Our Team of Experienced Professionals
Chief Executive Officer and President
As the Co-Founder of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, Dwayne Ashley is renowned for his bold, strategic thinking and wise counsel in philanthropy. He is a successful entrepreneur In the course of his 26-year career, he raised more than $750 million. A fearless and authentic solicitor, he is committed to social justice and helping organizations of color maxmize their fundraising success. He advises non-profit, philanthropists and influencers globally on the sector.
A powerhouse of energy, enthusiasm and a passion for fundraising, Dwayne has managed capital and annual campaigns and spearheaded development for such notable organizations as the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Success for Kids, 100 Black Men of America, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, among many others. He is one of the Co-Founders of Jazz Houston, a performing arts organization dedicated to Jazz in Houston.
Dwayne is a thought-leader in the field and he has shared valuable concepts in numerous articles and in four books. They include Eight Steps to Raising Money: Measuring Your Fundraising Impact, Word for Word Publishing; 8 Winning Steps to Creating a Successful Special Event with Carol Campbell, Director of Events at Prairie View A&M University; I'll Find A Way or Make One: A Tribute to HBCUs with noted journalist Juan Williams and Dream Internships: It's Not Who You Know, But What You Know! He is an alumnus of Wiley College and the University of Pennsylvania's Fel's School of Government. He is very proud of his great grand mother's contribution of land to establish a school in Heflin, Louisiana. The school is now one of the oldest black churches in the state of Louisiana. Dwayne dedicates his work in philanthropy in memory of his late two older brothers, Ronald and Howard Ashley.
Dwayne enjoys travel: “I have visited more than 65 countries---enjoyed Spain most because of the culture and my roots.”
Chief Operating Officer
Alicia L. Jackson brings more than 20 years of community-mobilization experience to the BPC team. An adaptable and enthusiastic problem solver, she has built a strong reputation of success for leveraging opportunities and using creative marketing strategies to achieve cost efficient management of client initiatives.
Most recently, Alicia served as Senior Vice President for Motivational Educational Entertainment (MEE) Productions in Philadelphia, PA. As a senior executive, she grew revenue, reduced cost and leveraged opportunities in both the public and private sectors.
Alicia has a Master’s degree in Government Administration and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Chester University.
What most people don’t know about Alicia is: “My favorite book is “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran.
An accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience with high level law firms and major corporations, Gail Slaughter is now putting her talents to work in the non-profit sector, supporting fundraising and partnership development activities.
Most recently Associate General Counsel at Mercedes Benz USA, she has a keen ability to achieve practical, strategic, and cost-effective closure to legal issues.
Slaughter has an extensive background in commercial litigation and contracting. She has also handled legal matters relative to marketing, advertising, licensing and protection of intellectual property-- including trademark and copyright. Her business expertise includes product liability, employment issues, environmental protection and franchising.
Slaughter has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Florida and earned her Juris Doctorate, magnum cum laude, from South Texas.
Senior Vice President / Executive Consultant
A pioneer and leader in audience development, Donna Williams has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities for individuals from varied communities to experience art and culture in our society. In her most recent role as the Chief Audience Development Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a position she originated, she established collaborations with an array of ethnic, religious, military veterans, and multi-age groups to educate and inspire new supporters. Her original programs and outreach have resulted in book chapters, articles, and mentorships for arts professional in the US and abroad. Donna’s work has touched the African-American, Asian-American, South Asian, Latino, American Muslim, LGBTQ, Native American, veterans, and multi-generational/young professionals communities.
Her proven success in developing programs built on diversity and inclusion, community outreach, business/budget development, and strategic planning has enabled her to reach more than 1.5 million community members. Donna has been a guest lecturer across the US and in countries including Australia, the UK, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, and Russia. She has provided strategic planning guidance to organizations including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and Kape Communications Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia. Donna’s good works have been recognized by the state and city of New York, National Minority Business Council, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in music and education from Marywood University. When she is not finding new ways to expand the horizons of others, Donna continues her practice of piano and is an avid reader.
Vice President & Executive Consultant
A former Vice President at Citi Global Markets and Banking and a former Director of Corporate Partnerships and Individual Giving, Crystal Fields-Sam brings experience in both finance and partnership development to the BPC team.
Crystal worked with corporate executives, providing them with business solutions, while helping under-employed young adults get professional experience through job placement assignments. As part of this work, she successfully navigated the cultures of 34 Fortune 100 companies.
A Navy war veteran, Crystal has received numerous awards while serving on active duty.
What most people don’t know about Crystal: “I’m a sci-fi geek who waited in line at midnight for tickets to the opening of “The Matrix.”
Vice President & Executive Consultant
Eunice brings nearly 15 years of experience in Marketing, Development, and Communications to BPC. Previously serving as Marketing and Development Director at the Seleni Institute, Ms. Liriano managed external communications and oversaw all marketing, branding, and fundraising outreach for the maternal mental health organization.
Prior to her position at Seleni, Ms. Liriano served as Vice President of Resource Development, Marketing and Communications at Dress for Success, managing all brand alliances, strategic partnerships and a budget of $20 million.
Before her passion for philanthropy took over, Ms. Liriano held roles in marketing, communications and special events for Frederic Fekkai, Steve Madden, and LeSportsac.
In her spare time, Eunice volunteers in her community as an advocate for public education and women’s economic development.
Latoya A. Henry is a public relations and marketing communications professional with more than 14 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors.
She has worked at noted international public relations firms Cohn & Wolfe and Burson-Marsteller. She has also served as a Public Relations Specialist at Citigroup’s Smith Barney where she provided public relations support for the firm’s financial advisors and products.
Latoya’s non-profit experience includes her role as Director of Marketing at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund where she spearheaded brand management and media relations efforts. As a private consultant, she has provided public relations support for a number of children, education and arts-focused organizations.
What most people don’t know about Latoya: “I’m crafty – I love to make personalized keepsakes out of cigar boxes, picture frames and other items using decoupage.”
Julio Casado is a dedicated non-profit professional who provides fundraising, board development, operations management, and program development support to mission driven organizations. Throughout his diverse career, in addition to his commitment to the formation and growth non-profits, he has also been afforded the opportunity to offer Human Capital Consulting services to Fortune 500 companies.
Born in Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem, New York, Julio currently serves as Chairman on the boards of La Unidad Latina Foundation and LPZ Cinetech. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, received a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University and a Master’s in Management from Harvard University Extension School.
Vice President, Creative and Client Services
An accomplished Visual Director & Celebrity Stylist with more than 25 years of fashion and management experience in the luxury market. Javier Pedroza is now putting his talents and experiences to work in the non-profit sector, supporting fundraising, event planning, client relations and operations.
Most recently he was the Visual Director at ESCADA overseeing the USA and Canada markets. Javier has the vision and ability to design and achieve creative installations, strategic day to day operations, and formulate long lasting client relationships.
Pedroza has an extensive background in operations, visual merchandising and event planning which he’ll bring on to his new role as Vice President, Creative and Client Services for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting Firm, LLC.
With his infectious energy, enthusiasm, passion for life and helping others, Javier has collaborated for such notable organizations as the Latino Commission on AIDS, Most Valuable Kids, Afghan Hands, Dress for Success and MTEAF (Maria Torres Emerging Artist Foundation) to name a few.
Javier dedicates his work in philanthropy in memory of his late two grandfathers Bartolome Pedroza and Nelson Vargas, because they taught him the true meaning of helping, building and being part of a community.
Javier loves to dance: “I have been fortunate to dance on major stages like Madison Square Garden, Latin Billboard Awards, Lincoln Center and I will dance until I can stand anymore.”
Senior Vice President, People Operations
A dynamic and experienced expert, Denise Bailey Clark is a leader Human Resources. She has partnered with the CEOs as a lead architect enterprise cultural transformation with the goal of becoming creating high performing organizations. She developed and implemented professional development opportunities that increased employee’s skill, knowledge, and effectiveness. Influenced excellence in human resources by aligning companies’ mission, vision and values, cultural transformation associated behaviors into the all HR processes. She has led, directed and developed benefits and compensation programs to attract and retain high performing talent. Implemented process improvement that improved operational excellence in human resources. Collaborated with Board of Directors to present human related information for approval and resolution. Improved operational excellence through process improvement and results-oriented focus. She earned her doctor of management from the University of Maryland University College, a M.A. from Bowie State University and her undergraduate degree from Towson University.
Max Larsen, Senior Vice President|Executive Consultant
Steve Panning, Senior Vice President|Executive Consultant
Javier Pedroza, Vice President, Creative and Client Services
LeBron Morgan, Executive Consultant
Jennifer Jiles, Executive Consultant
Sean Kosofsky, Executive Consultant
Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Senior Consultant
Diane V. Thompson, Senior Consultant
Sabrina Adams, Senior Consultant
Brenda Gray, Project Consultant
Carmen Matos, Project Consultant
Aurora Gordon, Administrative Consultant
Gerard Minaya, Adminstrative Consultant
Craig Dwelling, Adminstrative Consultant
Rumando Kelley, Adminstrative Consultant
Marshall Mazagwu, Technology Consultant
PriceDean and Associates, Finance/Accounting Services
JLM Insurance, Agent