ICF supports the future of Black communities

ICF supports the future of Black communities

It started with the founding of the Inner City Fund by a former Tuskegee Airman, Clarence “Lucky” Lester, and three U.S. Department of Defense analysts. Back in 1969, our purpose was to build a company on the principle of creating opportunity for disadvantaged communities in Washington, D.C. and financing minority-owned businesses. 

 Today, our purpose is more globally minded as we seek to build a more prosperous and resilient world for all. But throughout our history, we’ve continued to support minority-owned businesses and have been guided by our deeply held values and a common passion for making a difference.  

We are a company filled with people who care deeply about improving lives. And we proudly reflect on our contributions to Black history through work that has a positive impact on the Black community.


Johnavae Campbell

Johnavae Campbell, educational evaluator with our research and evaluation team, translates the importance of representation, connection, and understanding unheard voices—especially for members of the Black community and particularly in historically underrepresented areas like science, technology, engineering, and math.

Amber Dixon

Amber Dixon, marketing and communications specialist with ICF Next, has a personal passion for minority health. One of her favorite projects was the Write the Vision: Make Your Plan to Protect Your Sight campaign, a National Eye Institute health awareness initiative designed specifically for African Americans.

Kary James

Kary James, senior director who leads our work for the Child Information Gateway, is committed to the safety, wellbeing, and permanency of our nation’s children, youth, and families in the child welfare system—who are disproportionately families of color.

Kim McCarley

Kim McCarley, a business development executive, helps us pursue opportunities to make an impact in early childhood education, homelessness, and public health. She also co-leads our Black Employee Community Network.

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