African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund - National Advisory Council

These leaders in academia, arts, business, government, and preservation have answered our call to form a National Advisory Council for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

  • Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Co-Chair of Advisory Council
  • Phylicia Rashad, Actor and director, Co-Chair of Advisory Council
  • Dana Bourland, Vice President of the Environment Program at The JPB Foundation
  • Randy Bryant, President & CEO, Ten Chimneys Foundation
  • Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian
  • Susan Chapman-Hughes, Senior Vice President, Global Digital Capabilities, Transformation, and Operations, Global Commercial Services division, American Express
  • Congressman James Enos Clyburn, elected in 1993 as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 6th Congressional District, Assistant Democratic Leader since 2011
  • Ava DuVernay, Award-winning Producer, Director, and Screenwriter
  • Dr. William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History Emeritus, Senior Associate Director Emeritus, Center for Study of the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Director of the Hutchins Center for African American Studies, Harvard University
  • Irvin Henderson, President of Irvin M. Henderson & Co.
  • Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Chairwoman of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Harvard University Professor
  • Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc. (Urban One, Inc.)
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Congresswoman Terrycina Andrea "Terri" Sewell, elected in 2010 as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 7th Congressional District
  • Robert Stanton, Former Director, National Park Service
  • Bryan Stevenson, Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Marita Rivero, President and CEO, Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket
  • Alice Rosenwald, Principal and Former Co-Chair of the Board, American Holdings Securities Corporation; and President, Alice Rosenwald Fund
  • Mtamanika Youngblood, President & CEO of Sweet Auburn Works

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund operates under the direction of Brent Leggs, executive director.

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