Setting the Stage for the Future

Learn more about the leadership and staff who contribute to the mission and goals of BUILD Metro DC.

Our Staff

Bryce Jacobs

Regional Executive Director

Bryce Jacobs is an educational reformer and educator with a particular interest in family engagement and college access/equity. Prior to joining BUILD Metro DC, Dr. Jacobs was Director of National Programs at College Summit, an organization with a mission to help more low-income students get to and through college, and previously was a program specialist at the National Parent Teacher Association. In her role at College Summit, Dr. Jacobs wrote training materials, designed curriculum, and innovated new programs that supported 11 regions across the country. She is a founding board chair and current board member of Sela Public Charter School, a diverse Hebrew language immersion school in Washington DC. Dr. Jacobs has a B.A. in International Development from Clark University, an M.A. from George Washington University in Education, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Education Policy and Leadership.

Quincy Jones

Program Director

Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1995. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Quincy began his career as a financial advisor, but was soon called to the social services field. He moved to the DC area in 2001, where he worked for years in the foster care arena as a Case Manager and Crisis Intervention Specialist. Quincy then began to work as a college access advisor in DC Public Schools. In this role, Quincy worked with all students to include athletes, honor roll, special education, parents, and international students, advising and assisting them on all aspects of college and career planning.
Quincy’s most recent roles includes piloting and managing a peer leader focused program in low-income high schools in D.C., Prince Georges County, MD, Detroit, MI, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, OH. In this program, Quincy fostered relationships with school districts and high schools to enhance the college-going culture and train student leaders and teachers. Before beginning his career as the Program Director of Build Metro DC, Quincy worked to improve the college and career going culture in some of the most challenging high schools in Baltimore City. Quincy holds a M.S.A (2009) from Trinity University, in Organizational Development and a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success, from Walden University (2015). Quincy is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Nicole Thomas

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nicole Thomas is currently the Director of Strategic Partnership with BUILD Metro DC and has been with BUILD since 2016. In her role, Nicole spearheads all BUILD Metro DC fundraising-related community outreach activities, recruits volunteers and engages new networks and individual donor prospects. Nicole also oversees BUILD Metro DC’s Associate Board. Prior to her work with BUILD, Nicole was with College Summit for four years. College Summit is a college access non-profit where she executed over 100 successful College Summit workshops on 35 college campuses that served 5,000 students and 1,500 volunteers. Before that, Nicole worked for Monumental Sports and Entertainment for more than 10 years where she was the Director of Community Relations for the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Mystics (WNBA) professional teams. In that role, she managed the community outreach activities including the scheduling, development, and execution of over 400 appearances per year for players, coaches, and front office staff. Nicole graduated from the University of Arizona.

Elizabeth Nadeau

Development & Program Systems Manager

Liz has been with BUILD since the spring of 2018 and is currently the Development and Program Systems Manager, helping to manage fundraising, student data collection and analysis, and social media/communications. Previously employed by Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and Arlington Free Clinic, Liz has always had a passion for helping others and working for organizations which put people at the center. She was initially drawn to BUILD because of its mission - helping underserved youth recognize and harness their potential for greatness - and continues to be blown away by the affect BUILD’s programming has on students’ personal growth. In her spare time, Liz refinishes old furniture, volunteers at the local dog shelter, and cheers on her Boston sports teams. Liz graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Studio Art and Family Life Cycle Studies.

Somolia Pumphrey

Program and Events Associate

Somolia is the Program and Events Associate at BUILD, where she manages program and event planning, including program data collection and collaboration with staff on the recruitment of program mentors. Somolia has always had a passion for childcare and development - in addition to her work with BUILD, Somolia also works as an assistant teacher with the Lourie Center School for Social and Emotional Wellness, providing emotional support and assistance to the area's vulnerable youth. Prior to joining BUILD, Somolia held various public relations and communications roles across both non-profit and for-profit sectors in the Washington D.C. area, as well as various youth centered organizations in her hometown state of Kentucky. Somolia completed her undergraduate degree requirements in December 2017, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University Southeast. This accolade comes with great pride to Somolia, as she is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year institution

Our Local Advisory Board

  • Todd Barnes **Interim Board Chair**  Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.
  • Jeffrey H. Blum – Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network LLC
  • Kimberly Churches  CEO, American Association of University Women
  • Alicia Fuller – Director, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Timothy Garnett – Managing Director, The Avascent Group’
  • Malcom Glenn – Head of Global Police, Accessibility and Undeserved Communities, Uber
  • Heather Godsmark – Global Chief Business Operations Officer, Dentons US LLP
  • Dora Gougoufkas – VP Risk Management, Capital One
  • Melinda Moyo – Enterprise Partner Channel Manager, Microsoft
  • Adeleke Omitowoju – Venture Partner, 1863 Ventures
  • Anesa Parker – Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
  • Suzanne Roske – Partner, PwC Washington Metro Government Contracts Practic
  • Patrick Van den Bossche – Partner / Board Member, A.T. Kearney, Inc
  • Matt Wexler – Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners
  • Irving Yoskowitz – Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Our Local Associate Board

Tre’ Scott **Co-Chair** – Strategist, Microsoft

Michael Wurzbacher **Co-Chair** – Solutions Manager, Sparkfund

Phillip Brannigan – Associate Director, Berkadia

Kateri Jones – Small Business & Start Up Consultant

Rachel Levitan – Deputy Director of Communications, House of Representatives

Ryan McKennie – AV Operations Lead, Accenture

Candace Roberts – Events and Meetings Professional

Robert Saldutti – Financial Analyst, Minkoff Development Corp

Temisan Shebi – Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Christian Souza – Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Dillipan Sundaramoorthy – Legislation Analyst, Jennings Policy Strategies

Shelbi Svoboda – Director of Account Management, Kit Check

Donovan Tyson – Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

Chen Chen Tung – Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank