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Meet the Inaugural Black Male Achievement Leaders In Residence Fellows!

In partnership with the University of Louisville and Metro United Way, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement is excited to officially announce the inaugural class of the Black Male Achievement Leaders In Residence Fellowship

This national fellowship program will provide professional development opportunities for a selection of leaders working to improve life outcomes of Black men and boys in their cities and communities. 

The inaugural class of the Black Male Achievement Leaders-in-Residence Fellowship was selected in January. The program includes 10 mid-to-senior-level Black Male Achievement field leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The BMA LIR Fellowship was launched with seed investment from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust. 

Members of the first class include: 

  • DeWarren Langley, executive director, Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Durham, N.C.
  • Rahman Branch, executive director, Office of African American Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Shawn Gardner, founder, 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families, Inc., Louisville, KY
  • Monique Liston, chief strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation, Milwaukee, Wis. 
  • Alphonso Mayo, founder and executive director, Mentoring Mentors, Randallstown, Md. 
  • Darrell Johnson, Louisiana Development Director, Father Flanagan’s Boys Home/ Boys Town Louisiana, New Orleans, La. 
  • Lillian Al-Bilali, senior program director, Children's Arts and Science Workshops Inc., New York, N.Y. 
  • Judy Touzin, founder and lead organizer, The ExceptionAL Project, Flushing N.Y. 
  • Anael Alston, assistant commissioner, New York State Education Department, Albany, N.Y. 
  • Reginald Caldwell, educational consultant, Louisville, KY
“CBMA is passionately committed to investing in both emerging and established leadership that in turn will create sustained impact in the Black Male Achievement field. We congratulate all of the fellows and are excited to provide a rewarding experience that adds even greater value to their work on behalf of Black men and boys." Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

The class is on campus this week for the first of 16 in-person and online sessions that will in all explore such topics as organizational development, succession planning, resource development, strategic communications and public policy. This month’s topic exploration on leadership is being led by UofL College of Business faculty Nat Irvin and Lyle Sussman. The group will also meet with community leaders and tour the Muhammad Ali Center. 

The year-long program will culminate with the class participating in think-tank activities and presenting a project that addresses a community problem in a “Shark Tank” inspired competition. 

“We must equip our present day and future leaders who work with black males with the necessary skills and tools that position this vulnerable population for educational and life success." Ralph Fitzpatrick, Vice President for Community Engagement, University of Louisville

The inaugural class was selected through a national search. Ideal candidates are high-performing, well-established black leaders working toward change. CBMA broadly defines leaders as men and women with 15 years of experience in senior management and executive level roles who are responsible for advancing black male achievement (BMA) outcomes within their organizations, networks and communities. Other candidates are emerging leaders with five years of experience who plan to stay with their organizations post-fellowship to implement the BMA framework. 

“The partnership with the University of Louisville brings the nation’s greatest and most talented minds on Black Male Achievement to contribute to the landscape and also learn from leaders on the ground in Louisville.” said Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United and William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. Anchor Partner

For additional information about the program or applications for future classes, visit https://www.blackmaleachievement.org/our-impact/initiatives/lir.

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