Our history

CBE was started by professionals from Black employee resources groups and community organizations who were moved by desire to build community and give back.

how it
all started

Coalition of Black Excellence Week (“CBE Week”) was started in September 2017, with the simple goal of unifying Black professionals, employee resource groups, nonprofits, and business owners around a common desire to plan Black History Month events that uplift the Black community as a whole. The collaborators recognized that there were few events that brought together Black professionals across sectors to exchange ideas, network, and collectively recognize the inspiring accomplishments of members of the Black community.

After several months of coordination, a team of dedicated volunteers from Our Collective and companies throughout the Bay Area launched the first CBE Week in February 2018.

The week long summit

was designed to connect and support Black professionals, business owners, and community members living throughout the Bay Area. It attracted hundreds of attendees to various events, including panel discussions, a gala, and a parade led by Black Joy Parade.

Due to the summit’s success, a team of volunteers decided to launch Coalition of Black Excellence (“CBE”) as an official San Francisco Bay-Area based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; incorporated in June 2018. The organization is powered by a team of volunteer Black professionals who are passionate about, and dedicated to, CBE Week becoming an annual gathering that continues to grow and expand its reach beyond the Bay Area, and serve as a platform for uniting, celebrating and uplifting the Black community as a whole.  

Our goal is to continue to be a space where individuals and organizations dedicated to elevating the Black community can come together, give back, amplify our collective impact, and celebrate excellence in the Black community.

Angela Johnson
Founder & Ceo

Our
Mission

Our mission is to unify and elevate the Black community by marshaling talented Black professionals for one week to share our varied expertise, improve our careers and uplift our community.

WITH CBE

CBE is powered entirely by a team of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to, uniting, celebrating and uplifting the Black community as a whole. CBE’s annual gathering will continue to grow and expand its reach beyond the Bay Area. And we need your help! 

It was an honor to be part of such a powerful and unique experience supporting the black community.”

Lauranie Bermudo, Health Plan of San Mateo

Our
Executive Team

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Litigation Counsel
Uber
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Shannon Nash

Shannon Nash

CFO
Inside Source
Chief Financial Officer
Nakeena Taylor

Nakeena Taylor

Sr. Counsel
Atrium
Chief Operating Officer
Michele Ross

Michele Ross

Associated Director of Integrated Marketing
Forbes
Chief Marketing Officer
Julian Ross

Julian Ross

Product Manager
Apple
Chief Technology Officer

Our cbe
committee members

cbe summit team

Francine Marquis

Francine Marquis

People Operations
Google
Vendor Showcase Fair Chair
Terell Sterling

Terell Sterling

Partner
Andreessen Horowitz
Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Luarnie Bermudo

Luarnie Bermudo

Program Manager of Whole Person Care and Community Care Settings Program
Health Plan of San Mateo
Health & Wellbeing Committee
Kathrina Weekes

Kathrina Weekes

Associate Director of Admissions
Head-Royce School
Education & Social Impact Chair
Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer

Partner
Ropes & Gray LLP
Tech & Life Sciences Chair
Marcus Barber

Marcus Barber

Kasowitz, Benson Torres LLP
Gov’t & Legal Chair
Ben Wanzo

Ben Wanzo

Pitch Day Chair
Matthew Alexander

Matthew Alexander

Account Executive
Salesforce
Robert White

Robert White

Executive Director
California Minority Counsel Program
Legal Pitch Day Chair, Advisory Board Member
Robyn E. Cross

Robyn E. Cross

Senior Claims and Health Advocate
ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
Health & Wellbeing Chair
Lakeisha Poole

Lakeisha Poole

Founder/CEO
Talent Karma
Health & Wellbeing Committee
Nori Sakatsume

Nori Sakatsume

Industrial Designer
HP Inc.
Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Khalid White

Khalid White

Owner
Blkmpwr (Black Empower), LLC.
Education & Social Impact Committee Member
Kariithi Kilemi

Kariithi Kilemi

Business Development and Partnerships, Manager
HP Inc.
Finance & Entrepreneurship Chair
Sadasia McCutchen

Sadasia McCutchen

People Analyst
Google
Career Fair Chair
Jamal Thompson

Jamal Thompson

Manager of Engineering Programs
BART
Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee, Tech & Life Sciences Committee Member
Michael Flanigan

Michael Flanigan

Associate
Reichman Jorgensen LLP
Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Nikkisha Smith

Nikkisha Smith

Associate
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Legal Pitch Day Committee Member
Gael Hatchue

Gael Hatchue

Senior Software Engineer
Google
Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Y'Anad Burrell

Y'Anad Burrell

Owner/CEO
Glass House Commumications
Music, Art & Entertainment Chair
Liku Madoshi

Liku Madoshi

Attorney
Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane LLP
Gov’t & Legal Committee Member

cbe gala team

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

Program Manager
Google
Gala Director
Kyle Gordon

Kyle Gordon

Search Business Partner
Google
Gala Committee Member
Drea Alphonso

Drea Alphonso

Head of Partnerships
Black Tech Women
Gala Committee Member
MARIAH SMITH

MARIAH SMITH

Google
Gala Committee Member
Imani Bordeaux

Imani Bordeaux

Senior Sales Coordinator
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Gala Committee Member
Gerald Jean-Baptiste

Gerald Jean-Baptiste

Intern Programs Specialist
Google
Gala Committee Member

cbe Programs & Operations

Monica Monroe

Monica Monroe

Partner
Tucker Ellis
Impact Nonprofit Program Director
Rhashad Pittman

Rhashad Pittman

Entrepreneur
Communications Director
Jordan Medina

Jordan Medina

Manager, Social Impact Partnerships
LinkedIn
Public Relations Director
Felicia Davis

Felicia Davis

CEO
Black Women’s Collective
Communications Director
TAYLOR WEAVER

TAYLOR WEAVER

Corporate Associate
Winston & Strawn LLP
Legal Director

CBE Partnerships Team

Simone Davis

Simone Davis

Executive Assistant
Alphabet
Corporate Outreach Chair
Ebonee Slater

Ebonee Slater

Senior Manager Financial and Risk Advisory
Deloitte
Volunteer Day Co-Chair
Morgan Elam

Morgan Elam

Counsel
Electronic Arts
Partnership Director
Jeremiah Tolbert

Jeremiah Tolbert

Principal
Tolbert Design Architects
Community Outreach Co-Chair
Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman

Managing Partner
UrbanFarmers Inc.
Community Outreach Co-Chair

cbe Marketing & Communications team

Kimberly Gant

Kimberly Gant

Web & Digital Marketing Manager
ABD
Social Media Marketing Director
Milan Williams

Milan Williams

Social Media
15thgrd
Social Media Specialist
TraceyLynn Counts

TraceyLynn Counts

Creative Lead - Digital Producer
CreativityCounts
Digital Media Director

cbe Finance & Sponsorship Team

Halima Sow

Halima Sow

Compliance Attorney
Intesa Sanpaolo
Grant Director
Shauntrice Martin

Shauntrice Martin

Association of Black Argumentation Professionals
Grant Research; Education & Social Impact Committee Member
Eva Pulliam

Eva Pulliam

Associate
Arent Fox LLP
Sponsorship Director, Gov’t & Legal Committee Member

Our
Advisory board

Taj Clayton

Taj Clayton

Partner
Winston & Strawn
Advisory Board Chair
Shellye Archambeau

Shellye Archambeau

Board Member of Verizon and Nordstrom
Former CEO of MetricStream
Advisory Board Member
Tony West

Tony West

Chief Legal Officer
Uber
Advisory Board Member
Aminah Robinson

Aminah Robinson

founder
Aminah Robinson dba Chef Mimi
CBE Advisory Board Member
Melanie Gross

Melanie Gross

AGC & Global Practice Group Leader
Genentech
Advisory Board Member
Robert White

Robert White

Executive Director
California Minority Counsel Program
Legal Pitch Day Chair, Advisory Board Member
Christophe Mosby

Christophe Mosby

VP & Associate General Counsel
HP Inc.
Angela Wilbourn

Angela Wilbourn

Area Development Director
UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
Advisory Board Member
Jeremiah Tolbert

Jeremiah Tolbert

Principal
Tolbert Design Architects
Community Outreach Co-Chair
Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

CEO
Chief Legal Executive LLC
Advisory Board Member
Saafir Rabb Jr.

Saafir Rabb Jr.

CEO
Intercultural Inc.
Advisory Board Member
Achia Swift

Achia Swift

Legal Director
Uber
Advisory Board Member
Cristal Waldrop

Cristal Waldrop

Former Nonprofit Executive
Advisory Board Member
Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

Assistant General, Global Sales, Marketing, & Operations
Microsoft
Advisory Board Member

Our
strategic partners