“Abena” (pronounced Ah Ben Ah), is Bridget Chatman’s Ghanaian name, brings over 25 years of experience in business development, marketing, strategy, training, fundraising, government and community affairs as a Board Member of the Otuam Community Development Corporation.
Ms. Chatman’s experience includes her current position as a Senior Manager of Business Development & Strategy for a large System’s Integrator in Dulles, Virginia. She manages and has full P&L responsibility for a $300M Environmental Portfolio. Other experience includes Marketing Representative for IBM, Sales Executive for Ethicon, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson Company) and Vice President of Federal Sector marketing and strategy for a small business.
Passionate about Human Rights, Ms. Chatman worked to empower women in Johannesburg, South Africa post Apartheid through providing business skills training and entreprenurialship to move forward equality for Women and Girls. She has worked on the JOSEPH Project, which is an outreach to Diasporans of African descent to reconnect with the land of their ancestry. Ms. Chatman is also a certified advocate for children with Autism and other disabilities working on numerous legislative and community awareness campaigns. Ms. Chatman fundamentally believes in the continued relevancy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A global statement developed by the UN based on the values of freedom, equality, respect, tolerance, dignity and shared responsibility for all human-kind.
Ms. Chatman is a native of Chicago’s South-Side and now resides in Prince Georges County, Maryland with her two sons. Ms. Chatman is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Marketing. Additional studies at Oxford University in Economics. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and currently serve on the board of several local non-profit, faith-based and grassroots organizations. Ms. Chatman has committed her life to working on humanitarian efforts domestically and internationally. She enjoys travel, the Arts and an avid reader of vintage books.