Arthur McMahan

Senior Associate Director

White House Initiative on HBCUs-Department of Education


Dr. Arthur P. McMahan is the current Senior Associate Director for the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He most recently served as Director of VA Anti-Harassment Program, Deputy Dean of Veterans Affairs Learning University at Department of Veterans Affairs and as Director Educational Services and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Army Management Staff College (AMSC), Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His expertise and experience includes strategic planning, institutional research, and performance management. 


He is a former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner (2007), has served on the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Accreditation Team, and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Corporate University Consortium. He is the president of FAME Men’s Fellowship in Alexandria, VA. Dr. McMahan, a retired Army Officer, has written and presented on Strategic Planning, the Balanced Scorecard, change management, and diversity. “Strategic Planning: A Virtual Possibility” is published in the May 2009 issue of Army Magazine. His article, “Generational Diversity” is published in the Army Management Staff College’s Perspectives on Leadership.


He holds a BA from the University of South Carolina, an MS from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Ph.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr McMahan reads and writes fiction as a hobby.

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.