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Dawn Davis

Publisher Dawn Davis was born on June 23, 1965 in Los Angeles, California to Leona Julia and Louis Davis. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California in 1983, and received her B.A. degree in international relations from Stanford University in Stanford, California in 1987.

In 1987, Davis entered into a two year analyst program at the investment bank First Boston in New York City. Davis was then awarded a scholarship through Rotary International to complete an independent study abroad in Nigeria. While on this trip, Davis decided to leave investment banking and returned to New York City where she became the assistant to Andre Schiffrin at his newly founded publishing house, The New Press. In 1991, Davis published her first book, If You Can’t Stand the Heat: Tales from Chefs and Restaurateurs, with the help of world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. Davis left The New Press and joined the Penguin Random House imprint of Vintage where she became the paperback editor. Then, in 2001, Davis moved to HarperCollins as the vice president and editorial director of the company’s African American imprint, Amistad. While there, Davis acquired and published award-winning novels including Edward P. Jones’ The Known World and Chris Gardener’s The Pursuit of Happyness, which became a major motion picture. Davis moved to the HarperCollins imprint of Ecco Press in 2010 as an executive editor under Daniel Halpern. Then, in 2013, Davis founded her own imprint, 37 INK, under the publishing house of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 37 INK has published a variety of works including Carolina Clarke’s Postcards from Cookie, The Butler by Wil Haygood, Dear White People by Justin Simien, and Gathering Blossoms Under Fire, the collected journals of poet Alice Walker. Through 37 INK, Davis also launched the first online national black book club, The Inkwell Book Club.

Davis has received several awards and honors for her work. In 2014, she received the Groundbreaker Honor award from the organization Girls Write Now. She was also honored alongside Reginald Van Lee with the Visionary Award from the Metro Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in 2014. Davis also served on the Board of Directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City.

Dawn Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2019.077

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/19/2019

Last Name

Davis

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Our Savior's Lutheran School

Immaculate Heart High School

Stanford University

First Name

Dawn

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

DAV44

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard and Italy

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

6/23/1965

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Pasta

Short Description

Publisher Dawn Davis (1965 - ) was vice president and editorial director of the HarperCollins’ African American imprint, Amistad, before becoming the founder, publisher, and vice president of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Employment

Credit Suisse First Boston

The New Press

Random House Publishing

HarperCollins

Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster, 37 Ink

First Boston Corporation

Penguin Random House- Vintage Books

Amistad

Ecco Press

Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Inkwell Book Club

Favorite Color

Gray

Wren T. Brown

Actor Wren T. Brown was born on June 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, California to jazz trumpeter Troy Brown, Jr. and entrepreneur Rosalind Brown. Descended from three generations of performers, Brown graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles City College and Antioch University Los Angeles.

In 1982, Brown’s first professional acting job was for McDonald’s inaugural Chicken McNuggets ad campaign. Brown made his television debut on an episode of Knight Rider; and, in 1987, he made his film debut in Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle. He had supporting roles in The Hidden, The Taking of Flight 847, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, Crossfire, and A Different World. He then had a leading role as Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1992, followed by features in the films, The Second Coming and Heart and Souls in 1993. Two years later, he appeared in an episode of Seinfeld and in the films Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Net, and Waiting to Exhale. In 1996, he played the role of Pluckie in Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manugualt, and played a reoccurring role on the CBS sitcom, Bless This House. He also became a series regular on the rebooted 1960’s series Flipper. Brown appeared in several popular sitcoms and dramas including: Murphy Brown, Touched by an Angel, Frasier, The West Wing, and Star Trek: Voyager. He made his debut as a feature film producer in 1999, with Boesman & Lena starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves’ concert film of her Grammy Award winning album, In The Moment: Live in Concert. In 2003, he co-starred as Whoopi Goldberg’s brother and comic foil in her NBC sitcom, Whoopi. In 2005, he acted in David Mamet’s film Edmond. Other television credits include: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Hates Chris, Grey’s Anatomy (recurring), Being Mary Jane, Transparent, and The Orville.

Brown has appeared in numerous commercials and voice-over and spoken word projects including the Langston Hughes poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers on pianist Billy Childs’ Grammy Award-nominated album I’ve Known Rivers and narrated The History Channel’s U.S.S. Constellation: Battling For Freedom, The Learning Channel series Scence of the Crime, and the E! True Hollywood Story profile on Diana Ross, as well as voicing Virgil Simpson on The Simpsons. In 2017, Brown also narrated Laurence Fishburne’s Bronzeville podcast series.

In 2007, Brown directed the performances of thirty-five actors in Inspired By... The Bible Experience. In 2018, his theatre directing debut was made at Colorado’s Lone Tree Arts Center with August Wilson's Fences.

In 2007, Brown founded Ebony Repertory Theatre, the first and only African American professional (Actors Equity) theatre company in Los Angeles, and serves as its producing artistic director. The Ebony Repertory Theatre has produced award winning productions including Two Trains Running, Crowns, A Raisin In the Sun, The Gospel at Colonus, and Five Guys Named Moe.

Wren T. Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.223

Sex

Male

Interview Date
12/10/2018
Last Name

Brown

Maker Category
Middle Name

T.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Wren

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

BRO69

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

New York City

Favorite Quote

You Don't Have To Be Good To Anyone, Just Fair

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

6/11/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Friend Pork Chops, Rice and Gravy and Creamed Corn

Short Description

Actor Wren T. Brown (1964 - ) founded Ebony Repertory Theatre, the first African American professional equity theatre company in Los Angeles, and was featured in films such as, The Hidden, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Favorite Color

Blue

Gil Robertson IV

Film critic Gil Robertson IV was born on August 13, 1964 in Los Angeles, California to Gil and Fannye Delmyra Robertson. He received his B.S degree in political science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Robertson began his career as an arts and entertainment journalist interviewing music and Hollywood stars. He wrote for over fifty national magazines, including BillboardFortuneEssence, Vibe, The Source, USA Today, Ebony, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the L.A. Times. Robertson created the nationally-syndicated Arts & Lifestyle column, The Robertson Treatment, in 1997, and later founded the Robertson Treatment’s Media Workshop series, an annual journalism initiative presented first at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and then expanded to the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Robertson became a publicist and represented a variety of clients that included music producer Quincy Jones III, Christian rapper Lecrae, music executive Big Jon Platt and sports stars Cedric Ceballos and Tony Gwynn. From 1998 to 2000, Robertson also served as unit publicist on the Showtime series Linc’s, which starred Steven Williams along with co-stars Pam Grier and Golden Brooks as well as Hoop Life, which starred Dorian Harewood, Robert Hooks and Mykelti Williamson.

Robertson published Writing As A Tool of Empowerment, a book for aspiring entertainment journalists, in 2002. His anthologies include: Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community (2006), that received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Nonfiction Book; Family Affair: What It Means to be African-American Today (2009) which was a Publisher’s Weekly pick of the week; and Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships In the African-American Community (2013). In 2017, Robertson authored his first children’s book, Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past and Present. Additionally, Robertson contributed entertainment content to five editions of The African-American Almanac, a reference book of African American culture.

In 2003, Robertson co-founded the African American Critics Association (AAFCA), which produces the AAFCA Awards, highlighting the work of Hollywood stars such as John Singleton, Oprah, Viola Davis, Jamie Foxx, Will Packer, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler and John David Washington.

Robertson, participated on panels for Sundance, Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival, and smaller festivals such as the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas and the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. Fostering collaborations with various industry groups such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). He also served as a spokesperson on diversity and inclusion with HLN, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.

Robertson’s professional memberships include: National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Gil Robertson IV was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 10, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.139

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/10/2018

Last Name

Robertson

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Occupation
Schools

South Park Elementary School

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

California State University, Los Angeles

First Name

Gil

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

ROB37

Favorite Season

Fall

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Islands Off The Indian Ocean

Favorite Quote

This Too Shall Pass.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

8/13/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Sushi

Short Description

Film critic Gil Robertson IV (1964- ) co-founded the African American Film Critics Association in 2003. He created the nationally-syndicated Arts & Lifestyle column, The Robertson Treatment in 1997.

Employment

Poffenburger and Associates

Cash Box

Music Connection

Robertson Treatment

AAFCA

Favorite Color

Blue

Nathan Cox

Bank executive Nathan Cox was born on November 8, 1964, in Los Angeles, California to Aurelia Cox and Nathan Cox, Jr. Cox graduated from St. Monica High School in Santa Monica, California in 1982. He received his B.A. degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Loyola Marymount University in 1986, and went on to earn his M.B.A. degree in corporate finance from Golden Gate University in 1996.

Cox began his career at as a sales representative with E & J Gallo Wine Company in 1986. He was eventually promoted to manager before moving to Sacramento in 1989, and joining Wells Fargo as a business banker. In 1996, Cox became the senior vice president and manager of commercial banking for the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area division of the Bank of The West. In 2001, he was hired as a branch manager for WestAmerica Bank. From 2005 to 2007, Cox returned to Wells Fargo to work as a vice president, private client advisor, and regional private banking manager. While there, he completed the Wells Fargo Bank credit management training program. In 2012, Cox was hired as the senior vice president and regional manager of the business and commercial banking division of Rabobank, N.A. in Sacramento, a position he held until 2014, when he was appointed senior vice president and market manager of the commercial banking division at U.S. Bank. In this role, he led the annual U.S. Bank United Way fundraising campaign for the Sacramento market from 2014. Cox also served as a senior adjunct lecturer at the graduate school level, teaching a course that included finance, investments, management and marketing.

From 2008, Cox became a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He served as an advisory board member of the Sacramento chapter of College Track, and on the board of directors of Next Move, Inc. a subsidiary of Goodwill Industries. Cox also served as board vice chair of Goodwill Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada. Cox was named “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association in 2016. He also served as a financial literacy mentor for several organizations, including Improve Your Tomorrow, Junior Achievement, Elk Grove Unified School District, and The Links, Inc. Sacramento chapter.

Nathan Cox was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 4, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.063

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/4/2018

Last Name

Cox

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Nathan

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

COX02

Favorite Season

Fall

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere with a Beach and Golf Course

Favorite Quote

Spend More Time Looking Toward Your Future Than Your Past.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

11/8/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Sacramento

Favorite Food

Healthy soul food, Cajun food

Short Description

Bank executive Nathan Cox (1964 - ) worked in the banking industry for over thirty years, and served as a senior vice president and market manager of commercial banking at U.S. Bank.

Favorite Color

Royal blue and taupe

Alicia Garza

Civic leader Alicia Garza was born on January 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. degree in anthropology and sociology in 2002 from the University of California, San Diego.

Following graduation, Garza held various social-justice positions. In 2009, she served as executive director for People Organized to Win Employment Rights/POWER for the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, she was elected board chair for Right to the City Alliance/RTTC in Oakland, which fought gentrification and police brutality. In 2013, Garza was a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, an activist movement focused on campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards African Americans. Garza joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance in Oakland, California as its director of special projects. In 2018, Garza founded the Black Futures Lab, which invites black people to experiment with new ways to build independent, progressive black political power. As the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Garza worked to build a movement at the intersections of race, gender, and the economy.

She has served as a board member of Forward Together's Oakland branch, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, and Oakland's School of Unity and Liberation/SOUL. Her editorial writing has been published by Time, Mic, Marie Claire, Elle, Essence, The Guardian, The Nation, The Feminist Wire, Rolling Stone, HuffPost and Truthout.

Garza has received numerous awards and recognition. She was ranked #3 on the Politico50 2015 guide to Thinkers, Doers, and Visionaries with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi; the Root’s 2016 100 list of African American Achievers between the ages of 25 and 45; 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award; 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award; Community Change Agent at the 2016 Black Entertainment Television’s [BET]’s Black Girls Rock Awards; Fortune Magazine’s 2016 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders; and was a member of the 2016 Tribunal of the US Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission held at the United Nations; and the Local Hero award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She has been twice honored by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club with the Bayard Rustin Community Activist Award for her work fighting racism and gentrification in San Francisco. She has also been honored by the Jeanne Gauna Communicate Justice Award from the Centre for Media Justice. In 2017, she and the other Black Lives Matter co-founders Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi were awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in Sydney, in Australia. On May 26, 2017, Garza delivered a commencement speech, which was dedicated to black women, to 35,000 San Francisco State University Graduate students. Garza was named one of the 100 Women We Love named by GO Magazine in 2018

Alicia Garza was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 2, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.058

Sex

Female

Interview Date

4/2/2018

Last Name

Garza

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Alicia

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

GAR05

Favorite Season

Summer

Sponsor

Julia Stasch

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

South Africa

Favorite Quote

Excellent

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

1/4/1981

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Bay Area/Oakland

Favorite Food

Cheeseburgers

Short Description

Civic leader Alicia Garza (1981- ) named director, special projects for National Domestic Workers Alliance, was one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Main Sponsor
Favorite Color

Green

Anne-Marie Johnson

Actress Anne-Marie Johnson was born on July 18, 1960 in Los Angeles, California to Joseph P. and Ann Clay Johnson. She graduated from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and enrolled at UCLA in the School of Theatre, Film and Television in 1978. She received her B.A. degree in acting and theatre in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Johnson she was a contestant on popular game shows, Card Sharks and Child’s Play. She appeared on the pilot episode of Body Language, a Mark Goodson Productions game show in 1984. Johnson appeared in her first role, as Aileen Lewis on the 1984 NBC comedy series Double Trouble. That year, she made a guest appearance on the NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and episodes of the serial police drama Hill Street Blues. In 1985, following a guest appearance on NBC’s cop series Hunter, Johnson was cast in the principal role of Nadine on the sitcom What’s Happening Now, airing for three seasons. She played the role of Lydia/Willie Mae /Hooker #5 in Robert Townsend’s film, Hollywood Shuffle in 1987 and the role of Cherry in Keenan Ivory Wayans’ “cult classic” film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. She became known for portraying “Althea Tibbs” on the NBC/CBS television series In the Heat of the Night from 1988 to 1993. During the offseason, Johnson appeared in four films including Robot Jox, The Five Heartbeats, True Identity and Strictly Business. Johnson joined the cast of In Living Color, in its last season, starring in 24 episodes. A noted impressionist, she was credited for her celebrity portrayals of Oprah Winfrey, Mary Tyler Moore and Whitney Houston on the series, from 1993–1994.

Johnson has performed in television series and motion pictures including Homicide, Matlock, Division 4 (Australia), High School USA, Dream Date, Lucky Chances, Singer & Sons, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, Babylon 5, Sirens, Murder She Wrote, Melrose Place, SpiderMan-Animated Series, Asteroid, Smart Guy, JAG, Any Day Now, The Pretender, Chicago Hope, It’s Like You Know, Ally McBeal, Hope Island, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Chicken Soup for the Soul, For Your Love, X-Files, Strong Medicine, The Parkers, The District, Dharma & Greg, Through The Fire, The System, What I Like About You, The Division, Rock Me Baby, Girlfriends, That’s So Raven, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bones, NCIS, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Boston Legal, Uncorked, I’m in the Band, Fairly Legal, Leverage, Days of Our Lives, Murder in the First, Chasing Life, Pretty Little Liars, Children’s Hospital, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Major Crimes and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.

Johnson was elected First National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild representing in 2005.

Anne-Marie Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 1, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.026

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/2/2018

Last Name

Johnson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Anne-Marie

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

JOH54

Favorite Season

Summer in Los Angeles

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

This Too Shall Pass.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

7/18/1960

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Pizza and Salad

Short Description

Actress Anne-Marie Johnson (1960- ) was known for portraying “Althea Tibbs” on the NBC/CBS television series In the Heat of the Night. She performed in numerous television series and motion pictures and in 2005, was elected first national vice president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Favorite Color

Maroon

Kathleen Christy

Education administrator Kathleen Christy was born on September 15, 1952 in Compton, California, and graduated from Compton High School. In 1970, Christy moved to Salt Lake City and enrolled at the University of Utah, where she received her B.S. degree in education in 1975. Two years later in 1977, she obtained her M.A. degree in education. She later went on to receive her Ph.D degree in education, culture and society from the University of Utah’s College of Education.

She began her career in education as a teacher at Edison Elementary School in the Salt Lake City Public School District in 1975. She returned to California, where she joined
the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she taught largely Mexican-American students in inner city Los Angeles. Christy returned to Utah in 1985 to accept a State Office of Education post as an equity specialist. In 1993, she was selected as principal of Bonneville Elementary in Salt Lake City, a position she held for five years. In 1998, Christy was named assistant superintendent for equity and advocacy in the Salt Lake City School District. She has worked in the area of diversity and multicultural education and she has conducted numerous trainings and presentations on diversity issues. She retired in 2017.

Her board memberships included the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice as part of the Office of the Governor for the State of Utah, The Center for Documentary Expression and Art, Utah Foster Care, and the Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital. In 2008, she served as chairwoman of the board of directors for the inaugural Pastor France A. Davis University of Utah Scholarship Fund, raising funds for scholarships specifically to assist traditionally marginalized African-American students.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the NAACP Albert B. Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award, Educator of the Year Award by the Omega Psi
Phi Iota Iota Iota Chapter in Salt Lake City and the KUTV 2017 Pioneers of Progress
Award for Education, Health and Humanitarian Assistance.

Kathleen and her husband Raymond Christy have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Christy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers,/em> on January 17, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.011

Sex

Female

Interview Date

1/17/2018

Last Name

Christy

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Kathleen

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

CHR05

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean

Favorite Quote

All Things Are Possible

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Utah

Birth Date

9/15/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Salt Lake City

Favorite Food

Mexican

Short Description

Education administrator Kathleen Christy (1952- ) was assistant superintendent for equity and advocacy in the Salt Lake City School District from 1998 to 2017 after serving as principal at Bonneville Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1993 to 1998.

Favorite Color

Red

The Honorable William E. Kennard

Lawyer William E. Kennard was born on January 19, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, to Robert A. Kennard and Helen Z. King. He graduated from Hollywood High School, then received his B.A. degree in Communications Studies and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in Stanford, California in 1978. He received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981.

Upon graduation from Yale Law School, Kennard was hired as a Legal Fellow with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Washington, DC. In 1982, he became an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand (now DLA Piper). The following year, he returned to the NAB as assistant general counsel and later returned to Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, as an attorney in 1984, where he later became a partner and member of the firm’s board of directors.

In 1993, Kennard became the general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Kennard to become chairman of the FCC, also making him the first African American in history to hold that position.

In 2001, Kennard returned to the private sector and was named Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm. He served in that position for eight years, where he led investments in the telecommunications and media sectors.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Kennard to serve as the U.S. Representative to the European Union (EU) with the rank of Ambassador. Based in Brussels, Belgium, he led the U.S. efforts to promote transatlantic trade and investment and to eliminate excess regulatory barriers to international commerce.

In 2013, Kennard returned to the United States and the private sector. He co-founded Astra Capital Management in 2014, a private equity firm. Kennard also co-founded and serves as non-executive chairman of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management firm. In addition, he serves as a member of the Operating Executive Board of Staple Street Capital LLC, and previously served as a Senior Advisor to Grain Management, LLC, both private equity firms.

Kennard serves on the board of directors of AT&T, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Inc., (MetLife), Inc., Duke Energy Corporation and is also a member of the Yale University Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Easter Seals Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union. He received honorary degrees from Howard University, Long Island University, and Gallaudet University.

Kennard and his wife, Deborah Diane Kennedy, have one son, Robert.

William E. Kennard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 30, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.192

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/30/2017

Last Name

Kennard

Maker Category
Middle Name

E.

Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Stanford University

Yale Law School

Hollywood High School

Joseph Le Conte Middle School

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School

First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

KEN07

Favorite Season

Fall

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Italy

Favorite Quote

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

South Carolina

Birth Date

1/19/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Charleston

Favorite Food

Curry

Short Description

Lawyer William E. Kennard (1957 - ) was the first African American chairman of the FCC, served as managing director of the Carlyle Group and was appointed by President Barack Obama as ambassador to the European Union.

Favorite Color

Blue

Nolan Bowie

Lawyer and professor Nolan Bowie was born on October 29, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to Catherine Jane Noflis and Brady Bowie. He received his A.A. degree from Los Angeles Harbor College in 1964, his B.A. degree from California State University at Long Beach in Long Beach, California in 1965, and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1973. He also completed one year of graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1985.

Bowie worked as a juvenile probation counselor for Los Angeles County and from 1966 to 1970, he served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves as lieutenant, achieving senior grade. In 1974, Bowie served as a staff attorney and executive director of the Citizens Communication Center, a public interest law firm and education institution, now known as the Institute for Public Representation. He then served as an assistant special prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Bureau, of the New York State Department of Law. From 1986 to 1998, Nolan was an associate professor of communications in the department of broadcasting, mass media and telecommunications at the School of Communications and Theater (SCAT) at Temple University in Philadelphia. Bowie later became fellow emeritus and adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was affiliated with The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Information Infrastructure Policy Project (HIIP) and the Center for Business and Government.

As an active on a number of advisory panels and boards for a variety of organizations, Bowie served on the U. S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), The National Academies, regarding digital divide and digital democracy issues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Aspen institute. He also served on the board of Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting (CIPB) and as an advisor to the Center for Media Education (CME), the Advertising Council, Inc., and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL). He was also a member of the Steering Committee of The Boston Foundation’s Initiative on the New Economy and How Technology Can Empower Individuals and Communities.

Also a visual artist, Bowie has displayed his paintings and drawings in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Morristown, New Jersey and Cambridge. In the fall of 1998, he was named in a nationally syndicated column as one of the "High-Tech Heroes Who Work for the Public Good,” and was presented with the Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Kennedy School of Government by the graduating class of 2001.

Nolan Bowie was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.160

Sex

Male

Interview Date

08/21/2017

Last Name

Bowie

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Nolan

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

BOW08

Favorite Season

Fall/spring

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

The future belongs to the hyper adapted.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

10/29/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Martha's Vineyard

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Thai food

Short Description

Lawyer and professor Nolan Bowie (1943 - ) was an assistant special prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and assistant attorney general in the New York State Department. He was also a professor at Temple University and senior fellow at Harvard University.

Favorite Color

Black

Jeffalyn Johnson

Professor and public administrator Jeffalyn Johnson was born on September 7, 1928 in Los Angeles, California to Jefferson Brown and Beatrice Parsons Truwell. She graduated from Pasadena Junior College in Pasadena, California in 1945, and received her A.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1947 and 1949, respectively; two M.A. degrees in political science and psychology from California State College in Los Angeles, California in 1962, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California in 1972.

In 1968, Johnson began teaching at Pasadena Community College in Pasadena, California, where she taught political science, history, public administration, psychology and urban community development. In the same year, she was appointed vice president of Mason-Crete, an architectural planning and commercial construction firm, where she was responsible for project management systems and personnel. After receiving her Ph.D. degree, Johnson was appointed senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia where she trained federal, state and local government officials in public administration and personnel management. In 1976, Johnson was hired as a policy analyst and planner for the Presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. That same year, Johnson became acting associate director of the Federal Executive Institute, where she planned and coordinated the senior executive development program and continued to serve as a senior faculty member. In 1977, Johnson became founder and CEO of Jeffalyn Johnson and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm in northern Virginia. In 1985, Johnson and her husband, Channing Johnson, founded East West Management Systems in order to develop, own and operate a series of restaurant franchises.

Johnson also provided private consulting work for a number of companies including General Motors, Westinghouse Corporation and General Electric. Her public consulting work consisted of numerous federal agencies and for the Agency for International Development. Johnson has also held various teaching appointments at the University of Southern California, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Claremont Colleges Graduate School, and Occidental College.

Johnson served as a member of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year, the Angel City Links chapter of The Links, Inc., and was the national conference chair for the American Society of Public Administration.

Jeffalyn Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 21, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.115

Sex

Female

Interview Date

07/21/2017

Last Name

Johnson

Maker Category
Organizations
Schools

University of Southern California

California State University, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

First Name

Jeffalyn

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

JOH52

Favorite Season

Spring

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

On the sand by the sea.

Favorite Quote

This too shall pass.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

9/7/1928

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Vegetables

Short Description

Professor and public administrator Jeffalyn Johnson (1928 - ) was associate director and senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute. She also served as a policy analyst for the Carter-Mondale campaign and was chair of the American Society of Public Administration.

Favorite Color

Blue