Chairman & Founder
Ryan Jones, Yellowhammer's Chairman, and Founder is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received a BA in Political Science, and of George Washington University where he earned a Masters in Professional Studies.
He has dedicated his life to serving others both through his work in the military and through years of community service with charitable organizations across the southeast and is always looking for another way to give back.
When Ryan's not working to broaden the profile of Yellowhammer Social, he's broadening his horizons by collecting passport stamps traveling the globe.
Board of Directors
Kyle Wiley, Originally from Braselton, Georgia he moved to the District in 2012 after finishing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at UGA. Kyle then led fundraising efforts for Koch and the Heritage Foundation, helping to grow his passion for philanthropy. From 2014-17 he had a 2.5 year stint in DTX, and although it was hard to leave the tex-mex and brisket, he moved back to DC. Kyle currently serves as a political appointee and Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy.
He’s looking forward to cheering on the Dawgs this year and helping to grow Southern Social Club.
Alex Morris, our Vice President, might hail from Atlanta, Georgia but you won't ever catch him cheering
for the Dawgs. After graduating with degrees in both Public Relations and American Studies from The University of Alabama, he moved to our Nation's Capital to begin his career in public affairs. Morris champions any and all charitable causes, having served as Philanthropy Chair of his fraternity at Alabama when he wasn't busy cheering on the Tide. He currently works as a political fundraiser and business development consultant in DC.
Vice President of Communications
D'Anna Irizarry, our Vice President of Communications, is an 8th generation Floridian. She attended University of Central Florida and earned a Bachelors in Arts in Marketing and Digital Media.
She is a proud alumni of Kappa Kappa Gamma organization and has a passion for philanthropy. Since moving to DC in 2017, she has served as a Digital Media Director to various campaigns and helped manage events along the way.
When she's not volunteering with Southern Social Club you can find her drinking sweet tea on the golf course.
Shelby Shaw is a lifelong Southerner whose roots are planted in Rossville, Tennessee. She moved north to DC in 2016 to work in public relations, most recently securing her master’s degree in the specialty at George Washington University. When she's not planning the next event for the SSC, Shelby is supporting another group of Southerners through her local alumni chapter as President of the Alabama Alumni Association. Shelby works in the agriculture industry at the National Turkey Federation as the public relations manager.
Stephanie Watson, was raised an Army brat and is proud of it! Her family hails from Texas and Korea but she's lived in Virginia for 20 years. Stephanie graduated from George Mason University with her BS in Business Management. After graduation, she worked for the Army for 8 years, as a Program Analyst and Career Manager. During her time with the Army, she earned her MBA from the University of Maryland, University College. For the last 2 years, she has been the Deputy Director of the Program Management Office at the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, hike, dance, and travel: taking photographs and experiencing the world.
Daniel graduated from the University of West Florida with a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has always had an interest in robotics, machine learning, and space so when opportunity knocked, he answered. Leaving his home state of Florida he migrated to the DMV with his wife, D’Anna, in 2017. While engineering is fun it doesn’t fulfill Daniel’s desire to serve the community; thus, he joined Southern Social Club to oversee membership. Daniel’s favorite southern food? Biscuits. All of them.