Quarterly Advisory board meetings will be held at WHUT (2222 Fourth Street, NW, DC) from 8:30am-10am on the following dates: 

2015
February 18th
March 18th
April 15th
May 20th
June 17th

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Advisory Board Members

Sherri N. Blount
Eric Easter
John W. Franklin
Nancy Gist
Timothy L. Jenkins
Jacquie Jones
Esteban Olivares
Crystal Palmer
Michelle Raymond

Royal Kennedy Rodgers

Kathleen McCampbell Vance
Joanne Williams
Carmen Ramos-Watson

Sherri N. Blount

Sherri N. Blount is a partner at the DC law offices of Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery and focuses on Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Media issues. She represents media clients, including national cable, television radio networks, television and video producers, website operators, wireless telephone companies, new media entrepreneurs, music publishers, recording artists and authors. Previously, she served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Ms. Blount is a frequent speaker on entertainment, intellectual property law and other legal issues. Her professional achievements were recognized by the Washington Business Journal in 2007, when she was named the Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Washington, DC and by the Washingtonian magazine when she was named one of Washington’s top intellectual property lawyers in 2006 and again in 2008. She is the recipient of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia 2011 Women Lawyer of The Year Award. Ms. Blount is also a member of the Ellington School of the Arts Fund Board and a past board member of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA).

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Eric Easter

Eric Easter is the founding Partner of Rock the Content, LLC.  He is a multi-platform digital content producer and developer of vertical websites and mobile applications targeted to specialized audiences.   Mr. Easter has extensive experience working in the “new media” arena.  He has served as Vice President of Digital & Entertainment for Johnson Publishing Company where he was responsible for the digital strategies for Ebony and Jet magazines.  He was responsible for developing and supervising all aspects of online, new media and Internet strategy for the Johnson Publishing Company.  While at Johnson Publishing, he initiated and executed a partnership with Google to digitize the company’s vase archival assets.  Prior to joining Johnson Publishing, he managed the communications strategy, branding and promotion for the Washington Post and Newsweek’s Interactive websites including washingtonpost.com, newsweek.com, slate.com and several other sites.  He is the creator and co-author of the best-selling Songs of My People (Little Brown 1992) a historic book and international photo exhibition on the lives of African Americans. 

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John W. Franklin

John W. Franklin is the Director of Partnerships and International Programs, at the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  He has worked on African American, African and African Diaspora programs for the past 24 years at the Smithsonian. Initially, he served as researcher and French language interpreter for the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora program of the 1976 Bicentennial Folklife Festival while living and teaching English in Dakar, Senegal. Franklin developed symposia and seminars for the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1987-1992. At the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage he curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs on the Bahamas (1994), Cape Verdean Culture (1995), Washington, D.C. (2000) and Mali (2003). Franklin served on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture from 1998 to 2008 and    the board of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture from 2000 to 2009.   He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies. He edited, My Life and an Era: the Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin with his father, John Hope Franklin.

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Nancy Gist

Nancy Gist is a Non-Profit Consultant with thirty years of experience building, managing and leading organizations in the public and non-profit sectors. Ms. Gist was appointed by President William J. Clinton, and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, to the position of Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S. Department of Justice’s largest grant making agency. She was previously Deputy Chief Counsel of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state public defender agency, and a founding Assistant Director of the United Auto Workers Legal Services Plan. Ms. Gist established The Legacy League, a non-profit organization designed to promote and strengthen philanthropy among professional athletes, and has consulted extensively on organizational and program development in the non-profit sector. She has served as an elected member of boards of directors, and on committees and commissions, of numerous community-based and national non-profit and alumni organizations; as a political appointee on commissions and boards. Ms. Gist is a graduate of Wellesley College and of the Yale Law School.

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Timothy L. Jenkins

Timothy L. Jenkins is Chairman of Unlimited Visions Multimedia, Inc. and a Director of The Lion’s Jewel Importers.  Mr. Jenkins was formerly President at University of the District of Columbia; Governor of the United States Postal Service; Outstanding Professor at Howard University School of Law; Consultant to United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland; Consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop national afterschool/distance learning networks; Publisher of “American Visions,” and “Education, Science and Technology” Magazines. He was twice elected an Alumni Trustee of Howard University. He served as outside counsel for the creation of the University Press, as well as, the acquisitions of WHUR-FM and WHUT-TV. He was a Founder and Congressional Lobbyist for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale University Law School with honors. 

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Jacquie Jones

Jacquie Jones is a producer, writer and director of documentary films. Her 2013 series for PBS, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, won a Peabody Award, a Gracie Award and was a finalist for the Media for a Just Society Award for best film and an International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for best limited series. Her other work includes Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (also a Peabody winner) and Matters of Race for PBS, From Behind Closed Doors: Sex in the 20th Century for Showtime and The World Before Us for the History Channel. In addition to her filmmaking, she is a widely published critic of popular culture. Her writing has been published in numerous anthologies, periodicals and online.

Jacquie was formerly the Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium, a 35-year-old media arts organization that funds, distributes and produces public interest media for all platforms. During her leadership of NBPC, Jacquie established herself as a leader in the evolving digital media landscape through innovative partnerships and initiatives such as the Katrina Project in 2005, the groundbreaking New Media Institute, which she founded in 2006, and the online public interest media portal, Blackpublicmedia.Org. Projects, such as the Ford Foundation-funded Masculinity Project and NMI: Africa, have brought new communities of users online and created new demand for deep resources around Africa, the informal economy, black masculinity and other critical subject areas.

Jacquie holds a BA in English from Howard University and an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University. She was selected a Revson Fellow at Columbia University and has been a scholar-in-residence at the American University.

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John W. Franklin
Director of Partnerships and International Programs Smithsonian’s 19th St Museum

John W. Franklin is the Director of Partnerships and International Programs, at the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has worked on African American, African and African Diaspora programs for the past 24 years at the Smithsonian. Initially, he served as researcher and French language interpreter for the Smithsonian’s African Diaspora program of the 1976 Bicentennial Folklife Festival while living and teaching English in Dakar, Senegal. Franklin developed symposia and seminars for the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1987-1992. At the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage he curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs on the Bahamas (1994), Cape Verdean Culture (1995), Washington, D.C. (2000) and Mali (2003). Franklin served on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture from 1998 to 2008 and the board of the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture from 2000 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies. He edited, My Life and an Era: the Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin with his father, John Hope Franklin.

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Esteban Olivares

Esteban Olivares is a seasoned higher education professional, parent and advocate for equity in education and developing opportunities for DC metro area youth and adult learners. He has worked with many local and national organizations and institutions of learning to advance college access and student success for both precollege and undergraduate students. He has led and participated in a number of major collaborative projects that combine investigating students’ learning, development and retention in general education and new student orientation courses with the development and evaluation of new curriculum materials, academic advising models, learning technology, and educational programs for students and educators.

He has worked at American University’s School for International Service and assisted in the development of the Community of Scholars program for high school students. At the University of the District of Columbia, he developed nationally recognized summer bridge and retention programs and then served as the Director of Pre-College Programs for the George Washington University. Currently, Mr.Olivares is the Assistant Dean of High School Programs at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. As a community member, educator, researcher and administrator Esteban focuses not only on assisting institutions to develop holistic student experiences to maintain vitality, but also to engage learners for success, cultivating free civic-minded individuals, leaders, graduates and lifelong learners. Esteban is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and The School for International Training, Graduate Institute of World Learning in Vermont.

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Crystal Palmer

Crystal Palmer, is currently in Partnership with Jesse Collins Entertainment. Until December 2014 Ms. Palmer was the senior adviser for special projects for the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.  Prior to this position Ms. Palmer served as Director of the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, with oversight responsibility for every film and television show shot in the District of Columbia. She has extensive experience producing short films, infomercials, and promotional spots. Ms. Palmer, who earned her bachelor’s degree in television and film production as well as her MBA in finance and marketing from American University, began her career as a WJLA-TV copywriter and, later, an account executive at The Wayne Smith Company, a major public relations firm, where she assisted in representing a diverse clientele including prominent politicians, entertainers, lawyers and sports celebrities. She is a native of Washington, DC.

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Michelle Raymond

Michelle Raymond, Senior Client Service Associate with the Silverline Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, joined Morgan Stanley in 2008 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Leadership Certificate from Sweet Briar College. She was also a graduate of the prestigious Virginia Program at Oxford University in England. Raymond is FINRA Series 7 certified and provides full administrative and operational support to Portfolio Manager Directors and Senior Investment Management Consultants. Her responsibilities include providing customized levels of account services in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and preparing external correspondence including Portfolio and Investment Monitors, Fund Analysis Reports, Date of Death Valuations, and Class Action Filings. She is a graduate of the Morgan Stanley World Class Service Training program, received the Morgan Stanley 2012 Service in Excellence Award acknowledging outstanding client support, and the Morgan Stanley 2014 WOW Support Staff Recognition Award respectively.

Michelle is a corporate member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certification Committee and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Outside of normal business hours, Michelle composes music and performs with The Michelle Raymond Band which has reached #1 on Reverbnation’s Folk Music Charts in Washington, D.C., numerous times. She has opened for several Grammy Award winners and pop artists, and her original music has been featured in a full-length feature film soundtrack.

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Royal Kennedy Rodgers

Royal Kennedy Rodgers is an Independent Media Producer with more than 20 years of experience in local and network news and public affairs broadcasting.  She began her career as a reporter for NBC stations in New Orleans, Cleveland and Chicago.  Later, as an ABC network correspondent based in Los Angeles she covered assignments as diverse as presidential politics and the entertainment industry.  She spent ten years as a producer/reporter for “Chicago Tonight” at WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago.  Her professional awards include a local Emmy and recognition from the San Francisco State School of Journalism and the American Association of Trial Lawyers. She is currently an independent producer based in Washington, DC.

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Kathleen McCampbell Vance

Kathleen McCampbell Vance is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and media consultant with an extensive background in TV program development, broadcast management, news and community affairs.   During her more than twenty year career at NBC4 Washington, she created, produced, or executive produced, scores of programs ranging from newscasts, to documentaries, news series, entertainment, public interest, children’s programs, and live events, some of which were broadcast nationally and internationally, as well as on the NBC network and NBC local stations.  As Director of Programming, Community Affairs and Broadcast Standards, she was responsible  for the purchase and scheduling of the station’s syndicated programming, and all locally produced non-news broadcasts, as well as for the creation and marketing of station public service campaigns, some of which received national recognition.  She also managed her department staff, and oversaw the station’s licensing and adherence to FCC requirements; and was part of the top management team charged with marketing and branding the station.  Her NBC4 career began as a trainee reporter, following her completion of the Michele Clarke Minority Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University.  She is also a freelance writer, editor, and author.  She is a board member of the National Home Library Foundation; and serves as Chairman of the WHUT-TV Community Advisory Board.   Ms. McCampbell Vance comes from a family of Howard University graduates including her grandfather, father, brother and niece.

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Joanne Williams 

Joanne Williams, Principal Associate, Barrington Associates, Inc. earns her respected place in the communications field by designing award-winning programs and developing cutting-edge strategies.  Her inter-disciplinary approach has served a client base representing the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors. She formed Barrington Associates in 1991.  Since then, she’s managed the multifaceted communications needs for an impressive client base, and developed a presentation skills practice for foreign and domestic corporate leaders, political candidates, or organization heads seeking to perfect their message content and delivery skills.  She launched Barrington’s Caribbean and African Affairs Practice to help companies become “market ready.” Most recently, Joanne entered into collaboration with an innovative market research firm to explore the myriad of untapped uses for market segmentation data and advanced analysis leading toward more predictable outcomes.

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Carmen Ramos-Watson

Carmen Ramos-Watson, President/CEO of Quality Management Resources, Inc., (QMRI), a management and marketing consulting firm. Carmen has led the company in management consulting, social marketing and organizational development consulting for 23 years. Carmen’s experience includes:  consulting to Senior executives on strategy development and market penetration, developing marketing outreach strategies for major international corporations; formulating strategies to develop high performing organizations, developing a social marketing campaign for the Federal government health initiative Closing the Health Gap targeting Hispanics, Founding Celebra La Vida Con Salud, a national health education campaign for Hispanics which has formulated a coalition of innovative partnerships and optimized practices to eliminate the footprint of low health access and education to prevent illness or death.

Prior to founding QMRI, Carmen held various positions at Citibank/Citicorp over a ten-year span where she provided consulting support to Citibank International’s global marketing strategy, initiated a marketing development and territory penetration program to acquire and maintain new markets in Latin America; and designed an internal and external marketing campaign to build brand loyalty at Citibank.  Carmen also established and managed the Service Quality and Marketing Department of Citibank International where she designed and implemented strategies to build profitability and customer loyalty.

Carmen’s outstanding initiative and drive have won her numerous awards including Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year and Washington Metropolitan High achievers award.  She graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Program, the Amos Tuck School of Business @ Dartmouth Advanced Minority Business Executive Program and received a Masters Certificate from the University of Miami in Quality Management.  Her Bachelors of Science degree in Management is from Barry University in Miami, Florida.  She is a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow of 2007.  She is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Change Leadership and Consultation at Teachers College Columbia University– completion May 2015.

Aside from her passion for change leadership and strategic planning for public policy and social change, Carmen is a community activist involved in local and national health and education issues.  She is a passionate supporter of women in business and commits her time to the empowerment of women.  She has served as Chair of CentroNia a bilingual multicultural learning center in Washington, DC and the board of Advisors for City First Bank of Washington, D.C. and a Founding Advisory Board Member of the University of Miami Johnson A. Edosomwan Leadership Institute.  

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