Amir Clayton "A C" Powell loves God, family, the law and business. He connects with people across cultural, generational, political and socio-economic barriers. In fact, A C became a dynamic organizational development guru by heeding his mother’s advice to always listen more and talk less. Infusing this philosophy into his leadership style guided A C’s success in various senior management roles in nonprofit organizations as well as in his entrepreneurial endeavors. He has provided business management advice to nonprofit organizations and small business owners for more than fifteen years. An association executive, author and professor, A C Powell also speaks frequently on issues involving American politics, big data and entrepreneurship.
A C completed his legal studies at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, earning membership in both the Order of the Curia and the Order of the Barristers. Moving to the Greater Washington DC area, A C accepted a leadership position at the DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation assisting entrepreneurs to organize their business entities and obtain capital. In 2014, A C joined the faculty at Westwood College as an adjunct where he taught Business Law, Criminal Justice and Political Science. Since then, A C has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses at Virginia International University, the University of Valley Forge and Stratford University. And, in 2019, A C earned the AFE Certified Professional Supervisor® (CPS) credential.
In addition to teaching, A C is also the author of We Struggle Not Against Flesh & Blood, Vol. 1 and Song of the Mantis. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), A C regularly contributes to the Facilities Engineering Journal, the industry periodical published by AFE.
Along with his other professional endeavors, A C served as a substitute teacher and basketball coach in the Prince William County school district. Additionally, A C serves the treasurer for Renewable Community Initiative Inc, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing energy independence solutions for both businesses and individual families. A C also serves a deacon for Christ Chapel Ministries. This Hoosier turned Washingtonian lives in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC with his wife and children.