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Meet DSLBD Senior Leadership Team

The Department of Small and Local Business Development's (DSLBD) senior leadership team is a robust team of professionals that work hard together to support and promote the growth and development of the District's small and local business community.

Learn more about DSLBD leadership below:

  • Kristi C. Whitfield | Director
  • Rosemary Suggs-Evans | Chief of Staff
  • Ronnie Edwards | Deputy Director, Compliance & Enforcement Division
  • Lorenzo McRae | General Counsel
  • Tyrone Hankerson | Interim Manager, Compliance & Enforcement Division
  • Melissa Resil | Manager, Certification Division
  • Lauren Adkins | Manager, Business Development Division
  • James "Milton" Goodman | Manager, DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DCPTAC) Division
  • Kate Mereand | Manager, Innovation & Equitable Development (Inno.ED) Division
  • Jenny Cruz | Special Assistant to the Director
  • Sirah Turner | Administration Officer
  • Bobby Dorsey | Deputy Chief of Staff
  • James Partlow IV | Traveling Chief of Staff & Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Marcia Harris | Agency IT Lead
  • Mary Wright | Data Analyst