Welcome to Mayson-Dixon Consulting
Our diverse, award-winning team is passionate about improving the lives of the communities we serve through effective business management, relationship development, marketing and advocacy programs. From the streets to the board room to city hall, we strive to open doors for you at all levels.
From managing internal communications for your project to selecting the right strategic partners, we can execute everything you need - only better.
"People give to people, more than people give to causes," has been MD Strategic's motto since day one. Connect with our network of partners to ensure your project gets the investor, donor or community support it needs to make it a success.
Every project is a collective effort, and earning buy-in from your community is one of our specialties. Together, we'll prove your good intentions so everyone will back your project as much as you do.
Our decades of experience in government enable us to give you the strategy that will help governments understand your needs so they become partners and not inhibitors. Let us help turn the state from impediment into an investor in your success with some strategic recommendations from our team.
Communication is key to everything we do. With the help of our acclaimed graphics team, your project will become a brand overnight.
"Through our partnership with MD Consulting, Greenworks Lending has been able to finance several Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) projects in Maryland, including the very first of its kind in Baltimore City. C-PACE is a state legislated program that allows for the financing of energy saving capital investments made by commercial property owners through a special tax assessment. Thanks to the unique outreach strategies MDSC helped Greenworks Lending grow throughout the region. As Greenworks and C-PACE continue to become more popular we hope MD Consulting does the same."
"MD Strategic Consulting has been instrumental in leveraging their contacts and years of public affairs experience to assist RPAI in moving forward real estate development projects in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan regions."
"Baltimore Corps is thankful for MD Strategic Consulting’s dedication and passion towards the City of Baltimore. Their vast network of government and political officials throughout Maryland and their understanding of different markets are unrivaled and have helped us bring more talent to Baltimore’s leadership."
"We hired MD Strategic Consulting to help us integrate our fundraising and development efforts with marketing and public affairs. They have exceeded our expectations by delivering on a sustainable path forward to help our non-profit raise public support for our mission and programs while building our community relationships and brand to make us even more successful this year."
Chief Executive Officer
Jayson T. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Mayson-Dixon Companies, a family of companies that was originally founded in 2015 as MD Strategic Consulting, a public affairs firm that utilizes campaign-style tactics to tell clients’ stories to achieve their missions. As the company grew, Jayson’s love of community organizing transformed into a passion for equitable community development. He has since started complimentary businesses such as, Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development, Modern Builders, and Modern Suppliers, that combined with MD Strategic Consulting created the first turnkey community development firm that engages in neighborhoods, builds residential and commercial projects, solves complex supply chain issues, manages properties of all sizes, and thoughtfully brings investment partners into underserved communities.
Prior to becoming a small business owner, Jayson had a distinguished career in public service working for the late Maryland State Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller, former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, to name a few. Jayson was inspired to become an entrepreneur after his appointment by then-County Executive Baker to serve as the Vice President for Strategic Alliances for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. There, he was a part of the leadership team spearheading transformative community investment, small & minority business growth, the branding campaign for Prince George’s County, and playing a key role in enabling the development of the $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor.
Since its inception, Mayson-Dixon Companies has become one of Bloomberg/Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, has thrice won the “Bridging the Gap” Achievement Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee for the firm’s work in diversity and inclusion, and was voted as one of Baltimore Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers for their investment in holistic employee health.
An alum of St. Mary's College of Maryland, Jayson has been named one of the Daily Record’s Very Important Professionals (VIP) Successful By 40 award recipients, 40 under 40 by the Baltimore Business Journal, LGBTQ 40 under 40 by Business Enterprise Magazine, LGBT Minority Business of the Year by the Maryland Minority Contractors Association, received the Trailblazer Award from the Reginald F. Lewis African American Heritage Museum and was awarded the Chairman’s Award, a unique honor, by the Asian-American Economic Development Corporation for his work in the Asian American business community.
Passionate about his non-profit work Jayson currently sits on the board of directors of LifeBridge Health’s Levindale Hospital, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the National Aquarium and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. In 2021, he was appointed by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. to the Affordable Housing Workgroup focused on ensuring safe, accessible, and quality housing is available to everyone in the County. Since 2021 Jayson has been a member of the Harkins Builders, Inc. Corporate Board of Directors.
Before starting his businesses, for over a decade, Jayson was an adjunct professor in the “Semester in Washington” program at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, from which he also graduated in 2002. Many of his former students have gone on to distinguished careers in public service and business.
Director of Finance
Vernita Humphreys is the Director of Finance and the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. With over 35 years of payroll experience, she is responsible for and is the foundation of MD Strategic Consulting’s accounting, budgeting, and financial management.
Prior to joining MD Strategic Consulting, Vernita spent nine years taking care of Maryland’s finest at the Maryland State Police Department. She dedicated her public service to fleet management for the entire State of Maryland. This included title & registration, vehicle maintenance & reporting, operational efficiency, and budget management.
Vernita’s payroll background has given her a common-sense approach to financial management, in addition to being well poised to lead the financial functions of a growing small business. As Payroll Supervisor for General Elevator Company, Inc. and Payroll Clerk for Cherry Hill Construction, she compiled and processed payroll information for over 900 employees, including auditing information; identifying and resolving discrepancies; compliance; determining payroll liabilities, and overseeing federal and state income and social security tax information, 401k transfer, wage assignments and garnishments.
After only two days of retirement from the State of Maryland, Vernita accepted the call to join Mayson-Dixon Companies. She currently resides in Baltimore County, Maryland and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Special Projects, Property Manager
Dan Newcomer joins the MD Strategic team after semi-retiring from his 42-year career in the automotive industry, where he worked for new car dealerships in Maryland and Pennsylvania in their fixed operations departments. Dan has had many roles and titles over the years such as Parts Manager, Parts Director, Service Manager, Service Director, Parts and Service Director, Regional Manager of Fixed Operations, and National Advisor for the 10-person National Advisory Board for Kia Motors of America and brings a great wealth of experience to his new role as Director of Special Projects.
Dan studied and played football at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. He enjoys many indoor and outdoor sports and has a passion for playing golf and spending as much time as he can with his wife, Nancy, their children, and RJ, their grandson.
With over a quarter of a century in the media and public communications industry, Cassandra Vaughn continues to push the envelope and dominates her role as a highly respected strategic media and public affairs executive.
Dubbed the “Media Maven” by Essence Magazine (2019) Cassandra has produced both television and radio and is known in the community as both a master strategist and industry producer. Throughout her career she has focused on diversity and equality in the media and corporate world.
She has worked with companies such as NBC, TV One, Radio One, and BET where she left a major footprint in the industry. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with various nonprofits, corporations, and media groups including her work as Assistant Public Affairs Manager for WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
Cassandra is the daughter of the late prominent Baltimore City pastor, the late Dr. Alfred C. D. Vaughn, and godchild of civil rights leader Dr. Ralph Abernathy Sr. a close friend and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. “It is great to be a celebrity, but it is a gift to be a servant,” a motto that was instilled by her parents that she has used as a standard of living.
A Baltimore City native, proud graduate of HBCU Coppin State University and the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Milestone Circle program, she is deeply invested in ensuring local communities and the businesses they support thrive. She has also served as a mentor for the National Association of Minorities in Communication.
Her entrepreneurial spirit and connections to communities locally and nationally will advance Mayson-Dixon’s mission to improve communities in partnership with their clients, stakeholder partners and impact investors.