Program Update

Inner City Alumni Network

ICIC’s Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN) provides 8,000+ ICIC program alumni across the U.S. and Canada with ongoing learning and professional development opportunities, visibility and recognition, and a network through which they can explore contracting and collaboration opportunities.

Thanks to the generous support of our principal ICAN sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, ICIC more than doubled the number of local ICAN alumni chapters in 2023. In addition to existing chapters in Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., new chapters were launched this year in Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to establishing local alumni-driven chapters, ICIC offered alumni-exclusive educational content, including:

  • National Strategic Alliance Building Seminars:
    Led by renowned NYU Stern strategy professor Dr. Susan Perkins, this seminar focused on how to build more meaningful business relationships and was offered on-site in five cities and virtually for a national audience.
  • Alumni Social Networking Events: These informal networking events were held in each ICAN chapter and provided an informal setting for alumni to connect and develop meaningful business relationships with fellow alumni and partners.
  • Alumni Webinars: Throughout the year, we offered alumni capacity-building content to help uplift their businesses. These webinars kicked off in 2023 with a session titled, “Raising the Bar on your Social Media Marketing,” led by a panel of ICIC alumni.

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ICAN Baltimore alumni and partners

2023 ICAN Advisory Board

Dianne Austin

Terri Evans

Sam Gude

Janice Jucker

Sion Tesone

Wei Wang

ICAN Steering Committees


Anita Davis, Praxis Strategic Solutions

Sanquinetta Dover, Dover Staffing

Lawanda Hall, Intelligent Intentions LLC

Marilyn Jackson, UnderGrid Networks

Barbara Jones-Brown, Freeing Returns

Amber Lawson, Aspire Construction & Design

Jessica Lewis, Mobu Enterprises

Barry Love, Real Time Feedback & Thryve Solutions

Jada Moore-Ruffin, REAL

Wellness Enterprises LLC

Gregory Palmer, GPI Financial Services

Jeffrey Shirley, Brand Positioning Doctors


Michael Ajomale, Design Depictions Structural Engineering, PC

Christopher Barber, Cheaper Than A Geek!!!

Yeshiyah Isreal, YBI African Apparel & Fashions

Ian Marriott, IGM Innovative Solutions LLC

David McDonald, All Staffed Up

Nikki Oyefeso, Cavalla Construction

Charles Rush, RUSH IT LLC

Nikia Sweeney, Amani Nicol Wellness


Ayana Blue, The Urban Grape

Clarrissa Cropper, Frugal Bookstore

TJ Douglas, The Urban Grape

Clarence Little, Grove Hall Child Development Center

Liseth Velez, LJV Development

Judi Vigna, Specialized Career Guidance LLC

Marvina Wilkes, Red Dress Events LLC

Jeysi Zuniga, Synergy Contracting, Inc.


Johnathon Bush, Not Just Cookies

Helen Crawley-Austin, Beyond Consulting Solutions
Quentella Enty, KFA, Inc.

Tanya Hinton, DSS Global, Inc.

Brenda Nelson, Stich Me Apparel LLC

Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Saigon Sisters


Tyrone Auston, Trinity Contracting Concepts, Inc.

Amantha Bagdon, RxPost

Lynn Chen, EARL Security, Inc.

Nataline Lomedico, Giroux Glass

Jacqueline Penhos, Hugs & Bags, A Love Movement

Mellissa Tong, DuckPunk Productions, Inc.


Robert Kenny Joseph, Step Ahead Solutions, Inc.


Nicole Allen, Allen-Norris Permitting and Inspections

Dr. Myrtle Alexander, Institute for Academic Management Ltd. (IAM-USA)

Brian Becker, Wellfound Foods

Trinette Chandler, The Chandler Law Group LLP

Kamau Donadelle, Foundation Entertainment

LaTrell Duncan-Fitchett, Promoting Love & Wisdon Home Childcare Center LLC

Gresham Harkless, Blue 16 Media

Gary Jamal Kelly, Dogs On The Curb

Bo Menkiti, The Menkiti Group

Dr. Darnita Payden, Dr. DClutter Life Management

Kesha Pendergrast, Pendergrast Alston Consulting Services

Kalicharan Pillai, Spectrum Technologies, Inc.

Troy Donté Prestwood, The Prestwood Group

Dina Towbin, Dina Towbin and Associates LLC

Rahama Wright, Shea Yeleen

2023 ICAN Advisory Board

“Being a part of ICIC’s alumni community has had a profound impact on both my personal and professional life. It has provided me with a unique platform to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for entrepreneurship and community development. Through ICAN events and activities, I’ve been able to forge meaningful relationships and establish strategic alliances that have been instrumental in the growth of my business. The support and insights gained from fellow ICIC alumni have been invaluable to me.

ICIC and ICAN gatherings have not only been enjoyable but also highly productive. The opportunity to interact with diverse professionals, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders has allowed me to expand my network significantly. These connections have led to collaborations and partnerships that have benefited my business and personal growth.

As a member of the ICAN Atlanta Steering Committee, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside dedicated individuals who are committed to making a positive impact on our local community. The collaborative efforts within the committee have been inspiring.

I’d simply state that ICIC and ICAN have far exceeded all expectations. I am honored to be connected to such an impactful organization.”

Barry Love, Market President

ICAN Baltimore alumni

ICAN Washington D.C. alumni

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