EBF announces changes to board & staff in 2020

EBF announces changes to board & staff in 2020


Contact: Dr. Rahsaan Harris, President & CEO, Emma Bowen Foundation, [email protected]

Emma Bowen Foundation Announces Board & Staff Changes for 2020

New York, NY (Jan. 17, 2020)—The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF), which recruits talented students of color and places them in paid internships at some of the country’s largest media and technology companies, today announced several new members of its Board of Directors, including the appointment of Comcast executive Bill Strahan as board chair.  

Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast, brings nearly 30 years of human resources experience to his new role as board chair. He replaces Discovery executive Adria Alpert Romm. Alpert Romm will remain on the board.

Kurt Davis, Executive Vice President for ViacomCBS’ Affiliate Relations, replaces Strahan as the board’s at-large executive committee member. Davis, as well as Katherine Barnett, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hearst Television, and Rodney Hawkins, EBF alum and three-time Emmy-nominated producer for CBS News, are new to the Board of Directors. All are appointed to serve three-year terms.

“Our new board members exemplify everything that is great about the Emma Bowen Foundation,” says Dr. Rahsaan Harris, EBF President & CEO. “They and the companies they represent have shown a great commitment to our work. They personify racial and gender diversity, and they excel in their positions in the field. We are lucky to have them.”

Niija Kuykendall, the Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Warner Bros., will continue to serve as the board’s vice chair.

In addition to these new board appointments, EBF has also restructured its staff after the departure of Sandra Rice, its Senior Vice President for National Recruitment for the last 22 years. Michael Barham, who joined EBF as Director of Strategy & Analytics in 2015, will now serve as the Vice President of Programs, leading recruitment, partner relations, and providing support to the fellows, including managing the transition from intern to entry-level professional.

In addition, Claribel Nunez, previously EBF’s program coordinator, will now serve as Program Manager of Recruitment and Student Support, increasing her involvement in helping fellows successfully navigate their internships and completion of their undergraduate careers.

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