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Asila Calhoun
Calhoun Coaching & Consulting

Asila Calhoun is the owner of Calhoun Coaching and Consulting, established in Washington, D.C. in 2016. In 2020, Asila left her 25+ year Human Resources career to focus on Calhoun Coaching & Consulting full-time. Asila’s business and executive coaching practice focuses on partnering with new and emerging leaders and executives who are ready for change. Asila facilitates this change during one-on-one and group coaching sessions with her clients and through her consulting services of delivering leadership training, team facilitation, and diversity, equity and inclusion consulting and training.

Asila has clients from several industries, including biotechnology/clinical research, healthcare, property management, and law, as well as leaders of non-profit organizations and business owners. She worked in Human Resources leadership positions in Washington, D.C, North Carolina, and California in the engineering, clinical research, healthcare software development, and research industries.

Asila earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and she holds PHR and SHRM-CP Human Resources certifications. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and a Certified Inclusion Coach (CIC).

Asila previously served on the board of the Triangle Society for HR Management, the NC State SHRM Council, and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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