Greater Baltimore Committee president Donald C. Fry has named Kisha Lashley as staff director of the Bridging the Gap minority business development initiative.
Lashley will be responsible for managing development and implementation of the GBC’s work to expand the region’s minority business sector and to foster business relationships and opportunities between the region’s majority businesses and minority and women-owned businesses. She joined the GBC staff on November 14.
“Kisha Lashley brings to the GBC a solid array of business finance and development knowledge and experience that relates well to the mission of fostering minority business growth,” said Fry.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University with an M.S. in management of technology, Lashley’s previous work has included developing marketing strategies for a small gourmet company, marketing renewable energy systems, planning a bookstore expansion, managing university contract negotiations, and writing and editing business plans for small businesses.
Fry noted that Lashley is joining the GBC staff to put into effect much of what the GBC has learned during Bridging the Gap’s first three years of operation.
“We’ve learned a lot about our region’s prevailing environment for minority business growth, gained valuable information through commissioned research, and established a promising model for minority supplier development,” Fry said. “Kisha will play a key role in helping us convert that information and knowledge into programs around the minority business development strategies that we’ve identified.”
Lashley earned her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004. She is a 2002 graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where she earned a B.S. in industrial technology and minored in business administration. While at Berea, she engaged in overseas study in Lagos, Nigeria; and Paris, France.