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Board Members

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Alex Edwards

Principle Broker

Alex E. Edwards, a skilled communicator, began his career in banking before transitioning to real estate in 2009. He's pursuing his Brokers license and launching his own Brokerage, driven by a commitment to excellence and a passion for serving his community.

Jeff Similien


Jeff, Founder and CEO of Low-key Dispensary and Low-key Cultivation, is more than just a business leader. As a founding member of the community-based organization Kings Amongst Kings, he's dedicated to uplifting underrepresented individuals. Jeff's career spans commercial and residential real estate, cannabis equity, and community elevation, where he cultivates opportunities and revenue while shedding light on marginalized communities. His endeavors reflect a unique blend of entrepreneurship and social responsibility, leaving a lasting impact on both business and society.

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Mike Reid

President – Kings Amongst Kings, Inc

Assistant Vice President – Eastern Bank

Mike Reid is a dynamic leader who serves as President of Kings Amongst Kings, Inc., while also holding the position of Assistant Vice President at an Eastern Bank branch in Braintree. His commitment to empowering black and brown men spans mental health, financial literacy, and overall well-being. Mike is deeply rooted in faith and family, finding purpose in his role as a father. He actively addresses systemic inequities and is enhancing his leadership skills through the Lead Boston program facilitated by YW Boston.

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 dedicated individual driven by a clear mission: to propel his community toward economic advancement. With eight years of expertise in the banking and finance sector, he has tirelessly assisted clients in unlocking their full financial potential. Guided by the wisdom of an African proverb, Lawson firmly believes in the power of collaboration: "If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together."


Sandy Heierbacher

Communications & Project Manager

Sandy is a multifaceted leader with extensive experience in nonprofit management, project coordination, and communication. She currently serves as HR Communication & Project Manager for Massachusetts's Executive Office of Health & Human Services. With a background in founding and leading the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, Sandy possesses expertise in event planning, fundraising, virtual team management, and marketing. Her academic background includes a master’s in international and Intercultural Management, enhancing her ability to navigate complex issues effectively.

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Anthony Martin

Military Veteran

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Anthony Martin has been appointed to the Boston Board of KingsAmongstKings. With a distinguished service record across three military branches, his alumni status at TMC, and graduation from the esteemed New Politics Academy, Mr. Martin brings a unique blend of experience that embodies our values of leadership and service. 


In addition, Mr. Martin is pursuing a master’s degree in Restorative Justice at Vermont Law and Graduate School, highlighting his dedication to positive change. His passion for inclusivity and progress is evident in his body of mentorship work.


We are deeply grateful for Martins commitment to our mission, and we eagerly anticipate the unique perspectives and contributions he will bring to our team. We welcome Mr. Martin and are thrilled to have him on board!

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