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.
Randal Pinkett, Ph.D., MBA
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.
Lawrence Hibbert, MBA
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.
Jeffrey Robinson, Ph.D.
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, MSSA
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.
Dallas Grundy, MBA
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.
Natasha Williams, MBA
Natasha Williams, MBA, is Managing Partner of NTouch-BCT Strategies, a joint venture between BCT Partners and N-Touch Strategies. Ms. Williams is an exceptional leader with a unique background leading large scale, global strategic initiatives in brand management & marketing/communications, market research, innovation, commercialization, and diversity and inclusion. Her experience has led to business growth, organizational effectiveness, and capacity expansion for her clients. Ms. Williams' superior technical skills were refined through her experience leading complex global initiatives, where she consistently delivering results that outpaced category performance for the world’s leading consumer companies – Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, and Kraft.
As a problem-solver, her passion for reaching underrepresented populations has enabled her to help clients deliver highly successful programs across ten plus private-sector industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and government. Ms. Williams is effective at developing, managing, and implementing programs that change behaviors and/or strengthen engagement with consumers, customers, and communities. She has provided global strategic marketing and innovation support to Kimberly-Clark Healthcare division, Johnson and Johnson (J&J), Pfizer, and the University of Maryland PATIENTS program. She has lead global sales and commercialization restructuring for Shell Oil Company and Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Her diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) experience includes leading organizational-wide DEI assessments, program strategy, design, training, and facilitation for Virtua Health, Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas, and Citigroup, and Reynolds American International. She spends her personal time assisting United Way, as a board member and city council leader, working to deliver better solutions for children, youth, low-income people, the uninsured, and the elderly.
Damita Byrd, CDP
Director of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion
Ms. Damita Byrd is the Director of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion at BCT Partners. She is a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional (CDP) in Human Resources with proven experience in human resources, training, and diversity and inclusion (D&I) management, project management, change management, strategy, mediation, and conflict resolution. She has demonstrated award-winning success in developing intentionally diverse thinking teams. For the past twelve years, she has been highly sought after locally and nationally as a speaker, trainer, and consultant, based on her HR, training, D&I, and community engagement expertise. Ms. Byrd has led numerous community outreach efforts including the Diversity Best Practice Day for corporate and community leaders, Omaha Diversity 365 D&I Boot Camp Training Day, and Diversity Best Practice Day for corporate and community leaders. Ms. Byrd served as a committee member for the Multicultural Diversity & Inclusion Forum at the University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, MN. She also served as a member of the Conagra Foundation “Community Grant” selection committee and on the Conagra Brands Public Relations and Communication Committee. Ms. Byrd led the DEI CHRO Leadership Roundtable effort with the Empowerment Network. She partnered to help revive the Omaha of the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council. Ms. Byrd is co-founder of the “Redefine the Game Institute” leadership development program for African Americans in the workplace.
Ms. Byrd’s ability to create strategies was recognized in the Fall 2015 Edition of Profiles In Diversity Journal, a national publication, based on her work using the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and Diversity of Thinking with inclusive teams. Ms. Byrd partnered with McDonald's Corporation’s Diversity & Inclusion division to share best practices aligning Employee Resource Networks. Ms. Byrd was a co-leader in partnering with Creighton University for the Conagra Corporate Explorer Camp for High School students in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, which then transitioned over to the University of Nebraska Omaha’s “Dream Big Academy.” The program helps to build a stronger diversity pipeline for youth in the community. Ms. Byrd also led the Conagra Brands corporate-wide mentoring program, which attracted over 3,100 employees in the first six months of the rollout.
David Hunt, J.D.
Director of Health Equity
Mr. David Hunt, JD, is the Director of Health Equity at BCT Partners and specializes in cross-cultural healthcare. As a former employment law and civil rights attorney, Mr. Hunt is nationally known for his expertise in
Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Other Health Equity Issues. In 2017, Mr. Hunt was selected by the American Hospital Association as its national consultant for the #123forEquity Program. Over 1,800 American hospitals are now participating in this program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. In 2019 and again in 2020, He was selected by America’s Essential Hospitals to train up-and-coming hospital leaders from over 50 leading urban hospitals on health equity issues.
Cultural Competence in Health Care – In 2017, Mr. Hunt was one of a handful of national experts selected by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Minority Health to participate in an evaluation of the effectiveness of the National CLAS Standards. In 2013 and again in 2015, he was selected by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as their national consultant on cultural competence in health care. Together with physicians from the Harvard Medical School, Mr. Hunt created, licensed, and sold the nation's first CME accredited e-learning program on cultural competence for doctors and nurses. Over 180,000 providers have now been trained on this program. More recently, he collaborated with leading physicians to create a Provider Cross-Cultural Medical Assessment. This tool has now been administered to over 4,000 providers across six states and can be used to benchmark the performance of hospital systems and physicians in treating a variety of minority patient populations.
The Law of Language Access – Mr. Hunt is one of the nation’s leading experts on the law of language access in healthcare. He has delivered keynote addresses on this topic for both the ABA and the AMA, published articles in leading medical journals and textbooks, and regularly conducts language access audits for leading hospital systems. Mr. Hunt created the nation’s first CME accredited e-learning program on the law of language access. Over 2,000 Anthem and Highmark Blue Cross M.D.’s have been trained on this product and were found to have substantially increased their use of qualified medical interpreters as a result.
Global Medicine – In the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic, Mr. Hunt partnered with Anthem and leading medical experts to create the nation’s first CME accredited e-learning program on global medicine. Over 2,000 physicians have improved their clinical skills after taking this program. In 2019-20, Mr. Hunt partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Global Health Pathways Program to test whether physicians who have received graduate medical training on global medicine are demonstrably better prepared than conventionally trained physicians to treat immigrants, refugees, Limited English Proficient patients, and international travelers. The fruits of this research are due to be published in a leading medical journal in early 2021.
Nancy Schwachter, M.S.
Director of Children and Families
Nancy Schwacher is the Director of Children and Families at BCT Partners. She has over 40 years’ experience in human service management and administration with a focus on Head Start, child care, early care and education, and Social Services. Ms. Schwachter has extensive experience in public policy development and implementation, TTA, program monitoring, analysis and outcomes evaluation, development and implementation of tools and resources for CQI, and risk management. As an expert in risk management, Ms. Schwachter developed The Risk Management Toolkit for Head Start grantees and supported the national roll-out of Risk Management to ACF Regional Offices, TTA providers, and Head Start grantees. In her role as State Child Care Administrator for the Commonwealth of MA, she represented MA as the team leader for the Federal Child Care Research Partnership Grant, consulting with Research Partners to determine Child Care in Massachusetts: Where The Supply Is and Isn't; Parents Receiving Subsidized Child Care: Where Do They Work.
Ms. Schwachter has participated in many cross-system forums on leadership and funding strategies for collaboration across all state agencies to support efforts to develop and implement initiatives that focus on creating and enhancing quality strategies and outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families. At the Federal, State, and local level, she has had the opportunity to deliver presentations and training for diverse audiences in meeting standards of high quality through training and technical assistance.
Through various contract work over the past 20 years, Ms. Schwachter has been a mentor to early childhood programs seeking NAEYC Accreditation. She provided training about the accreditation process and technical support to early childhood programs in all aspects of quality including cultural appropriateness, literacy, and program and organizational management. Ms. Schwachter assisted programs in assessing process quality in their programs using ECERS and ITERS and supporting their efforts in program improvements.
Director of Community and Social Innovation
Jie Dong is the Director of Community and Social Innovation at BCT. His current portfolio entails leading a team of subject matter experts to provide technical assistance to federal and private sector grantees across the country. Jie is passionate about social services that address education, economic development, children and families, and community development. His expertise lies in qualitative methods, evaluation, strategic partnership building, and project management that advance social justice on local and national initiatives, as well as in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Jie has extensive experience working in the property management and affordable housing sector. He specializes in identifying resources and building partnerships to enhance the lives of members of the disenfranchised communities. Jie obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Davis.
Business Operations Team
Calvin Todd Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
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.