Herbert Washington


Herbert K. Washington, Jr.
Chief Innovation Officer


As Chief Innovation Officer, Herb is responsible for ensuring the strategic growth and sustainability of Aspire CoffeeWorks, Community Employment, Inclusion Consulting, Life on My Own, and MarketPointe Enterprises such as Art 360. Each of these areas challenge the status quo and promote inclusion through creative solutions.

Herb sees himself as a conduit, providing opportunities for others to be empowered and maximize their own personal and professional potential. He is passionate about driving individual and team performance to create high quality and innovative life-changing opportunities for people of all abilities and the communities in which they live, learn and grow.

Working his way up at Aspire, Herb has held several different roles at Aspire before becoming Chief Innovation Officer, including VP of Kids and Careers, VP of Aspire Kids, Director of Partnership, Director of Clinical Services, Community Residential Services Administrator and Behavior Analyst. In his spare time, Herb serves as a Trustee in the Village of Berkeley, volunteers with a local animal rescue and enjoys spending quality time with his wife, two daughters and Chihuahua.

What’s your biggest challenge?  My biggest challenge is also a great opportunity and passion: promoting inclusion. Helping communities learn to embrace and welcome persons with disabilities requires intent, focused effort and patience. However, the positive impact in the lives of those with and without disabilities is immeasurable.

What’s something people may not know about you? I am an unapologetic horror movie fanatic and I am absolutely fascinated by the mysteries of the universe.

In my spare time, I try to absorb as much useful knowledge and random information as possible – I love learning about any and everything! I also greatly value time with my family – which, at the moment, means a lot of time discussing Disney princesses and having princess tea parties!

On my playlist: My preferences are eclectic and can range from bluegrass, classic rock and old school rap to heavy metal, jazz and classical. However, Metallica, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Pantera, Queen, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are staples in my playlist.