Welcome to the team!


Kevin Hinton

Kevin Hinton is CEO/Executive Director of Beacon House, an afterschool education and youth development nonprofit organization which serves children and families in Northeast Washington, DC. Beacon House’s Board of Directors appointed Kevin as CEO/Executive Director in February 2017 after he served successfully for five months as Interim Executive Director. Kevin possesses more than 25 years of professional experience in strategic leadership, partnership building, financial management, and team leadership in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors. He holds an MBA degree from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA degree from Williams College. He is also a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, site of the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. In December 2019, Kevin participated in the 2019 Converge Academy, a leadership academy for social purpose leaders hosted by American Express, the Center for Creative Leadership, and LeaderStories. Kevin was one of 24 participants, selected from nearly 150 applicants from across the United States.


Darryl Maxwell

Darryl Maxwell is a Director for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, responsible for the Nonprofit & Small Business Legal Assistance Programs. His work is focused on providing pro bono legal support, education, and counsel to community-based nonprofits and disadvantaged small businesses. Prior to joining the Pro Bono Center, Darryl worked in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University Law School.

Darryl currently serves as Board Chair of the Latino Economic Development Center, an organization that assists Latinos and other D.C.-area residents with small business development, microlending, affordable housing preservation, and pathways to homeownership. He also serves at his law school alma mater as a Professorial Lecturer in Law.


Sultan Shakir

Sultan Shakir is the Executive Director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that works to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metro area. Sultan works to expand opportunities for young LGBTQ people through youth empowerment. Prior to joining SMYAL, Sultan worked at the Human Rights Campaign where he served as a director of the DC and Maryland marriage equality campaigns, and in his most recent role, led the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Project, working to make campuses safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sultan is the son of teachers. He is a graduate of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, with an emphasis on double bass performance. His earliest thoughts of community organizing were about sharing his passion for classical music with other young African-American males in Baltimore at a time when as many black males were dropping out of high school as graduating. “I decided it was more important for me to change the world than to be an entertainer,” he said. Sultan has been honored with the Community Circle Award by Baltimore Black Gay Pride, named Jewel of the Month by the National Black Justice Coalition, and won the DC Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance Distinguished Service Award.

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