EXECUTIVE 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) in 2019.
Kraig Ronald Williams - Vice-President, Finance and 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 for the Government of the District of Columbia. He previously worked at a law firm in Washington DC, which specialized 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!
Jhahbriel C. Moore-Butler, PhD - Vice-President, Grants and Corporate Sponsorships
From serving within the United States Army to championing the public and private sector, Jhahbriel has proven his commitment to serve. Born in Greenville, NC; Jhahbriel grew up with a huge loving and supportive family who pushed him to live whatever dream he so desired as long as God is present. Jhahbriel’s career began while serving within the United States Army as a Pharmacy Technician. This position catapulted him into the healthcare industry where he successfully captured roles such as a National Account Executive, Benefits Advisor, Regional Director, Program Officer just to name a few.
Organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Madigan Army Medical Center have given Jhahbriel experiences and exposures that lead him to working within the community. Jhahbriel served on the Us Helping Us, Inc. Board for several years spearheading sponsorships and activities that increase awareness of health disparities in the community. He also works with various small organizations in obtaining funding that will align with the organizations goals.
One of his motos is; “One must always be willing to give…as giving opens doors to the heart”. Jhahbriel currently works for the United States Department of Labor in its Employee Benefits Securities Administration Division. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Emory University Goizueta Business School and holds a Health and Life Insurance license in various states. Jhahbriel is committed to bringing funding and sponsorships to Project Briggs, Inc.
Patrick M. Jackson, Jr., - Vice-President, Events and Marketing
As a native of Washington D.C. Patrick has always been a person of creativity and excellence. With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Patrick's vision for excellence is one like no other. Patrick travels nationwide sharing his passion and talents with others.
Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro North Carolina in the Spring of 2012. Patrick holds many certifications and has multiple training's in the areas of executive protection & transportation. In the spring of 2017, Patrick graduated from Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in Miami Florida with a Master of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Patrick continues his education pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration from Northcentral University of San Diego California.
Known as D.C.'s Hype Sensation or better known by stage name The Legendary MC PJ STARR, Patrick has traveled the nation hosting and Emceeing a vast variety of events from night clubs and wedding receptions to fashion shows and beauty & hair expos. Patrick has shared the stage with some of the nation’s top performers such as Tweet, Lil Kim, Trina, LeToya Luckett, Brandy, Fantasia, and many more.
In June of 2016 the Patrick Michael Company was founded. Specializing in elaborate event and wedding management services and full service catering, Patrick and his team of dynamic event specialist, instantly captures the attention of all who have the opportunity to experience his craft firsthand. Patrick and his team thinks of all the details so you won’t have to, putting your mind at ease, all while maximizing your investment to personalize your special event.
Currently, Patrick serves as the NAF Academy Educator and Department Chair for Hospitality & Tourism at Columbia Heights Educational Campus of the Washington District of Columbia Public School System, certifying students in grades 10-12 in Principles of Hospitality, Customer Service, Marketing, Event Planning and Hospitality Management. On his spare time, Patrick enjoys going out to eat, entertaining guest and exploring outdoor adventures.
Trinette Whitehead - Senior Advisor to the Executive Board
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.