Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2022) – The DC Chamber of Commerce recognized Corey Arnez Griffin, President and CEO of Global Government and Industry Partners (2GIP), LLC and member of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund’s (Wacif’s) Board of Directors, for his business recovery leadership at the 2022 Chamber’s Choice Awards & Gala on Friday, November 11. Honorees were celebrated for contributing to businesses and neighborhoods around the District and innovatively finding solutions to issues.
“As an entrepreneur myself, I am humbled by this honor and thankful for the opportunity to serve small businesses as they recover from the pandemic,” said Mr. Griffin. “Serving on Wacif’s Board, and helping advance the organization’s mission of equity opportunity, is aligned both with this honor and my personal commitment to our community’s entrepreneurs.”
During the pandemic, Griffin provided leadership to bring relief and support to help DC businesses survive the impact of COVID-19. Corey played an instrumental role in securing financial resources to keep D.C. businesses—particularly those in underserved communities—from shuttering during the worst of the pandemic.
Corey’s leadership during the pandemic builds on a distinguished record of service to the country and community. As a Presidential appointee and an experienced senior executive, Corey has spent more than 20 years in international development, technology, management consulting, and government. In 2012, President Obama appointed Corey as Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Peace Corps, where he served until 2015. Prior to 2012, Griffin served as Chief of Staff for D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, where he served as chief political advisor and strategist, and as a senior executive at Microsoft, brokering first-of-their-kind partnerships to improve the human condition.
At Wacif, Corey serves as the Chair of Development and Outreach, leveraging his expertise network to scale Wacif’s mission of equity and opportunity. Corey’s volunteer leadership also includes service on the Board of Directors for the United States Global Leadership Campaign, the Society for International Development, and Greater Washington Urban League. In 2008 Griffin was appointed by the former USAID Administrator Henrietta H. Fore, to serve on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Aid. He currently serves on the board of Wacif, the National Peace Corps Association, the Technology and Innovation Inclusion Council, and the St. Elizabeth East Advisory Board for the District of Columbia.
Griffin was named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the region’s top minority business leaders of the year for 2008 and one of the top 40 International Development professionals under 40 by the Devex Group in 2010. Griffin is a Leadership Greater Washington graduate of the class of 2007 and a fellow with the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council.
About the Global Government and Industry Partners, LLC
Global Government and Industry Partners, LLC serves the needs of governments and industries around the world. 2GIP understands the complex intersection of government affairs, management consulting, and business development to deliver solutions that help clients achieve operational efficiency, organizational agility, and program effectiveness. To learn more about 2GIP’s mission, visit www.2gip.com.
About the Washington Area Community Investment Fund
The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is one of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s leading Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) focused on small business development. Wacif’s mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area by investing knowledge, social, and financial capital in low-and-moderate-income entrepreneurs. To learn more about Wacif’s mission, visit www.wacif.org.