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Board of Directors

Dennis L. Earls, Jr. 

President, Education Director


Bachelor of Arts – Communications

Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California



  • RE/MAX – Apartment Buildings, Office and Retail Markets Expert. To date, successful brokerage of 350 transactions, totaling in excess of $900M in real estate.
  • Secured Properties, Inc. – Senior Vice President, Brokerage, Leasing and Developer Marketing. Geographic expertise in Los Angeles: Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire and San Fernando Valley. New Orleans: Gentilly and New Orleans East.
  • Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding Project – Acquired flood damaged properties, and managed a team of contractors, carpenters and craftsmen to return 14 families to their homes.
  • Independent Investor – owns, in partnership, a combination of single-family, multi-dwelling residential and commercial properties totaling nearly 350 units.

Mr. Earls is responsible for the development of the foundation’s education and mentoring projects. He also oversees all special event programming.


Eric Johnson

Vice President, Director of Technology


Master of Science – Computer Science

Viterbi Engineering School, University of Southern California


Bachelor of Science – Computer Engineering & Computer Science

Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California



  • Aerospace Corporation – Developer of Company proprietary software
  • Aerospace Corporation – Program office Engineer managing technical baseline of a 202 million space asset

Mr. Johnson is responsible for the interfacing with all the organizations committees and creating organizational synergy He also serves as spokesman for the organization and oversees all online media.

Kelechi Okoro

Executive Secretary, Custodian of Records


Master of Business Administration - Consulting & International Markets

Cass Business School, City University London


Bachelor of Science – Policy, Management and Planning

Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California



  • Mattel, Inc. – global supply chain planning specialist, responsible for short term strategy and demand planning management for $3.5 billion international division business.
  • John Lewis Partnership – managed procurement planning for £3 billion portfolio spanning  Professional Services, Property, Logistics and Marketing categories
  • London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (London 2012) – procured infrastructure and building works on the grounds of the Olympic Park, in excess of £250 million, in preparation for the Games
  • Procter and Gamble – consulted EMEA division on operational and supply chain risks and opportunities with respect to African emerging markets, resulting in successful market entry and share growth at the expense of rival firms.
  • Macys, Inc. – Senior Associate in $35 million product buying and assortment planning business.


Mr. Okoro is responsible for all communications, as well the management of the foundation’s official documents and record of activities. He also serves as spokesman for the organization.

Jamelle A. Nelson




Bachelor of Science – Accounting

Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California



• CORE Media Group, Inc. – Responsible for accounting and finance aspects of TV and Brand Marketing      divisions of 19 Entertainment brands

• CBRE, Inc. – Performed financial analysis and reporting encompassing global enterprises of over $73B

• KPMG, LLP – Lead Audit Senior for preparation and review of several public and non-public companies.


Randall Raby

Financial Secretary, Finance Manager




Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, Management and Operations

Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California




  • Sony Pictures – Home Entertainment Sales Analyst, managing  $10.5 million in sales
  • United Health Group – Health Care Consultant. Reconciled patient financial accounts worth $3.3 million with such hospitals as Cedars Sinai, City of Hope, and Kaiser Permanente
  • AT&T- Home Solutions Marketing Manager. Responsible for soft launch of U-Verse television and internet service throughout 500,000 Los Angeles County homes.


Mr. Raby is responsible for the management of the foundation’s finances and leads the fundraising effort of the foundation




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