SOUL’s mission is to advise, advocate, and provide direct services and essential resources that empower low-income student-athletes to successfully transition into life after high school.
“SOUL helped us stay on track in school. We visit colleges, go to workshops, and meet mentors. Before SOUL I didn’t have a mentor!”
Donald is the Founder and Executive Director of SOUL. He holds a B.S. from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a M.A. from American University. He completed his Executive Education in Innovation Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. He completed a Nonprofit Management program at Northwestern University via the Allstate Foundation. In 2019, he was selected by Ashoka and American Express as a Emerging Innovator. In 2020, he completed the Nonprofit Executive Management Program at Georgetown University.
Yun Simpson, originally from West Chester, PA, moved to DC to attend American University where she received a BA in International Relations. She began volunteering with SOUL in 2014 and eventually transitioned to full-time staff in July of 2017.
Chloe Krueger is a San Francisco native, and began volunteering with SOUL in DC in 2014 while attending American University. She is a co-founder of Sister Circle, and the lead manager for SOUL SF. Chloe brought SOUL to the Bay through partnership with San Francisco Coalition for Essential Small Schools after identifying the need for more resources for student-athletes at Thurgood Marshall High School.
Brian Barrett, co-founder of Ideogenics. Brian oversees all divisions and strategically directs the company as it delivers systems, services and solutions to U.S. federal and civilian clients. Brian earned his baccalaureate degree in computer science from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Seth is the CEO and Co-founder of Evolent Health. Prior to Evolent Health, he held positions at The Advisory Board Company and Bain Captial Partners. He earned a BS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Amy Bowser is a Managing Director in JLL’s Mid-Atlantic Brokerage Group. She has specialized in the Washington, DC office market since 1999 and currently is involved with the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association for Greater Washington DC (CREBA). Amy holds a B.A. in History from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Justin is a Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Born and raised in Wellesley, MA, he moved to DC in 1999 to attend Georgetown University where he earned a B.S. in economics. Justin helped found the Merrill Lynch, Washington, D.C. Community Service Board and acts as a mentor to undergraduate students through the Georgetown University Scholarship Program.
Matt Garcell is a Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Cushman & Wakefield. Matt’s client portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, technology, and media companies. Matt holds a B.S. in Science from Johnson and Wales University.
Michael joined The Advisory Board Company in 1998 and became the CFO in February 2006 and treasurer in March 2007. Prior to his current role, CFO of the Education Advisory Board, Michael held a variety of positions across the finance group. Michael has a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.
Alex Macdonald is the firm wide Director of Practice Management at Venable LLP. Alex is a bar admitted lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. Prior to his current position with Venable LLP, Alex was the nationwide Practice Manager for both the Litigation and Employee Benefits Departments at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Al oversees community reinvestment partnerships for the Greater Washington Region of J.P. Morgan & Chase. He also serves as Vice Board Chairman of Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, is a Trustee of the Maryland Council of Economic Education, and is the Co-President of the Maryland Bankers Community Reinvestment Group.
Mia Powers is a Management and Program Analyst within the Access office for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Office. Recently, Ms. Powers moved to Washington, D.C. to help stand up a new program office to focus on Veterans access to healthcare from VA facilities around the country. Ms. Powers earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis.
Colin Rogister, served at the White House in the National Economic Council. He joined the Administration in 2012, where he worked in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Education. He began his career as a Bay Area Teach for America member. Colin is currently earning his MBA from the Harvard Business School.