Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) elected new officers
and appointed new members to its board of directors and Corporate Advisory
Council (CAC) during its 2017 annual meeting. The new members bring a
cross-section of talent in fields spanning academia, Fortune 500 firms,
technology, capital management and private equity. Each individual has been
successful in disrupting the status quo and being a positive agent of change.
New board members include: a woman principal and president of a commercial real
estate investment firm, a millennial aerospace engineer and CEO of a
groundbreaking technology company, and an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker.
leadership welcomed the new board and CAC members, noting that they represent
the commitment to leadership and public service that drives the Foundation’s
mission. In addition, their areas of expertise align closely with the
organization’s policy initiative to advance minority business development and
forward to learning from the experiences and leveraging the expertise our new
board members bring to the CBCF,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chair
of the CBCF board of directors.
is privileged to have these individuals as talented additions to our esteemed
Board and CAC and appreciate their willingness to serve,” said A. Shuanise
Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “While each CBCF board member brings
diverse perspectives and accomplishments, we are united in our passion for
officers of the CBCF Board of Directors include: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson
Lee, chair; A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO; Cathy Hughes, vice
chair; Earle Jones, secretary; Kevin Brown, treasurer; and Chaka Burgess; CAC
members beginning their three-year terms on May 9, 2017, are as follows:
Bowe Aisha Bowe is an aerospace engineer and the co-founder and CEO of
STEMBoard, LLC in San Francisco, California. She leads development, expansion
and management of STEMBoard’s multimillion defense-contracts and private sector
clients. She is also the first Millennial to join the CBCF board of directors.
Brown is the vice president and chief procurement officer for Dell, Inc. in
Texas. In this role, he oversees the company’s strategic procurement and supply
chain-related initiatives to propel, foster, and solidify Dell’s reputation as
a leading global systems and services company.
Louis Gates, Jr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University
Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American
Research at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He is also an Emmy
Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and
institution builder, who has authored and co-authored twenty-one books and
created fifteen documentary films.
Jones is both principal and president of Basis Investment Group, a
multi-strategy commercial real estate investment platform she founded with JEMB
Realty Corporation that acquires and originates a variety of senior and
subordinated loans, preferred equity and joint venture equity positions on
behalf of its investors. Under her leadership, Basis has succeeded in closing
nearly $2.5 billion in commercial real estate debt and structured equity
related investments across the United States.
Advisory Council members beginning their three-year terms on May 10, 2017, are
Hardy is the strategic outreach and external partnerships director for Google
in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Public Policy team, focusing on
strategic outreach and external partnerships.
Long is assistant vice president of federal relations for AT&T in
Washington, DC. In this capacity, she is responsible for representing
AT&T’s legislative interests before the United States Congress.
Smalls is vice president of global public affairs for UPS in Washington, DC. He
coordinates all international issues on Capitol Hill for UPS. He also
coordinates UPS’ global aviation portfolio in DC.
Stephens is director of government affairs for Accenture in Washington, DC. In
this role, he serves as the firm’s primary liaison with members of Congress,
service and technology industry associations, regulators and other policy
Wallace is government relations manager for Intellectual Ventures in Washington
DC. He manages federal government affairs and political relationships for
intellectual Ventures, LLC, a venture capital and private equity firm based in
Wilson is director of federal and administration affairs for General Motors in
Washington, DC. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and
executing the legislative and political engagement strategy for GM and the
company’s captive finance arm, GM Financial.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in
1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational
institute, committed to advancing the global black community by developing
leaders, informing policy and educating the public.