Capitol Region Innovation Cluster Consortium (CRICC)
Board Members

Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark – Silver Spring Strategic Solutions, LLC & Vice Chair Kenneth Clark – Silver Spring Strategic Solutions, LLC & Vice Chair
Kenneth E. Clark is president of Silver Spring Strategic Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in business and economic development in both the public and private sector. He was formally the President and CEO of the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council. In this role he managed one of the 36 councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The Councils are responsible for certifying minority-owned businesses and advocating for procurement opportunities for them with major corporations and other buying organizations. He was instrumental in helping local minority businesses increase revenue from to over $2 Billion while employing nearly 15,000 people. He also has been a consultant for the MBDA Business center operated by CRMSDC.

James Fabunmi, PhD

Dr. James A. Fabunmi James Fabunmi, PhD - American Heritage Defense Corporation & Advanced Engineering Design and Research Corporation & Treasurer/Chief Scientist
Dr. James A. Fabunmi has over 40 years post doctoral experience as an aerospace engineer, scientist, innovator and entrepreneur. He obtained his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1978, and has been a Research Engineer at Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Faculty member of Aerospace Engineering at University of Maryland College Park, Founder/Owner of the Advanced Engineering Design and Research (AEDAR) Corporation and Consultant to Major Industry, Government Agencies, Innovation Companies and Universities. He has provided scientific and technical advisory services to various program elements of the United States Department of Defense, and developed initiatives and participated in the conduct of Scientific and Engineering Research and Development in collaboration with Industry, Academia and Government. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Heritage Defense Corporation (AHDC), a Washington DC 501(c)3 think tank engaged in consulting and advocacy on innovation driven entrepreneurship and diversity. In recent years, he has been an invited visiting Professor of Innovation at Osun State University, Western Nigeria, and a co-founder of the AWENI, an Association of Western Nigeria Innovations, which brings academia, business and government into collaborative relationships for innovation and economic development of the Western region of Nigeria. He was a co-founder of the Capitol Regional Innovation Cluster Consortium (CRICC), a US based enterprise that brings innovation enterprises together in collaborative efforts to overcome traditional barriers to their growth and prosperity.

Anthony Robinson

Anthony W. Robinson Anthony Robinson - Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defence and Education Fund & Chairman
Anthony W. Robinson for the past twenty-five years has been President of the Minority Business Legal Defence and Education Fund (MBELDEF). As President he has guided the organization into the premiere legal advocacy and watchdog organization on behalf of the minority business community. He is also engaged as a business and economic development consultant assisting local, national and international business opportunity.

Steven Sims

Steven Sims – NOAH Innovation, LLC & Secretary/Chief Operating Officer Steven Sims – NOAH Innovation, LLC & Secretary/Chief Operating Officer
Steven Sims has a BS and MSW from Columbia University. He has an extensive background in organizational development having worked as Vice President for the New York Urban League; Deputy Commissioner for Public Health for Washington DC; and Vice President for Programs, Field Operations and Governmental Relations for The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), all focused on reorganizing the operating structure for those agencies/companies. In his last job, he was active in assisting minority businesses in achieving more than $100 billion in revenue from contracts with corporate America as well as Federal, State and Local Governmental Agencies. Believing in the importance of giving back, Sims was named Chairman Emeritus of the Boys Choir of Harlem and currently serves as board secretary of Hope South Florida, the premier homeless program in Broward County, Florida. He believes in the notion that "To those whom much is given, much is required."

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith Dennis Smith – Director – Business Development RSC Electrical & Mechanical Contractor, Inc.
Dennis has spent his career supporting the growth of a multitude of minority business enterprises (MBE) beyond the $100 million dollar mark. Recently, he concentrates his expertise as the Business Development Director with a Prince George’s County, MD-based MBE that is the largest minority MEP in the Washington metropolitan area.

For decades Dennis has led government and non-profit entities to advance opportunities for MBEs to compete in the marketplace. He has fostered collaboration between MBSs and financial institutions, procurement and purchasing agents in the public and private sectors nationwide, and widened MBE’s exposure to resources for business development.

Dennis has serviced MBEs as Director of the Washington, DC Business Center; Deputy Director at the Center for Minority Business Development, Prince Georges Community College; Director of the Minority Business office for the Maryland State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; Program Manager in the Small Business Office, for the Missile Defense Agency, at the Pentagon; and MBE Director at Prince George’s County’s Minority Business Office. He is credited with MBEs being awarded over $ 800 million in contract dollars in the past 10 years.