CBCF Announces New Officers and Members to Its Board Of Directors

March 31, 2021      

Erica Nash-Thomas

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) elected new officers and appointed new members to its board of directors during its 2021 annual meeting.

The CBCF leadership welcomed its new members and noted the vast array of experiences they offer to the board, from Fortune 500 and global firms to insurance and financial services companies. They also bring to the CBCF board experiences as authors and thought leaders, and have backgrounds in public service. While their fields are varied, they all share in common an unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity for the communities they serve.

“We welcome our new board members and look forward to leveraging their collective experience to advance CBCF’s important work,” said Lori Billingsley, chair of the CBCF board of directors.

“The CBCF is fortunate to have these accomplished and committed individuals join our Board and we appreciate their willingness to serve,” said Tonya Veasy, president and CEO of the CBCF. “While each CBCF board member brings diverse perspectives, we share the same the same goal: To meet our mission to advance the global Black community.”

The 2021 officers of the CBCF Board of Directors are Lori Billingsley, chair; Tonya Veasey, President and CEO; Earle Jones, secretary; and Janice Bryant Howroyd, treasurer.

Board members beginning their three-year terms are as follows:

Chloe Barzey is the Atlanta Office Managing Director at Accenture, leading Accenture’s vision and operations across Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. Ms. Barzey leads programs focused on transformation and rapid earnings expansion leveraging technology.

Natalie Brunson-Wheeler is Counsel in State Farm’s Law Department in Bloomington, Illinois. In this capacity, Ms. Brunson-Wheeler serves as Legislative/Regulatory Counsel for Louisiana, Michigan, and Missouri.

Markus Green is Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Pfizer, Inc., where he helps lead the Government Litigation Group. In this capacity, Mr. Green works with local, state, and federal prosecutors to defend Pfizer’s interest in government-initiated litigation and investigations.

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District which includes portions of Detroit, the City of Southfield, and 16 other cities located in Oakland and Wayne counties. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and serves as the Second Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Steve Pemberton is Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. In this role, Mr. Pemberton is responsible for all aspects of people functions, from talent acquisition and human resource systems to performance management.

Vincent Rondu serves as a Supplier Diversity Director for Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, Mr. Rondu is responsible for internal and external supplier diversity and small business operations including strategy alignment with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Global Procurement Organization.

Lisa Osborne Ross serves as Edelman’s U.S. Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Ross is responsible for overseeing the firm’s U.S. operations. As an in-demand counselor to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies as well as senior leaders in higher education and government institutions, Ms. Ross brings a nuanced perspective to strategy and governance issues.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is in her sixth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first Black woman to serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. Congresswoman Sewell is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chairs its Voting Rights Task Force.

Sean Suggs is group vice president, Social Innovation, for Toyota Motor North America, where he is responsible for the organization’s shared impact, including philanthropy efforts, the Toyota USA Foundation, and the corporate diversity and inclusion strategy. Additionally, Mr. Suggs is responsible for the organization’s environmental sustainability function across North America.

Jesse J. Tyson retired from ExxonMobil after a 35-year global career that included marketing, logistics, and safety. Mr. Tyson’s acumen for operations and strategy positioned him for many leadership positions, including ExxonMobil’s Global Aviation, based in Brussels, Belgium.

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About the CBCF

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in 1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute, committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.


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