CONNECTdmv is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, creating resources to support academically-talented middle and high school students of color at DMV-based independent (private and parochial) schools on issues of Transportation, Technology, Tutoring, Transition, and Touchpoints – that is, creating the connections and networking to help students find internships and jobs. 

CONNECTdmv is helping high-achieving students of color achieve even more by working directly with DMV independent schools, through parents associations and with our partners, like A Better Chance and Toyota. Our mission is to provide the resources needed to help close the opportunity gap and, in the end, to help us all better connect

CONNECTdmv is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, creating resources to support academically-talented middle and high school students of color at DMV-based independent (private and parochial) schools on issues of Transportation, Technology, Tutoring, Transition, and Touchpoints – that is, creating the connections and networking to help students find internships and jobs. 

CONNECTdmv is helping high-achieving students of color achieve even more by working directly with DMV independent schools, through parents associations and with our partners, like A Better Chance and Toyota. Our mission is to provide the resources needed to help close the opportunity gap and, in the end, to help us all better connect

THE FOUNDERS

Long-time children’s advocate, Patricia Potts, and Tom Kohn, a professor at American University – along with Prince George’s County middle school teacher Carlos Pugh – are the founders of CONNECTdmv. Tom and Patricia run the day to day operations of the organization.

 

Tom Kohn

Tom is an Executive in Residence/Professor at American University’s Kogod School of business and is a two-time startup CEO. At AU he teaches entrepreneurship, business strategy, organizational behavior and global corporate citizenship. He co-founded and was CEO of e-billing company Transactis, which has now raised $70MM from investors, and he was the first employee and CEO of Bid4Assets, where he helped raise $10MM. Both firms are thriving and profitable. As a media executive, Tom was EVP of Digital for Cygnus Business Media and the chief revenue officer for USA TODAY.com. He was inducted into the Media Industry News (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame in 2013. 

In 2013 Tom co-founded the Community Coaching Alliance, which brings together the DMV area’s top professional baseball coaches with middle school and high school players to provide free lessons to kids who can’t afford private coaches, often held at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Patricia Potts

For the past two decades, Patricia has worked and advocated on behalf of children and women. While working at the American Association of University of Women (AAUW), Patricia played an instrumental role in promoting and marketing AAUW’s groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. As a board member for the Tiny Findings Child Development Center Inc., Patricia created policy; selection, oversight, and compensation of the Center Director; and development and approval of the center programs.

After 17 years she continues to serve in the nursery ministry at Reid Temple AME Church and has held several leadership roles over the years including chairperson. During her 12-year tenure as a parent volunteer at Reid Temple Christian Academy she successfully managed the academy’s fundraising efforts and community service projects. Her latest role as A Better Chance’s Parents-as- Partners Regional Chair (Mid-Atlantic region) has given her the opportunity to help develop and manage programs and activities for the scholars.

Tom Kohn

Tom is an Executive in Residence/Professor at American University’s Kogod School of business and is a two-time startup CEO. At AU he teaches entrepreneurship, business strategy, organizational behavior and global corporate citizenship. He co-founded and was CEO of e-billing company Transactis, which has now raised $70MM from investors, and he was the first employee and CEO of Bid4Assets, where he helped raise $10MM. Both firms are thriving and profitable. As a media executive, Tom was EVP of Digital for Cygnus Business Media and the chief revenue officer for USA TODAY.com. He was inducted into the Media Industry News (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame in 2013. 

In 2013 Tom co-founded the Community Coaching Alliance, which brings together the DMV area’s top professional baseball coaches with middle school and high school players to provide free lessons to kids who can’t afford private coaches, often held at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Patricia Potts

For the past two decades, Patricia has worked and advocated on behalf of children and women. While working at the American Association of University of Women (AAUW), Patricia played an instrumental role in promoting and marketing AAUW’s groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. As a board member for the Tiny Findings Child Development Center Inc., Patricia created policy; selection, oversight, and compensation of the Center Director; and development and approval of the center programs.

After 17 years she continues to serve in the nursery ministry at Reid Temple AME Church and has held several leadership roles over the years including chairperson. During her 12-year tenure as a parent volunteer at Reid Temple Christian Academy she successfully managed the academy’s fundraising efforts and community service projects. Her latest role as A Better Chance’s Parents-as- Partners Regional Chair (Mid-Atlantic region) has given her the opportunity to help develop and manage programs and activities for the scholars.

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