Van Jones

Van Jones is widely known as a U.S. media personality, an entrepreneur and a world-class change maker. Outside of his roles as a CNN contributor and host of Amazon Music Podcast, Uncommon Ground, Jones has a rare track record in the modern era of bringing people together to do hard things — in areas as … Continued

Jon Henes

Jon Henes is the co-founder and CEO of C Street, a strategic advisory firm helping CEOs and C-suites maximize value through the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Henes is also the co-founder of the Foundation for Education in Honduras (FEIH) and the Chair of the Board of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation. He serves … Continued

Natalie Tran

Natalie Tran is the executive director of the Creative Arts Agency (CAA) Foundation, harnessing the resources of one of the nation’s leading entertainment and sports agencies to create positive social change. Tran also co-led the formation of the Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan business coalition of leading companies working together to build a future where everyone … Continued

Brian Mathis

Brian Mathis is a founding partner of Pine Street Alternative Asset Management and co-founder and Senior Advisor of C Street. He brings significant financial sector expertise to the BEA Advisory Board, including hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital experience, globally. Mathis serves on the Board of Directors of Ares/Black Creek Diversified Property Fund, NewHold … Continued

John W. Rogers, Jr.

John W. Rogers, Jr. is the founder, chairman, co-chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments, the first Black-owned asset management firm in the U.S. He also serves on the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Lisa Opoku

Lisa Opoku is a partner and the global chief operating officer of Engineering at Goldman Sachs in New York. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Opoku was a tax and corporate attorney. She practiced in Silicon Valley on venture capital financings and in New York on distressed debt transactions.

Steve Schmidt

Steve is currently a principal at SES Strategies where he acts as a senior counselor to C-suite-level decision makers of multinational corporations, professional sports franchises, high-profile non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. A seasoned political strategist, Steve has advised leaders including President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator John McCain. National media outlets have … Continued

Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons is currently leading the Cultural Leadership Fund at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to that, Chris was the Chief of Staff of Andreessen Horowitz. Chris has had a significant amount of experience in the venture capital world as well as entrepreneurial experiences spanning from advising New Story Charity, Founding and serving as the CEO at … Continued

Morgan DeBaun

Morgan DeBaun is Founder and CEO of Blavity, the largest digital media company and lifestyle brand for Black millennial. She is one of only twelve African-American women to raise one million dollars in venture funding. Morgan has received recognition from Essence, Forbes, and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Americans by The … Continued

Spencer Overton

Spencer Overton is President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is also a tenured Professor of Law at George Washington University, Senior Fellow at Demos, and a National Chair of Public Policy for Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule) – the nation’s oldest African-American fraternity. He previously served President Obama as Principal … Continued

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