RBSP Fall 2022 Newsletter

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The Journey

Message from the President

through college, but for a lifetime.” I can hardly believe that was 25 years ago, and yet the evidence is undeniable! Today’s Ron Brown Scholar Program was born from Tony’s audacious plan and his belief in the limitless potential of talented young people to come together to change the world. As most of you know, we named RBSP in honor of the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, who believed in “leaving the ladder down”—in using your success to smooth the way for those who come after you. A quarter-century on, I think it’s fair to say we’re living in the world Tony dared to dream.

warm and hearty appreciation of all those in attendance.

The evening program was ably shepherded along by emcee Peter Boyce II (RBS 2008), who described his own journey from aspiring physicist to independent venture capitalist, including helping to establish an externship program for RBSP at his former firm, General Catalyst.

Dear Friends,

This special edition of the Ron Brown Scholar Program newsletter is dedicated to our inimitable Founder and first benefactor, Anthony M. Pilaro. It feels like only yesterday that Tony told me of his plan to start “a program where bright, motivated young African Americans could come together and help each other succeed, not just

In September we celebrated our Silver Jubilee with a gala in Washington, DC. The celebration brought together over 400 members of the extended RBSP family for an unforgettable night of connection, conviviality and camaraderie. Speaking as both a member of the Board of Trustees and as a representative of the Pilaro Family, Tony’s son Andrew kicked things off by reflecting on the meaningful place this Program has occupied in the lives of himself and his loved ones, including both his father and late brother Chris, who was a passionate supporter from day one. Andrew praised the Scholars’ “courage, intellect and passion for education” and was met with the

On the theme of Collaboration, serial entrepreneur Jason W. Young (RBS 2000) recalled cofounding the nonprofit The Hidden Genius Project with Ron Brown Scholar Ty Moore (RBS 2002) in 2012. Hidden Genius has provided entrepreneurship and technology leadership programming to over 8,000 young people and continues its good work under the leadership of Jason’s fellow Ron Brown Scholar Brandon Nicholson, PhD (RBS 2001).

Community was the second theme of the night. Attorney Julian Miller (RBS 2003) took us to church, highlighting the importance of coming together by reminding us of the Bible’s direction to “stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Julian resides and works in Mississippi with

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a focus on food justice and children’s rights, public health and criminal justice equity. Brennan Gould (RBS 2001), President and CEO of the nonprofit The Charlottesville Community Foundation, drew together her experience as a Scholar and her day job supporting her local community. At work she strives to pay forward the life-changing experience she had in this community of “being seen, feeling valued and feeling that I matter.”

Ron Brown Scholars carry the spirit of our namesake into their schools, communities and industries, and Giving Back remains the heart and essence of the Program and the Scholars. Dr. Marco Ellis, MD FACS (RBS 1997) spoke about his work

promoting diversity in medical education and building pathways for future generations of medical students. Dr. Travis Gayles, MD PhD (RBS 1997) reflected on the transformative moment when, as a teenager, he met Dr. Vivian Pinn at a RBSP event. Dr. Pinn was with us in the audience to see firsthand the effects of her own mentorship as Travis recalled calling Marco for a consult late one night when he was working in the emergency room and needed assistance with a pediatric patient.

Kristian Henderson DrPh (RBS 2005) reflected on the importance of Family—not just biological kin but “people who have reciprocal duties to each other.” Remembering how this community rallied around her and her family in their hour of need, she eloquently captured the feeling common to all Ron Brown Scholars and friends of the

Program that this community is a family. Andrea Headley, PhD (RBS 2010) remembered how, as a child, her family’s love and support shielded her from the worst effects of poverty. Likewise, the Ron Brown Scholar Program’s love, support and affirmation helped shield her from the hardships of being a low-income, first-generation college and graduate student.

The keynote address was delivered by Ron Brown Scholar and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams (RBS 1998). Damian took us back to the late ‘90s, remembering both the highs of Selection Weekend as well as an ugly incident during his undergrad years in which he found himself the victim of racial profiling. Even then, Damian was driven by

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Partner Sportlight: How Latham Is Working to Expand Pipelines Into the Legal Profession

Latham & Watkins and the Ron Brown Scholars are nominated for the California Legal Awards’ Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award.

November 03, 2022 at 12:00 PM (previously published by AmLaw’s The Recorder)

Latham & Watkins and the Ron Brown Scholars are nominated for the  California Legal Awards’ Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award for its investment in the next generation of lawyers.

Abid Qureshi, the global chair of Latham’s recruiting committee, and Kendall Johnson, the committee’s vice chair, told The Recorder how the firm is working to remove barriers to entry to the legal profession.

Please tell us about your diversity and inclusion initiative and the underlying problem that sparked the initiative.

Here at Latham, we seek to recruit the very best legal talent. Achieving that goal requires recruiting lawyers and staff representing a diversity of backgrounds. Understanding that not everyone has equal access to the legal profession, we are committed to expanding the pipeline to law school.

Encouraging young people to pursue legal careers begins not only with educating them early about the legal profession, but also providing them with the tools and resources needed to thrive in law school and beyond. Latham’s investment in the next generation of lawyers and leaders includes its longstanding partnership with Ron Brown Scholars. The Ron Brown Scholar Program, established in 1996, provides academic scholarships, service opportunities and leadership experiences for young African American college students in the U.S. The program seeks to accelerate participants’ progress into leadership positions in a wide spectrum of professions while instilling a dedication to service.

We collaborate with this program in a multitude of ways. For example, Latham finically sponsors the program and facilitates internship opportunities for rising college seniors and students who have been admitted to law school.

What are the measurable outcomes of the initiative?

Since launching the partnership in December 2018, Latham has hired 28 Ron Brown Alumni — young African Americans of outstanding promise. This group includes twelve pre-law interns, eight recruiting interns and eight hires in the firm’s Business Services Trainee Program, which offers individuals beginning their careers the opportunity for growth and career development by exposing them to the many facets that make up the administration of a global law firm.

Based on the great success of our partnership with the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the firm has taken on other sponsorship opportunities to invest in the next generation of lawyers and leaders. Partnerships and programs include the Pipeline to Practice Foundation, JD

Advising Scholars Program, SEO Law Catalyst Program, Thrive Scholars, Law Preview Diversity Scholarship Program, Legal Education Access Pipeline, The Appellate Project, Yale Law School’s Launchpad Scholars Program, powered by Latham & Watkins, and PracticePro’s Diversity Scholar Program.

What advice do you have for members of the legal industry looking to launch similar initiatives?

Do it! Working to remove barriers to entry through initiatives like The Ron Brown Scholars Program helps ensure that underrepresented communities have equitable access, training, and resources to pursue a career in law. These programs and partnerships are integral to transforming the legal industry into a more diverse and inclusive space, benefiting us all.

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Julie Crisp, Partner at Latham & Watkins and Chris Hunter (RBS 1998) celebrate being nominated for the California Legal Awards’ Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award.

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the same commitment to fairness that motivates him as the top federal law enforcement official in Manhattan. But as a college student, without power or position, it was the unconditional support of his RBSP family that helped him stand up for himself when the world conspired to make him feel small. This community gave him the strength to stand up for himself and to face down a bully in the hopes that no one else would have to be treated as badly as he had

been. Damian’s remarks echoed a refrain we heard time and again that night—this family shows up for one another, in good times and bad.

I was incredibly touched that so many of Scholars and supporters made the trip to DC. Just as Tony imagined all those years ago, Ron Brown Scholars have remained connected to one another long after their scholarships have been spent. Our youngest Scholars weren’t even born when we named our first class of Ron Brown Scholars in 1997, but they can benefit from the

wisdom, life experience and professional connections of those that came before them.

As this jubilee year comes to a close, all of us here at the Ron Brown Scholar Program want to thank the volunteers, donors and friends who have been such an integral part of making the Program so successful for so long. Your faith in us—your gifts of time and care; of expertise; and, yes, of money— from the reservoir of goodwill that keeps us growing and thriving. Our good work relies

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Message from the President (continued from Page 5)

on your goodwill; all of us, staff and Scholars alike, are immensely grateful for the trust you have put in us. Thanks to you, we have awarded over $21 million in college scholarships to 584 Ron Brown Scholars. That money goes directly to helping young people achieve their academic dreams, and we are eternally grateful for your support. As proud as I am of what the Program has accomplished in its first 25 years, each new class makes me more excited to think about where we’re heading. Thanks to the generous support of the Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation, we will again be aiming to welcome 50 new Ron Brown Scholars to the family this spring.

Please enjoy some of the photos from the evening included in this newsletter and I encourage you to visit our website (ronbrown.org/25years) to view the full collection of photos and videos from each of the Scholar presenters.

If we don’t catch you at a regional event beforehand, I hope you’ll join us in person at our next gala, the American Journey Awards, to be held the evening of Friday, March 17, 2023, in Washington, DC.

With heartfelt thanks,

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Samuel Z. Alemayehu (RBS 2004)

Managing Director, Africa Cambridge Industries Ltd

Patrick Baker


Nicole K. Bates

Senior Advisor, Strategy & Planning, Pivotal Ventures

Douglas C. Boggs

Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Dr. L.D. Britt

Brickhouse Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Terri Dean

Retired Corporate Executive Ambassador Diana Dougan Chairman, Cyber Century Forum

Meredith Eggers Co-Founder, Re-Source

Jordan Goldberg Entrepreneur

Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO, Anti-Defamation League

Dane E. Holmes

CEO, Eskalera

Michelle C. Ifill Esq.

Executive Coach and Consultant, McIfill Consulting, LLC

Michael A. Mallory

President & CEO, Ron Brown Scholar Fund

Executive Director, Ron Brown Scholar Program

Andrew C. Pilaro

Chairman, CAP Advisers Limited of Dublin

Anthony M. Pilaro (Chairman, Emeritus)

Chairman Emeritus RBSF Board of Trustees

Chairman, CAP Foundation, CAP Advisers Limited of Dublin

Brian Siegel

Principal, Deloitte Mary Snitch

Senior Manager, Global S&T Industry Engagement, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Jack Leslie

Senior Advisor, Weber Shandwick Thaderine D. MacFarlane Philanthropist

Marva A. Smalls

EVP, Global Inclusion Strategy, VIACOM

EVP, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, VIACOM Kids & Family Group

Kathy Thornton-Bias

President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Michael Treisman

General Counsel, Global Capital Markets, Bain Capital

Tom Werner

Chairman, Boston Red Sox

Partner and Co-Founder, Carsey-Werner LLC

Karla Aghedo (RBS 2001)

Founder and CEO, The Aghedo Firm & Houston Wellness Workshops for Women (H3W)

Michael Billings (RBS 1997)

Global Investor

Eleanor Branch (RBS 2001) Product Strategy, ServiceNow

Darryl Cobb

Partner, Charter School Growth Fund

Matthew D. Cutts

Head of US Policy & Government Relations, Dentons US LLP

Dorian Dargan (RBS 2007)

Designer and Product Leader, Human Interface Design, Apple

Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

VP, Office of Development Policy, U.S International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Chris Foley, PhD

Senior Consultant and Healthcare Practice Lead, Plus Delta Partners

Caleb Franklin (RBS 2001)

Founder and Managing Partner, Matter Advisors

Dana Goldsmith


Shavonne Gordon

Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Morgan Stanley

Anthonie Goudemond

SVP and Head of HR, Siemens Healthineers

Lynne Hale

VP, Publicity and Communications, Lucasfilm Ltd. (retired)

Azadeh Hardiman Business Leader, Level20, Progressive Insurance

Morgan Harper (RBS 2001)

Attorney, community organizer and political candidate

Judith Harrison

EVP, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick

Ritza Y. Hendricks

Managing Partner, R.Y.Ink! LLC

Daphra Holder (RBS 2003)

Product Manager, Facebook Ann D. Horner

Retired Business Executive

Tracey Brown James Managing Partner, The Cochran Firm

Kani Keita (RBS 2008)

Vice President, TPG Capital

Calvin C. LaRoche

Co-Founder, DC Ventures & Associates, LLC

Greg Lorjuste

Deputy Chief of Staff, Urban Institute

Sharon Brickhouse Martin

Founder and President, Brickhouse Martin Healthcare Engineering

Ethan Monreal-Jackson (RBS 2008)

Founder, General Partner, Newtype Ventures

Lesia Bates Moss

President/CEO, Bates Consulting Group

Cynthia R. Murray

President, Cynthia Murray Enterprises, LLC

Jeffrey Nelson (RBS 2006)

Founder and CEO, Cinchapi and Co-Founder, Blavity Kaya Orkand

Manager, Orion Technology Solutions, LLC

Jonathan Piper (RBS 1998)

Chief Scientific Officer, MIM Software

Danielle L. Purfey

Managing Director and Head of Global Talent Brand and I&D, Accenture

Joshua B. Rales

Founder & Managing Partner, RFI Associates

Eileen Cassidy Rivera

VP of Communications, MAXIMUS Corporation

M. Michelle Robinson (RBS 1997)

Associate Professor of American Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill

Georgina Sanger

SVP-Strategic Partnerships, EverFi, Inc

Alvenia Scarborough

SVP, Corporate Communications and Chief Brand Officer, The Chemours Company

Elsie Wilson Thompson Attorney

Jonice Gray Tucker Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

R. Kenley Webster Attorney at Law Dr. Michael A. Williams

Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Virginia Health System

Tyrone “Woody” Woodyard Vice President, Communications, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

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Scholarship Sponsors are very special and generous people who have provided the funding to fully support a Ron Brown Scholar and without whom we could not award the number of scholarships we do, nor support our wonderful young Ron Brown Scholars in the unique way that is the foundation of our mission.

Boggs Family in Memory of Thomas Hales Boggs, Jr. Brown Advisory Harry and Jeanie Burn Stephen and Mary Anne Burns CAP Charitable Foundation

Goldman Sachs

Dane E. Holmes in Honor of Jonas Holmes Ann D. Horner

Kani Keita (RBS 2008) in Honor of Julie Hong Clayton

Donald and Mary-Mac Laing Phyllis and Melvyn Leffler John McAllister

Ethan Monreal-Jackson (RBS 2008)

Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation Dr. Donald S. and Kim Orkand Anthony M. Pilaro

Joshua B. Rales and Susan Weissman

Ron Brown Scholar Alumni Association Sanofi - Genzyme Corporation Jonice Gray Tucker



Our Leaders Network Partners share valuable career advice with our young leaders while introducing them to professional opportunities within their organizations.

Apex Clean Energy

Brown Advisory

Capital One Deloitte

Dodge & Cox


General Catalyst

Goldman Sachs

Google Jane Street Capital Latham & Watkins LLP

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation

Otis Elevators

Paramount Plume Design

RTI International Siemens Healthineers Silicon Valley Bank Verizon Wake Forest University School of Business Weber Shandwick


Colleges, universities, educational organizations, foundations and friends who share in the Guided Pathway Support Program’s mission to help talented African American youth defy the college access gap.


Alliance Bernstein Boule Foundation Capital One Ambassador Diana L. Dougan Fund II Foundation

Meta Motivate Labs Dr. Donald S. and Kim Orkand S. Sonjia Smith The College Board Walmart


Amherst College

Carnegie Mellon University Cornell University Florida A&M George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia Johns Hopkins University Middlebury College

Northwestern University Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College College of William & Mary


Amazon Smiles Apple AT&T

Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area Comcast NBCUniversal Ecolab

ESPN Exelon Corporation

Goldman Sachs Gives Google

Lockheed Martin Employee Campaign

Lockheed Martin Employees’ Political Action Committees (LMEPAC)

Melcare Fund - Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc.

Microsoft Pivotal Ventures LLC Surdna Foundation

The Walt Disney Company Foundation



Ambassador Diana L. Dougan

Anonymous Dr. Donald S. and Kim Orkand


Anonymous Anonymous Dana M. Emery

Peters Pharis Foundation

Sondra Raspberry

RFI Foundation

Silver Lake Troy and Kim Stanfield

Universal Music Group (Task Force for Meaningful Change) R. Ted Weschler



Anonymous Fahri Diner

Meredith and Barry Eggers

Epsilon Zeta Boule Foundation Inc. Christopher Foley, PhD John M. Fuscoe and Dr. Gayle DiLalla Ann D. Horner

Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation

Lightspeed Venture Partners Dr. Christopher Payne and Dr. Jeannette Potts Andrew Pilaro Angela Vallot Michael Winger

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Drs. Mark & Jean Abel

Diego Anderson

Anonymous Bain

Robert Banks

Margaret and James Barrett David and Carolyn Beach Isham Jay Bennett Ronald Berger Susan and James Blackman Lacy L. Blalock

Douglas C. Boggs

Donna Broshek

Amy Burkert

Chad Burns

Jessica Nagle

Kathleen Nathan

Sridhar Nathan

Anita and John O’Connell Family

Matthew O’Connell

Thomas O’Donnell

Lisa Olsen

Susan Payne

Tara Petersen

Vivian W. Pinn, MD

Karlis and Jill Povisils

Prime Response Inc.

Danielle Purfey

Rosen Radnev

Junius Randolph, Jr.

Drs. Anthony Rene & Mary Ann


L. D. Britt, MD, MPH

Michael Davidsen and Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Roland and Gayle Driver

Nicholas R. Duke

Amb. Susan Esserman and Andrew Marks

Mark and Stephanie Goodwin

Lynne Hale

John Houghton

Diane Hodges Iorio

DC Ventures & Associates, LLC

Thaderine D. MacFarlane

MacFarlane Partners Investment Management, LLC

Jonathan D. Mariner


Lynn and Chuck Mills

The Peter B. And Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation

Georgina Sanger and Bowdy Train

Marcy Dutton Segre and David Segre

Sabine Von Sengbusch

John and Carolyn Shurman

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mary and Tom Snitch

The Stephen A. Schwarzman

Education Foundation

Elsie Wilson Thompson and W. McIlwaine Thompson, Jr.




Caren and Max Aronin

Patrick Baker and Esme Howard

Dr. Nicole K. Bates

Sue and John Berry

Jennifer and Jeremy Blackman

Karen Borno

John Bowman Joseph Brand

Leniece and Delano Brissett

Wendy Brown

Janice L. Burnham and Steven D. Cooper

Michael and Cheryl Calhoun

Rosamond Casey

Kevin and Caroline Childs

Christopher R. Conte

Matthew D. and Janice Cutts

Kevin Davis

Mariya Filippova

Hon. Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado

Barbara and Hamilton Fox

Kevin and Catherine Gallagher

Dana Goldsmith and Stephen Gunther, MD

Gunther Family (Sam, Burke, Moses and Joel)

Shavonne Gordon Anthonie Goudemond

Azadeh Hardiman

Robert H. and Cecile B. Harper Grady Hedgespeth

Heiner Family Fund Michelle Ifill

Jim and Lisa Considine Robin Joy Richard Juhnke

Nicole and Mike Keens

Barbara & Jay Kessler Benna Kushlefsky

Jack and Parker Lefever

John Webster Leslie, Jr. and Caroline Pech

Dr. Dexter Love

Rodell Mallory

Sharon Brickhouse Martin Dale McElveen

Gavin R. McFarland

Mark and Karyl-Leigh Megaw

Roger Foster Millay and Robin Scott Millay

Lesia Bates Moss

P. Clarke Murphy

Roberta Olson

Jeffrey Osterman

Bert Page

Joseph Pilaro

Natalia Quintero

Edward and Shelly Reddick

Clyde Robinson

Brian and Jennifer Siegel

Elizabeth “Gib” Staunton

The Estate of Twila Richmond Stofer

Steven Snyder

Carolyn Thornhill

Randy and Steven Toll

Gordon Trousdale

Micheline Tusenius and Craig Allen

Raymond E. Vickery, Jr.

John Waits and Gloria Rockhold Aaron S. and Rosa Williams

Asila Calhoun

Maria Cancian

Anne Carbone

Maria G. Carmona and Ari Q. Fitzgerald

Dr. Melody Carter and Curtis Ellis Mikki Cottet

Jasna Coustaury

Terri Dean

Lisa and Antonio Desamours Lynn and John Dillon

Roberta DiNardo

Margaret Dodson-Hatcher Elvira Elek

Michael and Carolyn Ellis Kenneth Epps

Greg and Tierney Fairchild

Pamela Feinstein Marc Freeman Kelly Geary Tom Geismar Tatia and Earl Granger Carol Hartigan Ritza Hendricks

Leon P. Hill and Tori E. Richardson Hill Rodney and Freda Hobbs Farrah Holder

Kristine Holland

Ellie Horner

Adam Hotchkiss

Christopher Howard Antoinette Jackson

Richard Jean-Baptiste

Jennifer Jessie Lillie Jessie

Richard Jessie

Olivia John

Deborah Johnson Ervin and Lorraine Jordan

Cindy Joseph Luka Krajger

Laurent Leseigneur

Peppy Linden

Monica Gray Logothetis

Jermaine Lowery

Tamera Luzzatto

Paul and Nancy Mack Rob Maggin, MD

Mary Magloire and Beatrice Birman Fund

Robert S. and Sylvia Melvin, Jr. Paulette J. Morant

Chris and Sheila Morris Ian Morse Cynthia R. Murray


Xavier Richardson

Lynne Robinson

Luz Maria Rodriguez, MD

Geri and Bruce Schirmer

Jill A. Schuker

Peter Sherin

Jon Shoates and Laura Washington-Shoates

Susan Shortreed

Andrew Skotdal

Dr. Craig Slingluff

Khalid Smith

Jenny Swanson

Jim Taylor

Ericka Thomas

Kathy Thornton-Bias

Daria Torres

Jeffrey L. Turner

Lynn Waidelich

The Westwind Foundation

Paul Weisenfeld

Paul White

Benjamin F. Wilson

Bethany Dickerson Wynder Charles W. C. Yancey


Linda and Michael Allderdice


Melanie Avery

Joseph Barden

Kyle Barnette

Berooted LLC

Mary Charles Blakebrough Dan Blitz

Kat Bloomfield

Layne Brookshire

Cleo S. Brown

Mara Burnett and Tim Frechette

Alfred Carroll, Jr.

Christopher J. Churchill

Tod Cohen

Michele Dancy

Paatricia Diggs

Priscilla Dittmer

Stephen Duffy

Stu Eizenstat

Vanessa Evans-Grevious

Roger and Lisa Fairfax

Joan Fenton

Kristina Fierstein

Howard A. Foard, III

Ragan and McDara P. Folan, III

Pamela Friedman

Kendra L. Gaither

Joan Goldmann

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Sylvia Green

Bradley H. and Meredith Gunter

Cindy Hamady

Kate Hamilton

Annie Hopkins

Yolanda Hudson

Marcia Invernizzi

Skip Jones

Woodrow Jones

Anita Karadia Jared Keys April Kilpatrick Joyce Kline

Kristen Shipley

Mondi Kumbula-Fraser

Joan Lane Denise Levitan

Floyd H. Lewis, Jr.

Robert Love

Trisha Lowe

Kyra Mahoney

Petrice Malcolm

Donna Marino

Markita and Michael Keaton

Jerry McCall

Deborah Meyers

Danielle Moore-Lewis

Windle Morgan

Dorcas Morrow

Uzoamaka Okoro

Sharon Wanenchak Orr

Teresa Patrick Apriel Powell Martin

Jessica Randolph

Scott Rechler

Ann Reilly

Ryan Revel Maria Richardson Willis Richardson

Richard Rosenfeld

Katharine Roth

David Saltzman

Marc J. Selverstone

Gregory Silber Victor Spano

John Stone

Veronica Urquilla Laura Tate-Santiago Dr. Davey Wright


Meredith Eggers

Kelly Halper

David L. Evans


Ann D. Horner

Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation

Gregory Lorjuste

Sarah Rosen Wartell

Christopher Middleton (RBS 2012)

Jamie Dohopolski

Pedro Gonzalez

Tyler Patrick


Robert B. Binswanger

Benjamin Binswanger

Morgan Binswanger

Sidney Blanks

Alex Bahun

Brad and Martha Baker

Lance Blanks

Elizabeth Chappell

Patricia Cooklin

Bruce Evans Cara Jordan

Margaret Koch Patricia Lowry J. Smith

Thomas Hales Boggs, Jr. Boggs Family Lansing B. Lee, III

Christopher A. Pilaro

Patrick Baker and Esme Howard Andrew R. McFarland Gavin R. McFarland

William J. Raspberry

Sondra D. Raspberry

Leslie Rathjens

Bill Dorsey Ann D. Horner

Sara Reilly

Steven H. Rubin




Kani Keita in Honor of Julie Hong

Clayton Ethan Monreal-Jackson


Devon Cash Danai Kadzere

Sean P. R. Nolan, PhD Dr. Carmelle T. Norice Tra


Terence S. Carter Daphra A. Holder Dr. Tiffany R. Jackson


Michael A. Billings

Eleanor W. Branch

Jasmine M. Browne

Stefon Q. Burns Dr. Marco F. Ellis

Sebastian Flores Dr. Travis A. Gayles

Miles A. Johnson

Luis M. Jones

Michael Mekonnen Angela A. Smedley

Luther G. Williams


Amber M. Bailey

Chaz M. Beasley

Alister Bent Jordan C. Brewer

Justin Bullock John A. Burton

Tyrone Clay Michael A. Crawford Dorian D. Dargan

Folake I. Dosu

Brennan and Andre Gould

Taylor L. Howell

Christopher A. Hunter, PhD

Kory D. Kantenga May L. Lugemwa Neveen H. Mahmoud Marquise J. McGraw, PhD

Christopher Middleton

Julian Miller

Esther O. Owolabi

M. Michelle Robinson, PhD

Petra M. Sander Ybarra, PhD Errol C. Saunders, II

Robert J. Smith, III Rassan Walker

Aaliyah N. Williams

Joellé Williams Alexandra C. Wood Ellen T. Yiadom Hoover


Karla Aghedo

Elizabeth V. Alicea Jordan Alston

Danielle C. Lovell Jones Dr. Sando K. Ojukwu

Joseph P. Browne

Robert L. Brutus, III Brittany N. Coleman Jonte Craighead Douglas H. Cunningham Natalie R. Davis, PhD

Victor Alex Davis

Immanuel R. Foster

Geraldine Pierre Haile, PhD Ryan J. Hatten

Ashley V. N. Hayes

Andrea Headley, PhD William Humphrey Afaf Ibraheem

Robert M. Kabera Bruke Kifle

Sarah B. LaBrie Dr. Diarra K. Lamar Sade M. Lawrence Kara M. Lee Ku McMahan, PhD Dasia Moore

Tracy Moore, II Adora I. Mora

Brandon L. Nicholson, PhD Catherine C. Ntube Jonathan W. Piper Ade A. Sawyer

Mohammed Toure Crystal V. Venning Rev. Gerald L. Williams, PhD


Danielle M. Allen

Isis P. Anderson

Anonymous Jocelyn T. Bell

Efren W. Bonner

Crystal N. Boyd

William S. Chichester, III Halle Clottey

Nancy Coleman

Jim W. Cunningham

Mamadou Diallo

Salmana Diallo Cameron W. Drake

Caleb I. Franklin

Maurice Gilbert

Lisa E. J. Gordon Harrison

Sara Hailu

Caroline Haoud Morgan G. Harper

Alvin E. Hough, Jr. Desmond Howard

Ollie M. Howie

Margaret D. Ivey

Tristan Ivory, PhD

Sheila Adams James Dr. Maïkha Jeanlione

Dorothy Jones

Dr. Maris S. Jones

Christopher C. Khan

Devin Kilpatrick

Fatima Loeliger

Dr. Nneka C. Madu

Miles Malbrough

Sean Means

Saaleha Medlock

Keylonnie L. Miller

Dr. Misha M. Mutizwa

Desiree C Montgomery

Andrew Moton

Khalia V. Mounsey

Jayda Murray Doris A. Ofori

John O. Okhiulu

Dr. Keon K. Pearson

Saundra S. Quinlan

Raymond Pryor, IV Jerry Registre

Tyrell Russell Marcus K. Shallow

Jennifer M. Banner Sobers

Dylan L. Solomon

Lora Strum-Vaitsas

Sparlha Swa

Michael Thompson

Kiah C. Thorn

Veronica H. Threadgill Frelicia N. Tucker

Colin Webb

Ryan O. Williams-French Casandra Woodall

Dr. Koryse S. Woodrooffe DeLeon J. Wright



Noah A. Faison


Aleena D. Brown

Nkemakolam U. Chukwumerije D’Anya G. Pickett


We extend a special thanks to the phenomenal members of our Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, Leaders Network Advisory Council, National and Local Selection Committees, GPS volunteers and our many community volunteers. We thank you for your dedication, time, advice and wisdom. Without you, we could not do what we do.

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In 25 years, the Program has awarded over $21M in scholarships. That would not have been possible without friends like you and our corporate partners. With your help, the Program has grown to provide support services and resources to over 2,000 students annually - Scholars, Captains and GPS Navigators - through our three initiatives. We do our best every day to be good stewards of the trust you place in us to help make an extraordinary impact on the lives of these talented young people and our next generation of leaders.

As we continue to grow and support this community of intellectually gifted and public service-minded African American students, we hope you will consider extending your generosity once again. Below you will find a list of opportunities for your consideration - we appreciate every gift, no matter the size. A gift envelope is enclosed should you wish to make a donation, or you may donate online at www.ronbrown.org. Thank you.

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We encourage you to share information about the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Scholars with friends/family/colleagues who may be interested in learning more or making a donation. Or let us know if you would like us to reach out to anyone directly.

Emergency Funds/ Donations & Monthly Gifts

Visit www.ronbrown.org or send a check made payable to Ron Brown Scholar Fund and mail to: 485 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 206, Charlottesville, VA, 22901

Scholarship Agreements

Fully fund a $40,000 scholarship to support a Ron Brown Scholar. Option to pay $10,000 per year for 4 years. Please contact Michael Mallory mmallory@ronbrown. org or Anita Karadia akaradia@ ronbrown.org

Host a virtual Fundraiser

Please consider hosting a virtual fundraiser, or you may set up a fundraiser on social media to support the Ron Brown Scholar Program.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are offered by many companies to encourage philanthropy giving amongst their employees. Please check with your company to learn if they participate in a matching gift program.

Partnership Agreements

Leaders Network Partnership

Consider joining the Ron Brown – Ruth and Norman Rales Leaders Network partners to help achieve your company’s diversity and inclusion goals. Please contact Holly Duke hduke@ronbrown.org.

GPS Educational Partnerships

By partnering with GPS, you would enjoy access to the entire GPS community, comprised of 1,000+ high school juniors, seniors, and their parents, and advance your recruitment efforts. For more information contact Kiya Jones kjones@ronbrown.org or Randy Tripp, Jr. rtripp@ronbrown.org.


We are an official organization recognized to participate in the Amazon Smile Charity Giving Program. Please designate the Ron Brown Scholar Fund as your favorite charity so that a portion of the purchases you make through Amazon (.05%) will be donated to the Program. There is no additional cost to you to do this.

Ron Brown Scholar Program

485 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 206 Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 Phone 434-964-1588 Fax 434-964-1589 www.ronbrown.org

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