We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to the Venture Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors: Curt Buser, Charlene Dukes and Doyle Mitchell. The Board provides leadership to VPP as it works to improve the lives of young people in the Greater Washington Region. We would like to thank outgoing members Kristin Ehrgood and Art Marks for their years of service and continued support to VPP.
Curtis L. Buser is Carlyle’s Chief Financial Officer and serves on the firm’s Management Committee and Executive Group.
Mr. Buser is responsible for corporate and partnership financial management and reporting, treasury functions, and fund management and is an integral part of the firm’s public company investor reporting and information technology group. Mr. Buser joined Carlyle in 2004 as a managing director and served as the firm’s chief accounting officer. From May 2014 until December 2014, he served as Carlyle’s interim Chief Financial Officer. He is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Buser was an audit partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. He began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1985 and was admitted to the partnership in 1997. He is a graduate of Georgetown University. Mr. Buser served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2007 to 2010.
Dr. Charlene M. Dukes is the president of Prince George’s Community College and has thirty years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. With approximately 40,000 students at six locations, including the Largo Campus, Prince George’s Community College offers 200 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. She holds memberships in a variety of professional associations and serves on the boards of directors of key nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
The College is home to the National Cyberwatch Center, an Advanced Technological Education site funded by the National Science Foundation, and is designated a 2010-2015 and 2015-2020 Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the two-year level. In partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the College is home to seven programs that award the high school diploma and associate degrees concurrently, including the first middle college in the state of Maryland, the Academy of Health Sciences; the Information Technology Early College at two sites; the Dual to Degree program, the Teacher Academy, and two P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School) programs.
Doyle Mitchell Jr. is President and CEO of Industrial Bank, the largest minority-owned commercial bank in the Washington Metropolitan area and the sixth largest African-American owned financial institution in the country. Industrial Bank was founded in August 1934 and is celebrating 84 years of service.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Mitchell was born and raised in the Washington banking community that his grandfather (Industrial Bank’s founder) and father helped to create. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University in 1984, he began a full-time career with Industrial Bank. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1990 and succeeded his father as president in 1993.
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. President’s Circle and the Archbishop Carroll High School President’s Council, his alma mater. He also serves on the board of the Anacostia Bid Development Group, Venture Philanthropy Partners, and New Sewell Music Conservatory.
He received the 2015 Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal; the 2015 Torch Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation; the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable Chairman’s Award; and the 2015 Human Servant Award from Training Grounds DC. Industrial Bank received the 2013 DC Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Legacy Award.
Mr. Mitchell is the immediate Past-Chairman of the National Bankers’ Association (NBA), which represents the nation’s minority banks. He served two consecutive terms as Chairman and continues to serve on the Board. He is also a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America’s Safety and Soundness Subcommittee.
Learn more about all of our board members right here.