About Us

Harriet Tubman sign with bullet holes

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen strategic partnerships through arts and culture to build a vibrant, thriving community. 


We strengthen and enrich our neighborhoods by providing spaces that utilize our community’s unique history and proximity to the Harriet Tubman UGRR Byway to inspire conversation, embrace and celebrate diversity, and foster economic development. 


We provide programs that help connect our community through the shared experience of art and culture, working from within the community to build unity where there has been a long history of division.   

Pastor John Green and Mrs. Mary Green

Our History

Alpha Genesis was formed by the late Reverend John Green Jr.  It was a para ministry to Christ Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.  The mission supported woman and children, provided economic stimulus through job training, summer camp and after school programs for children. 

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Our Board

Our Board Members are amazing! We take our passions, creativity and convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!

Our Board Members

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Adrian Holmes

Founder/ President

  

Adrian R. Holmes, Owner of A. Renee Designs, LLC and Founder of Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation. Adrian has over 15 years of military management and leadership experience while serving in the U.S. Air Force.  She has served in various capacities within the Department of Defense, but found her niche in a more creative forum.


While working as a gallery manager and running her own company, she also developed a passion for Cambridge Maryland and realized the need for retail businesses to connect and engage with the community it serves. She was the Co-owner of Liv Again and the Art Bar furniture store, where she managed the day-to-day business affairs yet embraced the the subject of cultural diversity and enlightenment. 


Adrian brings a natural ability to lead and connect with people, her creative eye for design and art fits with the brand that downtown Cambridge is working to establish, while embracing the cultural heritage specific to this area.  


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Chaniece Holmes

Secretary


Chaniece Holmes, is a professional dancer and Artivist. She began her training with Spirit Wings Dance Company & Studio; then with the  Ballet Theater of Maryland until she attended Goucher College in the Fall of 2008. Chaniece holds a B.A. in Dance with a distinction in Arts Administration. She currently lives in Chicago and is a company member with Red Clay Dance and the Director of the Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble. Chaniece is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. 

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April Byrd

Treasurer 

  

April Byrd is an entrepreneur, inventor and US Navy Disabled Veteran, from Paterson NJ. After serving our country honorable for 8 years, she and her family settled in the Washington DC metropolitan area where she put her military skills to use by day while grooming her enterprising skills part-time. Utilizing her leadership and management skills, she became a dynamic Mary Kay Senior Sales Director, winning 2 free cars. 


The training she received there was unparalleled. After 17 years and several other business ventures, she decided to put all the priceless training and knowledge to work for herself and is the CEO of Lady Byrd Enterprise

We Are On the Move!

Jermaine Anderson at the Choptank River in Cambridge, MD

Executive Director

Jermaine Anderson is the acting Executive Director for AGCDC. He is the creative force behind many of our cultural, thought provoking events! 


 Jermaine Anderson is a Cambridge native, a US Army Veteran and an entrepreneur.  Jermaine has been a Community activist since his early 20s.  He is currently on the board of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce where he serves on the government affairs committee.  He also formed the Delmarva  Minority business Alliance, a group formed the the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.


Jermaine is committed to social and economic empowerment and seeing Cambridge being the best it can be for all of it residents.