congress and with key regulatory agencies. He has access to many of congresses trusted advisors and a network of individuals in important financial services agencies in DC and around the country. Kevin has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers and is routinely a guest on several national radio shows.
Tammy is the Chief Policy Officer & Senior Counsel for Black Women’s Health Imperative. She has extensive experience in creating and executing federal legislative policy strategy and facilitating outreach to members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Previously Ms. Boyd served as Managing Partner, for TKB Global Strategies, LLC /Watts Partners, where she successfully executed government affairs strategies through engagement of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and Department of Veteran Affairs.
Along with her past role at Johnson & Johnson, Boyd also served as Legislative Director for Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) where she exercised oversight over legislative activities within the office, including tax, trade, health care (Medicare, Medicaid, and Graduate Medical Education), financial services, judiciary and energy. She was the senior staffer that drafted the legislation elevating the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH now an Institute.
Tammy is a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, American Public Health Association, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Boyd has been featured in USA Today (04/17); Clarion Ledger (04/17); Huffington Post (03/17); and Essence Magazine (02/2017) as one of the chief strategists that drafted the legislation that created Smithsonian National African American History & Culture Museum. She received an M.P.H. degree from Emory University School of Public Health and a Juris Doctorate degree from American University, Washington College of Law.
Seasoned Financial Services and professional Business Development expert Brady J. Buckner has over 25 years of experience and success in consulting and relationship management. Mr. Buckner is adept at building and managing relationships with clients and stakeholders across many industries and all levels of business.
Formerly, he has acted as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Alliance Capital, an Investment Analyst with the Consulting Group at Smith Barney, an Account Executive with CIBC Oppenheimer, a Senior Financial Sales Consultant with PNC Bank, and an RIA Administrator with Pacific West Financial. Brady is currently the President for AIOF and is responsible for helping to manage the organizations complex network of multi-cultural projects and relationships.
Mr. Buckner joined the Financial Services Innovation Coalition in 2013 and subsequently formed AIOF with Mr. Kimble to better serve some of the poorest communities in America by directly implementing solutions developed by FSIC. Brady believes strongly in AIOF’s mission and hopes to have a significant role in solving some of the most serious economic issues that face our country today.
Adam Greenberg is the CEO of iUNU, a Seattle based startup that provides AI and computer vision technology to help greenhouse growers optimize their operations. iUNU & Mr. Greenberg have been recognized with a Medal of Excellence nomination from Greenhouse Grower, best new indoor growing technology from United Fresh Produce Association, and Adam was a member of GPN's 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, at age 30. Mr. Greenberg has been a podcast guest, speaker at numerous universities, associations, seminars, and conferences such as Hemp Industry Daily, MjBizCon, Indoor AgCon as well as University of Maryland’s annual MAVRIC technology conference. Adam Greenberg created an AI symposium for Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill late last year, Farm Traveler featured Adam on their November 2020 podcast and Adam was recently a panelist on IndoorAgCon January’s webinar on AI & Robotics.
Adam founded iUNU in 2013 to revolutionize the greenhouse industry by using AI and machine vision technology, and iUNU recently closed its Series A funding of $7 million. His passion for agriculture came from his father who is a botanist and entrepreneur, and he credits both his parents for his core values of social responsibility. The company has engaged with HBCU’s in an active effort to partner on USDA grants and is also working to establish an academic partnership with an HBCU on greenhouse research using iUNU’s technology. Adam is spearheading an effort for Congress that combines funding for equal access to nutritious produce in frontline communities with a program to teach and certify urban agronomy to students in frontline communities.
Mr. Greenberg earned his degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington and is a former financial analyst at Amazon. He is a fifth-generation native of San Francisco and lives in Seattle, Washington where he enjoys returning to the University of Washington to speak with undergrads about entrepreneurship.
In Mr. Greenberg’s own words, “The credit for our success goes to the team at iUNU. Look at the change we’re making and look how far we’ve already come. At the end of the day, our goal is to add value to our customers.”
Yardly Pollas-Kimble is an experienced leader and advisor with over 20 years of domestic and international government and business experience. She is a veteran of Capitol Hill, corporate America and the non-profit world. She has advised members of Congress, CEOs of fortune 100 companies, foreign governmental and political leaders, as well as international business leaders. They have all relied on her expertise and unique insights on issues ranging from political and legislative strategy to economic and business development planning. She has even represented and advised international filmmakers.
As an international political expert, she has monitored elections and helped organize parliamentary training for foreign leaders on the best ways to implement democratic ideals. Ms. Pollas-Kimble has also been relied on by foreign leaders, especially those in the Caribbean and Africa for advise on how to best create prosperity and long lasting democratic governance. She has worked for and with several international development organizations and advised them on both international and domestic US strategies.
Arthur D. Sidney, Esq. serves as Vice President of Public Policy for the Computer & Communications Industry Association where he exercises oversight of, and identifies threats and opportunities regarding, CCIA's policy activities in Washington, D.C. across all technology and telecommunications issue areas, focusing upon competition, privacy, the internet, intellectual property, intergovernmental organizations, intermediary liability, international trade, and other subjects. As Vice President, he assists with implementation of policy positions through advocacy before legislative, executive, judicial, intergovernmental, and international policy makers.
Formerly, he served for over eleven years as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for United States Congressman Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. Before working for Rep. Johnson, he served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for United States Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. He is a former complex commercial litigation practitioner with over 8 years of experience representing the U.S. in international trade remedies cases at the Department of Commerce and before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and NAFTA and WTO panels.
As a chief of staff and chief counsel, Arthur managed the day-to-day operations of a busy congressional office and lead a staff of 21 persons or more working across two office locations. In addition to directing the legislative, communications, and district staff. Arthur served as chief advisor to Rep. Johnson who is a senior member of both the House Judiciary and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees and was formerly a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee for nine (9) years. Additionally, Arthur was responsible for Rep. Johnson's work on both committees, including his work on the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Courts and the Internet. Arthur also handled Rep. Johnson and his former employer Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's legislative portfolio for issues including copyright, consumer protection, crime, immigration, antitrust, technology and telecommunications, artificial intelligence, cyber-security, privacy, internet of things, foreign affairs, and international trade.
Charles Steele, Jr. was born on August 3, 1946, in Tuscaloosa , Alabama. He is CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Mr. Steele is a civil rights leaders first, using his constituency as a pulse to direct action and chapter development of public policies. His vision of a “national playing field” keeps him in touch with current issues and political fairness.
In 1985 Mr. Steele was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council where he served two terms. His dedication to serving his constituents is evident through his many worthwhile and tangible accomplishments in Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama. During his tenure as City Councilman, he organized the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, The Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League, and secured funds to build the Bernice Washington Insight Center, a drug treatment center. He organized the Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force and after many years of relenting efforts, the Partners for a Drug free Tuscaloosa County (formerly Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force). During that time the partnership was awarded one million dollars. In 1994, Charles Steele, Jr. was elected to the Alabama State Senate. The Senator played key roles in recruiting not one, but several new plants in his district. He was instrumental in locating Tire and Wheel Assembly (T&WA) in Greene County, H&H (truck beds) in Perry County and Greenco Dimensions, Inc. (drum sticks) in Greene County. He also sponsored a non-traditional educational program with Robert Townsend of Hollywood, California for the youth of his district. Additionally, he recruited the Rosa Parks movie to Alabama, where he served as a consultant to the production of the $7 million CBS movie project.
He was serving his third terms as Senator before resigning to become the National Vice President of the SCLC, the Atlanta based organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In October 2000, Charles Steele was elected as a Senate Member of the High Chamber (U. S. Parliamentary Group) of the International States Parliament for Safety and Peace. The International Parliament nominated Mr. Steele to the Ministry of American Affairs on the 15th of March 2001. Charles Steele graduated from Druid High in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attended college at Mississippi Valley State University and Oakland University. He received his bachelor’s degree from American International University at the Paramaribo Suriname, South America Campus. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the prestigious Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an Honorary Doctorate of Christian Education from the F. T. Bozeman School of Ministry and Global Evangelical Christian College of Louisiana, and an Honorary Doctorate from American International University at the Paramaribo Suriname, South America Campus.