Meet the Leaders
Meet the dedicated leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
President and CEO
Tonya Veasey is the president and CEO at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She spearheads the foundation’s mission to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public through CBCF initiatives aimed at broadening and elevating the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas. For more than 20 years, Mrs. Veasey has provided counsel to top corporations, nonprofits, public entities and elected officials in issues management, crisis communications, corporate social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion strategy. She began her career successfully working to influence local, state and federal public policy, and securing public funding for health care programs and social impact initiatives. Mrs. Veasey has worked as a legislative staffer, a nonprofit organization leader, a registered lobbyist and as the public affairs director for a Fortune 500 Company. For her success as an entrepreneur and her commitment to the community, she has received a number of awards and honors. She was honored by the Fort Worth Business Press as one of 2017’s Great Women of Texas. In 2016, the Fort Worth Business Press named her one of 20 Women to Watch in Business. In 2011, she received the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders award. Mrs. Veasey was the recipient of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 2009 “Quest for Success” award, as well as the 2007 Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Madame C. J. Walker Award. She was recognized as the City of Fort Worth’s 1999 Woman of the Year in Public Service and was profiled in the 2002 edition of the Fort Worth Business Press’ ‘40 under 40’ feature. Mrs. Veasey earned an Executive MBA at Texas Christian University, and a bachelor's degree from Paul Quinn College.
Donna Fisher Lewis
Senior Vice President, Resource Development
Donna Fisher Lewis is the Senior Vice President of Resource Development at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She provides strategic leadership for fundraising efforts around CBCF initiatives; sets direction and goals for planned giving programs; and oversees fundraising development and expansion, and portfolio management of current and prospective donors. With more than 20 years of experience in major gift development, annual fund management, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and planned giving, Mrs. Fisher Lewis’ background includes roles at nonprofits that focus on the arts, education, human services, housing and the community. Prior to joining CBCF in 2014, she was the senior development director at Rebuilding Together, a national housing organization, where she facilitated a cultural shift for individual giving over a two-year period, making it a viable revenue stream for general operating support. The shift incrementally increased individual giving revenue by 75 percent. Prior to her tenure at Rebuilding Together, Mrs. Fisher Lewis worked in three different community foundations in Michigan and Maryland, developing and implementing comprehensive development campaigns, facilitating planned giving, matching donor philanthropic interest and grant distribution, and building endowment funds. Throughout her career, she has presented at various fundraising conferences, seminars, and webinars on grant writing, board engagement in fund development, and individual giving. She earned a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She completed additional study at the Indiana School of Philanthropy of Indiana University for annual fund development and marketing for development; and honed her planned giving skills at Harvard University at the John Brown Institute for Planned Giving. Mrs. Fisher Lewis is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a proud member of Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A native Washingtonian, she lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons, Donavan and Jordan.
Dr. Patrice Johnson
Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute
Dr. Patrice Johnson
Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute
Dr. Patrice Johnson is the Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute. She is a strategic thought-partner and will be responsible for providing executive level direction and management oversight of policy and programmatic strategies. Dr. Johnson will develop a world-class Leadership Institute, public policy and research strategies for the CBCF and continue the work towards the elimination of disparities in the global black community. A visionary executive with a relentless commitment to racial, gender, and educational equity Dr. Patrice S. Johnson is a solution-oriented expert in strategic planning, research, and program management. Filling prominent offices as the youngest elected Pro Tempore Mayor and Councilwoman for the City of Muskegon Heights, Dr. Johnson capitalized on keen opportunities to advocate for her home town. Her effervescent efforts to encourage mindful promulgation have produced long-lasting, systemic change. Serving as an Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, Dr. Johnson spearheaded fundraising campaigns, transformative partnerships, and programmatic innovation to increase equitable opportunities for youth. Including launching the first of its kind, 21st Century Urban Boarding Program for girls of color in Michigan. A studied leader and scholar-practitioner, Dr. Johnson was the first person of color to complete a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development from Cornerstone University. Her research explored the impact of emergency financial management for predominately African American school districts in Michigan. This critical narrative study challenged policies that disproportionately affect communities of color and exacerbate racism. Dr. Johnson embraces multi-dimensional education, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Public Policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. With humility, grit, and grace, Dr. Johnson cohesively and effortlessly combines her faith and fight for equity. As a reflection of her values, Dr. Johnson has authored two faith-based books, Kingdom Perseverance and My Father’s Kingdom. Dr. Johnson is also an inspired editorial contributor, with works entitled, Dear Charles: Black Women Change the World, Carrying Your Burden in the Heat of the Day, and It Was All a Dream: A Message to President Joe Biden on Education. Dr. Johnson is a fur mom to Prince Johnson, a charismatic Miniature Pinscher and the only child of Ms. Angela Porter.
Andrias White Murdaugh, MBA, CMP, CSEP, CVP
Vice President, Strategic Events
Andrias White Murdaugh, MBA, CMP, CSEP, CVP is the Vice President of Strategic Events at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She provides leadership, direction, and management of the events department, along with strategic plans for all events and stakeholder engagement. She is responsible for building CBCF’s reputation for high performance and results through executional excellence, stakeholder engagement, and high caliber strategic events. Mrs. White Murdaugh has dedicated her career to excellence in event management and digital production strategy for high-profile organizations. Her 12 years of experience spans the corporate, public, and private sectors as an internal event strategist, venue manager, third-party consultant, and entrepreneur. Her previous roles include Director of Logistics for George Mason University’s Office of Admissions, Senior Event Manager for Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Senior Facility and Sales Manager for the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, and CEO of Andrias Events. Through her experience, she has produced high-security and high-profile conventions, special events, and athletic tournaments. Her most notable events include the United States Presidential Inaugural Balls, World Gas Congress, American Israel Public Affairs Policy Conference (AIPAC), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Dinner, Amazon re:Invent, SAP Sapphire Now, Salesforce World Tour, and the National Football League’s 2019 Washington Redskins Training Camp. Mrs. White Murdaugh is no stranger to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. For four consecutive years, she served as the convention center lead for the Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Most recently, she served in an internal CBCF role as the Senior Manager for Event and Speaker Logistics during the 2020 Virtual Annual Legislative Conference (ALC ‘20). Over the course of her career, Mrs. White Murdaugh has received several prestigious industry honors and awards. She is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) 20 in their Twenties Award, the International Association of Venue Managers’ (IAVM) 30 Under 30 Award, and George Mason University’s Inaugural 40 under 40 Honors. Additionally, she was inducted into the President’s Circle of Achievement at Events DC. Through her intensive study of industry best practices and ever-changing trends, she earned and maintains three esteemed designations: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), and Certified Venue Professional (CVP). She has proudly served as a member of the CMP Exam Item Review Committee, a grader for the CSEP Exam, and a judge for both the International Live Event Association’s (ILEA) Professional Achievement in Creative Events (PACE) and Espirit Awards. With a passion for education and developing youth and young professionals, Mrs. White Murdaugh served as an adjunct professor in George Mason University’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management and Montgomery College’s Workforce Development Hospitality Program. In 2020, her case studies and insights were published in the third edition of collegiate textbook Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients, written by Dr. Maggie Daniels and Carrie Wosicki. Mrs. White Murdaugh earned both a Bachelor of Science in Tourism & Event Management and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from George Mason University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the proud wife of fellow Mason alum David W. Murdaugh III, MBA.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Tory Williams is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She develops and directs the strategic marketing plan for CBCF that increases awareness around the work it undertakes to eliminate disparities in the global Black community; oversees the development and implementation of all marketing and communications strategies designed to protect, promote, and build the identity and reputation of CBCF; and contributes to CBCF’s organizational strategy to help shape, grow, and expand its visibility and influence. Ms. Williams is a marketing strategist with over 12 years of experience in communications, marketing, and advertising. She builds and manages integrated campaigns based on the pillars of inclusion, empowerment, and impact. She specializes in integrated marketing, branding and visual storytelling, strategic communications planning, and project management for the federal government, digital health care, recruitment, fashion and retail, higher education, and automotive industries. Prior to joining CBCF in 2020, she was a Director at Reingold, Inc., a mission-driven strategic communications firm, where she managed and directed integrated marketing campaigns and outreach engagements with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Connected Care (OCC). She provided strategic guidance to OCC across key workstreams such as graphic design, brand identity evolution, digital experience, video development, partnership outreach, educational and promotional events, and content development. Prior to her tenure at Reingold, Ms. Williams worked at JWT INSIDE, now Wunderman Thompson, managing strategic communications, marketing, and brand development and management efforts for employer brands such as ANN INC., General Motors, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Language and Literature and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. She is also a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Ms. Williams is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Williams is a native Arlingtonian and now lives in Alexandria with her fiancé, Anthony, and shih tzu, Chloe.
Paul E. Dumars, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Paul E. Dumars, Jr is the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). He will provide financial and operational leadership to advance the mission, goals, and purposes of CBCF.
With more than 19 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, information technology, operations and human resources, Mr. Dumars’ background includes roles at nonprofits, private businesses, and for-profit corporations. He has spent the past 15 years ensuring the long-term viability of a multi-million-dollar companies. He considers himself an innovator in corporate structure, growth and expansion strategy, mergers & acquisitions capital funding and debt financing, as well as non-profit finance. He has proven his ability to challenge, change and better existing processes, procedures, and systems. He is equipped with excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with a high level of professionalism with clients and colleagues that span the financial spectrum.
Mr. Dumars received his B.S in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 2001 and his M.B.A, cum laude, with a concentration in Management & Finance in May of 2010. During this educational journey, Paul Dumars gained the necessary experience through previous positions of accounts payable accountant, staff accountant, senior account, controller, and chief financial officer. In these various roles, he has gained the vital knowledge of how to grow any organization through strategic planning and finance management.
Paul E. Dumars, Jr also is the President for the Board of Commissioners of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2014 and reappointed to a second term in April of 2016. In August of 2016 Paul E. Dumars, Jr was named Legacy Magazine Top 40 Under 40 for Broward & Palm Beach County Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow for 2016. Also, in April of 2018 in the Legacy Magazine Power Issue Edition named Paul Dumars one of the Top 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018. Paul Dumars, Jr is also a financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and the vice President of the West Palm Beach, (FL) Alumni Chapter. In 2018 Paul Dumars, accepted a board position as the treasurer of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, where he revamped the budget and the finance and accounting processes and is currently the President of the Board for the organization. In 2020, Paul Dumars, was selected for the Leadership Florida program, a statewide program that focuses statewide leadership for the future of Florida.