Meet the CBCF Team

Meet the Leaders

Meet the dedicated leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Center for Policy Analysis and Research

The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) strives to improve the socio-economic circumstances of African Americans by generating analyses and policy recommendations advancing equity and equality in policy areas such as criminal justice, education, access, economic development, public health, voting rights, and Black representative in the ever-growing technology sector.

Dr. Jonathan Cox

Vice President

Mercy Ogutu

Research Coordinator

Dr. Lauren Pearlman

Research Manager

Finance & Operations

The CBCF Office of Finance and Operations oversees the activities of the organization. This team provides centralized management of the organization’s day-to-day financial and budgetary activities.

Paul E. Dumars, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Howell

Member Relations Coordinator

Nadia Monroe


Brenda Tucker


Candice Willmore

Director, Human Resources

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute at CBCF prepares the next generation to take its place in the fields of community service and policy development by striving for the organizational goal to increase the pool of Black leaders in public service careers and public policy positions by providing fellowships, internships, and scholarships.

Donna Fisher-Lewis

Senior Vice President

Ryan E. Tucker

Senior Director

Jasmine Gillispie

Program Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

The Marketing and Communications Department (MAR-COM) advances the mission of CBCF by developing and implementing clear, consistent, engaging, and multi-faceted marketing and communication strategies and products. Looking for a way to collaborate with CBCF? Email the details to

Yolanda Raine

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Athena Hernandez


Jessica Josey

Digital Media Manager

Tisean Bell

Graphic Design Specialist

Ty’won Gordon

Graphic Design Coordinator

The National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice

The National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) strategically combats systemic injustice and advances racial equity, human rights, education, and community/economic development opportunities for the Black community.

Olajumoke Obayanju

Senior Director

Jennie Patterson

Program Manager

Resource & Development

The Resource and Development team at CBCF is the driving force behind our organization’s fundraising efforts.

Donna Fisher-Lewis

Senior Vice President

Muriel Cooper

Senior Manager Relationship, Development and Stakeholder Engagement

Laura Harpool

Development Coordinator

Michael Lynn

Senior Development Officer

Leletha Marshall

Director, Resource Development

Tamikia Wims

Program Coordinator, Scholarships

Strategic Events

The Strategic Events team at CBCF contains seasoned event planning professionals offering comprehensive event, conference, and meeting planning expertise.

Renata Allen

Vice President

Amber Dowtin

Senior Manager

Jazma Parker

Senior Manager

Asheley Tetteh

Senior Manager

Rhonda Williams

Manager, Strategic Events