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.

Montez Anderson, Director

Montez Anderson is the President & CEO of Constella Solution, Inc., a full-service public affairs, business development and strategic consulting firm. Montez manages large scale corporate and grassroots issue campaigns, builds coalitions of diverse interests and backgrounds, and develops a high-profile network of contacts in both business and politics on the local, state, and national level.

His specialized knowledge and expertise in legislative strategy, communication, community organizing, healthcare and education helps clients execute their projects, ideas and objectives at the most optimal levels. A native Washingtonian, Montez has served as a well-respected political adviser to Congressional members in the Senate and House, Governors, Mayors, and County Executives, giving him a breadth of knowledge and access on the Federal, State, and Local levels.

He attended high school at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC and the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, where he presently serves as a member of the Board of Governors. In addition, Montez serves and has served on numerous Boards and Commissions throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, including, Leadership Greater Washington, Levine School of Music, Prince George’s Community College Foundation, and the Campagna Center.

Ken Biberaj, Director

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, Director

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.

Michael Cook, Director

Michael Cook is a partner and co-chair of the Health Care Group at Liles Parker PLLC. Michael also serves as a Strategic Health Care Advisor to ImpactWear International LLP, a start-up company that has developed a breakthrough product for the prevention of hip fractures in the elderly. Michael has more than 37 years’ experience representing health care related clients and previously chaired DC office health care practices of several national and international law firms. He began his legal career representing the federal regulators of the Medicare, Medicaid, and AFDC programs as an attorney at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Michael also has advised a number of political campaigns on health care issues in a voluntary capacity, including the recent campaign of Hillary Clinton for President, the campaigns of Governors Northam, Kaine and McAuliffe, and the campaigns of Senator Kaine and Congressman Beyer, and has served on the health care issues or transition teams for Governors-Elect Kaine, McAuliffe, and Northam.

He was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Board of the Department of Medical Assistance Services – the Department that administers Virginia’s Medicaid program at the State level and was a member of a work group for Governor Kaine’s Health Reform Commission. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and First Star Academies, on the Board of the Temple University Political Science Department, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board for the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University.

Milan Dalal, Director

Milan Dalal is of counsel in the Government Relations department of Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schrek, representing clients in the banking, securities, derivatives, trade, housing, fintech, technology and cybersecurity industries. Previously, Milan served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment, which oversees the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the accounting and insurance industries. Milan also served concurrently as senior economic advisor to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), serving as the senator’s counsel on financial services, housing finance, tax, trade and data security issues. In the Senate, Milan was also the executive director for the Senate India Caucus and staff director for the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security, International Trade and Finance.

He previously worked for Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) as legislative director, where he advised Rep. Meeks, a conferee for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Prior to working in government, Milan practiced law in Boston, where he worked with entrepreneurs and companies in private equity and venture capital transactions. He is active in foreign affairs, as a member of the Atlantic Council and a Truman National Security Partner.

Lindsey Davis Stover, Director

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.

Carlos Del Toro, Director

Carlos Del Toro is President and Chief Executive Officer of SBG Technology Solutions, an Engineering and Program Management Services Company that he founded in 2004. In 2010, he was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the Small Business Person of the Year in Region III (DC/VA/MD). He was elected President of the White House Fellows Foundation & Alumni Association, and is a Director on the US Chamber of Commerce’s Council on Small Business where he leads the Procurement Committee. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Mary Washington and the Board of Visitors of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate; and has served as a Director on the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, as well as on numerous gubernatorial boards in Virginia.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Del Toro immigrated to the United States in 1962. Raised in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York City, he attended New York City public schools and later received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983. As a naval officer throughout numerous tours of duty at sea, he served aboard a frigate, destroyer, cruiser, and aircraft carrier deploying numerous times to the Mediterranean and Black Seas during the Cold War, to the Pacific, and to the Persian Gulf three times during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. His shore assignments in the Navy included tours as a program manager with the National Reconnaissance Office; as a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College, and the George Washington University; as Director of Training for the Aegis Training and Readiness Center; as a White House Fellow to the Honorable Jack Lew and Sylvia Mathews at OMB in the Executive Office of the President, and as the Senior Military Assistant to the Director for Defense Programs Analysis and Evaluation. Most recently, Carlos has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center – one of the world’s leading think tanks dedicated to applying innovative approaches towards making a difference in the lives of people throughout the world.

Jim Dyke, Director

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, Director

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.

LaJuanna Russell, Director

LaJuanna Russell is founder and president of Business Management Associates, Inc (BMA), a business process and human capital management firm. LaJuanna possesses more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of business operations and government contracting, serving federal and state governments and international entities. LaJuanna founded BMA in 2006 to continue the initial software life cycle development work she began during her consulting career, but with an emphasis on the integration of people and process. She has developed BMA from the ground up, establishing the technical and operational infrastructure, and the employee and client-focused culture her firm is known for. BMA was named to Inc.’s 5000 List of the fastest-growing private companies in America for 2015.

In addition to her certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt, LaJuanna holds a Bachelor Arts degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and an accelerated MBA with concentrations in International Business and Finance from the George Washington University. LaJuanna was a Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Program Scholar for the Fall 2015 cohort and is now a Virtual Business Advisor to the program, providing advisory and strategic support to a growth group.

Sanjay Srikantiah, Director

Sanjay Srikantiah is the Federal Affairs Manager for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition in Washington, DC. Before joining the RNG Coalition, Mr. Srikantiah worked in a variety of strategic planning and budgeting roles at the U.S. State Department from 2009-2015, supporting work in the Bureau of Energy Resources and the Bureau of Resource Management, among others. He was deeply involved in the federal budget process, working closely with Congress and the White House Office of Management of Budget, and keeping the State Department abreast of the federal appropriations process.

Prior to working at State, Mr. Srikantiah served as a fellow in the Emerging Markets Development Advisors Program (EMDAP), a cooperative effort between USAID, the Institute of International Education, and the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance. Through EMDAP, Sanjay provided technical assistance and support to the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan, buttressing its advocacy efforts with key officials and agencies in the U.S. and Kazakhstan Governments, and International Financial Institutions. His work culminated in launching a bilateral economic reform initiative between the two governments that continues today.

Sanjay received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and his Master of Arts in International Affairs with a focus on International Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and maintains fluency in Russian.

Kannan Srinivasan, Director

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).