Speaker Bios

untitled-1_0002_vector-smart-objectJan Barker Alexander, Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Black Community Services Center, Resident Fellow, Ujamaa House

Jan Barker Alexander currently serves as Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Black Community Services Center (BCSC) at Stanford. Jan began her career at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Office of Admissions, where she engaged in outreach efforts that focused on several populations, including rural, urban, first-generation and low-income students. In recognition of her investment and engagement beyond her admissions position, Jan was the youngest person ever elected President of the LSU A.P. Tureaud, Sr. National Black Alumni Association. Jan joined Stanford’s Undergraduate Admissions team in 1995 as an Associate Director. In 1998, Jan joined Stanford’s Division of Student Affairs and spearheaded many efforts that have made the University’s BCSC a national model of excellence. In partnership with an Alumni Leadership Team and the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, she co-led the first-ever fundraising campaign focused on affinity giving, which raised close to $1.3 million dollars. Jan earned the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education at Stanford in large part due to her success in building a nationally recognized program at the BCSC. In 2006, Jan became the Resident Fellow at Ujamaa House, Stanford’s African and African American themed dorm. She works tirelessly to foster intellectual engagement in the dorm. She has co-instructed two courses, “Black Sitcoms: An Examination of Blackness on Television,” and “Black Cinema: A Critique of the Portrayals of Blackness on the Silver Screen.” Jan is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California. She hails from Franklinton, Louisiana. She received her B.A. in Journalism from LSU and a Master’s in Education from Southern University, a Historically Black College and University.


Bathe, Ryan MichelleRyan Michelle Bathe, ‘98, Actor

Ryan Michelle Bathe received bachelor’s degrees in English and African American Studies from Stanford University in 1998 and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School in 2001.

Ryan began her acting career with prominent roles in theater, film and television such as The Hot Mikado, Brother to Brother and The Education of Max Bickford. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 where she continued to pursue film and television opportunities. She was a series regular on Boston Legal and Retired at 35, and also co-starred in a major motion picture, One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl.

Ryan lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She actively volunteers and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta ​Sorority, ​Inc. Ryan supports emerging Black actors and has remained dedicated to Stanford’s arts and entertainment community.

She can currently be seen in a recurring role on NBC’s This is Us.



Dereca L. Blackmon, ‘91 ‎Associate Dean and Director, Diversity and First Generation Office, Stanford University

Ms. Blackmon is a passionate speaker, trainer and facilitator on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. For over 25 years she has consulted with a wide variety of corporate, educational, nonprofit and community-based groups to facilitate “uncommon conversations” on issues of race, gender, class and social justice. As the Associate Dean and Director of the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford University, she has introduced groundbreaking work on authentic engagement, intergroup dialogue, and first-generation and low-income student support services.

She is a national expert on issues of identity and inclusion. Her experiential training models cut through “diversity fatigue” and allow participants to engage in deep, authentic and meaningful dialogues. Her training, activism and youth development work have been featured in Black Youth Rising by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Dr. Vajra Watson’s Learning to Liberate and cited in countless national forums including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times.

As a distinguished leader in local and national organizing efforts for ethnic studies and police accountability, she served as a lead architect in the movement for justice in the murder of Oscar Grant, III in Oakland, California. Her work is rooted in a tradition of spiritual activism that seamlessly blends spiritual and cultural principles into action-based outcomes.

Ms. Blackmon is a licensed minister, a mother of four, bold and beautiful, young women and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



Roger A. Clay Jr., ‘66, Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute on Research (IRiSS)

Roger A. Clay Jr. is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute on Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and currently sits on Stanford’s National Advisory Board for IRiSS, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), and the Center on Poverty and Inequality. He is the former President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, General Counsel of the California Housing Finance Agency, and partner with the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman.

Roger has served in numerous volunteer leadership positions including the chair of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, and chair of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

He has served Stanford in many capacities, including vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, chair of the SAA and chair of the Commission on Investment Responsibility. He was also a member the Presidential Search Committee, the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Associates, and the Humanities and Science Council.

He has received the ABA’s Michael Sher award for his contributions to housing and community development law, the Distinguished Counsel Award from the Housing and Development Law Institute, the Gold Spike award—Stanford’s highest award for volunteer leadership service—and he was inducted into the Multicultural Hall of Fame by the Black Community Services Center.

Roger has a B.A. from Stanford, M.S.W. from UCLA and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


untitled-1_0001_vector-smart-objectHarry Elam Jr., Oliver H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka; and the Erroll Hill Prize winning The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson; and co-editor of five books, African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader; Colored Contradictions: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Drama; The Fire This Time: African American Plays for the New Millenium; Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture; and The Methuen Anthology of Postblack Plays. In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty years: most notably, he directed Tod, the Boy Tod by Talvin Wilks for the Oakland Ensemble Company, and for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto California, he directedRadio Golf by August Wilson, Jar the Floor by Cheryl West, and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleague, which was nominated for nine Bay Area Circle Critics Awards and was the winner of Drama-Logue Awards for Best Production, Best Design, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Direction.


MicheleElamMichele Elam, Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Professor of English, former Director of African & African American Studies, and current Director of Modern Thought and Literature (MTL) Graduate Program, Stanford University

Michele Elam is an affiliate with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, African & African American Studies, and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Elam is the author of several books, including most recently The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium and The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin.

Dedicated to teaching, Elam is thrice the recipient of the St Clair Drake Outstanding Teaching Award given by African & African American Studies (2004, 2006, 2015) and the Faculty Award for “Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Students as a Teacher, Advisor and Mentor” from Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, among her other teaching awards. Professor Elam has offered the first classes ever at Stanford on James Baldwin for the last two years, introducing students to the literature and thought of this brilliant writer and intellectual.



Denae Famada, ‘06, Comedian, Choreographer and Burlesque Performer

Denae Famada is a comedian, choreographer and burlesque performer based in Brooklyn, New York. On burlesque stages, she performs as “Ravenessa”, The Witty Titty from the Big City. Her seductive shows combine sensuality, wit and a celebration of black beauty. 

Denae received her B.A. in Drama from Stanford University and M.F.A. from Florida State University. In addition, she studied at The Alvin Ailey School, The Peoples Improv Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). She was an EMERGENYC fellow with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics (2012), a Commissioned Artist at Stanford University (2012-2013), a TEDxStanford performer (2013), a Laundromat Project Fellow (2014), and a UCB Diversity Fellow (2015). She is also the winner of the 2016 NBC Inclusion Scholarship.

Denae believes in the power of humor, movement and fun to create new perspectives and engage difficult topics. Her dance comedy pieces have been performed at Brooklyn Museum, NYC SketchFest, SOLOCOM, the Comedy in Dance Festival, and Women in Dance curated by Camille A. Brown. She has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers and recently collaborated with Lady Parts Justice on a parody of Beyoncé’s “Formation” that focused on women’s reproductive rights. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Root, For Harriet, Blavity and Colorlines.



Dr. Adia Shani Gooden, ‘07, Clinical Psychologist, University of Chicago

Adia Shani Gooden, Ph.D. (Dr. Adia for short) is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her B.A. from Stanford University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish and African and African American studies.

After Stanford, Dr. Adia attended DePaul University and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology. Her dissertation focused on factors associated with thriving among African American adolescents. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where she focused on providing couples therapy and increased her understanding of relationship dynamics.

Dr. Adia currently works as a clinical psychologist at the counseling center at the University of Chicago providing individual, group and couples therapy to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Adia is the author of a blog focused on promoting mental health among Black women. Dr. Adia also speaks and writes about Black women, Black couples, Black youth and mental health.


Copy of Mary Haynes photo-appMary L. Haynes, ‘83, Executive/Life Coach, Trainer and Facilitator

Mary L. Haynes is a certified Executive/Life Coach as well as a professional Trainer/Facilitator and Certified Mediator. In these capacities, Mary has trained faculty, administrators, peer mentors and students across the country on an effective academic coaching model. In addition, she has presented and worked with C-Suite executives of manufacturing companies across the United States.

With almost two decades of experience in higher education, Mary worked in three universities and at a private foundation in Colorado that provides comprehensive college scholarships and support for first-generation students from all backgrounds, including immigrant and refugee students.

Mary has always been active member at Stanford and the communities around her. She was the first African American woman to be awarded the Dinkelspiel Award in recognition of her service to Stanford and to Stanford’s Black Community. Mary was previously an Associate Director in the Admissions Office and an Assistant Dean/Residence Dean at Stanford and continues to support Stanford through the Rocky Mountain Stanford Alumni Association and as an alumni interviewer. Her ongoing commitment to Stanford was recognized by her induction into the highly selective Stanford Associates. Ms. Haynes served as a board member of numerous non-profit organizations in California and Denver and has received several awards and honors in recognition of her service to the Denver community.



Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor, Department of History and Acting Director of African & African American Studies, Stanford University

Allyson Hobbs is the Acting Director of African & African American Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Stanford University. She is also a contributing staff writer for the New Yorker.com, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, a member of the History Makers Higher Education Advisory Board and a notable author.

Allyson published her first book A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard University Press) in 2014. A Chosen Exile examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. It has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a “Best Book of 2014” by the San Francisco Chronicle, a “Book of the Week” by the Times Higher Education in London and one of the “Best 15 Nonfiction Books by Black Authors in 2014” by The Root. A Chosen Exile won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in American history and the Lawrence Levine Prize for best book in American cultural history.

Allyson’s next book, Far From Sanctuary: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, explores the violence, humiliation, and indignities that African American motorists experienced on the road. Jim Crow laws and local customs put mid-century American pleasures—taking to the road, exploring the country, enjoying the freedom and the autonomy of driving one’s own car—out of the reach of black drivers. This book is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2019.

Ms. Hobbs has won numerous fellowships including the Ford Foundation Fellowship, teaching awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Prize and was honored by the Silicon Valley branch of the NAACP with a Freedom Fighter Award.


Jackson, BarcardiBacardi Jackson, ‘92, Counsel, Tucker Law Group

Bacardi Jackson hails from Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of civil rights activists, her mother raised her to be a fierce advocate for justice—a torch she now carries as a lawyer both in and out of the courtroom. Bacardi founded and manages the Tucker Law Group’s Florida office. Her practice includes higher education, employment, premises liability/personal injury as well as civil and constitutional rights litigation.

At Stanford, Bacardi served the Black community and broader Palo Alto and East Palo Alto communities in many capacities, including as Co-Founder of the Community Action Coalition for Justice (formed in response to the Rodney King beating trial).

Prior to entering Yale Law School, Ms. Jackson interned for a Washington DC congressman and senator and served as a New York City Urban Fellow with the Department of Corrections. She also worked for an alternative sentencing program in the Manhattan Criminal Court and at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. At Yale, Bacardi continued working on issues of social justice including as a Director of the Green Haven Prison Project and the Collective on Women of Color in the Law.

She continues to be a steward of her community, serving in leadership roles on the boards of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward College Foundation, and the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research. She is also an active member of the Women of Color Empowerment Initiative, Leadership Florida and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

Her most important stewardship role by far, however, is parenting her three up-and-coming activists.


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Valerie Bowman Jarrett, ‘78, Senior Advisor

Valerie B. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

Ms. Jarrett mobilized elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates, while overseeing the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy, while championing the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. Jarrett oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.


Jones, CamaraDr. Camara Phyllis Jones, MD ‘81, MPH, PhD, Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association, Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health, including poverty, and the social determinants of equity, including racism.

She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins and in Family Practice at Montefiore Hospital.

Dr. Jones was previously Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the DeKalb County Board of Health and the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and has completed service on the Boards of Directors of the Cambridge Health Alliance, the American College of Epidemiology, and the National Black Women’s Health Project. Her awards include the 2003 David Satcher Award (Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education), the 2009 Hildrus A. Poindexter Distinguished Service Award (Black Caucus of Health Workers, American Public Health Association), and the 2011 John Snow Award (Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association).


Karr, Tonia

Tonia Gladney Karr, ‘92, Community Volunteer

Tonia Gladney Karr works with nonprofit organizations that serve youth from under-resourced communities. She was the Vice Chair of the Meritus College Fund—a college access and persistence program in San Francisco—and she is currently on the board of KIPP: Bay Area Schools—a network of college preparatory charter schools.

Previously, Tonia worked as an investment banker in New York where she focused on real estate finance.

She earned a B.A. from Stanford in Economics and an M.B.A from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Tonia serves on the Stanford Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Education and is a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.



Erika J. Kendrick, ‘96, Founder, The “Who Moved My Happy?” Mental Fitness Tour 

Erika J. Kendrick is an acclaimed author, national speaker, and mental fitness junkie. She earned a psychology degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A in marketing and international business from the University of Illinois.

Erika was an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls before writing her novel, Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House, 2007). She penned Appetite (Random House, 2009) and The Accidental Escort (Cleis Press, 2010) shortly after. 

While at Stanford, Erika was admitted into the psychiatric ward and placed under suicide watch, after being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and acute Clinical Depression. She has now made it her mission to be a servant to the human community by touring the country speaking and guest lecturing at colleges and universities as well as national sororities, middle and high schools, and organizations, large and small. Erika launched “Who Moved My Happy?,” to share her story of suicide survival, Erika Ever After.

The celebrated author is currently finishing her memoir and touring her Mental Fitness Tour, “Who Moved My Happy?” nationally. She inspires hope by creating safe spaces for life-saving conversations and uses her Mental Fitness Boot Camp to help people get back into the game of life and win!


Miller, AnthonyAnthony W. Miller, MBA ‘92, Chief Operating Officer and Partner, The Vistria Group

Tony Miller is a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private equity firm that makes controlling equity investments in the education, healthcare, and financial services sectors.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Miller was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Education where he oversaw day-to-day operations for a broad range of management, policy and program functions, spanning early childhood through post-secondary education. Mr. Miller was also responsible for overseeing ~$100 billion in one-time education program funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Mr. Miller represented the U.S. Government at education and workforce development international forums and led the Department’s missions to China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia.

Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he completed his studies at Stanford’s Japan Center for Technology and Innovation. Mr. Miller serves on the Boards of the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Chicago’s Academy of Urban School Leadership, and the Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.



Femi A. Ogundele, Assistant Dean of Admission for Diversity Outreach, Stanford University Office of Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and Visitor Information Services

Femi A. Ogundele earned his B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and Public Relations from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. in Strategic Communication from Ithaca College.

As the Assistant Dean of Diversity Outreach at Stanford University, Femi leads the charge for increasing access and diversity. He has mentored hundreds of students of color, many of whom have gone on to become educators or pursue advanced degrees.

Femi began his career in education at Ithaca College as an admissions counselor. He worked with students of color and got involved in the community by volunteering at the local community center. In addition, he served as the Chairman of the Community Advisory Board for a maximum security juvenile corrections facility, where he successfully advocated for educational and vocational programs.

He continued his work in diversity recruitment at the University of Delaware, where he advocated for the most diverse class in the university’s history. He coordinated the College Readiness Scholars Institute – a partnership and summer program between the University of Delaware and a local school district to promote a continued culture of college attendance and graduation for low income and underrepresented students. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Femi also worked at Cornell University’s College of Engineering where he developed programs and recruitment strategies for students of color interested in STEM.

Femi lives in the Bay Area with his wife and he continues to share his knowledge of education with students, counselors and families of color.


Parson, StacyStacy Parson ‘90, Principal, Knowetry Consulting

Stacy Parson is a seasoned veteran in management consulting and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, trained in organization, systems and relationship coaching. Since 2003, she has been coaching, consulting and delivering workshops to create experiences that inspire shifts in performance, influence and satisfaction. Her expertise in individual and team coaching, individual effectiveness and organizational change, are a powerful combination for developing and executing comprehensive programs that translate business strategy into action and outcomes. She works with clients to address the relationship between individual meaning and organizational effectiveness so that companies actualize key business results in an accelerated and amplified way.

Currently, Stacy works with CEOs, presidents, executive vice presidents and vice presidents in several fortune 500 companies, start-ups, emerging teams with big aspirations and emerging techsters—all who are determined to change the world. Stacy’s always asking, “What’s possible?” and crafts experiences to invite that; she is known for facilitating compelling visions (Visual Vision Mapping), inspiring others to action (Action-Hero Studio), and strengthening platforms for teams to deliver extraordinary results (Next Level Results framework).

At Stanford, Stacy earned her bachelor’s in psychology and was a member of the 1990 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship team. Today, she is a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is working on her second degree. She is also a novice bass player and an essential oil enthusiast—how aroma cultivates emotions and mindsets that inspire action.


Dr. Shane Perrault, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author, Speaker and Founder of African American Marriage Counseling

Shane Perrault, Ph.D., is a highly sought-after speaker and television guest. Dr. Shane successfully blends humor, insight, empathy and “ah-ha” moments in a way that entertains and engages audiences. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University, and completed his undergraduate studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Dr. Shane founded the African American Marriage Counseling in 2003, and since then over 2,000 couples have sat down on his black-tufted couch to fight for their relationships, marriages and families. Dr. Shane rolls up his sleeves and gets in the trenches with them to help them develop the skills needed to hear (and be heard by) each other and to turn toward (instead of on) each other in times of conflict. These breakthroughs empowered couples to make peace with the past and move beyond the pain. Throughout these experiences countless couples have discovered, “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

He is the author of The Black MANual: Less Drama, More Love – A Single Woman’s Guide to Choosing Mr. Right.


Porter, DawnDr. Dawn M. Porter, ‘87, MD, Founder and CEO of Family Renewed, LLC and Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Dawn M. Porter, Founder and CEO of Family Renewed, LLC, is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in practice for over 20 years. As a blended family mom of six, a military spouse and resident of multiple states, she offers unique insights into challenges families face and provides proven methods to strengthen and support them.

She draws on her personal experiences to fuel her passion to strengthen all families. Her vision is to one day see a mentally, physically and spiritually healthy nation that is rooted in the basic concepts of compassion and healing. As an advocate for children, adolescents, adults and families, Dr. Porter conducts presentations and leads interactive workshops locally, nationally, and internationally to address relevant issues such as healthy living, emotional health, trauma, domestic violence, and cultural issues in psychiatry. She serves families, churches, schools and organizations, with specialty resources designed for military and blended families. Dr. Porter has developed an innovative, interactive program to strengthen the core family structure, refocus individual and family beliefs, and improve the overall mental and physical health of all participants.

Dr. Porter has experience in private practice, community child guidance clinics, group homes, long-term state residential facilities, emergency psychiatry, tele-psychiatry, and court-ordered evaluations. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and consultative settings.

Dawn received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.D. from Meharry Medical College. She began her Psychiatry training at Baylor College of Medicine and completed it at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Routt_KarenKaren E. Routt, MBA ‘83, Founder & CEO, Magnolia Prime

Karen Routt is Founder and CEO of Magnolia Prime, which she started following the year she spent as the live-in caregiver for her 94-year-old uncle. Magnolia Prime’s mission is to help people be free, independent and connected to the people, places and things that matter. Her expertise revolves around the aging, technology, housing and healthcare arenas.

Karen’s consulting clients over the years have included world-renowned corporate, research and educational institutions. In the aging field, she worked for a developer of retirement housing and later led a geriatric care management practice. Early in her career, Karen was employed at top-tier consulting firms where she focused on the information systems needs—strategy, design and implementation—of Fortune 500 companies. She later brought her private sector skills and experiences to the public sector when she was appointed Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 2013, Karen was named Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Silicon Valley Chapter after raising over $50k in ten weeks. She has served in leadership roles on numerous community and government boards in housing, aging, and healthcare sectors, including the Cambridge Health Alliance, one of Boston’s safety-net hospitals.

Ms. Routt is active with the Stanford Business School Black Alumni Association, served on the Stanford Business School Advisory Council, and is a member of the Stanford Associates, from whom she received the Award of Merit.

Karen was awarded an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan.



Dr. Terrence Satterfield, ‘96, Research Scientist, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Dr. Terrence Satterfield received his B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and performed his doctoral thesis research in the Department of Genome Sciences, where he utilized the common fruit fly as a model system for understanding the functions of human genes that underlie neurodegenerative disease.

He is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Research and Drug Discovery at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. In this role, he performs studies in cellular biology with the goal of developing therapeutic interventions for a variety of disease processes. He also coordinates BioMarin’s monthly forum called The Think Tank, a creative environment wherein scientists can collaboratively build compelling ideas for innovative therapeutics.

Terrence has served for several years on the board of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association – Northern California. He was a leader on The 2013 Stanford National Black Alumni Summit planning committee, including overseeing the creation of www.stanfordblackalumni.org. He also actively mentors students of all ages and is an enthusiastic science advocate.


Tubbs, MichaelMichael Tubbs, ‘12, M.A. ‘12, Mayor, City of Stockton

Michael Tubbs is the Mayor of the City of Stockton. He is Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first Black mayor. Previously, Mayor Tubbs served as Stockton’s District 6 City Councilmember; at age 22, he was one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the nation. As a Councilmember, Michael focused on poverty reduction, community engagement and organizing, and collective impact strategies. He is the founder of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, The Phoenix Scholars, the Summer Success and Leadership Academy.

Mayor Tubbs graduated from Stanford in 2012 with honors, a master’s degree, the Stanford Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Dinkelspiel Award. He was also a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design (Stanford D School) and the Emerson Collective.


watkins-wesleyDr. Wesley J. Watkins IV, ‘97, Ph.D., Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project®

Wesley J. Watkins IV, Ph.D., is the Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project® (J&D)—a music integrated curriculum that utilizes jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study and teaching of U.S. history, government, civics and culture, and inspire youth to become active, positive contributors to their communities.

“Dr. Wes,” as his students call him, first proposed such a curriculum as part of the Stanford University School of Education Undergraduate Honors Program. He conducted research for his undergraduate honors thesis at Oxford University where he engaged and learned from music educators at both local elementary schools and world-renowned secondary institutions like The Bedales School, Eaton College, and The Yehudi Menuhin School.

After earning his Ph.D. from the International Centre for Research in Music Education at the University of Reading, England, Dr. Wes immediately applied his knowledge as an independent arts education consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, working at the district, school and classroom levels. He then spent three years working for education reform nonprofits where he facilitated professional development for teachers, instructional coaches and administrators.

Dr. Wes is an avid music lover—particularly jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz—who loves to witness artists standing emotionally naked, transmitting their emotions to the audience, and modeling the best of what improvised music has to offer: a lesson in unity.



Jamila Webb, ‘03, Actress, Writer

Jamila Webb earned her B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and her M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater.

Jamila resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to polish her one-woman show about trying to rebel when your parents are rebels, The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged. Jamila also tours college campuses performing a solo motivational show during the summer months as a facilitator for college orientations.  

In addition to theater, she has worked in television and film. She had a recurring role as an over-eager network executive opposite Billy Crystal and Dennis O’Hare on The Comedians. She had a blast playing a devout Catholic hell-bent on getting a hug on the CW’s Jane the Virgin and guest-starring as Sasha, a no-nonsense First AD, on Mia Lidofsky’s upcoming web series, Strangers, opposite Zoe Chao (The Comeback) and Langston Kerman (Insecure). Add to these her turns as a fast-food manager on The Office, Nurse Janice on Arrested Development, a no-nonsense flight attendant in Demetri Martin’s Dean, Nurse Aziza on Extant, and most recently a pediatric nurse opposite Annaleigh Ashford on Masters of Sex.

Jamila has a knack for playing the role of “stubborn woman”, but she’d prefer to call them independent.


Trina-Wiggins2Dr. Trina Wiggins, ‘82, Pediatrician

Dr. Trina Wiggins is a board certified pediatrician who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, Dr. Carl Allen and three children; her twin sons are currently Stanford student-athletes.

A native of Oakland, California, she attended Stanford University and while earning her bachelor’s in Human Biology, she was a varsity member of the women’s gymnastics team. She subsequently attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and completed her internship and residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Wiggins has worked in both the public and private sector. Currently, she works at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada along with providing health care on a mobile clinic called Medicine on the Move. This mobile clinic goes out to communities and neighborhoods to provide healthcare and health education. She also educates the community by hosting fitness and nutrition camps for kids. In addition to being a pediatrician, she competes in fitness competitions and has won numerous titles. In 2011, she won Fitness America Classic.

Trina is currently the president of the Stanford Club of Southern Nevada and has served as the president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association from 2015-2106.


Jennifer WilliamsJennifer C. Williams, ‘93, Sales Performance Executive, Northwest Division, Bank of America

Jennifer C. Williams is a graduate of University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received an M.B.A. in Analytic Finance and Stanford University where she majored in Biology.

Williams started her career as an associate in the Wealth Management Division of Goldman Sachs. In 2002, she joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in San Francisco before moving on to serve as the Associate Director for the Golden Gate Pacific Market. She returned to Merrill Lynch as the Director of the Newport Beach office, where she led over 100 financial advisors, managed the day-to-day operations and was responsible for over $90 million in revenue.

Presently, Williams is the Sales Performance Executive responsible for supporting the Northwest Division of Bank of America. In this role she creates sales programs to exceed objectives, motivate associates and deliver the strategic imperatives of the business through key partnerships. Her territory includes over 600 financial centers in California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

In addition to her contributions to the financial services industry, Williams values community involvement and thusly serves on a number of boards. She is an active member in the Stanford Alumni Association and the Black Executive Leadership Council. In addition, she serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Orange County Chapter of LEAD for Women at Bank of America.