Executive Leadership Council Works to Assist African American Youth

As the founder and president of Partnership Strategies Consulting in Washington, DC, Alphonso Maldon oversees a firm that assists small and mid-size government contractors with business development strategies. Alongside his work at the firm, Alphonso Maldon maintains membership in the Executive Leadership Council. 

In its efforts to support and promote the work of African American business leaders, the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) offers various programs and hosts events throughout the year. The organization also works to give back through its Community Impact Initiative.

Launched in 2010, the ELC’s Community Impact Initiative aims to close the achievement gap among African American students by providing grants to organizations that promote academic achievement and support leadership development programs. The ELC is specifically focused on helping middle school, high school, and college students succeed in the areas of business, science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. 

All U.S.-based nonprofit groups serving black youth in these areas are eligible to apply for ELC funding, which is provided through one-year and multi-year grants. Since it was established, the Community Impact Initiative has given nearly $2 million to various organizations. Past grant recipients include the National Society of Black Engineers, INROADS, and A Better Chance.