Kifayat has been named director of multifamily housing for the Washington Building Congress. He brings nearly 20 years of national multifamily residential and mixed-use project design to his new position as director of multifamily. Kifayat previously served as principal with The Preston Partnership, where he directed the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Kifayat has experience with a wide range of developments, including complex mid-rise and high-rise buildings as well as mixed-use projects. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Kifayat received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from FAMU in 1998.
Hendrix is an award winning producer and president of the production/ management holding company Metallic Entertainment, Inc., that includes Metallic Pictures, Metallic Records and Motion Music Publishing. Metallic Management is a full-service management company that represents talent in music and film/TV. As a producer, Hendrix has worked on nearly 200 hours of programming, including The Apprentice (NBC), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) and The Mo’Nique Show (BET). In addition, Metallic film/TV management clients produce & direct series like Criminal Minds (CBS), NCIS:LA (CBS), Burn Notice (USA), Awake (NBC), LA Ink (TLC), Runaway Squad (A&E), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) and Cash Cab (DISCOVERY). Formerly a development executive at MTV, he began his career developing Celebrity Rap Superstar and America’s Best Dance Crew for the network. In 2010, Hendrix shared an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series for The Mo’NIque Show.
Prior to television, Hendrix was the Vice President and Head of A&R for Reach Music Publishing where he won a Grammy for Best Song for Mary J Blige’s “Be Without You”, winning three Grammys and selling seven million albums. Hendrix started his career at Def Jam Records as an intern, then moved into tour marketing and college promotions at the label. Hendrix is a frequent lecturer at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music and was a former Adjunct Professor at Five Towns College teaching Music Marketing and Advanced Music Publishing.
Capt. Alexis F. Carter, Jr.
Carter is an attorney in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, who currently serves as a military prosecutor at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and Special Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of Maryland. In 2014-2015, Carter deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan for 12 months as a legal advisor in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support where he contributed to the United States’ overall mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan military. Prior to joining the JAG Corps in 2010, Carter represented indigent clients in criminal cases as an Assistant Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida located in Orlando, Fla. During this time, Carter served on the adjunct faculty staff for Seminole State College, Sanford, Fla., where he taught criminal procedure. Carter was ranked in the Top 10 of his graduating class of FAMU’s College of Law in 2009. In keeping with the Rattler spirit of service, Carter has dedicated his time outside of work to volunteer and participate in various community outreach initiatives designed to enhance the lives of inner-city youths.