BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abdur-Rahim Briggs - President - CEO
Abdur-Rahim Briggs graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Public Administration from California State University at Bakersfield in 1991. As Executive Board President of Project Briggs, Inc. he is no stranger when it comes to community involvement. His philanthropic endeavors was heavily influenced by the late Roy W. Roberts, II Former Executive Director of The Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club while growing up as a youth in South Central Los Angeles, California where he was named "Youth of the Year" in 1986 by the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors.
After completing his undergraduate studies at California State University at Bakersfield, he relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1994 and began performing volunteer work for organizations such as Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. where he received The Marvin E. Young volunteer of the year award in 2001, the Spirit of Light Award from Mascara, Inc. in 2005, Trailblazer Award from InCrowd International, Inc. in 2008, Inner Light Ministries Community Service Award in 2010, the Alston-Gillard Community Service Award in 2012, the GoodLife Empowerment Award in 2013, the Welmore Cook Award from DC Black Pride in 2014, the Barbara Lundy Thomas Service Award in 2014 and the Unsung Hero Award from Joy Baltimore, Inc. in 2018
In other Professional Leadership roles, a current Board Member, he served as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Association of Records Managers & Administrators (ARMA) from 2009-2010 and 2019-2020. He also received the Chapter Leadership Award in 2010 and the Rita Holt Chapter Member Of The Year for 2009 & 2013. He was actively in involved with ManDate (a community group) and served as a Board Member for the Wanda Alston Foundation, served as a member of the Gertrude Stein Club, served as Commissioner on the Mayor's Advisory Committee to the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs from 2016-2018 and served on the Commission on African-American Affairs (COAAA).
Kraig Ronald Williams - Vice-President, Programs
Kraig R. Williams is a Fourth Generation Native Washingtonian and is currently serving in the role as Vice-President of Project Briggs, Inc. He's a graduate of Frostburg State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Politics, Law, & Society with a Concentration in Criminal Justice. Mr Williams worked at the American Psychological Association in the Membership and Convention Marketing Department honing his skills in Direct Marketing, Marketing Research and Digital Marketing. He's also worked at The National Institutes of Health's Office of Technology Transfer , in the Patent and Trademark office as a Docketing Manager.
He also spends his spare time volunteering for Casa Ruby, an local non-profit Bilingual Multicultural LGBT organization providing life saving services and programs to Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non-conforming LGBT people. Kraig R. Williams currently works at a private firm in Washington DC, which specializes in developing, implementing and monitoring Contracting, Employment and Public Awareness Compliance Programs for major corporations, developers, municipalities and public agencies. His Interests include: MOTOWN, Cooking and Grilling (Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Southern Cuisine), Blaxploitation Films, and House Music!
Dr. Benjamin Pitts, PhD. - Culture Engagement
Dr. Benjamin Pitts is a vice president, Human Resources for a major Medical and Rehabilitation company. Ben is helping to accelerate transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Under Ben’s leadership he has instituted ground breaking solutions for optimizing workforce outcome through talent analytics and data, and special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone. In this role, he oversees the HR function for South Carolina, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania.
He was named one of “The best and brightest in Generation X” and featured on The Today Show. He has been featured on many local programs for his insight and initiatives. He is a motivational speaker, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Prince Hall Mason, He attends Kingdom Covenant Ministries where he oversees the outreach ministry and works closely with Bishop A. Bernard Hector, proud father and grandfather to (AJ, Kai and Taj). He is a contributor for 108 Organization “Real Talk with Real Men.” Ben enjoys sharing his thought provoking daily inspirations on Face book, Instragram, and Twitter. He works tirelessly to raise awareness to causes in which he is passionate about like health awareness that will include HIV awareness, men homelessness, and back to school supply drives. He loves the theater, musicals, arts, travel, meaningful conversations and giving of his time, talent, and resources.
Ben earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Masters of Business Administration and Masters in Human Resources from Wilmington University. Ben lives in Maryland and is single.
Ben believes you've got to take the good with the bad, smile, love what you've got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.
Kenneth Stallings - Social Media-Public Engagement
Kenneth Stallings was born in Washington DC but was raised in Durham NC and he created his YouTube Channel KRS TV in 2004, he enjoys singing, writing songs, making videos, traveling, and helping others. He also is a Senior Associate with Legal Shield and ID Shield helping people get affordable legal coverage. His mission is not only to build and stabilize his life, but to be a helping hand to others, and to support his community.
Trinette Whitehead - Senior Advisor to the President - CEO
Trinette White head is no stranger when it comes to community service. Trinette Whitehead has been a close advisor to Abdur-Rahim Briggs for over the past 15 years and has been a constant and steady supporter since Al Sura, Inc. was founded in September in 2008. Her professional development and other skill-sets has enabled Al Sura to engage in community initiatives such as Women's Outreach, Health Disparities and Community Empowerment. Trinette Whitehead assists Al Sura, Inc. in formalizing social gatherings for women to expand our reach to other emerging demographics. Trinette Whitehead ensures that Al Sura, Inc. delivers the highest quality social outreach events for women within the LGBT Community. Trinette Whitehead is passionate about giving back to the community through philanthropic initiatives, supporting various social and health causes throughout the year.