Executive Leadership Council

President: Genaro Stewart

Contact: president@thursdaynetwork.org

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Genaro Stewart is the President of the Thursday Network, the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League. Professionally, he serves as a senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this capacity he provides advisory counsel to the White House, Pentagon and National Security Council concerning national security policy considerations and emerging international geopolitical issues. Genaro has also served as a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island and as a graduate-level course advisor at Duke University. Prior to relocating to Washington, D.C. he spent a considerable amount of time working abroad in over 20 countries ranging from Afghanistan to the stunning and scenic geography of East Africa.

When Genaro is not engaged in international affairs, he is very passionate about young male mentorship and professional development. He previously served as Personal and Professional Development committee chair and is an active participant in the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington’s Leadership Academy. His selfless service isn’t limited to his community but he is also a U.S. Navy veteran. Genaro’s extensive leadership experience is a welcomed addition to our executive board, and he is excited to serve and broaden relations in his role as President.

Vice President: Halimat "Derin" Oduye

Contact: vicepresident@thursdaynetwork.org

A native of Austin, Texas, Halimat "Derin" Oduye is the Vice-president of Thursday Network, the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League. Professionally, Derin works at Discovery Channel where she manages digital marketing content.

Derin also brings over five years of digital fundraising, lobbying and political organizing experience from the public and non-profit sectors. Prior to relocating to Washington D.C. Derin served as an Americorps Member and in 2018 she was selected as the National Americorps Member of the Year. 

When she’s off the clock, she keeps busy performing poetry, mentoring, and volunteering within the community.

Treasurer: John Houston

Contact: treasurer@thursdaynetwork.org

A native of Montgomery County, Maryland, John R. Houston is the Treasurer of Thursday Network, the young professional's auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League. 

Professionally, John serves as a Budget Technician for WSSC Water. In this capacity, his primary role is to provide budgetary analysis for two divisions within the organization, with budgets totaling over $1 million. John also brings over 10 years of finance, accounting, fundraising, and political organizing experience from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In addition to his business background, he has served in leadership capacities with non-profit organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

John obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Hampton University and enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and playing the saxophone in his spare time.

Policies & Procedures: Ashley Michelle Williams


Ashley Michelle Williams, serves as the Parliamentarian of Thursday Network, the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League. She is a native of Bullcity (Durham, North Carolina). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Juris Doctorate degree from Regent University School of Law.  Professionally, she serves as a staff attorney at a prominent civil litigation firm in Washington, DC. In her free time, Ashley enjoys traveling, reading, binge watching Grey's Anatomy, and building equity within the African American community. She looks forward to using her time and talents to serve Thursday Network and the DMV area. 

Secretary: Bayliss Fiddiman

Contact: secretary@thursdaynetwork.org

Bayliss is an Associate Director of K-12 Education at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where she advocates for state and federal policies that increase access to a high-quality education for all children. She is passionate about educational equity, criminal justice reform, civil rights, and the intersections between them. Prior to CAP she worked at the Education Law Center in Newark, NJ and the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. She also served as Legal Fellow for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, and completed internships with the Boston Police Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. 

She currently serves as President-Elect for the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC), and as Co-Chair on the Women in Public Service/Politics Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of DC.  

A native of Boston, MA (and proud Boston sports fan) she started elementary school in Georgia, and attended high school in the Bronx, NY. She received her B.A. in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Commonwealth Honors College distinction, and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Membership Chair: Ashley Shuler

Contact: membership@thursdaynetwork.org

What gets her blood pumping? → People & Policy. Ashley’s “why,” in life is centered on serving others. Ms. Shuler’s superpower centers on people, processes, and outcomes. She has served in various roles in nonprofits, thinktanks, and government agencies applying strategic planning, project management, and managing initiatives that help organizations reach their goals. As a servant leader, Ashley is a member of the Fairfax County NAACP, Thursday Network, and member of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Citizens Advisory Council, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce. In her professional career, Ms. Shuler serves as Policy Specialist for the Policy Implementation and Dissemination within Federal Student Aid (FSA). Additionally, Ashley is the Principal of Shuler Strategies Group LLC, where she provides project management consulting services for creatives, content creators, small business owners, and teams. 

Originally from Northern Virginia, Ashley holds a BA in Government from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and graduated from George Mason University, School of Public Policy.

Community Service Events Chair: Terah Speigner

Contact: csevents@thursdaynetwork.org

Terah Speigner is a transplant to D.C. from Cleveland, OH. She is a passionate and community-oriented individual, who believes that anyone can make a difference, and everyone should try. Her dedication to giving back to the community has led her to become the Community Service Events Chair for this year's 2021 – 2022 term. She is a proud alumna of Case Western Reserve University, where she received her MBA in Nonprofit Management.

In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, trying new food and wine, binging reality tv shows, and exploring speakeasies with friends. 

Community Service Programs Chair: Tamaria Kelly

Contact: csprograms@thursdaynetwork.org

A native of Buffalo, New York, Tamaria Kelly is the Community Service Program Chair of Thursday Network, the young professional’s auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League. Professionally, she serves as a senior Analyst to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of Transportation. In this capacity, she conducts performance audits related to aviation. Tamaria has also served as a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Keyworker and Coordinator for her agency’s Community Service Coalition. In 2018, she was awarded the OIG Public/Community Service Award for demonstrating exceptional dedication to the community.  Tamaria earned her B.A. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY) where she majored in Sociology and minored in African American Studies. She also earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from SUNY Binghamton University.

Tamaria has been a dedicated community servant since her high school years. She has volunteered in various capacities for Everybody Wins DC, Lutheran Services in America, NativityMiguel Middle School, Science First Hand Collaborative of Buffalo, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has been acknowledged for her exceptional community service and research by several organizations such as the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research & Education on Women, Inc., BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Inc., and the Buffalo Urban League, where she received a college scholarship and later became a member of the organization’s Young Professionals network. 

Tamaria has been a member of Thursday Network since 2017. As Community Service Program Chair, she is looking forward to serving on our executive board and engaging with TN members and the community at large.

Pride of the Movement: Antonio Ferguson

Contact: pride@thursdaynetwork.org

Antonio has been a member of Thursday Network since 2018. He was drawn to TN due to its focus on civic engagement and community service. He sat on the Civic Engagement committee for the 2018-2019 term and was awarded the Civic Engagement Committee Member of the Year award for his service. He is thrilled to be chairing the Pride of the Movement subcommittee. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, he is excited to help TN become a more inclusive environment for all Black young professionals. Antonio is currently a Senior Analyst for PGIM Real Estate, where he helps finance affordable housing projects around the country.

Public Relations Digital Media Chair: Greg Wayne

Contact: prmedia@thursdaynetwork.org

Gregory is a federal contractor serving as a video production specialist and post-production coordinator for a United States government agency. He also works as an independent producer and videographer-- most recently filming social media ads for a major retailer and co-producing creative content for social media influencers. Gregory, affectionately called G. Wayne, is a Washington D.C. native and a Norfolk State University alum. He's currently a graduate student at American University where he is working towards a Masters of Arts in Producing Film, Television, and Video.

Social & Cultural Chair: Kris Hibler - Smith

Contact: social@thursdaynetwork.org

Kristopher Hibler- Smith serves as the Social Cultural Chair of Thursday Network, he is a native of Maryland. After graduating from Pepperdine University (2014), he began working in Business and Legal Affairs in the entertainment industry (TV). During his time in Los Angeles, he  started a Flea market for Black owned businesses called Nothing But B.L.K. (Black Business, Black Love, Black Kulture). Kris currently works as a Project Manager on Pepco's Capital Grid Project in Washington, DC.

Though he is back in the DMV, he is still able to do what he loves and that is support small business owners and set up markets in communities that are rooted in our culture. Kris is passionate about providing opportunities for growth, exposure and profit for Black owned businesses.

Thursday Network

Greater Washington Urban League Building

2901 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
General Body Meetings occur on the 4th Thursdays of the month at 6:30p.

About Us

Founded in 1992, Thursday Network is comprised of over 200 young professionals committed to serving the Washington Metropolitan area through community programs and partnership that address the Empowerment Goals of the National Urban League. The mission of TN is to provide a forum for young adults, ages 21 – 40, to focus their energies on community service, professional development, and political involvement.


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