M. SCOTT LILLY

PRESIDENT OF OFC & VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS

Scott Lilly is the President of the Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC) and Vice President of Programs for Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Scott joined TMCF in 2010 and is responsible for the overall direction of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. He also oversees TMCF’s scholarship, career readiness, research, student, and faculty programs. Additionally, Scott is responsible for the overall execution and project management of the Apple and TMCF HBCU Diversity Initiative.

Prior to joining TMCF, Scott was the Director of Business Planning and Operations for RushmoreDrive.com, InterActiveCorp’s (IAC) programming business unit, and served as Associate Director, Talent Management, and Development for IAC, the parent company to RushmoreDrive.com. Before joining IAC, he spent five years as a leasing broker on the Bank of America account with Lincoln Harris, a full-service commercial real estate firm, in Charlotte, NC.

Scott received a full athletic scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Urban Land Development. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing yoga (hot, Bikram, vinyasa, yin), reading magazines, and traveling. When Scott grows up he plans to have a basketball and leadership academy for young boys.

Larry Waters

Director of OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program (OFC)

Joining Lilly on this new mission, TMCF has garnered the talent of recently-­retired MillerCoors executive, Larry Waters. Waters comes to TMCF after driving the growth and evolution of the award-­winning MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) Business Plan competition, a valuable resource for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, create jobs and have a powerful impact in their communities. Since its inception, the MUES business plan competition has granted more than $1.9 million to small businesses throughout the country.

Before retirement, Larry was the Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships for MillerCoors. He led a team focused on community partnerships at the local, regional, and national levels. In this role, Waters was responsible for building relationships and developing various strategies and initiatives that showcased and aligned with the business objectives of MillerCoors.

Tarlton Wade

Program Manager, OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program

Tarlton Wade is the newest addition to the OFC team. He brings five years of experience as a Program Coordinator with TMCF as well as first-hand knowledge and training as a small business owner, and a passion for entrepreneurship and startups to this new role.  As a program coordinator, Tarlton gained valuable program management and business insight supporting TMCF’s Revenue, Scholarships, and Programs teams. Tarlton also cultivated partner relationships for TMCF’s annual Leadership Institute and managed the Walmart Foundation First-Generation Mentor Program. Event management and planning are also among Tarlton’s skill sets.

A former TMCF Scholar with Lowes, USA Funds, and Coca-Cola, Tarlton is also a TMCF Leadership Institute alumnus and former TMCF intern. Tarlton received his B.B.A. in Management from Texas Southern University and is currently a MBA candidate for the School of Business at the University of Houston.