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My Brother's Keeper Alliance

MBK Rising! is a convening that will bring together in Oakland the growing network of MBK Communities, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams. Get to know the incredible lineup of speakers we’ve assembled, from the private sector to the public sector, from nonprofits to NGOs, from the sciences to the arts.

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President Barack Obama

44th President of the United States

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Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

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John Legend


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Karamo Brown

Star of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”


Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actress

Adeoye Adeyemo

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Angelique Albert

The American Indian Graduate Center

Zinnia Alejandro

Taller Salud, Violence Interrupters (Loiza, PR)

Dr. Anael Alston

Education for the NY State Education Department

Marshaun Bacon


Maȟpíya Black Elk

Hiyupo Alliance Director of Programs

Kara Bobroff

NACA Inspired Schools Network

Thabiti Boone

International Representative, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

London Breed

San Francisco Mayor

Travis Bristol

University of California, Berkeley

Rhonda Bryant

Forward Promise

Miguel Cambray

Director of Career Pathways, READI Chicago Heartland Alliance

Ben Carlton

BMe Community

Christian Champagne


Chris Chatmon

Oakland Unified School District

Raymond Colmenar

The California Endowment

Ryan Coogler


Victor Cruz

Former NFL Receiver

Tom Dillon

The Literacy Lab

Shawn Dove

Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

Education for the NY State Education Department

Robert Fairchild

Fatherhood Mentoring Initiative Advisor, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Edward Fergus

Temple University

Bisa French

Assistant Chief, Richmond Police Department

Ivan Garcia

Oakland Youth Advisory Committee, MBK Oakland

Kiere Garrett

City Arts and Tech High School, MBK San Francisco

Alicia Garza

National Domestic Workers’ Alliance and Black Lives Matter

Linda Gibbs


Harry Grammer

Obama Foundation Fellow, New Earth

Efrain Gutierrez

Impact and Evaluation Manager, Obama Foundation

Jerron Hawkins

My Brother’s Keeper/ White House Mentorship and Leadership Program

Malachi Hernandez

MBK Youth Advisory Council

Chet Hewitt

Sierra Health Foundation

Vincent Holmes

County of Los Angeles

Adrian Huerta

University of Southern California

Ericka Huggins

Former Black Panther Party

Broderick Johnson

MBK Advisory Council

Deandre Johnson

Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety

Rev. Wanda Johnson

Oscar Grant Foundation

Damon Jones

Global Communications & Advocacy at Procter & Gamble

Michael B. Jordan

Actor and Producer

Kimberlyn Leary

Harvard Medical School

Tony Lewis Jr.

Re-Entry Expert & Author of Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Senegal Mabry

MBK Youth Advisory Council

Julio Marcial

Liberty Hill Foundation

Alise Marshall

Public Welfare Foundation

Greisa Martinez

Deputy Executive Director, United We Dream

Karol Mason

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Rep. Lucy McBath

Mother of Jordan Davis

Nelson McCoy

Coordinator, National Iota Youth Alliance, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Noah McQueen

MBKA Mentee

Kent Mendoza

Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)

Robert K. Ross, M.D.

The California Endowment

Noel Pinnock

City of Houston

Stephen Powell

Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey


Dr. Edwin Quezada

Yonkers Public Schools

Marco Antonio Quiroga

Contigo Fund

Anthony Rendon

California State Assembly

Alberto Retana

President & CEO, Community Coalition

Anthony Robles

Youth Justice Coalition

Rashad Robinson

Color of Change

MJ Rodriguez

Actress and Activist

Brandon Ros

Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL)

Topeka K. Sam

The Ladies of Hope Ministries

Shaka Senghor

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

David Shapiro

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Jim Shelton

MBK Alliance Advisory Council

Dr. Robert Simmons

Maya Angelou Public Schools

Michael Smith


Erik Stegman

Aspen Institute

Charles Stephens

Executive Director, The Counter Narrative

Susan Taylor

CARES Mentoring Movement

Mama Alice Thompson

Black Family Development

Aminata Toure

Member of Parliament, Germany

Nero Ughwujabo

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Social Justice and Young People, United Kingdom

Sam Vaughn

Office of Neighborhood Safety, Richmond CA

Edgar Villanueva

Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation

L-Mani Viney

Executive Director, Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation

Ron Walker

Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

Anthony Watson

Youth Guidance

Keith Wattley

Obama Foundation Fellow, UnCommon Law

Torie Weiston-Serdan

Youth Mentoring Action Network

Rory Wheeler

MBK New York State and Tribal Youth

Jenabu Williams

International Director, Sigma Beta Club, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Earl Wilson

Chairman,Fatherhood Initiative Mentoring, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Lester Young

New York State Education Department Board of Regents