Brian Yeldell is a seasoned professional who has participated in many activities including fundraising for campaigns, special projects, and business development for commercial, civic, and societal areas of interest. A native of both Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD, the length of time in, and amount of “moving around” the region, gives Mr. Yeldell a level of familiarity with movers and shakers, potential donors, and sponsors with whom to make a connection or assist in moving along initiatives.
Mr. Yeldell was previously part owner of a marketing company that had several national accounts including Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola, HBO, Camry, Kellogg’s and General Mills. His networking organization, Metropolitan Access, was the pre-curser to such entities as Impact-DC and Biznow. He has mentored many and developed lasting relationships with most who have been impacted by his networking capacity, while creating, hosting and executing small gatherings of 50 to 75 people to 2,000 to 3,000 person events and light concerts.
Scholastically, he is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Virginia’s Colgate-Darden Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA. Upon graduating from business school, he performed duties as an investment banker, a marketing company owner, and consultant to numerous businesses in various industries, including hospitality, retail/apparel, leisure activities, athletics, and entertainment. He is a capable writer, having written several books, short stories, numerous essays, as well as business and marketing plans.
Corporate and Community Engagement Officer
Tracy Wright has an extensive background in engaging corporate sponsors and marketing. Prior to joining the Foundation as the Corporate and Community Engagement Officer, she worked as Director of University Communications at Grambling State University. There she served as the key spokesperson and oversaw the university’s branding, marketing, and public relations efforts.
Since 2006, Tracy has worked as an independent marketing and sales consultant creating sponsorship decks and soliciting sponsorships. As the Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships at the Southwestern Athletic Conference, she attracted and secured corporate sponsors that increased conference revenue.
Ms. Wright began her career in the broadcasting industry working over 17 years at various network affiliates. Tracy grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a degree in English.
Grants & Partnerships Manager
Tracy Barone has been working for not-for-profits and government entities for the majority of her 26-year career. Prior to accepting her current position with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Ms. Barone served as the Executive Director of the Scranton-Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Associate Director of the National Association for State Community Services Programs-Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center; Executive Director of the Beaver County Planning Commission; Compliance Manager for the Lackawanna County Community Development Agency; Outdoor Recreation Planner with the National Park Service, and Land Use Planner with the Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission.
She has acquired and administered approximately $200 million in grant funds from various sources in multiple disciplines and has served on various boards. She is a member of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and has received her Fundamentals of Fundraising certification. Ms. Barone earned her B.S. in Public Administration and Affairs from the University of Scranton.
Donor Relations Manager
Angela Clyburn Hannibal is a native of Columbia, SC. She attended the public schools of Richland School District One in Columbia, graduating in 1991. During this period, Angela had been heavily involved as a volunteer for a number of organizations and service-oriented causes. She currently serves as a board member of The Renaissance Foundation, a cultural arts organization whose mission is to restore Historic Bethel into a performing arts center. She also serves on the board of Fast Forward, an organization to assist homeless veterans with career opportunities and housing.
Angela began her under-graduate studies at Winthrop University, but soon realized her passion to pursue service as a career, not just volunteer work. She decided to return home to continue her pursuit to improve the lives of children and families in her community. She attended Midlands Technical College, and in 1998, received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Benedict College. Angela was honored to work at her alma mater for nearly five years in fundraising and grant development.
Angela began her professional career after graduating, gaining employment with agencies and organizations well known for their mission to improving the quality of life for the citizens in the City of Columbia and around the state. Her most enjoyable moments of her career life, when she and her two sisters decided to become entrepreneurs opening a gourmet popcorn and ice cream shop, Kernels & Kreme, LLC in November 2003, but decided to dissolved business operations in December 2005.
One of the highlights of Angela’s experiences has been her family life. She is married with two children, Layla Joann and Carter James. In her spare time, Angela enjoys golf, horseback riding, tennis and assembling jigsaw puzzles.
Beth Boyd comes to the Foundation with over 25 years of experience in Administrative support, recently working as the Executive Assistant for the YMCA Silver Spring. During her 13 plus years at the Y, in addition to her supporting the Executive Director, she was involved with Board development, fundraising, and community relations. She is a member of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals).
Beth graduated with a BFA in Theatre Production from Auburn University. In the early stages of her career, she worked as a freelance Production Coordinator in the film production business in New York City and the DC/Baltimore area.