Our Team

Shawn Dove

Chief Executive Officer

Shawn Dove serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations focused on improving the life outcomes of America’s Black men and boys. Started by the Open Society Foundations in 2008 as the nation’s largest philanthropic initiative on this issue, Dove’s stellar management has propelled CBMA into becoming an independent entity, growing its membership to more than 4,800 leaders representing over 2,600 organizations nation-wide.

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Janet Dickerson

New York City

Senior Communications Consultant

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Valerie Merritt

New York City

Chief of Staff to the CEO

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Board Members

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Tonya Allen

President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

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A. Nicole Campbell

Senior Director of Operations and Foundation Counsel, Dalio Foundation

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Geoffrey Canada

President, Harlem Children’s Zone

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Jim Shelton

Senior Advisor, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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BMe Community

BMe Community is the #1 Largest Social Entrepreneur Fellowship in US for Black Men. It is an award-winning network of community-builders known for defining people by their positive contributions to society and enlisting incredible black men who inspi.. re us to be Better Together. BMe boldly cures hopelessness, openly defies helplessness, and creatively builds powerful networks of brothers and sisters of all races and genders. Since 2013 BMe’s 40,000 members have helped themselves and over 2-million others to improve their health, wealth, hope and communities.

Cities United

Cities United was launched in 2011 by Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter, who partnered with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Casey Family Programs President and CEO, William C. Bell, Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO, Shawn Dove, and the Nati.. onal League of Cities to forge a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. Today, this movement has grown to nearly 90 cities committed to working with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropic organizations and other stakeholders to reduce the epidemic of homicides and violence plaguing African American young men and boys. These cities also are focused on restoring hope to their communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education and increased opportunities for residents.


The mission of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) is to connect, inspire, support and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional and academic development of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC is the only na.. tional education organization of practitioners solely focused on promoting the educational success of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC works with all schools – preK-12th grade; public, charter and private; coed and single gender. COSEBOC connects research, policy and practice and is a learning community for school leaders.

Executives' Alliance

The Executives’ Alliance is a national philanthropic alliance that will “evaluate promising approaches, advocate for effective public policy and systems change, and invest in young men as assets for America’s future.

Kodjoe Family Foundation

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that..  have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. Throug.. hout U.S. history, disparities in opportunities for millions of boys and young men of color have prevented them from reaching their full potential. A disproportionate number have entered a cycle of poverty, injustice and social immobility as a result of the unique systemic challenges that boys and young men of color face. MBK Alliance provides comprehensive and sustained interventions to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color and empower them with the resources and support to get and stay on a path to success.

National Cares Mentoring Movement

Founded in 2006 by Susan Taylor as Essence CARES, the National CARES Mentoring Movement is today a fast-growing coalition of some of the nation's most trusted organizations, concerned Black Americans and caring supporters. 


Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good sc.. hools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations.

Root Cause

Root Cause has been a trusted partner to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement for over six years.  Over that time Root Cause has supported CBMA in a variety of ways including the BMA Dashboard, High School Excellence Framework, and Promise of Plac.. e report.  Root Cause's passion: using data and evidence to generate higher performance for mission-driven organizations of all sizes. Since 2003, Root Cause has worked with more than 250 nonprofits and foundations of all sizes to improve outcomes, grantmaking, and, most importantly, people’s lives—faster, better, smarter, at greater scale.   Core to Root Cause's work is the Root Cause high performance framework, a practical, responsive approach to making organizations, programs, and grantmaking more strategic, efficient and effective. The framework is grounded in building the organizational health and programmatic effectiveness of our clients, enabling them to make better progress toward their mission in a culture of continuous improvement.


American Express

The American Express Foundation was founded in 1954. It makes grants under three program themes, including cultural heritage, economic independence and community service on behalf of American Express Company and its subsidiaries.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

We are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which we can do the most good. From poverty to health, to education, our areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. So we build..  partnerships that bring together resources, expertise, and vision—working with the best organizations around the globe to identify issues, find answers, and drive change.

Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Its mission is to provide and improve — and ultimately p.. revent the need for — foster care. www.casey.org

Ford Foundation

We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives. Across eight decades, our mission has sought to reduce poverty and inju.. stice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Learn more about our mission, our values and culture, and how we approach our work.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce povert.. y and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. www.fordfoundation.org

Ford Motor Company Fund

Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and not-for-profit organizations in three areas: education, community life and driving safely.

JP Morgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial bank.. ing, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Kenan Charitable Trust

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1966 by a bequest from the estate of chemist and industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr. Mr. Kenan felt so keenly about the importance of education that his will directed that part of his esta.. te become the corpus of the Kenan Charitable Trust. Grants are awarded in the areas of higher education and K-12 education; arts and arts education, basic human needs, as well as others initiatives and family interests. www.kenancharitabletrust.org

Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community de.. velopment in Detroit.www.kresge.org

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. www.opensocietyfoundations.org.. 

Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy with assets of nearly a half-billion dollars and annual grant budgets of $15-17 million. The Foundation supports quality educational and economic opportunities for Det.. roit children, and equitable civic action that champions the city’s youth. www.skillman.org

The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of .. all Californians.www.calendow.org

United Way of Southeast Michigan

We're improving lives and empowering every family to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity and health — the cornerstones of a strong, equitable community.

William Kenan Charitable Trust

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1966 by a bequest from the estate of chemist and industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr. Grants are awarded in the following four areas: •          Education •          Arts and Arts Educati.. on •          Basic Human Needs •          Other Initiatives