Vinoda Basnayake

Founder and President


Vinoda Basnayake is one of Washington, DC’s top business entrepreneurs, specializing in the nightlife, hospitality, and lifestyle industries.  In addition to his unparalleled business portfolio, the Ivy League-educated lawyer also chairs the DC Government Relations Practice at Nelson Mullins LLP, one of the city's most powerful lobbying shops.  Equipped with a powerhouse combination of business and legal experience, Basnayake has become a sought-after consultant for lifestyle brands across the country.

Born and raised in the DC area, Basnayake is an honors graduate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania while completing a Certificate in Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business.  Recognized as one of the most influential Washingtonians under 40 by Washington Life Magazine for several years in a row and named one of Washington’s “Power 30 Under 30” in 2010, the DC tastemaker often receives media recognition for his entrepreneurial ventures and high-profile clients. 

Basnayake remains very active in Washington DC politics as well.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for DC Vote.  In 2010, Basnayake was appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty to serve as the Commissioner of the Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission for DC, and in 2014, served on Mayor Muriel Bowser's Transition Team.