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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 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to unify and elevate the Black community. It was started after Black professionals from over 40 organizations came together with the simple goal of building community among Black professionals from employee resource groups, nonprofits, and small businesses. The entirely volunteer-led team launched Coalition of Black Excellence Week, a week-long gathering comprised of various activities designed to highlight excellence in the Black community; bring together talented Black professionals across different sectors to exchange ideas and business opportunities, and to strategically discuss advancing the Black community. In their first year, the team hosted 14 events and raised funds to donate to nonprofits positively impacting the Black community. After the success of their inaugural week, they formalized as a 501(c)3 and expanded its programming to include a two-day Summit for Black professionals across sectors.

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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 & Co-Ceo

Our
Mission

Our mission is to unify and elevate the Black 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

Ben Wanzo

Ben Wanzo

Pitch Day Chair
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
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
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
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

Drea Alphonso

Drea Alphonso

Head of Partnerships
Black Tech Women
Gala Committee Member
Imani Bordeaux

Imani Bordeaux

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

cbe Programs & Operations

Monica Monroe

Monica Monroe

Partner
Tucker Ellis
Impact Nonprofit Program Director

CBE Partnerships Team

Simone Davis

Simone Davis

Executive Assistant
Alphabet
Corporate Outreach Chair
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
TraceyLynn Counts

TraceyLynn Counts

Creative Lead - Digital Producer
CreativityCounts
Digital Media Director

cbe Finance & Sponsorship Team

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
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.
Jeremiah Tolbert

Jeremiah Tolbert

Principal
Tolbert Design Architects
Community Outreach Co-Chair
Saafir Rabb Jr.

Saafir Rabb Jr.

CEO
Intercultural Inc.
Advisory Board Member
Achia Swift

Achia Swift

Legal Director
Uber
Advisory Board Member
Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

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

Our
strategic partners