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Charles Carithers, Advisory Chairman

Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Charles Carithers, Advisory Chairman

Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Nicole Breland Aandahl

SVP, People & Culture, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Ambassador (ret.) Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

President, Middle East Policy Council

Tasha Austin-Williams

Principal, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Business

Darrell M. Blocker

Founder, DMB Consulting Services, Former Chief of Africa Division, CIA

Erin Brown

Deputy Director, M/MPBP, USAID

Tiffani Brownley-Meijer

Legal Advisor, American Red Cross

Angela Dickey

President, DACOR, Inc and DACOR Bacon House Foundation

Melvin Foote

President, Constituency for Africa


Elyse Jones Gillespie

Director of Student Outreach and Engagement, White House Initiative on HBCUs

Howard Jean

Black Meta Agency, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Brittany Masalosalo

Chief Public Policy Officer, HP Inc. 

Oye Owolewa

United States Representative,  District of Columbia

Rita M. Sampson

Senior Executive Counsel, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO)

Johnny O. Sawyer

Chief Executive Officer, The Sawyer Group, LLC 

Dr. Kiron Skinner

Senior Advisor to the President, Heritage Foundation

Tammie Smiley

Senior Solution Architect, Trideum Corporation

Angela T. Tate 

Historian and Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American Hisoty and Culture

Dr. Jeanne Maddox Toungara

International Education Consultant

BPIA Leadership Advisory, Corporate, and Diplomatic Councils

BPIA Advisory Councils consists of leaders in the international affairs field who have displayed a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in increasing the involvement of African Americans and those of African descent in international affairs. The Council represents leaders with a record of high-impact work, particularly in areas relating to policy, social, and financial impact. Primary aspects of serving on the BPIA Advisory, Corporate, or Diplomatic Council include: 

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  • Ability to represent in an official organizational capacity and/or a personal capacity for a one-year term. 

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  • Name, Bio, and Affiliation listed on the BPIA website. 

  • Advisors would commit to becoming BPIA members, at the sustaining level.

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