Kahlil Byrd, Board Member
As a founder, CEO, and board director, Kahlil Byrd (KB) has successfully launched and scaled technology and data-enabled platforms across fintech and national politics. KB is a thought leader in cross-partisan politics, electoral reform, technology & data, and stakeholder capitalism.
He is the founder and CEO of Invest America, a technology and advisory firm focused on solving major societal problems using data, research, strategy, organizational design, and product development. KB and Invest America incubated and launched Shur, an Insurtech/Fintech working with colleges and employers to support the successful financial life journey for student loan borrowers. Shur promotes generational wealth by helping student loan borrowers eliminate early financial mistakes, build financial plans, and develop a deep understanding of prime credit-building tools.
Previously, he was the founding CEO of a national initiative to re-imagine the presidential nominating process by leveraging data and technology for hundreds of thousands of users. The organization — Americans Elect — deployed more than $45 million and had 8,000 staff and volunteers, won the 2012 People’s Choice Award at South by Southwest, and two CLIO Awards for content and interactive excellence.
He is an active member of the board of the venture-backed voting platform Voatz, and With Honor; on the Steering Committee (Board) of Leadership Now Project and the Advisory Board of the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget’s FixUs Initiative. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served with CFR as an International Affairs Fellow. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard Kennedy School.
KB and his wife, Sarah, CEO of the national non-profit Women Moving Millions, live in Brooklyn.