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about cbe

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empowering the black community
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developing inspired leaders

Coalition of Black Excellence was started by Black professionals from over 40 organizations with the goal of building community among Black professionals. The entirely volunteer-led team launched CBE Week, a gathering designed to highlight excellence in the Black community, bring together talented Black professionals across different sectors, and strategically discuss advancing the Black community.

After a successful inaugural event, CBE formalized as a 501(c)3 and expanded its programming to include a Summit for Black professionals across sectors. In August 2019, CBE merged with The Recharge Group, an organization of Black professionals connecting to share unique experiences and strengthen African American Bay Area social bonds.

CBE activates its vision with its events at the Battery, featuring panel discussions across CBE’s professional development tracks, and through CBE Week. With partnership events, CBE Summit, Code Black Gala, and more, CBE programming serves as a platform for uniting, celebrating, and uplifting the Black community as a whole.

we envision a
unified & thriving
Black community

CBE is dedicated to unifying and elevating the Black community.

Our collective approach to racial equity and justice focuses on the  (1) nonprofits dedicated to the Black community, (2) majority owned Black businesses, and (3) Black professionals across sectors. 

"As an organization, our mission is to unify and elevate the Black community. We started our journey focused on bridging gaps in the Black community and creating spaces for Black professionals across generations, backgrounds, and industries to come together to support each other in our careers and business. Now, more than ever we need to break down silos, come together and find ways to leverage our collective expertises to elevate our community."

Angela Johnson & Marc Spencer
coalition of black excellence Co - CEOs

CBE goals:

Build

  • To build coalitions that leverage assets effectively and efficiently to achieve collective impact across the Black community.
  • To build an ecosystem that supports majority black owned businesses by providing access to human and financial capital.
  • To build networks that provide opportunities for career mobility and help establish diverse talent pipelines across industries.

Promote

  • To promote and celebrate nonprofits for the purpose of attracting human and financial capital and amplifying their impact.
  • To promote and celebrate majority owned Black businesses, founders and entrepreneurs for the purpose of increasing access to capital and customer base.
  • To promote and celebrate Black professionals across sectors by supporting their career growth, personal brand, and networking opportunities.

Inspire

  • To inspire Black professionals to give their time, talent and treasure to deserving nonprofits.
  • To inspire the circulation of Black dollars into Black businesses.
  • To inspire the continued professional and personal growth, and to highlight Black professional excellence in the community at large.

"I recently moved to the Bay Area for a new job and hadn't had much interaction with black professionals until the CBE Summit. It was refreshing and reinvigorating to meet and learn from so many like-minded professionals."

coalition of black excellence member

our
executive
team

ANGELA JOHNSON

Senior Litigation Counsel,
Uber Technologies Inc.

FOUNDER & CO-CEO

DR. MARK
SPENCER

CEO of Summer Search

CO-CEO

SHANNON
NASH

CFO, INSIDE SOURCE

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

NAKEENA TAYLOR

SR. COUNSEL, ATRIUM

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

MICHELE
ROSS

Product Marketing Manager Lead, Google

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

JULIAN
ROSS

PRODUCT MANAGER, APPLE

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

our
CBE
team

LESLIE
SPENCER

Partner, Desmarais LLP
CBE Programs Committee

BEN
WANZO


PITCH DAY CHAIR
CBE SUMMIT

Y'ANAD BURRELL

OWNER/CEO, GLASS HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS

CBE Marketing & Comms Committee

ROBERT WHITE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA MINORITY COUNCIL PROGRAM

LEGAL PITCH DAY CHAIR
CBE SUMMIT

ROBYN E. CROSS

SENIOR CLAIMS & HEALTH ADVOCATE, ABD INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

CBE Programs Committee

JAMAL THOMPSON

MANAGER OF ENGINEERING PROGRAMS, BART


CBE Programs Committee

ADAMAKA AJAELO

Executive Director & Founder,
Self-eSTEM

CBE Program Committee

MICHAEL FLANIGAN

ASSOCIATE, REICHMAN JORGERNSEN LLP

CBE Programs Committee

LIKU MADOSHI

ATTORNEY, BLEDSOE, DIESTEL,
TREPPA & CRANE LLP

Recharge Program Director

IMANI BORDEAUX

SENIOR SALES COORDINATOR, THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

Impact Nonprofit Program Lead

MONICA MONROE

PARTNER, TUCKER ELLIS

IMPACT NONPROFIT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
CBE Programs Committee

KEVIN NICHOLS

Co-Founder, President & CEO, Social Engineering Project

Community Outreach Co-Chair

SIMONE
DAVIS

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, ALPHABET

Volunteer Director

JEREMIAH TOLBERT

PRINCIPAL, TOLBERT DESIGN ARCHITECTS

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CO-CHAIR
CBE PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

KIMBERLY
GANT

WEB & DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER, ABD

Creative Director

KEVIN COLEMAN

MANAGING PARTNER, URBANFARMERS, INC.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CO-CHAIR
CBE PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

SHAUNTRICE MARTIN

ASSOCIATION OF BLACK ARGUMENTATION PROFESSIONALS

Impact Nonprofit Program Lead

RHASHAD R.
PITTMAN



Communications Director

EVA PULLIAM

ASSOCIATE, ARENT FOX LLP

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR, GOV'T & LEGAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
CBE FINANCE & SPONSORSHIP TEAM

our
advisory
board

SHELLYE ARCHAMBEAU

BOARD MEMBER OF VERIZON AND NORDSTROM
FORMER CEO OF METRICSTREAM

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

TONY WEST

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER, UBER

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

MELANIE GROSS

AGC & GLOBAL PRACTICE GROUP LEADER, GENENTECH

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

CHRISTOPHE MOSBY

VP & ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL,
HP, INC.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

JEREMIAH TOLBERT

PRINCIPAL, TOLBERT DESIGN ARCHITECTS

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

ACHIA
SWIFT

LEGAL DIRECTOR, UBER

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

SAAFIR
RABB JR.

CEO, INTERCULTURAL, INC.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

ROBERT
WHITE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA MINORITY COUNSEL PROGRAM

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

TAJ
CLAYTON

PARTNER, WINSTON & STRAWN

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

BEN
THOMPSON

FORMER ENERGY SECTOR EXECUTIVE

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

WILSON
WHITE

DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY CORE PRODUCT, GOOGLE LLC

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

JOHN
WHITE

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CARDINAL SYSTEM
VENTURE HOLDINGS

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
CBE ADVISORY BOARD

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