The Opportunity Agenda Board members represent a diverse spectrum of disciplines, constituencies and approaches, yet all of them have demonstrated in their work a rare priority on cross-disciplinary collaboration, leadership development, a focus on results and a deep respect for diversity. In addition to diversity of experience, our Steering Committee and Advisory Board represents a diverse range in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and age. For a list of former advisory board members, please click here.

  • Madifing Kaba, Steering Committee Chair

    Madifing Kaba is a Management Consultant in the Financial Services Advisory practice of PwC New York, specialized in strategy, operations and financial regulations. Madi has extensive experience in banking and capital markets, having worked for more than 10 years as an institutional sales-trader, investment banker and project manager for several large financial institutions.

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  • Bill Lann Lee, Co-Founder, Advisory Board Chair

    Bill Lann Lee, a distinguished civil rights lawyer, serves as Senior Counsel and Advisory Board Chair to The Opportunity Agenda. Lee is a partner with the law firm Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. in Oakland, California.  Bill has extensive experience in the litigation of employment discrimination, police misconduct, housing discrimination, transportation equity, environmental justice, and other civil rights cases.

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  • Alan Jenkins, Co-Founder, Executive Director

    Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions. His prior positions include Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination.

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  • Vincent Benjamin, Director, App Annie
    Vincent Benjamin is the Americas East Sales Director for App Annie, the Sequoia-backed mobile intelligence company. Prior to joining App Annie, Vincent was an Enterprise Relationship Manager in LinkedIn's Financial Services Division, where he led a team of six and partnered with corporations to accelerate revenue growth. Prior to LinkedIn, Vincent was a Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales at Sanford C. Bernstein where he owned institutional relationships and sales strategy for east coast buy side institutions. Before Bernstein, Vincent worked for Barclays Capital in their structured capital markets division where he executed structured arbitrage transactions and for Wachovia Securities as an investment banking analyst.
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  • janis Bowdler, Managing Director within Global Philanthropy

    Janis Bowdler is a Managing Director within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global leader in corporate philanthropy with more than $200 million invested in communities annually.

    Janis Bowdler joined JPMorgan Chase's Global Philanthropy team in 2013 to lead the firm's philanthropic strategy in three strategic areas: Financial Capability, Small Business, and Community Development.

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  • Michael Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer, Cognition

    Michael Goldberg became a financial adviser after building a successful, 17-year career in the recorded music and entertainment industries, where he most recently worked as the Chief Financial Officer at Verve Music Group at the Universal Music Group.

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  • Joseph Lewis, Director, JCRA Financial

    Joseph Lewis is a currently a Director at JCRA Financial, a global financial risk consulting firm. In his role he is providing risk management advice on interest rates, foreign exchange, and commodities to Fortune 500 companies, real estate and private equity funds. Most recently, he was a Director in Citi’s Risk Solutions Group responsible for Technology, Retail and Industrial derivative origination, structuring and execution. He held similar roles at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

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  • David May, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer, AIG

    David W. May is Corporate Chief Marketing Officer at AIG. He joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for global brand strategy, digital and social media, market research, advertising and sports sponsorships.

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  • Amy Redford, Actress

    Amy made her directorial debut with The Guitar, starring Saffron Burrows. Amy has recently directed an episode of Law & Order: SVU. She also recently shot a short film called DeLiVeRy with Ethan Suplee and Lukas Haas. Upcoming projects include the features : Phoenix, The House that Jack Built, Claude and the Birthday Cake (which she is co-writing with Jude Falaise about growing up in Haiti in 1963) Songbird about the singer Eva Cassidy and the television series DICK. She is also co-creating the web-series The Royal Hotel with Deirdre Lewis, featuring various artists stepping out of their established Genre’s and mediums to create new work (produced by Tina Elmo and Sundance Productions)

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  • Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Acquisitions at Red Stone Equity Partners

    Richard Roberts is Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC assisting in the origination and management of developer relationships in the Northeast and the development of new business strategies for the firm.  Richard has extensive career in affordable housing and urban market investments having worked in these areas for over 18 years.

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  • Sara Stuart , Director of Development and Communication at Union Settlement Association

    Sara Stuart is the Director of Development and Communication at Union Settlement Association, the oldest and largest social service provider in East Harlem. She has held similar positions at Citizens Union, a century old good government watchdog organization, and at Center for Community Alternatives, a leader in reducing reliance on incarceration.

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  • Bryan N. Warner, Senior Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Bryan N. Warner works in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he is a senior associate in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance groups. Bryan has extensive experience with domestic and cross-border transactions, particularly in the healthcare and technology markets. He is currently on secondment to Google Inc. in Mountain View, California. Bryan is a Member of the Hopkins School Alumni Board of Directors and holds a BA in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law.

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  • Lizz Winstead , Writer and Producer

    As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, Lizz Winstead has helped to change the very landscape of how people get their news. But she wasn’t just behind the scenes: As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio's mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow.

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