Meet the team representing our customers, community, and environment
The Board of Directors includes the owner of 9b, a non-executive 9b employee, and three independent members. The Board meets semi-annually to review our company's performance.
Founder, 9b Corp
Nathan Pickard has 15 years of experience as a data analyst and IT auditor. Nathan founded 9b in 2018 after receiving consulting requests from several local clients while also developing an interest in the B Corp movement. Before 9b, he worked for the Vice President of Audit at Williams and started the company's data analytics program. Nathan began his professional career in the public sector, working for the Tulsa City Auditor's Office.
Nathan has spent as many years as a community organizer, leading reforestation and edible garden projects in the area just north of downtown Tulsa. While working for Williams, Nathan founded two nonprofit organizations: Restoration Collective, Inc. and Emerson Montessori Foundation. Projects through these organizations include a food forest along the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and a one-acre farm at Emerson Elementary School. Later, Nathan learned that starting a B Corp could help sustain and expand these projects.
Nathan is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor and a proficient user of Tableau and several coding languages. He earned his MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northeastern State University.
Project Manager & Operations Coordinator, 9b Corp
Alyssa Doty has over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and community development world. She has worked in the fields of community health, education, criminal justice & social justice.
Alyssa supports 9b as a project manager and operations coordinator. Before 9b, most recently Alyssa worked as the Director of Operations at Poetic Justice, a Tulsa-based nonprofit organization that offers restorative writing and creative arts programs to women who are incarcerated.
After spending most of her childhood in Venezuela, Alyssa returned to the U.S. to complete her undergraduate degree in Oklahoma. For six years she lived in Colorado where she completed her master’s degree and worked in Community Health Research. She moved to Tulsa in 2009. Her focus throughout her career has been on community development with a focus on community health, education, and social justice.
Alyssa earned her master's in Medical Anthropology from the University of Denver in Colorado, a certification in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Senior Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy, Impact Tulsa
Ashley Harris Philippsen is a systems, culture, and equity coach with over a decade of experience in education, leadership development, civic engagement, coalition building, systems leadership, and school and curriculum design. Ashley uses her experience to partner with people, organizations, and communities as they navigate, disrupt, and dissolve system complexities.
Through her career, with roles including Executive Director at Met Cares, Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America, and Founding Dean of Students at YES Prep Public Schools, Ashley has developed skills in small and large team management, effective program design and implementation, strategic thinking and planning. As the Deputy Chief of Community Development and Policy at the City of Tulsa, she was responsible for designing and facilitating community engagement and organizing processes for urban planning and development, amongst other City initiatives. As ImpactTulsa’s Deputy Director, Ashley partners with organizations and institutions to drive systems-change and develop programs that create sustainable outcomes for students in the Greater Tulsa area.
Ashley graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ashley serves as Vice-Chair of the Tulsa Development Authority and is a trustee on the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity. She also serves on the board at Met Cares Foundation, 9b Corp, Black Tech Street, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Leadership Tulsa, and the Zarrow Foundation Commemoration Fund. She is the founder of Yonda, a consulting and experiential design firm.
Executive Director, The Historic District Greenwood Main Street
Bill White is the Executive Director of The Historic Greenwood District Main Street (HGDMS). The mission of the HGDMS is to preserve the historic character and importance of the Historic Greenwood District while achieving economic revitalization that is reflective of the historically Black entrepreneurship that has existed in the district for over a century. HGDMS has four major tenants: Design, Organizational, Promotion, and Economic Vitality.
Bill is a transplant from Portland, Oregon. He holds a BA in Real Estate from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a BBA in Accounting (and is a CPA candidate) from Langston University. His very first venture was a leaf-raking business at the age of 12. Bill is a business professional motivated by creating outside-the-box opportunities to bring long-term value and continual growth within an organization or business. He understands the fundamental value of leveraging strong relationships that are built on trust, integrity, and mutual respect to develop and maintain a successful business.
Not afraid of a challenge or fear of the unknown, Bill never takes “no” for a final answer in the pursuit of what he is passionate about or believes in. In addition to having a keen eye to spot great business ventures, Bill’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurial development allows him to see things not as they are but what they could be.
A lover of life, travel and entrepreneurial challenges, Bill enjoys spending time with his family including his wife and three sons, playing, coaching, and attending sporting events and looking for the next entrepreneurial endeavor to pursue.
Architect & President, Jones Design Studio
Molly A. Jones, AIA is an Oklahoma Architect, NCARB certificate holder, LEED® Accredited Professional, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, and DBIA Professional with 30 years of experience in the profession. She has designed and managed large and small projects for private and federal clients with vast experience across many building types and project delivery methods.
Her passion is sustainable design and construction. She founded Jones Design Studio, PLLC (JDS) to create beautiful, sustainable, regenerative architecture. JDS is Oklahoma’s First JUST™ Organization. JUST™ is a voluntary transparency program that rates an organization’s social justice and equity based on specific and measurable accountabilities.
Molly's sustainable project experience spans nearly 100 projects accounting for 6.5 million square feet and $1 billion in construction value. Her experience is in demand across the nation. She is regularly called upon to help solve some of the most complex challenges sustainable projects face.
Molly designs projects focused on sustainable living and community-building. She designed the first project in Oklahoma seeking certification as a Living Building. This project, called The Joinery, is currently under construction. She is also actively working with co-housing communities in Northeast Oklahoma to help build more livable, sustainable communities.
Molly is an expert at assisting federal clients to comply with evolving sustainability requirements. She advises NASA headquarters on the implementation of sustainability requirements across the agency. Molly is also a skilled leader in teaching sustainability. Her most notable work in this area is the development of an intensive training course for NASA headquarters entitled “Introduction to Sustainable Facilities.”