Amy Bergner is a Democratic and grassroots activist with an extensive background in health care and health insurance and employee benefits law. She is an attorney and until recently was managing director at PwC, and a nationally recognized expert on the US health care system and the Affordable Care Act. She now consults independently. After three decades of consulting and law firm experience, Amy has turned her energies to electing and supporting progressive Democrats at the local, state and federal levels, and to climate change/clean energy policy and health care policy. Amy is a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, and Dranesville District Dems, and has been involved with Virginia Democracy Forward and WofA (We of Action) – Indivisible groups, volunteering and fundraising for various candidates. During the recent election, she volunteered with several state Voter protection hotlines. She co-authored a legislative scorecard and summary created by Virginia Grassroots to assist legislative candidates in the 2019 Virginia state elections. In 2020, she was a volunteer advisor and fundraiser for Steve Bullock, Montana’s governor running for US Senate in 2020, and co-hosted the largest virtual fundraiser for Abigail Spanberger’s congressional reelection campaign. She is an active member of the Virginia Grassroots climate and clean energy task force, as well as the Sierra Club, drafting positions, talking with legislators, and giving testimony or providing comments to various agencies. Amy chairs the Personnel Board and serves on the leadership council of Rock Spring Congregational Church in Arlington, VA, and has been involved with OAR, Offender Aid & Restoration of Arlington. She is the proud mom of four daughters who graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools, with three who graduated from UVA. Amy received a BA from Smith College and a JD from American University Washington College of Law.
The Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia Board is comprised of 12 Directors who serve staggered three-year terms. Each year, elections are held for the four Board positions whose three-year terms expire that year. All DemBiz members are eligible to run for Board positions. All Board positions are voluntary.
Ken Biberaj is Managing Director of the Suburban Washington DC office of Savills, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firms. With nearly 15 years of experience, Ken joined the Savills Tysons office in Virginia in 2017. He advises tenants and buyers in real estate matters, in addition to helping clients to proactively identify and leverage strategic partnerships and portfolio opportunities.
Prior to joining Savills, Ken spent 12 years as an executive at Morgan Barrington Associates of NY, Inc., where he brokered retail leases and investment sales transactions; negotiated strategic partnerships; and advised businesses across New York City on real estate expansion needs. Notably, he oversaw the restoration and 2006 reopening of the iconic Russian Tea Room, which his family owns and operates.
In 2014, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, where he advocated on behalf of more than 100,000 small and medium size businesses within the borough. Ken ran for New York City Council in 2013 and served on the board of directors for Hanover Community Bank on Long Island from 2009 to 2012. Ken also served as Policy Research Director in Florida for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Ken received his B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., his JD from New York Law School and his MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Lori Boerner founded and currently co-leads Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF), a Northern Virginia grassroots group with over 400 members. VADF focuses on advancing progressive democratic values, combating constant threats to U.S. democracy, and electing exceptional Democratic candidates. Over the past three years, VADF adopted 20+ state and local candidates (from school board to the U.S. Congress), raised over $110k delivered directly to campaigns, and launched more than 220 election-focused actions (e.g., fundraisers, canvassing, phone banks, texting initiatives, and postcard parties).
Lori has over 20 years of marketing, communications, and program management leadership and consulting experience across the federal, commercial, and consumer segments in such industries as telecommunications, high-tech/web-based services, airlines/automotive and entertainment. For the past ten years, Lori has led strategic communications, outreach, and digital marketing projects at government agencies, including FEMA, VA, HHS, GSA, and FAA. Prior to her federal contracting work, Lori held multiple Director of Marketing roles at Verizon, Cable & Wireless, Network Solutions, US Airways, Carfax, and Time Life.
Lori has served as President of her neighborhood citizens association of 530+ homes, Board member of her local pool and tennis club of 650 families and fundraising and social media leads at multiple McLean-based schools. Additionally, Lori launched and co-manages two large, active networking channels, including a multi-neighborhood group of 700+ members and a marketing consultant group of 300+ members.
Rebecca Borton is proud to be part Maven Financial Planning, a women-owned small business that empowers people to live a life they love today and in the future. Helping people navigate the system by day as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Rebecca works to change the system by night.
As a mentor and speaker, Rebecca shares the wealth by advancing diversity in the financial planning profession. Rebecca believes in practicing politics in person and relishes canvassing. She serves as a Precinct Captain for the Dranesville District Democratic Committee and has volunteered with many campaigns and grassroots groups. Rebecca believes in open-minded civil dialog as a participant in Braver Angels and advisor to the Bipartisan Leadership Project at GMU. She is a relentless champion and super-connector for activists, women, and main-street businesses.
Rebecca loves her adopted home in NOVA and enjoys the W&OD trail, practicing yoga, baking sourdough bread, and caring for her three cats and countless houseplants with her husband Timothy.
Jim Dyke is Senior Advisor, Virginia State Government Relations, for McGuireWoods Consulting. His broad practice covers corporate, legislative, education, governmental relations, and municipal law. He previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as domestic policy advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale. Jim was included in Washingtonian magazine’s list of “150 Most Powerful People” in the Washington region, the “Power 100” by the Washington Business Journal, and Virginia Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Virginians.”
Jim has served as chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Business Roundtable, and the Emerging Business Forum, an organization focused on enhancing minority and women entrepreneurs in business. He has served on various commissions and committees, including the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation (VA), the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and the WMATA (Metro) Board.
Rebecca Geller is the owner and CEO of The Geller Law Group, a firm she founded in 2011 with the goals of providing high-quality legal services while emphasizing a healthy work–life balance for the firm’s staff. Rebecca’s firm was profiled by the New York Times for its leadership in revolutionizing the legal industry by creating a law firm model parents can be lawyers and successfully balance legal careers and being an actively involved parent – they were even invited to appear on Shark Tank! Now with 20 employees (14 of whom are lawyers) and 4,000+ clients, the firm was recognized in 2018 by the Washington Business Journal as one the region’s Top 100 Best Places to Work.
During the recent government shutdown, the firm hired 22 furloughed government workers to provide temporary employment during a challenging time for many families. In 2015, Rebecca was instrumental in drafting and passing the VA law that provides women with legal protections to breastfeed their children in public places – a right previously not protected in Virginia.
In 2019, Rebecca received the NOVA Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leader of the Year award. The Washingtonian Magazine selected Rebecca as a “person we would like to have dinner with” and she received “Mom of the Year” from Northern Virginia Family Magazine. Virginia Lawyers Weekly awarded Rebecca as an “Influential Woman of the Law” in 2019. She received the Rising Star award the March of Dimes and the Silent Sentinel Award by the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.
For the past decade, Rebecca has served on the leadership team to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s legal steering committee. She is responsible for training dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of lawyers to staff the boiler room on Election Day and supervising their activities on Election Day.
Anthony founded a start-up renewable firm named America Clean Technologies LLC in Alexandria. He is a technology entrepreneur and founded his first IT company in New York City. His portfolio also includes real estate. Prior to that, he worked at the IRS, DIA, U.S. Navy, and the Pentagon both as a consultant and a civil servant. He served in the U.S. Army where he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His assignments varied among infantryman, reconnaissance, and intelligence. He moved back to Virginia where he spent a few years in the Virginia Army National Guard. He believes in giving back to his community and spends time with Veterans and foster kids.
Anthony was appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Board of the Virginia Advisory Board and by former Governor Ralph Northam as a Trustee on the Virginia Veteran Services Foundation. He also has advised and has volunteered on a number of political campaigns on Veteran and AAPI issues.
Anthony holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Virginia State University, receiving the inaugural Alumnus Achievement STEM award in 2019. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Lastly, he is a graduate of Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and the Harvard Kennedy School.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife (as a military spouse), their two kids, two dogs, the outdoors, and sports.
Ibrahim was born and raised in Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and soon thereafter moved to Virginia in 2003. In 2007, Ibrahim graduated from the Howard University School of Law and then clerked at the District Court of Maryland in Prince George’s County. Following his clerkship, Ibrahim moved to Loudoun County and served as Delegate David Poisson’s Legislative Assistant during the 2009 General Assembly Session.
In 2009, Ibrahim joined a local DMV law firm, now known as NOVA Business Law Group, LLP, of which he is now a partner. Ibrahim focuses his practice on corporate work and serves as Outside General Counsel to many national and international companies. Ibrahim has been awarded the distinction as one of Virginia’s Rising Stars in Business and Corporate Law from 2013-2020.
Since 2013 Ibrahim served on the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers (5 years) and on the Loudoun County Fiscal Impact Committee from 2016 until 2020. Governors McAuliffe and Northam both appointed Ibrahim to the Real Estate Board and he was recently elected as the Vice-Chair. In 2020, Ibrahim was appointed by Loudoun County Chair Randall to the Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals.
Ibrahim stays active in the local political community as a member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, as a board member of the Loudoun Citizens for Public Safety, and as the Secretary for the International Interfaith Peace Corps. Ibrahim was a Virginia Co-Chair for the 2020 Mike Bloomberg Presidential Campaign and a member of its AAPI National Leadership Council. Ibrahim then went on to be a member of the AAPI Working Group for the Biden campaign.
Ibrahim lives in Sterling with his wife, Sadaf, and their three daughters. Ibrahim has been a member of the DemBiz Council since February 2017.
Nancy Najarian is a small business owner, entrepreneur and consultant to U.S. and international firms doing business with the U.S. federal, state and municipal governments. She is a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, moving to Arlington in the mid-1990s after residing in Washington DC for seven years. She currently lives in McLean. Ms. Najarian has been an active and consistent volunteer in local, state and national Democratic elections since her college years. Highlights of her experiences include volunteering for the campaign of the first African-American to run for Mayor in the City of Boston, coordinating volunteers in Wilmington, NC during the first election for Presidential candidate Barack Obama, and campaigning for numerous VA state legislators that helped to turn the VA legislature Blue in 2019.
Ms. Najarian brings a wide network of professionals working in international development, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and business development in the private and public sector. She is a graduate of New York University (B.A. Politics) and of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (M.S.). Ms. Najarian has been a consistent participant in the many Zoom discussions DemBiz has offered since the start of the pandemic and, pre-pandemic, she attended many of the in-person events. She appreciates the importance of networking to grow the reach and voice of the Democratic party in Virginia.
Ms. Najarian is currently serving a three-year term as an elected Board Member for Share of McLean and is an active member of two local grassroots organizations. She participates in the numerous activities of VA Democracy Forward (VADF) and is an advocate for clean energy in Virginia as a member of the Climate and Clean Energy Working Group of the VA Grassroots Coalition. Ms. Najarian is interested in helping develop innovative programs for DemBiz should the pandemic continue to cause restrictions on large, in-person gatherings, as well as to serve on the membership committee and with marketing and communications.
A visionary who started her now award-winning, multi-million-dollar business with a personal investment of $500, Ms. LaJuanna Russell has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of business operations and government contracting. She is particularly practiced in the areas of human capital management and process transformation and is a sought-after speaker on topics such as Future of Work, leadership, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and women in government contracting. As President & CEO of Business Management Associates, Inc (BMA), LaJuanna spearheads the strategic vision for the organization to meet BMA’s vision – Love Thy Work – Love Thy Customer – Love Thy System®.
LaJuanna serves or has served on a variety of Boards, including Small Business Majority, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Women Impacting Public Policy, Professional Services Council, Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia, The Campagna Center and more. She is an Advisory Board Member of The George Washington University (GWU) School of Business and the Immediate Past Chair of the Alexandria Commission on Employment. LaJuanna is also Co-Chair of the DC Leadership Council and an Alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
In addition to her certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt, LaJuanna holds a BA in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and an accelerated MBA with concentrations in International Business and Finance from George Washington University.
Kannan Srinivasan is a Senior Finance professional with 30 years of experience in building high performance teams and helping companies achieve and manage high growth in the customer service, insurance and retail sectors. Kannan was an early Finance team member at NEW/Asurion, a global leader in warranties on electronics, cell phones and appliances. In his 21 years with the company, Kannan built finance, analytics and operations teams. He currently leads a team of operations professionals helping to provide a best-in-class customer journey and experience. He was previously with AXA Insurance Group.
Kannan serves on the Virginia State Medicaid Board (DMAS) and the Loudoun Fiscal Impact Committee (FIC). He is a Board member of George Washington University’s Heart and Vascular Institute and is a supporter of its Annual Cardiology Mission to Honduras. He is also Treasurer of Capital IIT, an alumni association of the Indian Institute of Technology.
Kannan graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk with a Masters in Accounting and is also a Chartered Accountant (Member of AICPA).
Lindsey Davis Stover is a partner at Edwards, Davis Stover & Associates, LLC in McLean, VA, a strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm she founded in 2013 with former U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards. Lindsey previously served in President Obama’s Administration and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She served as one of four Senior Advisors to the VA Secretary for Strategic Communications leading coordination for all internal and external communications efforts.
Prior to serving at VA, Lindsey served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards, where she developed robust legislative and communication strategies on issues including Veterans, Defense, Non-Proliferation, Education, Transportation, Energy and Homeland Security. As Research Associate for Texas A&M University, Lindsey co-developed the POWER SET program- Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology: an educational program that focuses on effective teaching methods to further develop science and math related skills and abilities of young women while providing supportive tools to ensure their success. Lindsey also served as a Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA) at the Texas Center for Service Learning focusing on revitalizing government and civics programs in high school curriculums.
Lindsey graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science and Master in Public Policy, receiving the Stormy Schoft Award for Academics. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and she received the Donald K. Price Award for Academics and Leadership. Lindsey serves on the Churchill Road Elementary PTA and teaches Sunday school and serves as Chairman of the Stewardship Committee at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Lindsey was a candidate in the 2018 Democratic Congressional Primary in VA-10 and continues to help mentor and fundraise for candidates throughout the Virginia. Lindsey served on Secretary Clinton’s Veterans Policy Team and continues to be active in the DNC’s Women Leadership Forum. Lindsey is an active member of the Fairfax County Democrats, the Dranesville District Democrats, Emerge Virginia Alum, and periodically hosts Inside Scoop, a local television show focusing on policy and politics.