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Board Members

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Alex Edwards

Principle Broker

Alex E. Edwards prides himself with the ability to communicate across all facets and barriers with the population he serves. His initial experience began in the banking industry where he held a variety of management positions and accumulated many accomplishments. Alex has been a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate agent since 2009. Today, Alex continues to strive for greatness by obtaining his Brokers license and starting his very own Brokerage.

Jeff Similien


Jeff is the Founder and CEO of LowKey Dispensary, LowKey Cultivation, and a founding member of the community empowerment group Kings Amongst Kings. He has focused on three things throughout his professional career; commercial & residential real estate, cannabis equity, and elevating the communities. He's part of providing opportunities, revenue, and attention to underrepresented individuals. 

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Mike Reid

President – Kings Amongst Kings, Inc

Assistant Vice President – Eastern Bank

Mike Reid serves as President of Kings Amongst Kings, Inc, a (501c3) men’s group committed to the advancement and support of black and brown men in the areas of mental health, financial health and life health. Mike also manages an Eastern Bank branch as Assistant Vice President in Braintree and serves the community across the South Shore and Greater Boston area. Mike passionately educates others on financial literacy efforts through credit building and financial planning for teenagers, young adults and others. Mike is currently attending the LeadBoston program class of 23’ facilitated by YW Boston centered around inclusive leadership.

Personally, Mike is a faith driven man who cherishes most his relationship and experiences with God and loves being a father of two boys Anthony(18) and Nabi(13) that has taught him many things about responsibility and given him a life purpose greater than himself. He is most empathetic to and concerned with the inequities and inequalities he has seen/experienced and the treatment of all outgroup individuals.

Jeffrey Forbes

Private Client Advisor

Jeffrey is a licensed financial professional with over 10 years experience in the industry working for a Fortune 500 company. He has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector holding executive roles for various organizations helping build, cultivate, and foster new relationships in the space.


Shawn Lawson

Solutions Center Consultant

Shawn Lawson is a man on a mission. He comes with a lifetime of experience devoting his time to ensure that the community can move forward and advance economically. Shawn has 8 years of experience in the banking/finance world that he's used to help clients reach their full financial potential. He lives by a specific African Proverb, “if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together!”

Sandy Heierbacher

Communications & Project Manager

Sandy is an experienced nonprofit leader, network builder, project manager, business advisor, writer, marketer, and event organizer.  She currently serves as HR Communication & Project Manager for the Executive Office of Health & Human Services of Massachusetts. Sandy founded and ran a national association of communication professionals for 16 years called the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. In that role, she gained extensive experience in event planning, fundraising, virtual team management, marketing and communications, as well as deep knowledge in conflict resolution, race relations, social justice and community change. Sandy has a Master’s in International and Intercultural Management.

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