2022 Leadership Award Honorees

Jan M. Adams
Founder and CEO
JMA Solutions

Jan Adams is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the President of two companies: JMA Solutions and Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation.

After retiring from the military at the highest rank of Chief Master Sergeant, Jan relocated to Washington, D.C., where she founded JMA Solutions, an aviation and technology-based government consulting firm. Since 2005, the company has served the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other distinguished clients throughout the region. In 2021, Jan expanded her portfolio by acquiring Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation. As the President and CEO, she manages and oversees the full-service wholesale electrical company, which distributes complete lines of electrical, lighting, industrial, and telecommunications products to the city’s major utility companies. 

Jan has established herself as a trailblazer in her community. JMA Solutions supports numerous organizations contributing to STEM research and education, food insecurity and access, veteran/military families, and women empowerment programs. They have been a longtime partner to the DC Adopt-a-School program, which provides resources to local schools in S.W., D.C. In collaboration with JMA, Jan has presented more than 100 academic scholarships to our youth throughout the region and in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. 

Jan serves as a board member for several major organizations in the District. Recently, she was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser as the co-chair of the D.C. Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force. Over the years, Jan has received numerous awards for her contributions to business and within the community. In 2019, she was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the D.C. business community.

Jan is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force. She is the mother of two, the grandmother of seven, and the great grandmother of eight.


Meedie L. Bardonille
Founder & President Black Nurse Collaborative and Chair of DC Board of Nursing

Meedie L. Bardonille, RN, FCN, PCCN-K, is a trained Cardiac ICU nurse, leader, advocate and healthcare professional. She is the Nursing Director of Surgical Oncology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She also serves as Chair of the Washington DC Board of Nursing, which provides regulatory oversight for the over 46,000 nursing professionals licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

In 2020, Meedie was one of the three members of the 15th Electoral College of the District of Columbia. In this role, Meedie was selected by Mayor Muriel Bowser to represent the over 750,000 residents of Washington DC in the 2020 United States Presidential Election. In June 2022, Meedie won public office as the DC Ward 5 Democratic Committee Woman.

Active in many service organizations, Meedie is also the immediate Past President of the Twelve Days of Christmas, DC Metro Chapter. During her two-year tenure, the organization raised more than $100,000 for children and families in the DMV area during both the Christmas and back-to-school seasons.

As a nurse entrepreneur, Meedie is the Principal Managing Partner of Afya Wellness Solutions, LLC, whose mission is to engage, educate and guide underserved communities and influence organizations, to positively impact the social determinants of health.

A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, Meedie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Howard University and a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Jacksonville University. She and her husband reside in Washington, DC with their teenage son.


María S. Gómez
Founder, Former President & CEO
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care

María S. Gómez serves as the Philanthropy Strategy Advisor for the Robert I. Schattner Foundation, where she works with the President to align the mission of the foundation with projects delivering innovative programs that are result-oriented and impactful with emphasis on the District of Columbia (DC) metro region.

Previously, she was the Founder, President, and CEO of Marys Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing primary healthcare, social services, and education for families in the DC metropolitan region since 1988. Marys Center partners with families to help them move up the economic ladder through health, education, and workforce development opportunities. Under Marías leadership, Marys Center grew from serving 200 participants in a small basement with an initial budget of $250,000 to serving nearly 60,000 participants across seven locations in DC and Maryland with an annual budget of $80 million and a staff of 800.

She is well known for her innovation of longstanding health, education, and social support programs, strong management, and financial skills, and for brokering partnerships between the corporate, public, and non-profit sector. She has worked with several DC mayors and other city officials and committees on health issues, in addition to extensive board membership work. As a testament to her significant commitment to giving back to the community, President Barack Obama selected her as one of the 18 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nations second-highest civilian honor.

María immigrated from Colombia to the United States with her mother at age 13 and attended DC Public Schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She and her husband live in Washington, DC. Their daughter is pursuing a medical degree at the University of Michigan.


Narda Jones
Chief of Staff
Federal Communications Commission

Narda Jones is the Chief of Staff at the Federal Communications Commission. Previously she was the White House Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Biden Administration. Prior to that, she was the Senior Technology Policy Advisor for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation and Science.

Narda began working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington in 2014, after spending over a decade in senior roles in the Federal Communications Commissions Wireline and International Bureaus. She also previously worked at the Minnesota Attorney Generals Office and the Minneapolis City Attorneys Office. In addition, she was part of the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship program and spent her fellowship time aiding homeless families secure housing and public benefits in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jones is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Brooklyn Law School.


Dr. Unique N. Morris-Hughes
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)

Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes is the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES). In her role as State Labor Commissioner, she is directly responsible for more than $150M in funds administered by the District of Columbia and the federal government for workforce development programs and training, unemployment compensation, universal paid leave administration and labor standards enforcement, along with more than $80M in active capital projects. 

Previously, Unique served as Chief Strategy Officer for DOES. She is credited with the successful turnaround of the agencys federally-funded workforce programs. Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to assist the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Unique was named Special Assistant & Assistant Director of DOES in 2016. Within 18 months, she removed the agencys youth programs from a federal watch list. The turnaround effort was a major accomplishment for the agency, marking a highlight of her career.

Previously, Unique also led a successful turnaround of the US Department Education federal grant programs at the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), where she guided that agency through a federal corrective action plan. She served as OSSEs Chief Operating Officer, leading numerous management functions in support of the agencys mission, including a $270 million education grant portfolio and $600 million in student-per-pupil funding. 

Unique’s career spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She has several years of experience in education, program development, evaluation, and compliance, including a stint as Assistant Head of School at Septima Clark Public Charter School, the Districts first all-boys charter school.

Unique obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an MBA from Trinity University, and a BA in English from Johnson C. Smith University.

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