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Albert Mosley ’99 S.T.M. (Divinity), Chair and PresidentADMosley

Dr. Albert Mosley currently serves as the 15th President of Gammon Theological Seminary, the United Methodist constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.  Founded in 1883, Gammon/ITC is a fully accredited, co-educational, professional graduate school of theology that offers a variety of master and doctoral level degrees.  Since his arrival at Gammon 6 years ago, Dr. Mosley has provided the school with exceptional leadership. He has specifically accomplished the following:
  • Retired all long-term debt of the institution, and significantly increased the endowment by well over 75% (from $6million to close to $11million).
  • Successfully negotiated building/land sale for Gammon that yielded an additional $4.5million in assets.
  • Raised considerable resources for scholarship assistance to students, including a very recent contribution of $100,000 from Gammon alum Ambassador Charles Stith (former Ambassador to Tanzania under the William Jefferson Clinton Administration).
  • Developed and implemented an Enrollment Enhancement and Retention Plan that has led to an increase in enrollment by over 65%, and an increase in the retention rate from a decade-long low of 60% to 85%.
  • Secured two significant grants from the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church to establish the Gammon Center for the Study of Religion and Race and the Racial Justice Institute, two co-curricular programs that enable Gammon to continue its historic emphasis upon addressing issues of cultural competency, advocacy, and education in areas that further racial justice and equity.
  • Garnered a competitive grant from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in the amount of $100,000 from the Young Clergy Initiative to establish the Gammon Pathways Program, a new pipeline program designed to produce principled African American clergy.
  • Established the Merit Scholars Program, a bold and new initiative aimed at attracting the best and brightest students to Gammon/ITC by providing them with full-tuition scholarships. It is Gammon/ITC’s desire, through the Merit Scholars Program, to provide the church and society with the next generation of called and principled leaders who will exhibit a lifelong desire for intellectual growth and spiritual development
  • Created a campus-wide master improvement plan that has led to significant renovations and upgrades in existing facilities.

In addition to his leadership at Gammon/ITC, Dr. Mosley serves the larger academic and religious community through his involvement in and leadership of several national entities.  He is currently the President & Chair of the Board of Governors of the Yale Black Alumni Association, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that represents the shared interests of all black alums of Yale University through one of its 13 chapters around the globe.  Additionally, Dr. Mosley is the Vice President Designate (2017-2020) of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The University Senate is an international elected body of professionals in higher education and ministry created by the United Methodist General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Dr. Mosley is also a member of the Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation of the World Council of Churches, and has served previously as one of the United Methodist Church’s delegates to the National Council of Churches.  Dr. Mosley has been, and continues to be, a part of numerous workshops/conferences for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. He is a frequent preacher and lecturer in many leading pulpits and institutions of higher learning in the United States and beyond.

Dr. Mosley was born and raised in rural Mississippi.  He has earned degrees from Millsaps College, Duke University, and Yale University. In 2009, the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (Paynesville, Liberia) bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity upon him in recognition of his humanitarian spirit and contributions to West Africa. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Bishop’s Medal given by the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church for meritorious service to church and society.  Mosley is also the recipient of the William J. Griffith Distinguished University Service Award given by Duke University, and the Distinguished Preaching Award given by the Divinity School at Duke University. Dr. Mosley is married to the former Dr. Syreeta McTavous, a native of Philadelphia, PA and a dentist by profession.  Together, they have four children: Avery (17), Todd (16), Addison (14), and Ava-Rose (2).


Erin Johnson ’08 B.A., Vice President

ErinErin is Vice President of the YBAA. She lives in New Haven, CT, where she serves as Associate Director of the new Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Formerly, she served as Assistant Secretary of the University at Yale. In that capacity, she supported the University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life and others in the Yale administration through her work for the Yale Corporation. She also has held responsibilities in student life and was, among other things, the liaison to the Sheffield Scientific School Board of Trustees and the Henry Fellowship. She graduated from Yale College in 2008 with a B.A. in History. On the YBAA Board, Erin has served as the National Secretary, as chair of the Communications Committee, as the liaison for campus relations. She is a member of the YBAA-CT chapter.

Charlotte Elise Collins ’10 M.A.R. (Divinity), Secretary

CharlotteECollins2015Charlotte is the National Secretary of the YBAA and the Associate Director for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. In her role at the Pace Center, she has oversight for the Community House program as well as the center’s education, training and metric efforts. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and African American Studies. She received her M.A in Black Religion and the Diaspora from Yale Divinity School in 2010. She continues to be actively involved in the lives of youth and young adults, working to help them think critically about the role that civic engagement and social justice will play in their lives and careers.

Carl T. Horton, Jr. ’90 B.A., Treasurer

Carl is the Treasurer of the YBAA and, for more than twenty years, he has been providing marketing, loyalty digital and retail strategy through his extensive expertise in branding, segmentation, customer experience management, organizational transformation, and performance metrics.  His work combines insights in CRM, Multi-Channel Marketing, Campaign Mgmt., and Customer Segmentation.

As an Executive within Accenture, Carl is currently the NA Loyalty & Rewards practice co-lead, specializing in designing and executing end to end Loyalty and Customer Experience solutions, including program design, loyalty marketing, technology and operations.

Prior to Accenture, Carl was Vice President at Lord & Taylor, where he managed the Customer Relationship Management, Loyalty, and Credit / Gift Card Services teams.  Additionally, he served as Vice President of Commerce Development at MasterCard Worldwide, managing strategic partnerships with luxury retail and specialty apparel companies.

Carl is a passionate advocate for public policy issues impacting urban areas. For over 15 years, he has been active in the Bridgeport community. He currently serves on the board of directors for Excel Bridgeport, an education advocacy group serving Connecticut’s largest city. He serves as an advisor to Project Longevity – a statewide program sponsored by the offices of the US Attorney General and CT Governor to reduce gang violence through analytics, better access to existing social services, and focused law enforcement efforts.  He started his career as a teacher of Math and Black History at an urban Catholic school in Southeast Washington, DC.  In 2000, he re-established the CT Young Democrats as served as President for 3 years.  He is actively serving on additional boards in the Bridgeport area.

Carl is originally from Atlanta, GA and has lived in Bridgeport, CT for 15 years.  He is married to Kristin duBay Horton, the Director of Health and Social Services for the City of Bridgeport, and is the proud father of 3 young girls.  Carl received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University in 1990, and his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1995.


Derick Dailey ’14 M.A.R. (Divinity), ParliamentarianDDailey

Derick D. Dailey serves as the Parliamentarian of the YBAA. Derick, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently a 3L student at Fordham University School of Law where he is a Stein Scholar.He is also the 2016-2017 National Chair for National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). In this role, he exercises general authority over the business and activities of NBLSA.

He graduated from Westminster College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies. While at Westminster, Derick served as the President of the Westminster College Senate, served as a Board of Director for the Callaway County United Way, and was a Triple “S” Scholar. Derick traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to implement the construction of a Children’s Library at Bole Primary School. He was selected Senior of the Year and was the recipient of the E.C. Henderson Leadership Award. After Westminster, Derick joined Teach for America as a 5th and 6th grade teacher at KIPP Blytheville in the Mississippi Delta. After TFA, Derick matriculated to Yale University where he received his M.A. in Religion with a focus on Black Religion in the African Diaspora and Political Theology. While at Yale, Derick served as a Yale Presidential Public Service Fellow and traveled to Ghana, Zambia, South Korea, and Switzerland to teach and work on ecumenical manners with the World Council of Churches.

Derick is a member of the New York County Bar Association, serves as  research assistant with the Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer’s Work, and worked in the Legislative Advocacy and Policy Clinic on matters relating to children and families.

Derick serves as a Board of Director for Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the Yale Black Alumni Association.

In addition to his organizational leadership, Dailey has interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, a corporate litigation firm, and served as the James E. Johnson Legal Intern at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Derick plays piano, loves college sports, and enjoys spending time with his nephew and nieces.


Board


Clarence Agbi ’09 B.S.ClarenceAgbi

Clarence is currently a data scientist based in Los Angeles, using analytics to drive business optimization for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to this position, he worked as a software engineer in Baltimore where he used his technical expertise to develop innovative software to improve product design and process efficiency.  Clarence is also an active leader within the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and has developed programming to foster a strong network of STEM professionals at the local level. Passionate about diversity in STEM fields, he regularly volunteers in the community to encourage and nurture interest in STEM among students of color at all ages. He graduated from Yale College with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2009, and later received a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and 2014, respectively.


Arlene Barochin ’10 B.A.

Arlene BarochinArlene Barochin hails from a Haitian enclave in Miami, FL. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in the majors from Yale University as a Gates Millennium Scholar. A proud member of Ezra Stiles College, she spent her undergraduate years honing leadership and service skills as a leader within Dwight Hall, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,  Yale for Haiti, and the Afro-American Cultural Center.  She received multiple fellowships including the Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow to study within the Graduate School of Education, and Rossborough Fellowship to mentor young women. After graduation, she participated in Teach for America,  earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Secondary English and Urban Leadership. She has served in a variety of school management roles, most recently as Assistant Principal at a high performing turn around public charter network that serves Philadelphia and Camden. She is a certified K – 12 principal and teacher. Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rosemont University within the Graduate School of Education. For leisure, she enjoys travel, photography, mentoring, and freelance writing.

Jawanza Eric Clark ’00 M.Div. (Divinity)clarkj

Dr. Jawanza Eric Clark is Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY.  He holds a B.A. in English from Morehouse College (1997), a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (2000), and a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University (2008).  Jawanza teaches Liberation theology, Black theology, Introduction to Religious Studies, and African Christianity. He has studied, and recently taught a study abroad course, in Ghana, West Africa. His first book, Indigenous Black Theology, is a work of comparative and constructive theology that incorporates the African notion of ancestor in the development of a new Black theology for the church.  His second book, Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child, is an edited work that evaluates the legacy of Albert Cleage Jr., a black theologian, who unveiled a mural of a black Madonna and child fifty years ago and helped launch the Black Power movement in America.

Nathaniel Demosthenes ’97 B.A., ’99 M.A.R.


Charles Dumas ’79 J.D. (Law)

Charles Dumas is professor emeritus at Penn State University where he was the first African-American to: receive tenure, become a full professor, and be appointed emeritus.  He directed the first play written by an African-American, RAISIN IN THE SUN. He co-produced the first and only Festival and seminar that showcased all of August Wilson’s decade during his life time. He and his wife, Prof. J. Ann Dumas endowed the $10,000 Francis Foster Award. Dumas was also the director of the Acting for the Camera program at Temple University and founder of the film acting program at the University of the Free State in South Africa.  He was a Fulbright Fellow at Stellenbosch University also in South Africa. While a fellow he was the UNA Delegate at large to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the US State Department Advisor to the South African Sithengi Film Festival, special State department emissary to the University of Mozambique and three time presenter at the South African Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Before coming to Yale Dumas was a political activist. He was the SNCC project director in Leland during the Mississippi Freedom Summer and later a supporter for The Freedom Democratic Party challenge during the Atlantic City Democratic Convention.  In 1980 he was the Democratic Party’s candidate for the New York State Senate. In 2012 he was the Party’s Congressional Candidate for the 5th District  Pennsylvania.  Though he lost both elections he received well over 1/3 of the vote in the predominantly white districts. In State College he is a member of the Planning Commission, Martin Luther King Plaza Committee, the Committee for Campus and Community Unity, Democratic Party Precinct Captain and past Chairman of the Human Relations Committee.

While at Yale he was co-founder of the resurgent Waite Inn, a member of the BLSU Committee which filed an amicus brief in the Bakke v. Calif Supreme Court Case, active in the Antiapartheid Coalition, part of the Prisoners Defense Fund at Danbury, and on the staff of the Neighborhood Housing Desegregation action. After graduation he was a lawyer for IBM at the Armonk HQ. Later he was President and temporary CEO of Mid-Hudson Legal Services, a five county LSO, which had three cases before the US Supreme Court. During the Reagan Administration, he was subpoenaed by the Congressional Subcommittee and asked to defend MHLS’s “overzealousness”. He is on the board of the Yale Club of Central Pennsylvania, member of the Yale Club of NYC, and an advisor to the YaleGale South African project.

Dumas’ has had a professional career as an actor, writer and director.  He has appeared in over 200 plays, films, and TV programs.  He has an Ensemble Emmy for his work in Separate But Equal. He won a best actor award from the Hollywood/Beverly Hills NAACP for B.C. Historia.  His 30 produced plays have received numerous awards. His feature film, Surfacing is due to be released next year. He has two books: Boomer Under the Baobab, Nontraditional Casting. He was a contributor to Color Him Father and numerous articles.


Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans ’90 J.D. (Law)

Akosua Barthwell Evans is a strategic organizational innovator whose career spans leadership in management consulting, asset management and securities/corporate law. She brings to the corporate boardroom a three-decade track record helping leaders of Fortune 500 companies, the military and major universities look to the future as she guides them in tackling new market opportunities and enhancing their organizations’ competitive advantages in changing global environments. She has served on board finance, investment and marketing committees in the nonprofit sector, and offers corporate board-level legal expertise in financial transactions including public and debt financing, mergers and private equity/limited partnership deal-making for both U.S. and international organizations. She is a certified Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NCAD).

As CEO of The Barthwell Group, the Detroit-based strategic management consulting firm she founded in 2005, she has built and effectively served a client portfolio of Fortune 500 companies (McKesson, Lockheed Martin, TIAA-CREF, State Street), higher education institutions and the military, including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Marine Corps. She also has helped businesses and universities develop and implement market-building strategic partnerships. In 2014, she was appointed to the U.S. President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

She earned her J.D. degree at Yale Law School, where she was the Co-Marshal of her class and won the Edward D. Robbins award for her writing; a Ph.D. and M.Phil (both in Political Science) from Columbia University; and her A.B (Government) from Barnard College. She has provided board leadership for prestigious not-for-profits throughout the United States, including the 1,000-chapter Student Veterans of America, as Founder and Chair of The Museum of Modern Art (NY) Friends of Education (a minority outreach model), the Yale Law School Executive Committee, the Executive Leadership Council (African American C-suite leaders), the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (community revitalization, social justice), the Detroit Science Center and Hutzel Hospital, among others.


Francoise Hamlin ’04 Ph.D.HAMLIN2015PeterGoldberg

Françoise is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. history, race, and culture. Previously she taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Born and raised in London, England, an exchange year in Clarksdale, Mississippi changed her path from a projected career in law to a scholar activist and teacher. She is the author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), that reveals the complexities of the black freedom struggle through a local study in the heart of Mississippi. It won the 2012 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award. These Truly Are The Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on Citizenship and War is a co-edited anthology that the University of Florida Press published in 2015 and was a finalist for the QBR 2016 Wheatley Book Award in Nonfiction. Hamlin’s new research focuses on young people, trauma, and activism.

Her most notable fellowships and awards include: Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians (2002); Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan (2004-5); C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association (2005); Franklin L. Riley Dissertation Prize, Mississippi Historical Society (2006); Charles Warren Center Fellowship, Harvard University (2007-2008); Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2010-2011). She also won a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars in 2015 from the American Council of Learned Societies. In addition, she has won major mentoring and teaching awards at Brown.

Françoise earned her doctorate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University (with a multiple award-winning dissertation); her Masters from the University of London and her B.A. from the University of Essex (both in United States Studies). At Yale, alongside her many activities she was the graduate advisor and program coordinator at the Afro-American Cultural Center under Dean Pamela George (2002-2004). She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, Rev. Delphain Demosthenes (’00 MDiv) and their son, Elijah.


Jamelia Morgan ’13 J.D. (Law)

JameliaMorgan2015Jamelia is a 2013 graduate of Yale Law School. While at Yale, she was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, Criminal Defense Project, Critical Race Theory Working Group, Detention and Human Rights Clinic, and the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. During her summers in law school, Jamelia interned at the ACLU of Mississippi, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, a civil rights litigation firm. Prior to law school, Jamelia served as Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum, a social justice think tank that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to affirmative action, structural racism, and gender inequality. Currently, Jamelia serves as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Roberts, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In Fall 2015, she will join the National Prison Project at American Civil Liberties Union as a law fellow.

She is a 2006 graduate of Stanford University where she received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology. She is originally from Rowland Heights, California and a graduate of John A. Rowland High School.


Joy Oliver ’04 M.A.R. (Divinity)

Joy is a talented business owner with over 20 years providing top-level administrative and promotional services.  As a successful real estate broker she has designed innovative marketing strategies that focused on high end clientele while developing programs with local banks to assist first time homeowners.  As an insurance broker, she has been committed to working with small business owners as well as educating the community about the importance of protecting family wealth and the intricacies of health care law and its changes. She has an exceptional ability to create networks and build relationships with diverse individuals that range from all fields of business, the church, the community, and government leaders-including working both sides of the aisle as staff for 2 Congressmen and 2 Governors (both democratic and republican).

She is a 2004 graduate of Yale Divinity School where she received a Masters of Arts in Religion. She received a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Illinois-Springfield and a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from MacMurray College.
Joy currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband of 15 years, Eddie, and their sons Noah and Jonah.

Lowell Perry ’78 B.A.

LowellPerry2015Lowell is an innovative executive leader with a unique business background including a proven track record of success in team building, fund development, strategic alliances, general and nonprofit management, government relations, as well as expertise in diversity & inclusion as a viable growth strategy. He has developed a reputation as a visionary business thought leader and was responsible for leading a start-up automotive manufacturer from concept to $30 million in three years, developing and implementing marketing strategies for a worldwide consumer products company. In his current role as Director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN), Lowell is responsible for the management, coordination and implementation of this initiative patterned after the Harlem Children’s Zone and part of the national network of Promise Neighborhoods. The goal of “Promise” is to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland, closing gaps in achievement and creating a more robust cradle to career pipeline for all youth. Is also providing the vision and developing a strategic plan for taking CCPN to the next level from program to full organizational status.

Prior to joining Promise he provided contract consultant leadership to organizations such as Family Wellness Dallas where he served as an Executive Director after a very successful tenure as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) Chief Diversity Officer, SVP Corporate & Community Engagement where he created that department to raise money and to connect individual resources and opportunities for local board member recruitment of corporate employees of color. He cultivated and executed a new partnership which resulted in $500,000 in unrestricted revenue in 2013, and eclipsed the $1 million mark in 2014. Perry was also CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBSMT) and led that agency from 300 kids served in 2005 to set records of nearly 3000 children served and unrestricted revenue of almost $3 million in 2010, and was selected as a nationwide Top 5 benchmark Mentoring Children of Prisoners agency. Lowell was honored as a BBBSA CEO of the Year winner in 2007, served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council and chartered and chaired the national African-American Advisory Council.

A Yale graduate and polished keynote speaker with extensive professional on-camera, radio, and live presenting experience, Perry has been featured in numerous sales and marketing training films, print ads, commercials, and voice-overs. He has also appeared in a number of feature films and television, including Déjà vu, starring Denzel Washington, Nothing but the Truth, featuring Kate Beckinsale, Drop Dead Diva, the ABC hit show, Nashville. He is an avid golfer and registered yoga instructor who enjoys acting, writing, gourmet cooking, and spending time with his lovely wife Kathleen and their three beautiful children Trey, Tucker Nichol (Miss Tennessee USA 2010), Trenton, and new granddaughter Olivia. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a past board member of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp, Leadership Nashville Class of 2009, and was named one of Nashville’s 25 Most Beautiful People in 2011.


Deesha Philyaw ’93 B.A.

DeeshaPhilyawDeesha Philyaw is a Pittsburgh-based freelance writer and co-author of “Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce,” written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and Stepmom, Essence, and Bitch magazines; and various anthologies. She is also a Fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. In her personal life, she hit the mama trifecta: she is a biological mom, adoptive mom, and stepmom.


Rosalind Wiggins ’81 B.A.RZW Work Pic

Roz Wiggins has over two decades of sophisticated legal experience specializing in corporate governance, securities disclosure, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and business law. As Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of Equifax Inc. and Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of Pitney Bowes Inc. she counseled both corporate functions and business lines. Ms. Wiggins began her legal career at the law firm of Day, Berry and Howard in Connecticut. During her legal career Ms. Wiggins was an active member of several professional organizations including the Association of Corporate Secretaries, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Urban League, where she served as a loaned executive to the national office.

In 2004 Roz left Equifax to focus on family matters and beginning in 2010 she served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School where she co-taught a course on tax-exempt organizations, and clinical programs. Roz joined the Yale Program on Financial Stability at its inception in 2013 and has worked closely with Professor Andrew Metrick to build a state of the art institute dedicated to studying financial crises and financial stability regulation. She has authored dozens of case studies on the recent financial crisis with a particular focus on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. She earned her B.A. from Yale in 1981, with majors in Sociology and African-American History, followed by a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1984. In 2013, she also earned an MFA from Western Connecticut State University.

Roz is very dedicated to community service and frequently does pro-bono consulting for various nonprofit organizations where she focusses on increasing their effectiveness and helping them to think strategically. She is also very interested in educational success and works with New Haven Promise, a place-based scholarship organization, in several ways including drafting a case study on how the numerous Promise organizations around the country could better leverage to be more effective. Roz has also served as a board member on the International Committee of the Hartford YMCA and on the Task Force that established the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center in its north end, a historically underserved community.
Roz has fond memories of her Yale days and has participated in and attended a number of Alumni activities over the years including 10th Reunion Committee, 25th Reunion and Chair of African American Cultural Center celebration. Roz is an avid fan of the outdoors, travel (just 3 continents to go) and is working on several fiction and nonfiction book projects. She lives in northern Connecticut with her son where they are the friend family to a most charming student from Zimbabwe through the African Leadership Academy.