Pastor Michael McBride to join Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony in a discussion on strategies to improve life outcomes for Black Men and Boys at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston on February 17, 2013.
We have all heard discouraging statistics about the realities facing Black men in America, but we rarely take the time to talk about what is working and how we can get involved. This is an opportunity to talk with experts in the field and connect with a select group of highly influential leaders interested in finding ways to meaningfully engage in tangible strategies that work.
Los Angeles Clippers
On the court, he’s a force to be reckoned with, a fierce competitor, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, and one of the most talented, respected NBA basketball players of all time. Off the court, he’s a father, a husband, a compassionate philanthropist, and one of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. Chris Paul, is undoubtedly in the prime of his life, building a robust brand and making a huge difference in his community, all while creating a powerful legacy.
Chris was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets with the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA draft, which led to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and the first of his five All Star selections. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is also a two-time NBA First Team selection, a two-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a two-time NBA assist champion, and a four-time NBA steals champ. He played with the Hornets for six seasons and took the team to their first Southwest Division title in franchise history in 2008 before signing with the Clippers in 2011. Last summer, four years after winning the gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Chris played an integral role in the United States taking home the gold again at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Chris established the CP3 Foundation to enrich the communities it serves both Nationally and Globally by providing resources that enhance the lives of kids and families in the areas of education, sports, health and social responsibility. In 2006, in loving memory of his grandfather, Chris formed the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund to provide annual scholarships to two Forsyth County students to attend Wake Forest University. As of 2013, the scholarship fund is 100% endowed and will provide educational opportunities for youth for years to come. Chris is also proud of his efforts to help rebuild the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, by refurbishing courts, building homes and creating the CP3 Afterschool Zone in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, an after school program that provides children with safe place to enjoy enrichment activities in the arts, music, sports, and education.
There are many words to describe Chris Paul: dedicated family man, effective leader, admirable humanitarian and respected basketball player to name a few.
New York Knicks
Since arriving in the NBA, Melo has not only been one of the top scorers in the league, he has also diversified himself as a player, a family man, a businessman and a philanthropist. He is a member of the exclusive and coveted Team Jordan Brand, annually releasing a top-selling signature sneaker. Melo has also cultivated brand partnerships with Finish Line, Topps and EA Sports. Most importantly, Melo has excelled off the court through his philanthropic efforts. He established The Carmelo Anthony Foundation (CAF) in 2005 as the vehicle for which he and his family would give back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations. In 2006, The Giving Back Fund, the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities, ranked Carmelo in their top ten of the “Giving Back 30” report surrounding celebrity philanthropists in America. He was the only basketball player on this list, and was joined in the top tier by celebrities such as Oprah
Winfrey and Tiger Woods.
Drafted 3rd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony has surely made a name for himself in the league. As he showed the world during his championship season at Syracuse University, Melocontinues to prove to his fans, teammates and coaches that he is a hard worker, a leader and a competitor. TheOlympics proved to be the perfect display of his passion, maturity and excellence for the sport – and winning the Gold Medal in both the 2008 and 2012 games has been the
ultimate token of redemption, success and global recognition for the NBA All-Star and three-time Olympian.
In July 2008, Anthony was honored as Basketball Player of the Year at the 1st Annual Univision Premios Deportes, an awards show celebrating the best of Hispanic athletes. Melo proudly accepted the award in appreciation of his Puerto Rican father, Carmelo Sr., who passed away when Melo was just two years old.
Melo has a heart for the community, and is always looking for a new creative way to give back. He partnered with his college coach, Coach Boeheim, to start the Courts 4 Kids program. Together they look for courts in underserved areas and refurbish them. The first court was completed in the summer of 2009 in Syracuse, and since then several more have been refurbished, including three in Puerto Rico.
Anthony currently resides in New York City, with his wife LaLa Vazquez Anthony, and their son, Kiyan. Not having the opportunity to know his father, Melo spends as much time as possible with Kiyan and Lala. He wants his son to grow up knowing how much he is loved. Whether it’s the three of them going to the park, or father and son going to the barbershop, investing in his family’s future is of the utmost importance.
Susan Taylor Batten joined ABFE as President and CEO in January 2009.
Prior to joining ABFE Ms. Batten was Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Ms. Batten has more than twenty years of experience in directing, evaluating and advising both public and foundation-related efforts to improve outcomes for children, youth and families. At Casey, Ms. Batten served as staff in the Community Change Initiatives Unit which provides communities and other partners with information, resources and supports to help transform neighborhoods into family supportive environments. She also coordinated a portfolio on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In that role, she worked across the Foundation to strengthen its focus on addressing racial disparities in its grantmaking. Her duties also included assisting Casey in its efforts to build and employ equitable and inclusive management and administrative practices (workforce diversity, grantee diversity, vendor practices, etc.).
Prior to Casey, Ms. Batten served as Vice President at The Center for Assessment and Policy Development where she directed projects for national foundations in the areas of leadership development and supports for young parents and their children. While working with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, she oversaw national evaluations of federal child nutrition programs and helped to increase access to food programs for the homeless population. Prior to USDA, Ms. Batten worked for several years for the Government of the District of Columbia on comprehensive children’s initiatives and, in particular, efforts to coordinate early childhood programs and policies across the city.
Ms. Batten is also a member of the inaugural Class (2005-2006) of ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellows, a program designed to foster the career development of emerging leaders in the field of philanthropy. She is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Diversity in Philanthropy Project, and Co-Chair’s the Steering Committee for The Partnership for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Ms. Batten is a proud graduate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Fisk University, and her Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
REVEREND JEFFREY L. BROWN
Managing Partner, RECAP
Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown is a nationally recognized leader and expert in gang, youth and urban violence reduction and coalition building. He has been featured in numerous media including, The Boston Globe, and interviewed on Nation Public Radio and Newsweek. He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of RECAP (Rebuilding Every City Around Peace), a new national organization organized to assist cities to build better partnerships between the faith-based community, government and law enforcement agencies to reduce gang violence. He is also one of the cofounders of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that was an integral part of the “Boston Miracle”, a process where the city experienced a 79% decline in violent crime in the 90s, and spawned countless urban collaborative efforts in subsequent years that followed the Boston Ceasefire model.
Rev. Brown consults to municipalities and police departments nationwide on issues around youth violence and community mobilization, and provides expertise to Fortune 25 corporations and the World Bank for the past 12 years on Collaborative Leadership and Managing Change. He is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on his efforts, and is an integral part of three others from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Rev. Brown is the recipient of numerous local and national awards and citations.
His current project is to convene a second national conference of faith leaders and law enforcement, and facilitate a national conversation on the importance of faith institutions in public safety prescriptions. His recent book project in development, tentatively called Fearless Faith, draws on life lessons from experiences working with gangs, clergy and law enforcement across the country. Rev. Brown Pastored the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA for 22 years, has spoken and lectured widely, and is known for his fiery and inspiring messages.
A resident of the Dorchester area of Boston, MA, Rev. Brown is married and has three grown children.
Evelyn joined Admiral Center after two years with Living Cities as a program associate focused on education reform, income and asset building, urban revitalization and policy research. Prior to joining Living Cities, Evelyn served as Project Director in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Cleveland, Project Director for the Commission on Cuyahoga County Government Reform, Coordinator in the Division of Workforce and Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College, and as a Cleveland Executive Fellow where she worked with the Lebron James Family Foundation.
Evelyn advised and consulted on a variety of celebrity philanthropy, economic development, education reform and community engagement projects and currently serves as Director of Strategies for YPNation and Leadership and Development chair for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.
Evelyn holds a B.B.A. in business and organizational communications and an M.P.A. from the University of Akron and serves on the board of directors of The Adirondack Council.
Sherrie Deans is the Executive Director of the Admiral Center. Before joining the Admiral Center, she served as the Vice President of Development and Marketing at the national “I Have A Dream” Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors students in low-income communities and provides them with academic and tuition support to attend and complete college. Prior to that, she spent over a decade in the financial services sector. At AIG Consumer Finance she was responsible for maximizing consumer sales and developing new distribution channels in ten countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. She has also held various senior management positions in the areas of Marketing, Strategies, and Operations at American Express and MBNA America, where her responsibilities ranged from launching and managing a call center staffed with hundreds of employees to developing marketing strategies for cobranded consumer products.
She holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University. Currently, she lives in the Bronx with her husband and son.
Campaign Manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundation
Shawn Dove joined the Open Society Foundation US Programs staff in May 2008 to launch and lead the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, a cross-fund strategy designed to build on OSI’s existing grantmaking strategies to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys Before joining OSI, he served as Director of Youth Ministries for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Central, NJ and as the founding publisher of Proud Poppa, a newsmagazine for African American fathers. Dove served as the New York Vice President for MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership between 2003 and 2006. During his tenure he doubled the organization’s membership of mentoring programs and created The Male Mentoring Project, public awareness and recruitment strategy to recruit more African American and Latino male mentors.
Before joining MENTOR, Dove served as Creative Communities Director for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts where he organized and managed the start-up of a youth development, arts education and community building strategy that partnered community schools of the arts and public housing communities in 20 U.S. cities. Creative Communities represented the first ever partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dove was also a pioneering leader of the nation’s Beacon School movement, serving as Program Director of one of New York City’s first Beacon Schools during his tenure with the Harlem Children’s Zone. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of Harlem Overheard, an award-winning youth-produced newspaper, and spearheaded the recruitment and training of a team of adolescents who launched the HCZ Fitness & Nutrition Center.
Dove holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and a 1994 recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Program Director, Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation
Shawn Escoffery is the Director of the Strong Local Economies Program at the Surdna Foundation. The Strong Local Economies Program provides support for communities that seek to increase access to opportunity for all residents to build their wealth in a sustainable manner by funding programs that create economic opportunities and connect people to economic opportunities. Previously Shawn served as the deputy director of the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NONDC), a community organizing, community planning and development organization, focused on revitalizing the Central City neighborhood. Shawn has a strong background in community and economic development policy and workforce development. As an experienced urban planner with over 14 years in the field, Shawn has been responsible for designing workforce development programs serving lower income communities, developing financing strategies for affordable housing projects and lead community planning processes aimed at neighborhood revitalization.
Throughout his career, he has managed projects and people effectively to produce positive outcomes for communities. Shawn has extensive experience in workforce and economic development from his previous senior management responsibilities with the City of Baltimore’s Empowerment Zone and at New Community Corporation, one of the largest nonprofit community development corporations in the country. Shawn also served as the Project Executive for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Neighborhood Networks Initiative contract and has worked internationally in China, Ecuador and Japan. Shawn holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in Housing, Community, and Economic Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from Rutgers University and a certificate in Communications and International Relations from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Shawn holds certificates in Urban Redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREX) and Effective Leadership from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
President & CEO, Living Cities
Mr. Hecht was appointed President & CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.
Prior to joining Living Cities, Mr. Hecht co-founded One Economy Corporation; a non-profit organization focused on connecting low-income people to the economic mainstream through innovative, online content and increased broadband access. As President, from 2000-2007, Mr. Hecht led the growth of the organization from 4 employees to a $12 million organization with 50+ staff, online media properties serving more than 150,000 low-income people a month, and programs in 40 states, the Middle East and Africa.
Immediately before One Economy, Mr. Hecht was Senior Vice President at the Enterprise Foundation. There, he led the organization’s efforts beyond housing – into childcare, workforce development and economic development and oversaw the expansion of the organization’s revolving loan fund from $30 million to $200 million.
Mr. Hecht received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland. For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center and built the premier housing and community development clinical program in the country. In 1997, he was awarded Georgetown’s Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.
Mr. Hecht has written three books, ManagingNonprofits.org (2001) with Rey Ramsey, Developing Affordable Housing: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Edition, 2006) and Managing Affordable Housing: A Practical Guide for Building Stable Communities (1996) with James Stockard, all published by John Wiley & Sons.
Over the years, Mr. Hecht has served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations, most recently, as Finance Committee chair and Treasurer for the Georgetown Day School (GDS) board of trustees. He currently sits on the GDS Audit Committee.
Marcus Littles is an experienced social entrepreneur with expertise in racial justice, philanthropic engagement, social innovation and grassroots community change. He is the Founder and Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, a social change organization that invests in the pipeline of social change leaders; provides consulting services to institutions in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors; and engages in field-building in three areas of expertise: Education, Social Innovation, and Males of Color. Under his leadership, Frontline has provided support services to numerous social change organizations, including philanthropic foundations, affinity groups and support organizations, as well as nonprofits advocacy groups and social enterprises.
Previously, Littles worked as a consultant for TCC Group, served as a Program Associate in the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit and has held positions as a policy analyst at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, an educator at a middle school in South Africa and a program director at several youth development organizations. Marcus has authored and contributed to numerous publications on systems-based strategies to improve the life outcomes of Males of Color. Littles holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and a BA in Public Relations and Marketing from Auburn University.
Founder, President and CEO, Center For Urban Families
Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program. His ability to engage and provide hands-on services to fathers garnered him the reputation of trailblazer in the field. Mr. Jones is now a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement influences policy direction nationwide.
Mr. Jones has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and programming, including the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award and the White House Champion of Change Award. He currently serves on President Obama’s Taskforce on Fatherhood and Healthy Families and several boards including: the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, and the National Fatherhood Leaders Group. He was a community advisor on fatherhood issues to Vice President Al Gore and contributed to First Lady Laura Bush’s Helping America’s Youth initiative. Mr. Jones is a Weinberg Fellow and a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is happily married and has three children.
PASTOR MICHAEL MCBRIDE
National Campaign Director, Lifelines to Healing Campaign
Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco, CA. and has been active in ministry for almost 20 years. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have 2 daughters, Sarai Hope and Nylah Joy. In 2000, Pastor Mike graduated from Bethany College with a double bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies and Theology. In 2005, he graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy. Over the past 15 years, his commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations like Bible Way Christian Center, The Racial Justice Coalition of CA, NAACP, ACLU, the San Jose Interfaith Council and much more.
In June 2005, Pastor McBride launched a new church in West Berkeley, CA named The Way Christian Center. This vibrant and life-giving congregation has since increased to several hundred members who are committed to “Connecting to God, Growing in Faith and Serving the World”. In January 2009, Pastor McBride became the Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, a congregation based organizing federation within the PICO National Network. In January 2012, Pastor McBride became the national campaign director for PICO’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a comprehensive violence prevention, mass incarceration and life transformation campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States. He is deeply committed to empowering urban communities, families and youth, using the principles of a relevant and liberating gospel message that transforms lives.
Managing Director, Campaign for Third Grade Reading
With the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Ralph Smith pursues a mission that has been a personal passion throughout his many-faceted career: improving academic outcomes, and with them the life chances, of children from low-income homes.
Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ralph has served on the senior leadership team of the Foundation since 1994. He led the design, development, and management of the Foundation’s Making Connections initiative, a comprehensive effort to help communities improve outcomes for children by strengthening families and neighborhoods.
A member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for two decades, Ralph is a nationally recognized legal scholar and attorney with expertise in corporate and securities law as well as education law and policy. He also served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and as a senior advisor to former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode on children and family policy. As the founding director of both the National Center on Fathers and Families and the Philadelphia Children’s Network, Ralph helped launch and lead what is now known as the Responsible Fatherhood movement.
Ralph is a nationally recognized leader in U.S. philanthropy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations from 2000 to 2010 and as conference chair (2007), vice-chair (2007–2008), and then Board Chair (2008–2010). He also has served on the boards of the Foundation Center, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Clinton Center on Community Philanthropy, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
Over the past decade, Ralph has emerged as a leading advocate of philanthropy’s need for a “sector agnostic” approach to build a “common sense consensus” around “high tech and high touch” solutions to “the challenges of our time”: ending intergenerational poverty; protecting the environment; responding to disasters, natural and man-made; promoting public health. This impulse toward cross-sector collaboration is a distinguishing feature of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
In 2010, Ralph received the Jane Addams Distinguished Leadership Award from the United Neighborhood Centers of America in recognition of his lifelong work to improve quality of life for low-income individuals and families through more effective social policy and practice.
DR. HOWARD C. STEVENSON
Professor of Education and Africana Studies, Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Stevenson has served for 25 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in poor rural and urban neighborhoods in Pasadena, Ca, rural Delaware, and New York City with families in crisis.
His research and clinical work involves developing culturally relevant in-the-moment therapeutic play interventions for families and youth to improve their emotional and academic achievement psychological adjustment and racial literacy in stressful school and neighborhood situations. This work has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Health and Human Development. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Project uses basketball and racial socialization to help Black youth and parents cope with face-to-face violence, social rejection, and stress from peers, family, schools and society. With Penn professors Lorretta and John Jemmott, Dr. Stevenson co-leads the SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project which trains Black barbers as health educators to provide risk reduction and negotiation skills to prevent retaliation violence and HIV/STDs for Black heterosexual 18-24 yr old males during haircut appointments.
He has written numerous articles and three books including Playing with Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys through Athletics and Culture. Another is entitled, Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over and Gettin’ With: An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline. A third is co-edited and entitled Black educational choice in a climate of school reform: Assessing the private and public alternatives to traditional K-12 public schools. The fourth book, If Elephants Could Talk: Healing Racial Stress in Schools is due out later this year.
DR. IVORY A. TOLDSON
Associate Professor at Howard University, Senior Research Analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Negro Education
Dr. Toldson has more than 60 publications and research presentations in 32 US states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris, and Barcelona. He has been featured on C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, The Al Sharpton Show on XM Satellite Radio, and WKYS 93.9, and his research has been featured on The Root, Essence.com, BET.com, The Grio, and Ebony Magazine. He gave expert commentary in three documentaries on Black male achievement: Beyond the Bricks, Hoodwinked, and the Promise Tracker. Known as a “myth buster,” Dr. Toldson has publish reports challenging the merits of popular research reports and news sources that present negative statistics about Black people, which have been widely discussed in academic and popular media. He is a contributing educational editor for The Root and Empower Magazine.
After completing coursework for a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University, Dr. Toldson became a correctional and forensic psychology resident at the United States Penitentiary. There, he completed his dissertation on Black Men in the Criminal Justice System. Upon completion, Dr. Toldson joined the faculty of Southern University and became the fourth recipient of the prestigious DuBois Fellowship from the US Department of Justice. He also served as the clinical director of the Manhood Training Village. He has received formal training in applied statistics from the University of Michigan, and held visiting research and teacher appointments at Emory, Drexel, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Director of Business Development, LRMR Management Company
Brooklyn native, Latesha Williams is an accomplished sports & entertainment executive with global icon and international superstar LeBron James’ marketing company, LRMR Management LLC. As the head of digital business development, Ms. Williams works with leading technology & sports companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Fenway Sports Group, and the NBA to ensure the profitability and viability of the LeBron James brand throughout the world.
Ms. Williams is well networked and respected through her years of experience honed at MTV, Nickelodeon, and Rocawear. Known for her hard work ethic and fierce loyalty, she is highly committed to serving her community and raising awareness about the importance of education among inner city youth. Ms. Williams works regularly with the Admiral Center, a Living Cities initiative that helps athletes and celebrities use their resources to develop sustainable solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems.
She has been featured on MTV’s Get Schooled television program, a collaborative effort with Viacom and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to highlight the impact of higher education; and recognized by The Ohio Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach as a distinguished female leader.
Ms. Williams is a 2006 graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York.