Velma Hart, best known for triggering a media storm in 2010 when she told President Obama that she was "exhausted" from defending him and his administration, became the face of many disappointed Americans about the state of the stagnant economy and its impact on the middle-class.
With over 20 years of nonprofit management experience, Velma is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund located in Washington, DC. Prior, she was the Executive Director of Atlanta-based Giving Initiatives and Alternatives, Inc. She also held the position of National Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer for AMVETS National Headquarters for 10 years. Velma served as a CNBC contributor and has been a guest on various media outlets to include Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Money Rocks with Eric Bolling, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show.
Prior to the AMVETS, Velma held various positions with organizations such as The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). She was also a Secretarial appointee to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans for the Department of Veteran Affairs leaving that post in 2009, a proud Army veteran, a 2005 ASAE Fellow and she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1994.
Velma is an innovative thinker with vision and leadership; and, is known for her strategic focus in moving companies and organizations forward in their goals. She serves on various nonprofit boards, including past chairman of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Treasurer of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and also Treasurer of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation (BPWF).