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BPIA Council of Advisors

The BPIA Council of Advisors are leaders appointed by the BPIA board who display a commitment to increasing the involvement of African-Americans and those of the African diaspora in international affairs as well as furthering DEIA efforts in our field.

Charles Carithers, Advisory Chairman

Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Nicole B. Aandahl

Senior VP for People and Culture, CSIS

Combiz R. Abdolrahimi

Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Leader, Deloitte

Darrell M. Blocker

Former Chief, Africa Division Central Intelligence Agency COO, MOSAIC Security

Erin Brown

Former Acting Chief Diversity Officer, USAID

Earl Carr Jr.

Founder & CEO, CJPA Global Advisors

Adjunct Professor, NYU

Giovanni Destin

U.S. Marine Corps GioTour DC Professional Entertainment

Elyse Jones

U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on HBCUs

Yolonda Kerney, Ph.D.

President, Thursday Luncheon Group

Jeanne Maddox Toungara Ph.D.

International Education Consultant, Professor emerita Howard University

Johnny Sawyer

Former Chief of Staff Defense Intelligence Agency

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