Individuals who are committed to building and operating meaningful micro businesses in the United States.

Artisan’s Affinity Alliance is a Washington, DC based membership association formed in January 2016 by its Founder and Executive Director,​ Rev. Phyllicia M. Hatton, M.Div.


GA - Sidney Carter, Board Chairman (visual arts)

Sidney has been a professional artist for the past 20 years. The youngest of nine brothers and sisters, two of Sidney's brothers who are also artists led the way for creative development by teaching him at a young age. With a belief that the Creator gifted him with a natural talent, Sidney honors that gift with a fierce commitment and dedication. Rising early every morning to paint, each day brings new inspiration. There are many people of notoriety who collect Sidney's artwork, including: Babyface, Alonzo Morning, NBA Player, Dorian Haywood, Spike Lee, Jerry Reese, NY Giants SVP & General Mgr., Tra Thomas, NFL, John Jacob, Former National Urban League President, Robert Billingslea, Walt Disney, Dr. Norton Baker, Orthopedic Surgeon, Orlando, Florida, University of Maryland, College Park - Mural Commission.






DE – Edwin Lester, Board Vice Chairman (visual arts)

DE - Artist Edwin Lester is a self-taught visual artist from Philadelphia who has taken the art world by storm. His spiritual concept is unique and his art work conveys a message that is evident in every stroke. Edwin doesn't necessarily consider himself a spiritual or concept artist, he likes to paint images which are a part of his everyday life. God, love, simply living; striving to be the best he can at whatever he attempts to accomplish on any given day.






MD - Lynnette Jackson, Vice Chair/Programs (food & beverage industry)

Owner, Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering, Claim to Fame ... Chef, Entrepreneur, Television Personality, Caterer, Instructor, Owner, Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering (c.2006), Cupcake Wars Contestant, Sugar Showdown Contestant, Chef for TV One’s Washington Watch, Guest Chef on Fox 5 and WUSA 9, Cooking Segment Host on Fairfax Public Television.  Earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Delaware State University.  Earned a M.A. degree in Human Resource Development from Bowie State University.  Earned a A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Washington







DC - Aaron Johnson, Board of Director (clothing)

President and Owner of Unitees, Inc., Aaron Johnson celebrates twenty-eight years of his custom Silk-Screen printing and embroidery company. Unitees fabricates an Afro-Centric line of fashion known in the industry as, “Native Tongue” and produces apparel for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nationwide. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in 1987. While studying in his chosen field, English, he became an active student participating in a variety of activities and societies such as a student activist and community organizer.


NJ - Helen Stubbs, Advocacy/Policy/Regulation (clothing)





PA - Gracie Yelverton, Co-Chair Membership (clothing)

Owner, Gracie’s Accents, Claim to Fame… Entrepreneur, Designer, Artist, Clothier, Mother and Grandmother Extraordinaire. Owner of Gracie’s Accents and artisan vendor since 1990. Online store









MD - Madelyn McCrary, Co-Chair Membership (dolls, visual arts)






PA – Lisa Wallace, Board member






NC – Kimberly Greene, Board member (memorabilia)

Ms. Greene hails from Raleigh, NC and has served from June 1998 to present as the Owner and Operator of B.L.A.C.K. (Bases Loaded Authentic Clothing & Kaps). The company is a full-scale retail operations of licensed apparel for Negro League Baseball, Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen including marketing, sales, PR, inventory management, operations management, event planning, budget and financial management and capital resource management. Plan, organize and lead BLACK retail operations at 45+ special events yearly to include professional conferences, jazz and cultural festivals and sporting events as well as retail displays in VA hospitals and military bases. Administer annual operating and capital budgets to generate $250,000 in sales revenue annually. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Shaw University in 1993.













NJ – Carmen Scott, Board member (clothing, home goods)




VA – Ronald Harris, Web Master (bath and skincare)


TX -  Regina Jackson, Board member (clothing)



GA -  Stuart McLean, Board member (visual arts)

Stuart McClean Gallery is located at in the heart of the Historic Old Fourth Ward District of Inman Park. The gallery was originally named Salstubro, named after Mr. McClean’s sons; Saliem, Stuart Jr., and Brockton more popularly known as Chase. Mr. McClean, a native of Trinidad, is an accomplished artist and fashion designer known mostly for his Caribbean influenced “Feel Good Art”!





DC -  Phyllicia M. Hatton, Founder/Executive Director


Phone:  (301) 910-8076


Address: Post Office Box 442428, Fort Washington, Maryland 20749-2428

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