UDC's Board of Trustees
Reginald M. Felton
Mr. Felton was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2010, and received a second appointment in 2014 where he serves as Treasurer, Chairman of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, and as a member of the Operations Committee. Although a native Washingtonian, Mr. Felton spent his early years in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Felton is President of Felton Associates, L.L.C., providing consulting and lobbying services to not-for-profits organizations and local school boards in the areas of public policy, communications and organizational leadership. Prior to establishing his firm, he served as the Assistant Executive Director for Congressional Relations at the National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. At NSBA he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive legislative strategies representing the interests of local school boards from across the nation on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.
Prior to his affiliation with NSBA, Mr. Felton was a senior executive with the U.S. Department of the Navy where he served in key policy development positions on the staffs of the assistance secretary of the Navy (Office of Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and the Chief of Naval Operations. His areas of responsibilities included human resources, shore installation management and congressional relations. He also served as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.
His public service includes being an elected member of the Montgomery County,Maryland Board of Education for ten years, becoming the first African-American to serve as Board President, where he served three terms. In 2007 Mr. Felton received an appointment from the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College (Maryland). Additionally, Felton was an elected Commissioner and Mayor of Highland Beach Maryland, an incorporated beach community outside Annapolis founded by Charles Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass.
Felton is very much involved in the community, serving as Vice President, Board of Directors of the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, a non-profit tutorial program serving over 3,000 students; on the Board of Directors of the Rudolph W. Snowden Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing postsecondary scholarships; and as a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Felton holds a B.A. degree in sociology from Howard University; an M.S. degree in urban studies from Tulane University; and holds certificates from the Federal Executive Institute, the Brooking Institution, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Felton and his wife, Dianne L. Felton, reside in Washington, DC. They have one son, Brandon R. Felton, who resides in New York City with his wife Brie Miranda Bryant.