Partnership Board Members
Vote in Progress, President
Vote in Progress, Vice President
Joseph Kapp, Co-Founder
Mr. Kapp is an award winning serial entrepreneur, having started and sold his first business, in college. Mr. Kapp has previously owned a successful asset management firm, where he worked with numerous small and medium business clients and managed over $80 Million in client assets. Mr. Kapp sold his financial planning practice and began focusing more on economic development and teaching entrepreneurship.
Mr. Kapp also has over 10 years of experience in the technology industry, having advised Fortune 500 companies on the use and implementation of new and emerging technologies. Mr. Kapp worked in KPMG’s advising on knowledge management and tax technologies andserved as a consultant for KPMG’s Information Risk Management Practice performing security audits for clients. Mr. Kapp served as a Customer Relationship Management (“CRM”) technical account manager for Siebel Systems (now Oracle), consulting to Fortune 500 companies and government clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smithkline, the Virginia Department of Taxation and the NASD.
Recognized nationally for his work, he has authored numerous articles including an article for the peer reviewed Journal of Financial Planning, which was cited as part of the official record for a United States Supreme Court case. In addition, Mr. Kapp has been quoted in numerous articles from the Associated Press, AARP, the Washington Business Journal, the Washington Times and Investment News, among others. Mr. Kapp currently writes about entrepreneurship for the Huffington Post.A sought-after and dynamic speaker, Mr. Kapp has spoken at a many organizations including the World Bank, KPMG, Discovery Communications, the US Departments of Commerce, State and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. Mr. Kapp holds a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida State University.
Dr. Imani Woody
Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. She has a PhD in Human Services, specializing in non-profit management. Her thesis: Lift Every Voice: A Qualitative Exploration of Ageism and Heterosexism as Experienced by Older African American Lesbian Women and Gay Males when Addressing Social Services Needs. She holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Paralegal program.
Dr. Imani Woody has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBT/SGL issues for more than 20 years. She is currently working as a diversity and inclusion consultant in the field of health, aging and issues affecting the LGBTQ/SGL and people color communities. Dr. Woody is a member of the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, and presented on LGBT housing issues at the White House. As a licensed Standards of Excellence Consultant, Dr. Woody’s specialty is to work with nonprofit organizations to develop stronger Boards of Directors and more engaged staff. She is adept at structuring and facilitating strategic planning processes, including changes in organizational focus, identification of objectives and implementation of long and short-term goals.
Dr. Woody is a mayoral appointee to the DC LGBTQ Advisory Council, and is the Program Officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Community Churches. Dr. Woody also serves as the Chair and Program Executive for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Metro DC (an organization serving LGBT elders), and a Board member of the LGBT Technology Partnership and has served many boards including the Mautner Project and the Women in the Life Association.
Formerly a training specialist for the AARP’s Foundation, Dr. Woody developed curriculum and delivery of on-site and web-based trainings. She trained substantive experts to become trainers through the Train-the Trainer program and provided on-going technical assistance to field trainers. Dr. Woody has been a life coach for more than 10 years and is the founder and principal of Living Life Like It’s Golden, a six-part program that empowers people to live their lives more fully through visioning. She lives with her wife of sixteen years in Brookland, WDC.
Scott Sapperstein is Assistant Vice President External Affairs for AT&T where he and his team are responsible for AT&T’s national third party stakeholder relationships for multiple priorities and programs. Scott is responsible for AT&T’s relationship with national LGBT organizations (HRC, NGLCC, GLAAD, GLSEN, LGBT Technology Partnership, and The Trevor Project) and helps guide the External and Legislative Affairs leadership team on LGBT policy issues. Scott is also AT&T’s liaison to the White House on all Education related issues including the AT&T Aspire initiative. Scott is also responsible for AT&T’s relationship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Scott manages a talented group of individuals responsible for our relationship with: Hispanic, AAPI, Consumer, Energy & Environment, Access & Aging, and Rural organizations. His team is also lead for the AT&T National Consumer Advisory Panel.
Scott serves as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Business Advisory Council, and serves on the Business Council for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of Call for Action and serves on the National Host Committee for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time to Thrive conference. Scott serves as an ex-officio advisor to the LEAGUE at AT&T Executive Committee and serves on the LEAGUE at AT&T Governance Committee.
Prior to joining the National Public Affairs team, Scott served as Executive Director State Government Affairs for AT&T where he had primary responsibility for AT&T’s relationship with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and its Affiliates and was responsible for coordinating AT&T’s activities across business units. Scott previously held the position of Executive Director on the - Global Public Policy team.
Following his graduation from South Texas College of law, Scott served as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas and also served as Senior Legal Advisor for Texas Public Utility Commissioner Judy Walsh.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
L. Charles Keller assists clients with policy, strategy, and compliance issues related to matters under the jurisdiction of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Mr. Keller has extensive experience with Universal Service, numbering, and intercarrier competition issues, and has also worked on network unbundling and other local competition issues. Mr. Keller also works on policy issues related to Internet openness, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and other IP-based services.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Keller spent five years at the FCC, where he held senior leadership positions in the then-Common Carrier Bureau and also served on the federal staff of the Universal Service Joint Board. In this capacity, he was integrally involved in the development of federal Universal Service policy. Later, as Chief of the Network Services Division, he played a substantial role in developing the policies contained in the first and second Numbering Resource Optimization Reports & Orders and worked closely with state and federal policy makers to ensure that numbering policy kept pace with the evolution of competition.
I graduated Cum Laude from Allegheny College in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in Political Science and environmental studies. During my undergraduate career, I was captain of the Men’s Swimming & Diving team and an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. I had always been passionate about public service, and after my sophomore year, landed one of eight internship positions with Senator Casey of Pennsylvania in Washington, DC, where I interacted with constituents and assisted with policy issues surrounding climate and the environment.
Shortly after graduation, I moved to DC to attend the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, where I specialized in budgeting and public finance. In early 2010, the Census was starting, and I was offered a management position for the DC Non-Response Follow Up operation. I was 23 years old, managing of team of 10 people from ages 19 – 75; it was my first professional management opportunity, and I was proud that my area finished its operation with some of the best numbers in the District.
I grew tired of school, and once I completed by first year, left the Census, took a sabbatical from GWU, and moved to Vicksburg, MS to volunteer with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in the fall of 2010. Over the following nine months, I lived and worked with eight peers in cities across the Gulf Coast and performed over 1,700 hours of service. We worked on residential energy efficiency programs in New Orleans, renovated homes for an assisted living facility in Mobile, and built a community from the ground up in Miami, FL.
As my time with AmeriCorps neared its end, I looked ahead to my return to DC and was offered an internship at the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. While there, I reviewed submittals for grants and provided briefings and recommendations to senior staff. The Bureau is responsible for quietly supporting the advancement of human rights, democracy, and labor in troubled nations, so much of the focus of my tenure was spent assessing programs that expanded internet access, supported women’s rights and LGBT rights, and strengthened fair election processes.
I was offered a full time position with the Bureau at the end of my internship, but only if I would remain on for an additional 3-6 months unpaid. Given my options, I did what any twenty-something would do and began waiting tables and bartending at some local restaurants while completing my degree and taking interviews. Somewhere along the way, I made a friend at Tesla Motors and was hired part time to sell cars in October 2011. My intention was to have some fun and stay on just through the end of my studies.
Just before graduation, my manager took a role at our headquarters in CA and offered me his job. I graduated from GWU in the summer of 2012 and spent the next year overseeing sales of the Tesla Model S in DC, Virginia, and Maryland at our flagship store on K Street. Operating a Tesla showroom could not be more different from a traditional car dealership. All sales employees are corporate, and the experience is built to mirror the experience an Apple store provides with an emphasis on education and non-negotiable prices. During my time as sales manager, I helped open some six new locations and trained staff across the east coast and in our UK headquarters near London; all while building a successful operation that consistently exceeded its targets.
As 2013 came to an end, I accepted an offer to manage Tesla’s infrastructure program across the American Southeast. I was tasked with siting and constructing Supercharger stations, which allow Tesla vehicle to quickly recharge and enable easy long distance travel. The role required me to be a real estate broker, contract negotiator, engineer, architect, and salesperson all at once. Over the following three years, I successfully built a portfolio of corporate retail real estate partners who host Superchargers on their properties across the country, while simultaneously inking deals with small, local businesses in towns across the South. To date, I can claim to have built over 50 Supercharger stations of the 300 or so that constitute Tesla’s current North American network.
In the summer of 2016, the White House began an effort to accelerate the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and I was asked to join our policy team to assist. The part time project quickly unraveled into a new full time position, and I am now Tesla’s Senior Manager responsible for EV Infrastructure Policy. There are a variety of state and federal policies that require our vigilance and input, as well as opportunities made available through the Justice Department to advance the development of this technology. It is my charge to work with government employees and elected officials to ensure that future public actions continue to enrich and strengthen the market for EV infrastructure.