Meet Our Board

Britney Robbins is the founder and CEO of The Gray Matter Experience. Britney has worked within Chicago's entrepreneurship and tech community for the past seven years working within some of Chicago's top venture capital firms and incubators including Sandbox Industries, Lightbank and 1871. She has been recognized as one of Ariel Investment, BMO Harris and WVON's 40 Under 40 Gamechangers, Essence Magazine's Woke 100, a finalist for Ebony Magazine's Power 100 People's Choice Award, featured on Fox32, Chicago Inno,, DNAInfo Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Forbes and Essence Magazine for her work through Gray Matter. Britney is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she received her B.A in Rhetoric.

Britney is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and youth and believes in empowering others to use their passions and strengths to create opportunities for themselves. In 2015, she authored and published her first children's book and is working to complete the second book of the series early 2020. Britney is committed to inspiring youth to reach their full potential and aims to continue to create channels for them to do so. 

Britney Robbins


Jonathan McGee

Jonathan McGee is a social entrepreneur, civic leader, and external affairs expert with over 7 years of non-profit, public sector, and social impact experience. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Regional Economic Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Prior to this role, he founded The Global Organization for Applied Political Leadership, the first of its kind global training incubator for advocacy, specifically focused on lower socioeconomic communities of color.


Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor for West Virginia University, where he teaches Event Planning in the Reed College of Media. He previously consulted for Get In Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust's Civic Engagement team where he led social capital initiatives, and facilitated programming in Chicago's neighborhoods most impacted by poverty and violence.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Political Management degree from George Washington University.


Chika Umeadi is the co-founder of tiphub, a firm specialized in supporting African and African Diaspora focused startups at the intersection of technology and impact. Since its inception in 2014, tiphub has engaged over 100 companies through programs, funding, mentorship, and technology assistance yielding to top partnerships with companies like the NBA, Uber, Google, and State Farm and $10 million USD raised by companies to date.

While he’s not working with start-ups through tiphub, Chika is a Product Manager at Google. He also advises and supports Cornell Pharma, a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey with operations in Nigeria and Kenya. Cornell Pharma’s mission is to bring cost-effective oncology and anti-infective therapeutics to underserved markets leveraging innovative manufacturing and delivery mechanisms.

Chika received his MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University and his Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Chika Umeadi

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Seth Green

Seth Green is a university administrator and social entrepreneur with a passion for expanding educational opportunity.


Currently, he serves as the Dean of the Graham School at the University of Chicago. 

Prior to joining Graham, Seth was the founding director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University Chicago and, before that, he served as the executive director of Youth & Opportunity United. Early in his career, Seth served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Seth speaks, writes, and teaches about social innovation. His commentaries and research have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Fortune Magazine, the Journal of Business Research, and the Social Innovations Journal. He has been a featured guest on Slate Podcasts, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, MSNBC, and CNN, and his efforts have been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Seth holds a law degree from Yale University, master’s degrees from Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Layla Dotson Lumpkin is a business advisor, corporate attorney, and investor.  She is a partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities Practice at Thompson Hine LLP and focuses her practice on venture capital and emerging company transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Layla mentors underrepresented founders and frequently presents on and writes about early-stage company, venture capital and small business legal issues.  She also teaches entrepreneurship law and venture capital finance as an adjunct law professor.

Layla supports local non-profits as an active member of the Junior League and Impact100.  She previously served as Associate Board Chair for a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides resources to social entrepreneurs.
Layla received a Law Degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.

Layla Dotson

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The best board members will: 

  • Have strong networks they can leverage to drive more awareness and capital to the organization

  • Provide strategic advice/planning for the organization's growth and sustainability

  • Have some experience serving in a board capacity 

  • Secure their $5,000 give/get commitment each year of their service 

  • Represent one of the following industries/skillsets: Non-Profit Management/Development, Legal, Marketing, Fundraising, Youth Development, Entrepreneurship/Social Impact, Community Development