board of Directors
On-Ramps to Careers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC. It was founded as business-education partnership and its board reflects this foundational strategy.
Monique LeNoir, Board Chair
National Director of Communications, United Negro College Fund
Monique LeNoir Pittman is a seasoned communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in the field. She has served as the National Director of Communications for UNCF (United Negro College Fund) for the past 4 years, where she is responsible for running the day-to-day of the Branding, Marketing and Communications Department. Monique previously served on the senior leadership team as the Director of Resource Development for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). Before joining BAEO, Monique worked as Director of Communications for the Washington Teachers' Union, where she was responsible for all media and communications activities. She also worked for DC Public Schools where she managed the day-to-day of the Communications Department for 7 years, as the Communications Manager for an international microcredit organization the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), and ran her own freelance public relations firm, Madison McKenzie Communications, for several years. She has held Board of Director positions for Washington Yu Ying Public Charter Schools and Ethnic Health America was an advisory board member of the UNCF Walton Fellowship Program and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Jack, and Jill of America Inc., and Twelve Days of Christmas Inc. Monique obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Public Communications from American University. A native of Oakland, California she resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.
Neenia Barlatt-Higgins, Vice-Chair
Management Consultant, Accenture
Neenia Barlatt-Higgins is a management consultant who specializes in supporting clients to enhance their employee and customer experiences. She currently a Manager at Accenture. Prior to joining Accenture, Neenia was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and an Administrator within Higher Education (Director of Career and Alumni Services, Georgetown University; Career Counselor, Columbia University; Program Coordinator/Resident Director, Rutgers University; Graduate Assistant, Julliard School, etc.). In addition, Neenia is currently a doctoral student at George Washington University working on her doctoral dissertation focused on the development of leaders within the hospitality industry. Neenia supports On-Ramps to Careers by facilitating Career Development workshops for the students and also serving as a Board member and Internship Celebration Host Committee member.
James Vollman, Secretary/Treasurer
JD, President, Advanced Workforce Systems
Jim Vollman is the president of Advanced Workforce Systems, which designs software and systems for applications related to job finding and labor market information. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Associated Veterans, LLC, which provides information technology and project management services to the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. In past roles, he served as an Associate Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Labor and helped to create labor market information delivery systems in the US, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Macedonia. Mr. Vollman is a member of the bar in Michigan and he holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Manager of Operations, Pepco Holdings
As a Pepco Holdings manager of operations, Nigel is responsible for overseeing all maintenance activities on 142 substations within the Washington Metropolitan area. Nigel is responsible for providing leadership and development to work teams, conducting performance plans and appraisals, and identifying opportunities for growth and learning. Nigel is also the leader of the “Diverse Workforce” sub-team on Pepco Holdings Diversity and Inclusion Council. Nigel is a 4th generation Washingtonian. In his free time, Nigel enjoys volunteering with the National Society of Black Engineers and participating in SAT preparation courses. In addition, Nigel regularly participates in various activities at DC Public High Schools, including technology and engineering fairs and career days. Nigel Rosser is a graduate of the 2007 class of McKinley Technology High School where he was the first SGA President after its re-opening. Nigel Attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Christopher A. Carroll
Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
As regional director, Christopher advances AT&T’s legislative, regulatory, and external affairs agenda in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Christopher joined AT&T from Maryland state government where he served as Policy and Legislative Director to Governor Larry Hogan, and most recently as Chief of Staff for the Maryland Department of Information Technology.
Bashiyra J. Williams
Marketing Program Manager, Amazon Web Services
Bashiyra’s journey to bridge the gap between business and technology began at a very early age when she tested into the nationally accredited Pre-Engineering program “Project Lead The Way” where she learned the importance of problem solving and technical acumen as a high school student. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from Hampton University with a focus on information systems. Currently, Bashiyra serves as the Global Sponsorship Program Manager on the Public Sector Marketing team at Amazon Web Services (AWS) managing the virtual and in person sponsorship marketing presence of over 90 tech partners, including Intel and VMware, in over nine different countries. Bashiyra credits her early exposure to technology careers in her High School program for her current ability to navigate non-technical roles at technology companies and has a passion for helping diverse students do the same.
Masters Candidate, Social justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Valerie Jiggets leads and organizes in the field of youth and young adult empowerment and liberation. She emphasizes building strong community-based relationships, academic and career advising, and organizing and facilitating opportunities for youth to engage in education around key life skills and social issues. Valerie has worked as a leader in the following organizations: The National Black Women’s Health Imperative, American Sociological Association, AKAR Institute, The Future Project, UMASS Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and NYU-Global Social Change Leadership Institute. As an undergraduate student at Spellman College, she studied sociology with a concentration in race and gender in higher education. Currently, Valerie is earning a Masters in Education in Social Justice at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Founder of On-Ramps to Careers
Director, Information Technology Academy, McKinley Technology High School
Robert Holm has twenty years of experience establishing employer-oriented initiatives that advance education and economic opportunity in urban communities. Before founding On-Ramps to Careers in 2013, he worked at Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the National Center for Education and the Economy, where he consulted to governments, colleges, chambers of commerce, school districts, and foundations in the US and abroad. Projects included the Harvard University-JFF Pathways to Prosperity (PTP) Network and building employer engagement with 12 colleges in South Africa. He previously helped establish a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Harley Davidson, Manpower, Johnson Controls, and others, and built a firm providing business planning and financing services for minority-owned businesses. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard and served in the U.S. Army and National Security Agency.