USC Black Alumni Council Representatives
Jasmine Taylor — Executive Director
Chris Baccus – Faculty/Counselor, Santa Monica College
Danny Bakewell Jr. – COO, The Bakewell Companies
Ian Chestnut – CEO, IVC Productions, Inc.
Donald Dean -Sr. Area Business Leader, Novartis
Ron Evans – VP, Network Engineering
Stephanie Farmer – Consultant, Anthem, Inc.
Terri Holoman – CEO, FAITH by terri lynn
Justin Lacey – Wealth Manager, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Debra Langford – Executive Director, Advancing Black Pathways, JP Morgan Chase
Sharoni Little – Head of Global Inclusion, Creative Arts Agency
Kerman Maddox – Managing Partner, Dakota Communications
Deborah Pattillo – CEO, DP Consulting
Reginald Roberts Esq. – Partner, Sanders Roberts LLP
Kathryn M. Shirley – CPA/MBT, World Management Solutions, Inc.
Simeon Stewart II – CEO, Stewart Manhattan, Inc.
Kyle Webb – CFO, Webb Family Enterprises, Inc. — INTERIM CHAIR
Anthony Williams – VP, Smart Utility Systems, Inc.
BAC Corporate Advisory
Donovan Green – Regional Manager, AT&T
Raphael Henderson – VP, Gen’l Banking, Wells Fargo. (USCAA Board of Governors)
Kiesha Nix – Executive Director, LA Lakers Foundation
BAC Honorary Advisory
Sydney Kamlager-Dove – Assemblymember, District 54, State of CA
Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr -. Assemblymember, District 59, State of CA
John Kennedy – Vice Mayor, Pasadena, CA
Reginald Lathan – CEO, ChemTrans, Inc.
Rev. Cecil Murray – Tansey Chair, USC School of Religion
About the Council
The USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council (BAC) was established in 2010. The BAC’s mission is to support the overall advancement of the Black Alumni Association (BAA) by engaging all black alumni for life, building a culture of belonging for both students and alumni, cultivating philanthropy to ensure a lasting legacy among the Black Trojan Family, and being the representative voice for all black USC alumni.
The BAC seeks to sustain the BAA as a standard-bearer for academic excellence and achievement for its alumni and students, through partnerships with the academic community, alumni networks, corporate and civic relationships in support of student matriculation, scholarship growth and donor cultivation.
- Reach out to serve and engage all alumni, lifelong and worldwide
- Connect alumni to each other and the University through effective communication, programs and events
- Facilitate a high level of volunteerism so that the Black Alumni Association and the University benefit from members’ diverse interests, talents and backgrounds
- Encourage investment and support for the University in its successful pursuit of international excellence in teaching, research and service
- Celebrate the rich history of USC through building upon the best of our traditions and accomplishments
Joining the Council
Types of Membership
- Representative Members: The role of Representative Members is to build and enrich the Trojan Family by: (1) serving as ambassadors of the Representative’s school, college group or entity; (2) connecting alumni of the represented community to each other and the University as a whole through communication, programs and events; and (3) coordinating the diverse interests, talents and backgrounds of the represented constituency with those of the Association and University in a manner that promotes the greater good of each organization.
- At-Large Members: The role of At-Large Members is to build and enrich the Trojan Family by: (1) serving as advisors to the President, Executive Director, and staff of the Association for all programs and initiatives; (2) providing advice and volunteer services necessary to achieve all programs and initiatives; and (3) acting as general ambassadors of the Association at all alumni and community events.
- Corporate and Community Advisors: The role of Corporate and Community Advisors is to build and enrich the Trojan Family by: (1) serving as advisors to the President, Executive Director, and staff of the Association for all programs and initiatives; (2) providing advice and volunteer services necessary to achieve all programs and initiatives; and (3) acting as general ambassadors of the Association at all alumni and community events. They may or not be alumni of the University.
- Member of the USC Alumni Association (degreed alumnus)
- University knowledge, involvement and demonstrated commitment
- Leadership experience
- Personal, professional, and community accomplishments
- Business, professional, social and alumni networks
- Reputation as a person of integrity
- With the exception of Representative Members, advisory council members may not be USC employees
Member Roles and Responsibilities
- Remain informed of current University issues and events, as well as the USC Alumni Association’s programs and opportunities, in order to facilitate alumni interest and create and maintain engaged and active alumni lifelong and worldwide.
- Attend 75% of all regular and special meetings (11 meetings/year), as well as the Black Alumni Association Scholarship Benefit
- Serve on a committee or participate in a program of the USCBAA Advisory Council and fully participate in the meetings and activities of the committee or program.
- Provide annual philanthropic support to the University, including to any of its schools, colleges, departments, programs, or organizations, or organizations and initiatives of the USC Black Alumni Association, in the amount greater than or equal to the concurrent cost of one unit of undergraduate tuition. The minimum for young alumni (age 35 or lower) members is one- fourth the current value of one unit of undergraduate tuition, and the student representatives are exempt from the financial support requirement.
Core Values and Principles
We are compassionate and fair, serving an underserved and underrepresented population. We identify and support the capabilities of Black USC alumni and students, and reflect their concerns, perspectives and experiences.
We work in collaboration with the academic, alumni, corporate and civic communities to identify, engage and provide development opportunities that foster the mission of the BAA.
We are accountable to our partners, encouraging the growth and sustainability of the organization.
We are judicial stewards of all resources entrusted to advance the mission of the BAA.
We are committed to providing leadership in order to fulfill the goals and objectives of the BAA.