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.
board of Directors
President and Co-Founder, Enlightened, Inc.
Enlightened Inc. is an IT consulting firm that specializes in Management Consulting, Information Assurance and Systems Integration services. Mr. Ford has worked in Information Systems for over 20 years, which helped shape his lifelong plan to be an entrepreneur. Enlightened has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades for its dedication to innovative solutions. Mr. Ford is heavily involved in his community through volunteering, outreach and fundraising – a value he instills in his Enlightened employees and in the company’s corporate philosophy. Mr. Ford currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the DC Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Presidential Council for the Black Chamber of Commerce. He was formally on the Board of Directors for DC Works, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Washington Math Science and Technology Charter High School. Mr. Ford received a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems and a M.S. in Information Systems with honors both from the George Washington University (GWU).
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.
Rudolph (Rudy) Nickens, Jr.
Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
In his role at MoDOT, Rudy ties diversity to the 6,000 employee agency’s business plan and enacts programs to enhance the performance of its $2.25 billion operations. Previously as a vice president for the St. Louis 2004 policy institute, Nickens was in charge of diversity initiatives throughout the St. Louis region. He also served as the executive director of the Missouri Black Repertory Theater in St. Louis for four years before joining MoDOT and he continues to serve on the board of SSM Health Care. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a B.A. in psychology and is a proud graduate of McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC.
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 an Masters in Education in Social Justice at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Director, Information Technology Academy, McKinley Technology High School
Robert Holm has twenty years 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.
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 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.
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.