Meet Our #CBMATurns10 Gala Honorees!

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is excited to announce the esteemed honorees being recognized at our special 10th Anniversary Gala taking place on October 18th in New York City! Meet the honorees:


President and CEO, The Skillman Foundation

Tonya Allen serves as the Skillman Foundation’s president and chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing, and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. Allen currently serves the boys and men of color field as CBMA’s chair and co-chair for My Brother’s Keeper Detroit and Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.


Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer,

Ariel Investments

John Rogers, Founder, Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer Portfolio Manager of Ariel Investments, has been a crucial partner to CBMA, calling for the building of generational wealth for a population that has long been excluded from it. Rogers serves on the boards of McDonald’s, Exelon, and The New York Times Company and co-founded the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference to increase diversity and inclusion in corporate boardrooms. In 2008, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. In 2013, John was featured in the distinguished book, The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt.

Rogers founded Ariel Investments In 1983 and built the firm on the belief that patient investors are rewarded in the long run and wealth is best created by investing in quality companies whose true value is realized over time. John’s patient and disciplined approach has resulted in a rare long-term performance track record under a single lead portfolio manager. Ariel Investments is the largest African American led mutual fund in the country, with over $13 billion in assets under management.


Chair of the Soros Fund Management LLC 

& Founder of the Open Society Foundations

George Soros is one of the world’s foremost philanthropists and founder of the Open Society Foundations. His funding has supported individuals and organizations across the globe fighting for freedom of expression, transparency, accountable government, and societies that promote justice and equality. This giving has often focused on those who face discrimination purely for who they are, intolerance that Soros experienced firsthand as a Hungarian-born Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of 1944-45.

Soros eventually left Eastern Europe to study at the London School of Economics and emigrated to the United States where he entered the world of finance and investments. In 1970, he launched his own hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, and went on to become one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. Soros used his fortune to create the Open Society Foundations—a network of foundations, partners, and projects in more than 100 countries. Soros’s support of CBMA becoming independent from Open Society Foundations in 2015 helped spur other philanthropic institutions to better target their own investments in boys and men of color, including Black men and boys.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize George Soros, Tonya Allen and John Rogers for their leadership and are profoundly grateful for their partnership and support of our organization and the broader Black Male Achievement field over the past decade. Each has been invaluable to CBMA in our work to define and build the future we want for ourselves today, where Black males are seen for the limitless assets they are. We look forward to continuing our work with these visionary leaders and our partners to transform America into a true place of promise for Black men and boys.” -- Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

CBMA is the only organization that both supports local leaders on the ground while at the same time amplifying and facilitating the movement for Black Male Achievement around the country. CBMA was launched in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations to address the exclusion of African American men and boys from the economic and political mainstream in the United States. Since its founding, CBMA has now has stretched into a decade of working daringly to accelerate investments, strategies and asset-based narratives in Black men and boys to unprecedented levels.

In 10 years, the CBMA network of leaders and organizations working to advance Black Male Achievement across the country has grown to more than 5,700 individual members and 2,765 organizational members. The organization has catalyzed over $212 million in Black Male Achievement and six national initiatives to anchor the growing field. Funds raised from the Gala will be used to expand CBMA's mission to build beloved communities for Black men and boys by investing in leaders and organizations that are improving life outcomes for Black males across the nation. 

Interested in joining us at the #CBMATurns10 Gala?