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Ambassadors

Ambassadors

NBJC has rolled out an impressive cadre of LGBT people of color stakeholders, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and elected officials to serve as National Ambassadors for this initiative. These National Ambassadors serve as shining examples of what success in LGBT communities of color looks like.

Kylar Broadus, Esq. Simone Bell Carolyn Brown George Carrancho
Dr. Cathy Cohen Eugene Cornelius, Jr. Ben de Guzman Ingrid Duran
LZ Granderson Katheryn King Evan Low Samir Luther
Janet Mock Darryl Moore Natalia Oberti Noguera Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale
Catherine Pino Frantz Tiffeau Cuc Vu

Kylar W. Broadus, Esq.

Kylar BroadusAssociate Professor
Lincoln University

Kylar W. Broadus is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. He is the founder and executive director of the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) and a board member for the National Black Justice Coalition. In addition, Attorney Broadus is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he previously served as chair of the business department.  

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Simone Bell

Simone BellState Representative
Georgia House District 58

Simone Bell is the State Representative for Georgia House District 58.  She won a special election in 2009 and has served for 3 sessions in the House. She is the first African American out lesbian to serve in a State House in the United States. Bell serves on the following committees: Children and Youth, State Planning and Community Affairs, and Human Relations and Aging. These committees allow her to continue her work as a strong advocate for seniors, children and community building.

Prior to serving in the House, Bell worked in health care as an administrator with Emory University Health System and private physician practices. In this work she managed physician offices, coordinated patient services and served as a liaison between the patient, physician and outside vendors, including insurance companies. These works led her to the non-profit sector where she worked for The Health Initiative and Lambda Legal as a community educator. In these roles she traveled across Georgia and the south educating communities about the need for access to affordable and quality health care, workplace equality, safe schools for all children and fighting HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. She also mobilized the LGBTQ community to work towards securing rights and policies that set standards for full equality and civil rights. She’s been a strong advocate for women’s rights, affordable housing, senior issues and youth empowerment for over 20 years.

Bell is a 2003 graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her studies were concentrated in Religion and Women’s Studies. She has received numerous awards for her work in community building, advocacy and organizing. She is a sought after lecturer and presenter at colleges and conferences, sharing her journey from activist to legislator.

Representative Bell lives in Reynoldstown with her partner of 23 years, Valarie Acree.

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Carolyn Brown

Carolyn BrownSenior Multimedia Content Producer
Black Enterprise

Carolyn M. Brown is the Senior Multimedia Content Producer at Black Enterprise, responsible for determining the editorial direction of the publication’s Small Biz section and features. Her career spans 25 years as a writer and editor. Other credits include IncEssencePinkForbes Executive Edge, The SourceHispanic Business, and AOL Black Voices. She is the author of Nobody’s Business But Your Own: A Business Start-up Guide With Advice From Today’s Most Successful Young Entrepreneurs (Hyperion 1999).

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George Carrancho

Dr. Cathy CohenManager, Diversity Markets
American Airlines

As Manager of Diversity Markets, George Carrancho is a member of American Airlines unique team which specializes in marketing and outreach for leading consumer markets including Hispanic, LGBT, Black, Asian and People with Disabilities.  On a global level, he is proud to serve as the Hispanic and LGBT champion for American Airlines.  Through this role, Carrancho also provides direction on American’s Hispanic and LGBT advertising strategy.

Through his volunteer roles, he has served as Co-Chair for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Stars on the Rise Banquet; member of the Advisory Council for St. Jude’s Noche de Esperanza (Night of Hope), Co-Chair of the NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council, member of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Diversity Sub-committee, member of the Board of Directors for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and Dallas Black Tie Dinner. In addition, Carrancho represented American’s LGBT Employee Resource Group (GLEAM) on the Diversity Advisory Council with American’s 16 other groups.  Carrancho is based at American’s oneworld Headquarters in New York City.

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Dr. Cathy Cohen

Dr. Cathy CohenProfessor
University of Chicago

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science. She has served as the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of two books: Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press 2010) and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press 1999). Her general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.

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Eugene Cornelius, Jr.

Eugene Cornelius, Jr.Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Field Operations
U.S. Small Business Administration

As Deputy Associate Administrator, Cornelius is responsible for management and oversight of over 90 offices covering all 50 States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and U.S. Territories. As Deputy Associate Administrator, he provides senior leadership to over 42% of the agency’s budgeted workforce insuring the implementation of its overall goals, programs and operations.  Before joining SBA, Mr. Cornelius was the Director of Business Services for the Los Angeles Community College District in California, the largest community college system in the United States, the Senior Administrative Officer for the City of Redondo Beach, California, and the Risk Manager for the Compton Unified School District, in Compton, California.

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Ben de Guzman

Ben de GuzmanCo-Director for Programs
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Ben de Guzman is a Washington D.C. based community leader in advocacy for recognition of the participation and rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and LGBTQ Americans. He is Co-Director for Programs at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a federation of 40 AAPI LGBTQ organizations around the country. As the National Coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), he led the successful advocacy campaign to restore U.S. military recognition and financial support for Filipino WWII veterans after 63 years.

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Ingrid Duran

Ingrid DuranCo-Founder and Principal
D&P Creative Strategies

Ingrid M. Duran is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies, a company that she and partner
Catherine founded in 2004 to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing the concerns of Latinos, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.

Prior to starting D&P, Ingrid was President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She was tapped by President Bill Clinton to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, and was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Minority Veterans Advisory Board. In 2000, she became the first gay Latina to serve on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, and served as the Chairwoman of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) and as a board member of The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Boards. She currently serves on the boards of the Velvet Foundation and the Futuro Media Group.

Both Hispanic and Poder magazines have named her among the Nation’s 100 Most influential and powerful Hispanics, and the former has recognized her as a Latina of Excellence in 2004 & 2005.

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LZ Granderson

LZ GrandersonCommentator/Contributor
CNN/ESPN

African-American, openly-gay, Christian, and a father, the diversity of LZ Granderson’s work–from sports, education, and race to politics, parenting, and dating–has made him one of the most popular online columnist for both CNN and ESPN. A journalist for nearly 20 years, Granderson also worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The South Bend Tribune and The Grand Rapids Press. In addition to his weekly online columns, Granderson is a regular TV commentator for CNN and ESPN.

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Katheryn King

Katheryn KingRegional Vice-President
U.S. Bank

Katheryn King is a Regional Vice-President at U.S. Bank in the Payment Card Solutions division, who manages the Department of Defense portfolio.  She is also the Chair of U.S. Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.  Katheryn leverages her business acumen to Chair the Business Council for the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and is one of the primary organizers for the “Many Faces. One Dream.” Tour.  She uses her experience as a diversity and inclusion practitioner in an advisory role to NBJC as an organization.

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Evan Low

Evan LowMayor, City of Campbell, CA
President, National League of Cities Asian Municipal Officials

Evan Low was elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2006 and was re-elected in November 2010. He currently serves as President of the National League of Cities Asian Municipal Officials and will serve his second term as mayor in 2013. He became the country’s youngest openly gay mayor in 2010.

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Samir Luther

Janet MockDirector of Leadership Initiatives
Victory Institute

Samir Luther is the Director of Leadership Initiatives at the Victory Institute, where he is responsible for programs that identify and train openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders for public office. Managing the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index from 2004-2010, Samir created groundbreaking resources for employers to recruit and retain talented LGBT workers, consulted with Fortune 500 and AmLaw 200 firms, and is an expert on same-sex partner and spousal benefits and transgender inclusion. A proud native of St. Louis, Missouri, Samir now resides in Washington, D.C.

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Janet Mock

Janet MockWriter and Public Speaker

Janet Mock is a writer, former People.com editor and transgender rights advocate, who shared her story of growing up trans in Marie Claire, xoJane.com and the It Gets Better Project in 2011. A recipient of the Sylvia Rivera Activist Award and a Women’s Media Center Awards nominee, Janet lives and writes in New York City, where she empowers trans women through her #GirlsLikeUs project and serves on the programs committee for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. She is currently at work on her memoir, Fish Food, to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books in 2014.

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Darryl Moore

Darryl MooreBerkeley City Councilman (District 2)
Berkeley, California

Darryl Moore has served on the Berkeley City Council since 2004, representing District 2, South-West Berkeley, California. Moore is a Senior Management Analyst for the Oakland Housing Authority and serves as a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Library and the AIDS Project of the East Bay, and is also the board chair of the Nation Black Justice Coalition.

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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti NogueraFounder and CEO
Pipeline Fellowship

Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) launched the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists, to increase diversity in the U.S angel investing community and create capital for women social entrepreneurs.  Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Dowser, Forbes CSR Blog, ForbesWoman, Mashable, New Prosperity, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, and The New York Times.  Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” and was selected as a Readers’ Pick for HuffPost Tech’s “27 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter.”  Women’s eNews recognized her as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012.  You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

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Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale

Rosalyn Taylor O'NealePrincipal Consultant
Cook Ross Inc.

Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale is an experienced consultant, educator, executive and leadership coach and program designer. She has successfully led diversity and inclusion, and cultural competency education and leadership development programs for, consumer products, media, health care, retail, Fortune 500 companies, and governmental institutions in over 25 countries.

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Catherine Pino

Catherine PinoCo-Founder and Principal
D&P Creative Strategies

Catherine M. Pino is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies, which is a certified minority certified LGBT and Women’s Business Enterprise.  Along with partner Ingrid, Catherine’s aim is to advance corporate, philanthropic and legislative efforts that mirror her deep commitment to social justice and civil rights issues.  Their clients include large and small corporations, major foundations, nonprofit organizations and policymakers. They provide innovate strategies that help their clients meet their business and program objectives with a very strong commitment to advancing social justice goals, consulting with a social conscience.

Through their two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions, Catherine and Ingrid work to impact social change through film and media. Most recently producing Latino List I and II and the LGBT List, scheduled to be released on HBO in June 2013.  Catherine advises corporate and nonprofit leaders on strategy, capacity building and effective program implementation and evaluation, and has worked closely with Fortune 100 companies and private foundations to advance social service initiatives. She is highly sought after for her knowledge and insights on strategic philanthropy.

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Frantz Tiffeau

Frantz Tiffeau

Director, Supplier Diversity
Nationwide Mutual

Frantz Tiffeau recently became the Director of Supplier Diversity for Nationwide Insurance, where he is leveraging his extensive experience to:

  • Establish diverse supplier mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Deepen relationships with certifying diversity organizations to identify strategic, mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Advance organizational goals in leveraging diverse suppliers to reflect the communities Nationwide serves.

Prior to joining Nationwide in October 2013, Frantz served in a variety of positions at Office Depot, for more than 17 years, where he most recently served as Office Depot’s Head of Diversity Initiatives. In this capacity he:

  • Set the strategy and direction for a team charged with selecting and managing the relationships that Office Depot has with all minority, woman-owned and small business partners, and suppliers for internal procurement, resale and merchandising.
  • Provided leadership for internal diversity development and awareness programs, initiatives and networks.
  • Prior to that, he spent 9 years in progressive positions within operations, implementation and logistics working with all of Office Depot’s national distribution centers, warehouses and sales teams.

Frantz currently holds several board positions with different national and regional organizations including:

  • Vice Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Procurement Council
  • Advisory Board member of Affinity Inc. Magazine
  • Board member of Institute for Supply Management’s Diversity Council
  • Board member of Institute for Supply Management’s Supplier Diversity Group
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Cuc Vu

Cuc VuChief Diversity Officer
Human Rights Campaign

Cuc Vu is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  The position is a first for an LGBT organization and sets an ambitious mark for HRC to unite the strength of its one million members and supporters with people of all races and backgrounds to realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.  Vu is a skilled strategist who has a holistic view of civil rights because she has worked across many issues and in several movements, including LGBT, women’s, immigrant rights and labor.  Vu is also the co-founder and a current board member of Mi Familia Vota, a leading civic engagement organization for Latino immigrants.

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