VINODA BASNAYAKE

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Vinoda is one of Washington, DC’s top business entrepreneurs, specializing in the nightlife, hospitality and lifestyle industries. Vinoda has established himself as a sought-after retail guru whose mission is to open authentic concepts and invest in bold personalities. 

 

In 2019, Vinoda was appointed to be the first Chairman of Nightlife and Culture of DC by Mayor Muriel Bowser. He has received numerous media honors and recognitions including being named Top 40 Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Washington Business Journal, Most Influential Under 40 by Washington Life Magazine for the past seven years and profiled for “journeying from party promoter to powerbroker” by the Washington Post. Vinoda is also the youngest partner at Nelson Mullins LLP, the fastest growing law firm in America. He is ranked in the Legal 500, has been named one of The Hill's Top Lobbyists and was recognized as Top Lobbyist of 2020 by the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics. 

Vinoda is an honors graduate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he was a double major and double minor. He received the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Campus, received the Outstanding Student Leader Award and was selected student graduation speaker by his class. He received a joint degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business in 2008. Vinoda was previously appointed Commissioner of the Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission for DC by former Mayor Adrian Fenty, served on Mayor Muriel Bowser's Transition Team for Economic Development, was named to Muriel Bowser's ReOpen DC Advisory Committee for safe reopening during the pandemic. He was formerly the Chairman of the Board of DC Vote and sits on the boards of the Washington Institute, the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund and the National Children's Museum. He was also the executive producer of the movie Sprinter with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

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