The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations as well as identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community.

Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, CEPF®, M.P.A.

Executive Director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and Serial Entrepreneur
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JALYN CLIFFORD

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority

Cal Corriders

Manager of Neighborhood Economic Development, CenterState CEO
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BISHOP RONALD B. DEWBERRY

Senior Pastor and Founder, New Life Temple of Praise; CEO, Center of Hope International, Inc.

Lekia K. Hill

President & CEO of Lekia Tech LLC and Founder of Powerful Voices
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TANISHA JACKSON, PH.D.

Executive Director, Community Folk Art Center; Professor, Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences
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LATOYA JONES

Regional Healthcare Organizer, Healthcare Education Project

NAQUIA (KIA) LACEY MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Training Specialist, Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

MARK MUHAMMAD

Syracuse Representative, Nation of Islam; Citizen Diplomat, O.U.R. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Collective

Black Equity & Excellence Stories

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade
News Releases August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Juneteenth Inc. Receives $2,500 for Festival and Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in ...

Topics August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Martikah S. Williams

"My hope is that more people are drawn to Central New York because of an ...

Blogs August 13, 2022

Reflections: Capturing Data to Improve our Equity Efforts

Monica Merante explains why we are capturing new data on our donors to help improve ...

BPM - Gwen Webber-McLeod
Topics August 5, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Gwen Webber-McLeod

"I am obligated to be a leader and philanthropist who leverages every resource she has ...

Blogs June 11, 2022

Reflections: Cultivating Diversity in the Workplace

Kimberly Sadowski, senior vice president & chief financial officer, walks us through how the Community ...

Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

Black Equity and Excellence: Nikki R. Jones

Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo
News Releases May 16, 2022

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

We all deserve to be able to go about our daily lives feeling safe from ...

Blogs May 8, 2022

Reflections: Supporting Businesses to Achieve Equity

Learn why we are striving to partner with more minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) ...

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade
News Releases August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Juneteenth Inc. Receives $2,500 for Festival and Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in ...

Topics August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Martikah S. Williams

"My hope is that more people are drawn to Central New York because of an ...

Blogs August 13, 2022

Reflections: Capturing Data to Improve our Equity Efforts

Monica Merante explains why we are capturing new data on our donors to help improve ...

BPM - Gwen Webber-McLeod
Topics August 5, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Gwen Webber-McLeod

"I am obligated to be a leader and philanthropist who leverages every resource she has ...

Blogs June 11, 2022

Reflections: Cultivating Diversity in the Workplace

Kimberly Sadowski, senior vice president & chief financial officer, walks us through how the Community ...

Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

Black Equity and Excellence: Nikki R. Jones

Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo
News Releases May 16, 2022

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

We all deserve to be able to go about our daily lives feeling safe from ...

Blogs May 8, 2022

Reflections: Supporting Businesses to Achieve Equity

Learn why we are striving to partner with more minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) ...

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