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Black Economic Alliance Announces Inaugural Advisory Board

Black Economic Alliance Announces Inaugural Advisory Board

The Black Economic Alliance -- a new organization focused on uplifting economic opportunities for African Americans through political action -- on Wednesday unveiled its inaugural Advisory Board. We reported earlier this month that the new members included former RNC Chairman Michael Steele; Ron Kirk, the former U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama; former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; and Bakari Sellers, a former state representative in South Carolina and CNN commentator. Joining the 22-member Board is Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Heather McGhee, former President of progressive think tank Demos; Spencer Overton, policy expert and President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Richard Parsons, newly appointed Interim Board Chair of CBS; Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity; Steve Schmidt, Republican communications and public affairs strategist; William Cohen, Secretary of Defense under President Bill ClintonRobert E. Rubin, Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton; Carol Sutton Lewis, attorney and Founder, Ground Control Parenting; Robert Raben, Democratic strategist and an Angel investor in The Beat DCCarla Harris, Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley; Caretha Coleman, former Chairman of the Board of Dignity Health; Ed Lewis, Co-Founder of Essence MagazineChris Lyons, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur; Sheila Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com; Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory; Kneeland Youngblood, Co-Founder of the private equity firm Pharos Capital Group, LLC; Bennie Wiley, President of the WIley Group. Executive Director Akunna Cook says the nonpartisan group will back candidates in competitive races, where there’s at least a 10% African American population. Mellody Hobson, the President of Chicago-based investment firm Ariel Investments, donated $250,000 to the group in June. The Black Economic Alliance is the first African American collective committed to promoting the Black community’s economic needs. It began with a meeting held last summer, where Black executives began brainstorming how to jointly organize a political action committee. “As we moved into 2017, we recognized that the stakes were very high in terms of the economic opportunities for all Americans,” said Co-Chairman Tony Coles. “We began asking, ‘What can we do?’ And we realized in that discussion that there was great power in the collective.” More about the group here.

House Republicans Call Loretta Lynch to Interview

House Republicans Call Loretta Lynch to Interview

Mark Takano Goes for Top Spot on House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Mark Takano Goes for Top Spot on House Veterans’ Affairs Committee