Foundation Board

Feruzi Mwero

Feruzi has spent over 20 years in his mission to empower individuals and businesses to achieve their goals, live with purpose, and be of greater service to their communities. Feruzi is an Associate Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual with Team Jeremy J. Wakamiya. In this position Feruzi continues to fulfill his charge by enabling individuals, …

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Dr. Nkiruka Catherine Ohaegbu

Dr. Nkiruka Catherine Ohaegbu serves on the Government Relations and Public Affairs Team with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where she advocates for equity in clean energy and sustainability, enhancing and sustaining public affairs partnerships, programs, and government relations outreach strategy for a variety of PG&E’s initiatives. Prior to joining PG&E, she served as …

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Timiza Wash

Timiza’s 20-year career has been defined by a bold passion for access to quality education for all, self-fulfillment, and wellness, particularly for marginalized communities. Several years ago she began working with and for survivors of human trafficking at WEAVE as an Anti-trafficking case manager. In this role she became a certified rape crisis and domestic …

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Michael Poindexter

Michael Poindexter served as Interim President at Sacramento City College and returned to the Office of Vice President of Student Services before transitioning to Engaging You, LLC as the CEO, where he assist colleges with guided pathways equity and institutional transformation. Michael Poindexter also served as Consultant to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of City …

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Kairis Joy Chiaji

Kairis Chiaji • Braids, Bits, Beads, Babies and Other B. S. (Beatitudes Services) is a sole proprietorship umbrella for a number of businesses including catering, jewelry sales, and natural hair art. It allows the flexibility to pursue her passion: Baby Got Back Up Birth Support Services •  Kairis Chiaji is on a mission to lower …

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Karif Lawerence

Karif Lawrence is a proud family man, professional, and advocate for all people. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA., Karif has a strong passion for serving his region. He was called into ministry in 1997 and had been sharing the gospel through his life and love ever since. Karif is a remarkable and dynamic public …

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BJ Snowden

Dr. Snowden has over 20 years of administrative and teaching experience in education, with 18 of those years in the California Community College system. He currently serves as an Interim Associate Vice President of Equity, Institutional Effectiveness, and Innovation at American River College. In this role he works to institutionalize and implement the college’s strategic …

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Marcellene Watson-Derbigny

Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Retention and Academic Success. Providing broad oversight to over 25 plus educational equity programs and components, she is well versed in educational equity practice, program development, and in the strategic planning of retention initiatives within complex higher education structures, overseeing a vast realm of …

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Azizza Davis Goines

Azizza Davis Goines is the President and CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Director of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Bringing over 30 years experience in Association Management, her experience includes working previously as the Community Relations/Development Director for the Northern California HIV/AIDS Healthcare Center, President and CEO …

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