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  • The 45 Faces of
  • Professor Jody Armour Lower Merion A Better Chance ‘78
    • Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California
    • Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture
    • Regular legal analyst on KABC News
    • Widely published scholar and author and the recipient of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award
    • AB, Harvard University, Sociology and Philosophy; JD with honors, Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley
  • Bernard Beal Wooster School ‘72
    • Founder and CEO of M.R. Beal & Company, a nationally recognized minority-owned investment banking firm
    • Firm ranked as one of the top 20 underwriters of municipal securities nationwide
    • Consistently included on the Black Enterprise 100 List and was named BE’s Finance Company of the Year in June of 2001
    • Vice Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
    • Chairman of the New York District of the Securities Industry Association
    • Former Chair, A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • BA, Carlton College; MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
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  • Nadja Bellan-White Kimball Union Academy ‘85
    • Vice President of Marketing at Publicis Modem and Dialog where she is developing Cause Related Marketing and Integrated Campaigns for Fortune 500 clients
    • Serves on the Board of Directors for Upliftment Jamaica and Kimball Union Academy
    • BA, University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs; MBA, NYU Stern School of Business
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  • Rudy Bethea St. George's School ‘87
    • Vice President of Multinational Solutions for Institutional Business at MetLife, Inc.
    • Named Top 50 under 50 African-American MBA corporate executives by Black MBA Magazine
    • Former West Coast Regional Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council for A Better Chance
    • BA, Bowdoin College; MBA, University of Southern California
  • Ray Blackwell, MD Glastonbury A Better Chance ‘76
    • First African American cardiothoracic surgeon in Delaware
    • A patented inventor of an operating room lighting system
    • First African American graduate of the Emory Cardiothoracic Training Program
    • Serves as a mentor to pre-med students of color and a motivational speaker for inner city youth
    • Has held multiple American and World Records for age group competition in track and has won multiple National Championships and one World Championship
    • BA, Dartmouth College; MD, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Torrence Boone Phillips Academy ‘87
    • President of Digitas Boston, a leading global digital and direct marketing agency
    • Recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 business executive in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal
    • Serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Business Chamber and the Joyce Theater in New York
    • Former Vice President/General Manager for Avenue A
    • Former Senior Manager at Bain & Company
    • BA, Stanford University; MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Francisco L. Borges Milbrook School ‘70
    • Chairman, CEO, and Managing Partner of Landmark Partners Inc., a full-service alternative investment firm specializing in private equity and real estate secondary market acquisitions
    • NAACP National Board Officer (Treasurer)
    • Former Treasurer of the State of Connecticut (6 years)
    • Former Deputy Mayor of Hartford, CT
    • BA from Trinity College; JD, University of Connecticut
  • Paulina Cardenas, MD Brooks School ‘92
    • Private anesthesiology practice with her husband in Tucson, AZ
    • Member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology
    • Awarded “Outstanding Performance during Airway Management Rotation for Residents” during her residency at Baylor College of Medicine
    • BA, Harvard-Radcliffe; MD, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Judy Chambers Dana Hall School ‘88
    • Managing Director at Pension Consulting Alliance
    • Former VP in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers in the Leveraged Finance Group
    • President of the Tri-State Kellogg Black Alumni Association
    • Member of the Duke University Metropolitan Alumni Association of New York, and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
    • Chairperson of the Young Professionals Advisory Group (YPAG) of A Better Chance
    • BA, Duke University; MBA, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • Tracy Chapman Wooster School ‘82
    • Critically acclaimed musician, singer-songwriter, and recording artist whose career spans nearly 20 years
    • Released 8 albums, selling more than 25 million copies, and has toured nationally and internationally
    • Won a number of awards, including 4 Grammys
    • Has collaborated with musicians like B.B. King, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton
    • Lent her voice to a number of social and humanitarian causes through the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour, the Tibetan Freedom concerts, performances for the Special Olympics and Farm Aid
    • BA in Anthropology, Tufts University
  • Jill T. Chen Phillips Academy ‘79
    • Senior Program Advisor with Grameen Foundation
    • Former Director/Group Vice President in ABN Amro’s Cross Border Structured Finance and Project Finance in Chicago and Hong Kong
    • Former Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation’s Asia Department in Washington DC and Beijing
    • Serves on the Alumni Advisory Council of A Better Chance
    • BA in Political Science and Comparative Area Studies, Duke University; MBA, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
    • Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Analysis, and Communication at Showtime Networks Inc.
    • Director at Large on the Board of the New York Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT),
    • Member of National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).
    • Board of Directors of Global Action Project
    • BA, Brown University; MBA, Harvard Business School
    Sara C. Clarke Middlesex School ‘85
  • Trinh Du Choate Rosemary Hall ‘84
    • Co-President of the financial market group of Taipei Fubon Bank (Hong Kong)
    • Former employee of Nabisco Brands, Chemical Bank, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank
    • BA in Engineering, Cornell University; MBA, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Randall C. Dunn Milton Academy ‘83
    • First African-American to become Head of the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hill, MI
    • Former Head of the Middle School at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD
    • Served on several boards including: Association of Independent Schools of New England, The YES Foundation, The National Advisory Board for the Principal Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education
    • BA, Brown University; MA in Education, Harvard University
  • Stanley Foster Northfield Mount Hermon ‘71
    • Managing Partner, Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, P.C.
    • Has practiced law for over 29 years in the areas of general corporate and business law
    • For the past 12 years, has practiced in the areas of public finance law as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel or issuer’s counsel
    • Honored on three different occasions as a “Super Lawyer”
    • BA, Brown University; JD, University of Pennsylvania School of Law as Arthur L. Littlejohn Legal Writing Fellow
  • Dr. Beth Geter Princeton Day School ‘82
    • Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C
    • Former Project Scientist and North American Regulatory Affairs Professional
    • Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Academic Scholar Award from American University and an Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • BA, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D. in Psychology, American University
  • Jenny Y. Harrison The Lovett School ‘92
    • Supply Management Director for Coffee and Tea in The Coca-Cola Company’s North America Division
    • Chairperson of Coca-Cola’s Asian Pacific Forum for the past 3 years
    • Co-chaired 2007 national convention of the National Association of Asian American Professionals
    • BS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University; MBA Emory University
  • Dr. Gill Hickman Windsor Mountain School ‘64
    • Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond
    • Vice President of the International Leadership Association and Seven Hills School
    • Invited speaker at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) and the Leadership in Central Europe Conference at Palacky University
    • Widely published author and scholar
    • MPA, UC Los Angeles; PhD in Public Administration, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Bonnie Jenkins The Spence School ‘78
    • Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security policy at the Ford Foundation
    • Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserves
    • Served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (“9-11 Commission”), as counsel
    • Former legal advisor to U.S. Ambassador while at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
    • Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia; an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center; an MPA from SUNY Albany; a J.D. from Albany Law School; and a BA from Amherst College
  • Brian K. Johnson Claremont A Better Chance ‘74
    • President of Montgomery College
    • Serves on the Technology Council of Maryland/MdBio Board, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Universities at Shady Grove Board of Advisors
    • Former CEO of the Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
    • Former senior VP for Student and Community Services at CCAC
    • BA, Ottawa University; MA and Ed.D, Northern Arizona University
  • Christopher J. Leggett, MD Phillips Academy ‘78
    • Director of Cardiology at Medical Associates of North Georgia
    • Practices at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
    • Recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as on of America’s Leading Physicians
    • Listed as one of America’s Top Cardiologists in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta
    • Youngest and first African American to receive the 2007 Heart Ball Honoree by the American Heart Association
    • Appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on National Practicing Physician Advisory Council
    • AB, Princeton University; MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
  • William M. Lewis, Jr. Phillips Academy ‘74
    • Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard Ltd
    • First African-American Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
    • Former Co-Head of the Global Banking Department at Morgan Stanley
    • Co-Chairman of NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    • Serves on numerous boards including: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, NCAA Leadership Advisory Board and the Cancer Research Institute
    • Former Chair, A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • AB, Harvard University; MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Charlise Lyles Hawken School ‘77
    • Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Magazine
    • Member of the PolicyBridge Advisory Board and board of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio
    • 1999 recipient of two first and second place awards for Best Religion Coverage from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for work at the Dayton Daily News .
    • 1 of 6 recipients of the coveted national Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to do year-long reporting on a national high school program
    • Published author of her memoir, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe: From Projects to Prep School
    • BA, Smith College; MFA in Creative Writing, Old Dominion University
  • Timothy McChristian Phillips Academy ‘73
    • VP of Sales for the Global Business Partner Organization, IBM
    • Also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a member of the Executive Leadership Council
    • Vice-Chairman of A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • BS from Yale University in Organizational Behavior and MBA from USC Marshall School of Business
  • Charles R. McElrath Simsbury A Better Chance ‘79
    • President & CEO, Southern Dallas Development Corporation
    • Former banker spanning over 20 years with major financial institutions, including Bank of America, Comerica Bank and Merrill Lynch
    • First in his family to attend college
    • BA in Economics, Carleton College; MBA, Baldwin Wallace College
  • Doris McMillon Cushing Academy ‘69
    • President and CEO of McMillon Communications, Inc.
    • Honored with the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Award for Maryland Businesses
    • Director of Communications for the esteemed Women Business Owners (WBO)
    • First woman to serve on the Board of Trustees at Carver Bible College in Atlanta
    • Co-anchored in prime-time news hour slots including tenure at Metromedia/Fox New York flagship station, WNTW-TV
    • Author of the best-selling book Mixed Blessing
    • BA in Mass Communications, Radio, TV and Film, Wayne State University; Certificate of Completion, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
  • Pastor Robert Miranda Phillips Academy ‘74
    • Founded Congregación León de Judá in Boston’s South End, which he has pastored since 1984
    • Creator of Covenant for New England, a multi-denominational organization that brings together various religious ministries
    • President and originator of the Fellowship of Latino Pastors of New England (COPAHNI)
    • AB, Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs; PhD in Spanish Literature, Harvard University
  • Larry Nez Northfield Mount Hermon ‘73
    • Legislative Associate with the Navajo Nation
    • Worked with the Navajo Nation’s department that specializes on the land dispute efforts involving the Navajo and Hopi tribes, and the Paiutes for the past 25 years
    • Recognized for service to his community in 1993 and 2005 by Northfield Mount Hermon School and the Coalmine Canyon Chapter
    • Former member of the Tuba City Unified School District school board (1987-1990)
    • AB, Princeton University
  • Millie Osborne, MD Groton School ‘81
    • Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • More than 20 years experience helping people and their families recover from self-destructive behaviors
    • Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry
    • Published author
    • BA, Brown University; MD Medical College of Virginia
    • Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, GE Industrial
    • Former President and CEO of G.E. Security, Inc.
    • Member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • BA in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; MBA from Harvard Business School
    A. Louis Parker Phillips Academy ‘73
  • Governor Deval Patrick Milton Academy ‘74
    • First African-American Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Former Executive VP and General Counsel at the Coca-Cola Company
    • During the Clinton Administration, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
    • Recipient of 7 honorary degrees
    • First in his family to attend college
    • Former member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • BA and JD from Harvard College and Harvard Law
  • Senator William Perkins Collegiate School ‘68
    • Elected to the New York State Senate in November 2006
    • Former Deputy Majority Leader of the New York City Council
    • Advocated and allocated funding for computer technology, public libraries and the rehabilitation of school playgrounds
    • Helped establish early detection programs increasing awareness of cancer
    • Sponsored landmark legislation to protect the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities
    • Member of A Better Chance Inaugural Class (Class of 1964)
    • BA in Political Science, Brown University
  • Desiree Peterkin Bell Strath Haven A Better Chance ‘96
    • Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Newark
    • One of the youngest appointed members of the Booker Administration
    • Former Senior Director of Government Affairs for the New York City Marketing Development Corporation
    • Founding board member of the Simmons Memorial Foundation, a non-profit that mentors students on the power of education and self-reliance
    • BA, Swarthmore College; MPA, Baruch’s School of Public Affairs as a National Urban Fellow
  • Dr. Rog é air Purnell St. Paul’s School ‘86
    • Senior Program Officer for Youth, James Irvine Foundation
    • Former Research Associate with MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization where she implemented a major initiative to improve employment and health in low-income communities
    • Previous Senior Evaluator with Philliber Research Associates
    • BA, Stanford University; PhD in Social Work and Social Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Edward Ramos, C.F.A. Simsbury A Better Chance ‘85
    • Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management
    • Lead portfolio manager for the Morgan Stanley Global Advantage Fund and the Van Kampen International Advantage Fund.
    • Board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation
    • Current member of The New America Alliance and The Alumni Founders’ Circle of A Better Chance; Inc.
    • Committee member of the American Cancer Society of NY/NJ
    • BS, Lehigh University; MBA, Columbia Graduate School of Business as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow
  • Robert Reffkin San Francisco University High School ‘97
    • Vice President in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs
    • Serves on the Board of Directors of USI Holdings Corporation, XLHealth Corporation, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Summer Search Foundation
    • Former Associate at Lazard Frères in the Mergers & Acquisitions group
    • Former White House Fellow as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury
    • BA and MBA from Columbia University
  • Andrea E. Reid MD, M.P.H. Foxcroft School ‘80
    • Associate Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
    • Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
    • Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at MGH
    • Recipient of several awards from Harvard Medical School and MGH for excellence in teaching and mentorship
    • BA, magna cum laude , Brown University; MD, Harvard Medical School; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dawn Rivers Baker Foxcroft School ‘77
    • President and CEO of Wahmpreneur Publishing, Inc.
    • Editor and publisher of The MicroEnterprise Journal
    • Named Small Business Journalist of the Year by the Syracuse New York District of the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2003
    • Annually featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women
    • Member of the Online New Association and a National Partner of Women Impacting Public Policy
    • Published author of several books
    • Graduate of Columbia and Princeton Universities
  • Steven Rogers Radnor A Better Chance ‘75
    • Clinical Professor of Management and Finance at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management
    • Serves on the Advisory Boards of Private Equity firms SB Partners, Smith Whiley and Company, and O’Connor Partners
    • Prior to joining the Kellogg faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation
    • Among his many awards, he received the “Bert King Award for Service” from the African American Student Union of Harvard Business School
    • Member, A Better Chance National Board of Directors
    • BA, Williams College; MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Celia Santana Feinberg Northfield Mount Hermon ‘86
    • President & CEO of Personal Risk Management Solutions, a boutique insurance brokerage
    • Began her career at Chubb & Son, Inc almost 20 years ago, holding a variety of positions in the Personal Insurance Division, most recently as Senior VP of the Mid-Atlantic Region
    • Active member of Chubb’s Minority Development Council and Women of Color Senior Advisory Board.
    • BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT
  • Kenyetta Smith St. George’s School ‘89
    • Creative Director and Founder of Butterfly Kisses Botanicals, a hot new online e-commerce boutique that sells natural bath, body and hair products
    • Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellow
    • Participated in the Independent Film Project and HBO Montage Screenwriting Programs
    • Professional blogger
    • BA in English Literature from Columbia University
  • Dina Strachan, MD The Hotchkiss School ‘84
    • Directs her own private dermatology practice in NYC
    • Recently named one of the nation’s top doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America
    • Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Achievement Award by the Network Journal
    • Faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • Lecturer and published author
    • Launched www.findablackdoctor.com, a site to help patients find black health professionals
    • BA in Biology, Harvard College; MD, Yale Medical School
  • Jesse Spikes Dresden A Better Chance ‘68
    • Senior partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, a corporate law firm
    • Director on the board of Atlanta Life Financial Group
    • Former clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Rhodes Scholar
    • NAACP John Warren Davis Award for Legal Scholarship
    • BA, magna cum laude, Dartmouth College; MA, Oxford University; J.D., Harvard Law School
  • Luis Ubi ñ as Collegiate School ‘81
    • President of the Ford Foundation
    • Former Director, McKinsey & Company
    • Founded McKinsey’s Latino recruiting and mentoring group to introduce and cultivate diverse talent at McKinsey.
    • Board member of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) and Bay Area United Way
    • AB (magna cum laude in Government) at Harvard College where, among other honors, he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a John Winthrop Scholar; MBA from Harvard Business School, named Baker Scholar
  • Yee M. Yip Foxcroft School ‘84
    • Founder and owner of small business, Zen Construction Consulting
    • Held various positions in architecture and fashion before settling into construction consulting
    • Barnard College graduate with a B.A. in Architecture