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The Black Equity Collective is committed to creating an anti-racist governance structure to support and enhance its network of organizations working to dismantle systemic racism. By anti-racist, we mean that we will operate in a way that reinforces trust and removes obstacles that prevent Black-led and Black-empowering organizations from thriving together.
Our focus is strengthening the long-term capacity and infrastructure of Black-led and Black-empowering social justice organizations in Southern California (Los Angeles County and Inland Empire).

Executive committee


Zahirah Mann*

President & CEO 
Slate Z


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Dina Walker

President & CEO
BLU Education Foundation


John Dobard, Ph.D

Managing Director of Policy & Programs
Catalyst California


Tracy Dennis

Vice President,
Business Development, Global Supplier Diversity

JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Dr. Laura McGowan-Robinson

Diversity in
Leadership Institute

Joseph Devall

Los Angeles and National Criminal Justice Reform

* Chair of the Black Equity Collective Executive Committee





Special thanks to our 2020 planning and design committee, some of whom have moved on to new roles!

Kaci Patterson (on behalf of Black Equity Initiative)
Tamu Jones, The California Endowment
Alex Johnson, The California Wellness Foundation
Joseph Devall, Ballmer Group 
Karren Lane, Weingart Foundation 
Jai Phillips, California Community Foundation 
Kameron Green, Southern California Grantmakers 
Gloria Walton, SCOPE 
Jeffery Wallace, LeadersUp 
Gerri Lawrence, Community Coalition 
Felicia Jones, COPE 
Dina Walker, BLU Educational Foundation 
Dr. John Dobard, Advancement Project 
James Woodson, California Calls 
Lola Smallwood Cuevas, UCLA 
Raena Granberry, Los Angeles County Department 
of Public Health 
Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, USC 

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