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Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Thrive: Celebrating and Empowering Princeton’s Black Alumni is being created and developed with the leadership and direction of the Thrive Steering Committee. After the University hosted numerous focus group gatherings with Princetonians across the country — Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Princeton and Washington, D.C. — and conducted a pre-conference survey to gather feedback and ideas on programming for the conference, the Steering Committee of talented, engaged volunteer leaders is developing concepts and starting to weave together the robust programming for the conference.

Using the findings from the focus groups and the survey as a foundation, the Steering Committee is engaging alumni from around the globe to delve deeper into topics and to identify thought leaders who could add meaningful insights into areas of interest. With support from the Princeton University Office of Alumni Affairs, the Steering Committee will invite featured speakers, develop concepts for panels, and organize sessions for the three-day conference.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Craig Robinson ’83*
Craig Robinson ’83

Craig Robinson uses his considerable leadership, strategic and organizational development experience along with his national notoriety to design, develop and implement compelling visions for the future in the burgeoning sports industry. He is respected

Tumi Akinlawon ’15*
Fiyinfoluwa ‘Tumi’ Akinlawon ’15

Fiyinfoluwa “Tumi” Akinlawon of Lagos, Nigeria, is a master’s in business administration candidate at Harvard Business School. Before business school, he was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, Texas, and Perth, Australia,

Lori Dickerson Fouché ’91

Lori Dickerson Fouché is senior executive vice president and CEO of TIAA’s Retail & Institutional Financial Services. Lori oversees the business areas that focus on meeting the growing needs of TIAA institutional and individual

Michael Fletcher ’03
Michael S. Fletcher II ’03

For nearly two decades, Michael Fletcher ’03 has been committed to providing access to high quality education to youth in historically under-resourced communities. His work with educational nonprofits, coupled with his experience in student

Members of the Steering Committee:

Akira Bell
Akira Lynn Bell ’95

Akira Lynn Bel ’95 is an Information Technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading technology services. Akira is currently the SVP and CIO at Mathematica, a company in Princeton, NJ dedicated to

Aku Ammah-Tagoe ’11
Aku Ammah-Tagoe ’11

Anthony Noble - Updated
Anthony Noble *01

Anthony Noble serves as the vice president and chief of staff to the chairman, president and CEO of American Tower Corporation, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust that owns and operates wireless communications infrastructure

Brigitte Anderson ’02

Brigitte Anderson ’02 is the founder and principal of Orange Vista, a consultancy focused on market research. Brigitte began her career in the financial services industry and spent nearly a decade in a variety

Chandler Cleveland ’18

Chandler Cleveland earned his AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he currently resides in Washington, D.C. and is a first-year law student at Georgetown University

Debbie Scott Williams ’84

Debbie Scott Williams, a recipient of the 2014 Award for Service to Princeton, is the former national board chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. She lives in the Kansas City area where

Duane McWain ’80
Duane E. McWaine ’80

A native of Oakland, California, Duane McWaine attended Longfellow, Crocker Highlands, and King Estates public schools before graduating from CPS high school. After receiving his AB degree at Princeton University, Duane completed medical school

Eric Plummer ’10

Eric Plummer is the market manager for Lyft in New Jersey. He has almost a decade of experience helping businesses grow by leading teams and leveraging data to guide strategic decisions. Eric has led

Ita Ekpoudom ’03
Ita Ekpoudom ’03

Ita is a partner at GingerBread Capital. Her mission is to engage, educate and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. In 2014, Ekpoudom founded Tigress Ventures, an advisory and

Julianna Yasinski Edwards ’92

Julianna has practiced employment law for over 20 years in southern California. After graduating from USC School of Law, Julianna spent six years with the national defense firm, Littler Mendelson, P.C. Searching for more,

Kevin C. Dowdell ’83

Kevin is a managing director at Dalya Partners (a life sciences strategy consulting firm), an entrepreneur and a proud dad – and he has had an extraordinary career “arc.” As managing director of Dalya

Marquis Parker ’99

Marquis Parker is a business leader, advisor and mentor who has experience formulating strategies and addressing mission-critical issues for organizations ranging from government and public sector entities to global private sector firms. Currently, he

Rana Campbell ’13

Rana Campbell is a master storyteller, marketing strategist, content creator and founder/host of “Dreams In Drive,” a podcast and community she launched in January 2016 that teaches individuals how to take their dreams out