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USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council

The USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council (BAC) was established in 2010 to provide leadership for the USC Black Alumni Association (BAA), which since its inception was previously governed by the BAA Board of Directors. The BAC gives strategic guidance concerning the BAA's mission, alumni engagement, student matriculation support, scholarship growth and donor cultivation.The BAC shall consist of the Executive Director, Office of Black Alumni Programs and not less than 12 representatives from various academic, corporate and civic partnerships, along with each BAA Committee Chairperson. As it is an advisory board only, BAC members are invited to serve by the Executive Director.

The BAC seeks to sustain the BAA as a standard bearer for academic excellence and achievement for its alumni and students, through partnerships with the academic community, alumni networks, as well as corporate and civic relationships.

Core Values and Principles

We are compassionate and fair, serving an underserved and underrepresented population. We identify and support the capabilities of black USC alumni and students, and reflect their concerns, perspectives and experiences.


We work in collaboration with the academic, alumni, corporate and civic communities to identify, engage and provide development opportunities that foster the mission of the BAA.


We are accountable to our partners, encouraging the growth and sustainability of the organization.


We are judicial stewards of all resources entrusted to advance the mission of the BAA.


We are committed to providing leadership in order to fulfill the goals and objectives of the BAA.


USC BAC Representatives
The representatives of the BAC are:


  • Daniel Atwater, Senior Manager, Public Relations, Oceanwide Plaza LLC
  • Michele Avan, Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Chris Baccus, Associate Faculty, Santa Monica College
  • Danny Bakewell Jr., President & Executive Editor, Los Angeles Sentinel
  • Bruce Carter, Executive Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
  • Julia Cooksey, Director, Government & External Affairs, Frontier Communications
  • Michael Corrin, Partner, SCA Strategic Partnerships, International LLC
  • Jess Evora, Student Affairs Professional, UCLA, (Chair, BAAYP)
  • Stephanie Farmer, Consultant, Anthem, Inc.
  • David Ford , Region Manager, Southern California Edison
  • Leonard Fuller, President,  Leonard Fuller Consulting
  • Donna Gholar , Executive Assistant, USC President Emeritus (Chair, Scholarship)
  • Donovan Green, Regional Director, External Affairs ATT
  • Isadore Hall, III , Senator, 35th District, State of California
  • Cynthia Heard, VP, Business Development & Communications, YWCA Greater Los Angeles
  • Raphael Henderson, Regional Banking District Manager,  Wells Fargo
  • Dana Heyward , VP, Walton Issacson
  • William Holland, Senior Director, USC Advancement
  • Eric Holoman, President, Magic Johnson Enterprises
  • Terri Holoman, President, FAITH by terri lynn
  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. Assembly member - 59th District State of California
  • John Kennedy, Councilmember 3rd District, City of Pasadena
  • Debra Langford, Diversity Officer, USC Marshall School of Business
  • Reginald Lathan, President, ChemTrans
  • Sharoni Little, Associate Professor, USC Marshall School of Business
  • Lloyd McKinney, Global Supply Chain Lead, Northrop Grumman (Chair, USC BAC)
  • Cecil Murray, John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics, USC School of Religion
  • Kiesha Nix, Executive Director, Los Angeles Lakers Foundation
  • Debbie Pattillo, President, DP Consulting
  • Nolan Rollins, President/CEO, Los Angeles Urban League
  • Kathryn Shirley, President, World Management Solutions, Inc. (USC AA BOG Representative)
  • Simeon Stewart, President/CEO, Stewart Manhattan, Inc.
  • Tensie Taylor, Assistant Director, USC BAA, (Chair, LTL Mentoring)
  • Tony Williams, VP, Smart Utility Systems