Bryce Jacobs

Regional Executive Director

Since 2014, BUILD Metro DC has been run by Dr. Bryce Jacobs, an education reformer and educator with a passion for training tomorrow's entrepreneurs. Prior to BUILD, Bryce was Director of National Programs at College Summit. She has a BA in International Development from Clark, an MA in Education from George Washington, and a PhD in Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Maryland.


Ayele Shakur


Ayele Shakur is an innovator in urban education. She is the founding director of BUILD Boston and was recently named CEO of BUILD. Prior, she was CEO of the Boston Learning Center. Ayele taught for 11 years in LA and in Boston. A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Boston U. and a Master’s from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.



There is a dearth of women in business leadership positions. According to Catalyst, only 4% of CEO positions and 17% of board seats are held by women at S&P 500 companies. One reason is lack of early exposure to entrepreneurship as a viable pathway for young women. BUILD DC teaches entrepreneurship to DC high school students. Our young women launch real businesses by the end of 9th grade!

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