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Economic Club Scholar Spotlight

The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. invests significantly in the executives of tomorrow by funding and providing other means of professional development support for talented, motivated students in their pursuit of higher education. Through our Scholar Spotlight, the Economic Club will share our scholars' inspiring journeys through college and beyond.

Ayana Bell – 2012 Scholar

Ayana Bell is a 2017 graduate of Morgan State University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Systems. Fascinated by technology from an early age, Ayana started shaping her future career path before she even started high school. She studied hard, made the right connections, and now works for Accenture as a Cybersecurity Compliance Analyst. Read more about Ayana here.



Miguel Portillo - 2015 Scholar

Miguel Portillo graduated in May 2019 from Sewanee: The University of the South. Born and raised to El Salvadorian parents, Miguel is passionate about the long-term success of the minority students who call D.C. home. Miguel, now equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, will be relocating to Virginia where he will be working for Deloitte Consulting as a risk and financial advisory analyst. Read more about Miguel here.


Kamisha Mason - 2015 Scholar

Kamisha Mason is a 2019 graduate of North Carolina A&T University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Through the Economic Club’s Internship Program, Kamisha gained valuable work experience at several member organizations that prepared her for the workforce. Kamisha has recently began her career path with Red Five Security, an Economic Club member organization. Read more about Kamisha here.


Asia Leath - 2014 Scholar

Asia Leath is a senior majoring in communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is slated to graduate magna cum laude and is a member of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Additionally, she has twice been an intern for Accenture through the Economic Club's summer internship program for scholars, and has been offered a full-time job with Accenture Federal. Read more about Asia here.



Daniel West - 2011 Scholar

Daniel West is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s Program in International Educational Development. He has been a Bonner Scholar, a youth, literacy, and skills development intern at UNESCO, and a program manager for Jobs for the Future, among other achievements. In late 2017, he will return to Washington, DC as a college and career coordinator for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). He is also the recipient of the Economic Club’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award, which was presented at the 2017 Scholarship Ceremony. Read more about Daniel here.


Najya Williams - 2016 Scholar

Najya Williams is an activist, recently published author, and sophomore at Harvard University. Since attending the District’s School Without Walls—and its dual-enrollment program with the George Washington University—Najya has published a sociological research paper, several articles for various online publications, and a poetry chapbook. A clinical research intern at Children’s National Medical Center, she intends to become a neonatologist. Most recently, Najya was the guest speaker at the Economic Club’s 2017 Scholarship Ceremony. Read more about Najya here.


My'Chelle Latta - 2012 Scholar

Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, My’Chelle has continued to progress academically and professionally toward her goal of becoming a physician. She is currently a Medical Science Graduate Student at Hampton University. Read more about My'Chelle here.



Reniya Dinkins - 2014 Scholar

Reniya took advantage of opportunities with the Club’s Scholars to Leaders programming to help her jumpstart her career in politics. Today, Reniya is a Research Assistant for The Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy program, assisting the director with research and external engagements focused on inclusive economic development in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.  Read more about Reniya here.



Gregory Wilson - 2013 Scholar

Gregory Wilson is a 2018 graduate of Delaware State, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a double minor in Finance and Economics. He is now a Government Accounting Compliant Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and was recognized as the Government Accounting Compliance Employee of the Month for representing one of their five core principles: “Champion’s Heart”. Now the Director and Board Member of one of the District’s newest group homes, Bridging the Gaps Group Home, Gregory looks forward to further actualizing his professional and philanthropist dreams. Read more about Gregory here.


Jonah Jackson - 2014 Scholar

Jonah Jackson is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercyhurst University in International Relations. Jonah broke barriers in his role as Student Government President and was later recognized by the university with the Carpe Diem Award, an honor bestowed upon a graduating senior who had the biggest impact on Mercyhurst’s campus and culture. Moreover, he utilized his platform on the Multicultural Activities Council to carve out space for students of color and bring awareness to the cultural differences that existed on campus. Now a first year student at Villanova University’s School of Law, Jonah looks ahead to a future that exists at the intersection of law, political engagement and economic development. Read more about Jonah here.