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My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Announces Establishment of Advisory Council within the Obama Foundation along with New Members

Angelique Albert, American Indian Graduate Center; Tom Geddes, Plank Industries; Karol Mason, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and two young adult members, Malachi Hernandez and Senegal Mabry join My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council

Chicago, IL – Today, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, announced its new Advisory Council with the appointment of new members Angelique Albert, Executive Director, American Indian Graduate Center; Tom Geddes, CEO, Plank Industries; Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and young adult members Malachi Hernandez, MBK-Boston and Senegal Mabry, MBK-NY State. MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation in October, after the independent nonprofit organization MBK Alliance of the same name ceased operations.

These new members join the majority of the former MBK Alliance’s Board of Directors who transitioned to the Advisory Council, including Scott Budnick, Executive Director, Anti Recidivism Coalition; Toni Cook Bush, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp; Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective, Chicago CRED; Joe Echevarria, Retired CEO, Deloitte; Lori Fouche, Head of Individual Solutions, Prudential Financial; Walter Isaacson, Retired CEO, Aspen Institute; Broderick Johnson, Partner, BryanCave; George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO, Libra Group; Robert Raben, President, The Raben Group; John Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments; Juan Sabater, Partner, Valor Equity Partners; Jim Shelton, President, Chan Zuckerberg Education; Tony West, Chief Legal Officer, Uber; and David Williams, Principal, Deloitte.

“We are thrilled to have such an impressive group of business and academic leaders and young people join the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s Advisory Council. Their commitment to this work in their respective industries and communities makes each a great addition at such an important and exciting time,” said David Simas, Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation.

“My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is an essential component of the Obama Foundation. We are committed to the mission and are committed to ensuring a richly diverse council of advisors. We are so pleased this extraordinary group has agreed to serve on the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council, and we look forward to working alongside each one of them,” said Martin H. Nesbitt, Chair of Board of the Obama Foundation.

“The success of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance lies largely in the strength of the relationships with our partners, allies, stakeholders and communities. As we establish this new advisory council, we appreciate the continued commitment of our early members, and welcome new members. Together, and with the ongoing work of our MBK Communities, I’m certain we will change outcomes for boys and young men of color,” said Broderick Johnson, Partner, BryanCave, and MBKA Advisory Council Chair.

The Council will provide strategic guidance on MBK Alliance programs, and will serve as ambassadors in their respective industries and communities.

About Angelique Albert, American Indian Graduate Center
Angelique has dedicated her professional career in service to tribal communities and creating positive impacts. As the Executive Director of American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), she leads the Nation’s largest American Indian/Alaskan Native scholarship organization which has provided over $200 million in scholarships to students from over 400 tribes in all 50 states. Prior to her work at AIGC, Ms. Albert has served as the Executive Director of Salish Kootenai College Foundation where she was instrumental in planning, implementing the successful launch of their first $20 million capital campaign. She also served as Associate Director of the National American Indian Business Leaders Organization. She has served in various roles in philanthropy, including Lead Native American Program Officer for the Beaumont Foundation of America, and External Grant Reviewer for the Case Foundation. Ms. Albert’s early career began by serving her own tribe as a Legal Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.

Ms. Albert has served as a board member for the Potlatch Fund, a Native-led nonprofit that provides grants and leadership development in Tribal communities throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Ms. Albert also served as a board member of S&K Gaming, LLC, one of the Tribal corporations owned by the CS & KT Tribes. Angelique has a B.A. in Human Services and an MBA with a special emphasis in American Indian Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University.

About Tom Geddes, Plank Industries
Tom Geddes was born and raised in England and came to the United States as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After graduating with highest honors and highest distinction, Tom went on to earn Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge, England, and Johns Hopkins University, as well as a management certificate from the Georgetown University School of Public Policy. Following a varied career in the nonprofit sector, Tom joined Passive Capital Management, LLC, a Baltimore-based investment advisory firm, as a partner and investment advisor serving high-net-worth individuals and institutional endowments.

In 2012, Tom founded KDP Investments (later renamed Plank Industries), the private holding company of Kevin A. Plank – the founder, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. In his role as CEO of Plank Industries, Tom oversees the Sagamore operating companies as well as the Plank family’s investments, wealth management, philanthropy, family office, and major acquisitions and transactions. Tom holds the position of Chair on the Board at MedStar Harbor Hospital and is a Board Member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Downtown Partnership. Tom is married with two young children and lives in Baltimore, MD.

About Karol Mason, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Over the course of her long career, John Jay College President Karol V. Mason has been a legal pioneer and an exceptional voice for equality, fairness, and criminal justice reform. She was a leader in the Obama Administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform and re-entry for individuals leaving prison, and in her distinguished career at Alston & Bird LLP, she was the first African American woman elected as chair of the management committee at any major national firm.

As United States Assistant Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Mason oversaw an annual budget of $4 billion to support an array of state and local criminal justice agencies, juvenile justice programs, and services for crime victims, and oversaw the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, among a wide range of other efforts. She led the Department of Justice’s work to address the issue of community trust in the justice system through a variety of programs including the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a partnership with John Jay College and other academic institutions across the country designed to address lack of trust in the criminal justice system.

Previously, Mason served as Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2009 to 2012. She led the Office of Justice Programs from June 2013 to January 2017 after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mason spent almost three decades at Alston & Bird, LLP, where she chaired the Public Finance Group. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina from 2001 to 2009 and Vice Chair of that Board from 2007 to 2009. Mason received an A.B. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

About Malachi Hernandez
Malachi Hernandez, born and raised in Boston, MA, has been serving his community since the age of 14. He has worked with nonprofits such as The City School and Beantown Society where he developed and strengthened leadership skills to become an effective advocate for social justice. Malachi has worked with the City of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment where he helped support youth with summer and school year jobs. He is a My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Ambassador and a member of the Advisory Board for MBK Boston. In this capacity, Malachi has advocated for the needs of Boston’s men of color at the White House and on CNN. Malachi is currently a sophomore at Northeastern University and a recipient of the Torch Scholarship. He is majoring in Political Science and Communications and continues to be an example for youth in his community and beyond. Malachi is passionate about mentorship and youth advocacy and aspires to be Mayor for the City of Boston one day.

About Senegal Mabry
Senegal Mabry is a Master’s in Public Administration student at Binghamton Universities College of Community and Public Affairs. He has worked as the assistant to the Chancellor of the New York State Education Department as a member of the research workgroup and the workgroup to Improve for Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color for the last three years. Mabry has been a part of the process for the first five grants released by the NYSED and sits on the directory subcommittee for the Bronx MBK Planning Committee. He is President of the Binghamton Chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group(NYPIRG), and he sits on the statewide board of the organization. He is also a Latin American policy analyst for the Center for Education Innovation and a journalist for the New York Amsterdam News. Mabry is a member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and attends the Global Issues and Transnational Actors Interest Group meetings. His research interest includes motivations for volunteering and differences in volunteering among common law versus civil law nations. He is also an avid traveler having been to Kenya, Uganda, China, Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Dubai.

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About MBK Alliance
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain the mission. In late 2017, MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance leads a cross-sector national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. www.obama.org/MBKA

Contact: Rae Robinson Trotman, [email protected]

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