USBC Staff

Defining Strength in Our Community

Ron Busby

As President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Ron Busby, Sr. brings business management skills as well as a lifetime of community development experience to the organization. Mr. Busby is a former successful business owner himself, and he has been recognized as one of the nation’s best CEOs. Ron grew his first company, USA Superclean, from $150,000 annualized revenue, to over $15 million in only 10 years. Early on in his career, USA Superclean was recognized as the largest Black-owned janitorial firm in the country. Mr. Busby has also started and grown two other janitorial firms, both resulting in over $4 million in annualized revenue.

Currently, Ron serves on the Pfizer Small Business Council, National Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation Board of Directors, and White House African American Leadership Council. He has also formerly served on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Council on Underserved Communities.

Trained by some of the country’s leading corporate executives, Ron developed his skills at some of the nation’s largest corporations including; Exxon, Xerox, IBM, and Coca-Cola USA. While in corporate America, he was recognized as National Sales Person of the Year.

Ron also has chamber experience as he was previously the President of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce for five years.

A native of Oakland, CA; and graduate with honors from both Florida A&M and Clark Atlanta University, Ron has dedicated himself to the empowerment of the Black community. Ron is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Ron has two sons and currently lives in the Washington, DC area.

 

 

David Smith

David Smith serves as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.  In that role he fosters collaborative and trusting relationships with our network of members across the country by providing technical assistance, resource management, project development and event planning support.  David has worked with our local chambers to help co-host our Solutions Series program in various cities, and continues to provide the latest USBC programmatic updates to our members throughout the year.  Additionally, he serves as the Project Director for the Capital Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC), for the USBC Community Economic Development Corporation.  In this role he implements existing US DOT programs by supporting transportation-related businesses in the DC, MD, and VA area to become bond-ready and increasing the awareness of transportation-related careers for young women and girls.  David is originally from Albany, NY and is a proud graduate of Temple University (Go Owls!)

Favorite Books: The Holy Bible (KJV), The Isis Papers, Faces at the Bottom of the Well

 

 

Krystal Glass

Krystal Glass is a conversation starter with an array of talent including communications, marketing, political campaigning, fundraising and business development. Most notably in her role as Deputy Press Secretary & African American Media Advisor for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Krystal was responsible for organizing and executing the DCCC’s first-ever attendance at the largest African-American cultural event “The Essence Festival,” as a part of the Democrat’s African-American voter outreach.

Krystal's previous experience working on Capitol Hill, on the Florida Governor’s campaign, and most recently serving the Small Business Administration as a Director of Communications has equipped her with tested experience in strategic communications and communications outreach that raise visibility and promote revenue generation.

Krystal is currently the Communications Consultant for the US Black Chambers, Inc. As a busy young professional, Krystal still finds time to give back by volunteering weekly with the youth at Eastern Senior High School as a part of the BUILD Mentor program.

 

 

Leslie Jean

Leslie Jean is a multi-faceted professional with a wide range of interdisciplinary skills and experiences in education, curriculum development, coalition building, program management, community development and data analysis. Leslie is a proven leader and manager with the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects of any scale. Currently serving as the US Black Chambers’ SBTRC Project Coordinator, she provides innovative strategies and approaches to execute initiatives as it relates to small business transportation opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Mamei Willie-Bonglo

Mamei was born in the United States, but spent a substantial part of her childhood in Sierra Leone, West Africa. That experience embedded an interest for philanthropy and public service that Mamei continues to be very passionate about. Upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in sociology, Mamei relocated to Washington, DC, a city she has always loved and admired. Since elementary school, Mamei has pursued opportunities for leadership development and community engagement. This passion remained consistent throughout high school and college, with roles in Student Government, House Council, The Black Student Union, various cultural organizations, and membership in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Most recently, Mamei was one of twenty-two women selected across the country to participate in a yearlong fellowship with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women). An avid volunteer, Mamei routinely dedicates her time to causes that support literacy, health and wellness, and international development. Mamei also serves as a mentor to young girls locally and abroad. She specializes in project management, and is fluent in Krio (Sierra Leone) and Spanish. Mamei is joining the staff of the U.S. Black Chambers after several years of employment with the University of the District of Columbia, where she is completing a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

 

 

Danielle Reed

Danielle Reed is a graduate of Syracuse University from Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature & Culture and African American Studies. This year Reed returned to Syracuse University from a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain where she filmed her first documentary, Black en Spain, which investigated the experiences of people of the African Diaspora living in Spain. As an aspiring reporter, she interned at Time Warner Cable News in Syracuse, New York in the summer of 2015 through the T. Howard Foundation. Known as a student activist through my leadership and involvement in protests, marches and rallies organized by THE General Body and other student organizations, Reed is an active member in her community. Reed is currently interning with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. while she searches for her first on-air position in local news.