Our mission is to provide insights about diverse people that lead to equity.
I am because we are ...
It is a simple statement that represents the collective belief of the founders of BCT Partners. When the four friends graduated from Rutgers University and decided to start a business together it was with one goal – to work towards creating a more diverse and equitable society. They believed there was more power in “we” than “I” and that by combining their knowledge and skills, they could help both the private and public sector begin to solve complex social issues.
Twenty years later, those four friends are still working together and have built one of the most respected and successful consulting practices in the country. BCT Partners use their passion for equity, understanding of diverse populations and technology expertise to develop solutions that create a more just society. Most importantly, they live their values every day by using their talent to build strong communities where equity and equality matter.
Founders & Executive Leadership
Click below to read our founders’ and senior staff’s bios.
Dr. Randal D. Pinkett
Founder & Managing Partner
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and technology excellence including the Information Technology Senior Management Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award. He has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and CNN. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash and co-author of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, which was named one of “The Best Books of 2010.” He holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. from MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University; he was inducted to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, he was a former high jumper, long jumper, sprinter and captain of the men’s track and field team; and he was the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, “The Apprentice.”
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides with his family, including a daughter and two sons. Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that “for those to whom much is given, much is expected,” so throughout his endeavors, he places great emphasis on his desire to give back to the community.
Founder & Managing Partner
Lawrence Hibbert is a dedicated and passionate leader, entrepreneur, and community servant that seeks to improve the lives of others by addressing challenges that affect people, collectively and individually, and supports them in reaching and achieving their goals.
With nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Mr. Hibbert has created three ventures: BCT Partners, Access One Corporation, and MBS Educational Services and Training. At BCT, Mr. Hibbert, leads and directs all company internal operations, including product/service delivery and fulfillment, project management, HR, finance, and administration. As a business leader, Mr. Hibbert has played a significant role in developing and growing BCT’s portfolio to include a full range of program management, research and evaluation, and information technology services to federal, local government, commercial, nonprofit, and foundation clients. As an IT leader, Mr. Hibbert leverages over 20 years of experience and knowledge to create solutions that enable our customers to scale their initiatives, drive efficiency, and improve decision making.
Mr. Hibbert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers Business School (Executive MBA Program). He was a 2008 inductee in the Rutgers African-American Alliance Hall of Fame, and honored in 2009 by The Network Journal as a “Forty Under 40” award recipient. Mr. Hibbert has been featured on the cover of The Network Journal and was profiled in Black Enterprise Magazine on navigating his business through a recessionary period. Mr. Hibbert is a board member of NJ Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), a Class of 2012 Fellow with Leadership NJ, and proud member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ where he is an ordained deacon.
Kenya Crumel has over twenty years of experience managing programs and projects, leading strategic planning initiatives, creating partnerships, and planning conferences and other special events. She is passionate about improving the lives of others, and has been creating community development programs and building the capacity of grassroots organizations since 1995. Mrs. Crumel is highly skilled at administering project budgets, overseeing deliverable completion, negotiating contracts, managing logistics, conducting outreach, and writing proposals.
Her current responsibilities at BCT Partners include overseeing the successful fulfillment of all non-IT contracts, including contracts with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (technical assistance to Public Housing Authorities) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (compliance monitoring of Community Economic Development grantees; and building the capacity of family consultants working with the Children’s Bureau National Capacity Building Center for States), as well as managing a formative evaluation of a initiative aimed at increasing college completion rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Mrs. Crumel has a BA in Business Economics/Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University, and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.
Dr. Jeffrey Robinson
Founder & Partner
Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the founding Assistant Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. In addition to co-founding BCT Partners, Dr. Robinson founded Eden Organix, a day spa and retailer of organic skin and beauty products in Highland Park, New Jersey that has been recognized by New Jersey Magazine as one of the 10 best spas in the state.
Dr. Robinson has completed five academic degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies and management including a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Columbia Business School. For more information on Dr. Robinson, go to www.jeffreyrobinsonphd.com or www.redefinethegame.com.
Pete York has dedicated his career to leveraging big data to create precision analytic models to help solve some of society’s greatest challenges. He has used his expertise for over 20 years as a consultant and researcher to aid nonprofits, foundations and government agencies in improving their performance, and he also serves as a national spokesperson for social impact measurement.
He began his evaluation career over 20 years ago at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty, where he served as a project manager for the first application of a “theory of change” to evaluate the Cleveland Community Building Initiative. Subsequently, he co-designed and managed a number of evaluations specifically focused on improving early childhood outcomes and school readiness. These initiatives were designed and funded by philanthropies like the Graustein Memorial Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
In addition, he developed and led numerous program evaluations funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Gap, Inc. Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Lucent Technologies, the California Endowment, as well as many other regional and national funders.
Pete is the author of a critically acclaimed book on the topic of evaluation for philanthropists - “Funder’s Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness.” In addition, he has authored numerous research papers, and articles for academic and professional journals and most recently, he coauthored a peer-reviewed book chapter and article on the application of precision analytics in juvenile justice and child welfare.
Pete has served as an advisor to institutions and members of national leadership groups focused on impact measurement, investing and data analytics. For example, he served as an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on the use of big data for evaluation; a reviewer and evaluation design advisor for the Social Innovation Fund; a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, Reimagining Service, and Data Analysts for Good; and a board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Pete is also a Leap Ambassador, which is a private community of nonprofit thought leaders who are committed to the adoption of high-performance in the nonprofit sector.
Pete has a B.S. in Psychology, Purdue University and a MSSA and PhD (ABD) in Social Work, Case Western Reserve University.
Founder & Partner
Dallas A. Grundy is a visionary and results-focused operations executive. He has over 15 years of experience in finance and human resources management, strategy development and leadership as well as team development for world-class organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Citigroup, General Motors, Corning Inc., and Merck and Co. Building upon this experience, he co-founded both BCT Partners and MBS Enterprises, which provides educational services and training to seasoned and senior executives. Since 2006, Mr. Grundy has served as the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration at the Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education, where he leads strategic planning and manages tactical operations in support of the School’s mission, goals and programs. As the school’s chief nonacademic officer, Mr. Grundy provides counsel and executive support to senior leadership and leads a business administration and information technology team that serves over 100 faculty and staff and more than 1400 students.
Mr. Grundy earned both a BS in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA in MIS and Marketing from Rutgers University. He loans his business acumen to the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, and he is a founding trustee for the Lawnside Education Foundation. He was selected by the Partnership for New Jersey as a 2005 Leadership New Jersey Fellow. Most recently, Mr. Grundy was selected by and featured in the Network Journal Magazine as a “40 under Forty” dynamic achiever.
Business Operations Team
Calvin Todd Jr.
As COO of BCT Partners, Calvin L. Todd has been at the forefront in creating the framework and processes to help ensure completion of our projects on time and on budget. Calvin brings a wide variety of skills that range from business analysis, project accounting, pricing analysis, PMLC management, and systems management. Within over 8 years of experience supporting federal projects, Calvin leverages strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to build and coordinate high-performing project teams and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.
Calvin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Messiah College. He also holds (2) certifications for Project Management from Rutgers, School of Management and Labor Relations.
Tanisha L. Washington
Director of Business Development
Tanisha Washington has 25 years of project management and document development experience with the past 16 years involving proposals, marketing, and other BD activities. Ms. Washington’s personal dedication to children, women, and other disenfranchised populations strengthens her professional commitment to securing community and social service related programs at BCT. Ms. Washington leads BCT’s entire proposal development lifecycle including many post-submission activities. She manages and supports a variety of capture efforts and for active engagements, serves as the primary point of contact between BCT, partner firms, subject matter experts, and clients until contract award. She brings a wealth of BD and corporate experience to BCT from prior employers including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Johnson & Johnson, HP, Cisco Systems, and others. She has helped firms procure hundreds of millions of dollars for a broad spectrum of programs in the public and private sector from clients in aerospace, IT, oil and gas, telecom, pharmaceuticals, finance, housing, health care and other industries.
Ms. Washington has a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Purdue University.
Director of Administration
Shalawn Hilliard is a business operations professional with over 20 years of analytical, contractual, HR and financial experience. Prior to joining BCT Partners, Shalawn worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for many years at firms such as Accenture and the former Electronic Data Systems (EDS). It wasn’t until she joined BCT Partners in 2011 that she made a switch in careers. As the Director of Administration, she oversees Human Resources, Contracts and Administration. Some of her responsibilities includes developing and implementing critical HR policies and procedures, coordinating all HR related company-wide training, serving as point of contact on all contractual matters as well as negotiating and executing contracts. Her most recent accomplishments includes spearheading the decision and move to an Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to reduce time and resources dedicated to various HR functions as well as redesigning the company’s leave administration procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
Shalawn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Rutgers University. She also holds a certification for the HR Functional Excellence Program from Rutgers, School of Management and Labor Relations.
Director of Accounting
Tahirah Pittman has a passion for helping people lead healthier and happier lives. She joined BCT Partners in 2011 because of their compatible mission in improving society. In her leadership role as Director of Accounting, she is involved in all aspects of the company’s financial operations including reporting on cash flow, operating costs and variances. Tahirah also oversees both the accounting and payroll departments. Prior to BCT, she worked at Pressler and Pressler.
At BCT Partners, we are committed to being a national leader in helping organizations make better decisions, improve outcomes and amplify their impact toward a more equitable society.