Ronald V. Dellums - Chairman
A life-long advocate of peace and social justice, Ron Dellums served for 27 years as an outspoken and highly respected member of the US House of Representatives. Initially seeking a life in education, community activism and social work, Mr. Dellums was called to public office in 1967. His tenure in politics has been defined by a strong adherence to the principles of social justice, community activism and peace as viable and necessary national and international pursuits. In 2007, Mr. Dellums returned to public office as the Mayor of Oakland, California.
Born in Oakland, Mr. Dellums served in the United States Marine Corps, before going on to earn an AA from Oakland City College, a BA from San Francisco State University, and a MSW in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing his degrees, Mr. Dellums worked as a psychiatric social worker and in various anti-poverty programs. He served on the Berkeley City Council from 1967 until 1970. He then went on to win a seat to the US Congress, serving from 1971 until 1998.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dellums has brought parties together, removed obstacles, and gotten things done. He has advised world leaders on sensitive matters of global peace and national security in the Middle East, Cuba, South Africa, Haiti, and Bosnia, achieving important outcomes for the international community. At a local level, when the Port of Oakland dredging was stalled, he brought the parties together and found solutions acceptable to the previously warring interests of the Port, the environmental community, labor, and the Corps of Engineers. Similarly, Mr. Dellums was instrumental in resolving countless labor disputes, including an intractable garbage dispute between Waste Management and the Teamsters, as well as a threatened strike of 1,000 Port truck drivers.
Mr. Dellums is currently the President of The Dellums Institute: Partners for Global Health and Justice, an “action tank” to train the new generation of social justice leaders and convene non-traditional partners to work together on tackling major world problems of climate change, youth disenfranchisement, health disparities, and poverty. He also serves as Chair of the Dellums Commission on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, reconvened by the National Collaborative on Health Equity.
Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., D.V.M., Ph.D., D.Sc. - Special Senior Advisor
Until his retirement, Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. served with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was for the last twelve years of his career the principal person responsible for global development support within the Office of the Secretary, HHS, with primary emphasis on Continental Africa and other less developed countries of the world. He was the principal liaison person between the HHS and Ministries of Health in Africa with regard to the development of infrastructure and technical support for the delivery of preventive and curative health needs for the continent.
Dr. Moore received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Tuskegee Institute; his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan; and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. He was awarded the Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his distinguished public health career by Tuskegee University.
Dr. Moore was a career officer within the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) entering with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and rising to the rank of Assistant United States Surgeon General (Rear Admiral, USPHS) within the Immediate Office of the Secretary, HHS. He was selected as Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, USPHS, by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Dr. Moore served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was with the Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), before becoming Senior Epidemiologist within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC. He served as the Chief Epidemiologist with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA. He directed the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program and was an Assistant Professor of Oncology within the Howard University College of Medicine Cancer Center.
Melvin P. Foote
Mr. Melvin P. Foote is a pioneer in the field of African Affairs. He has over 35 years of experience and has worked in over 30 African countries. And he is recognized as a leading expert on issues related to African policies and programs.
Mr. Foote founded the Constituency for Africa (CFA) in 1990, in order to establish a network of organizations, groups and individuals committed to the progress and empowerment of Africa and African people worldwide. CFA’s mission is to build public and private support for Africa, and to help shape a progressive U.S. policy towards Africa.
Mr. Foote is also the founder of a dynamic CFA-related program called the African American Unity Caucus (AAUC). The AAUC is a broad-based coalition of African-American and African leaders of Africa-focused organizations and groups, to promote pan-Africanism and to link Diaspora leaders in the Western Hemisphere with the African Union (AU), the coordinating forum of the nations of Africa. Further, Mr. Foote serves as an advisor to the African Union’s Ambassador to Washington and as a consultant to the World Bank on African Diaspora issues.
Mr. Foote has participated in numerous high-level missions to Africa, including as a participant on a White House delegation to assess the genocide in Rwanda in 1994; as part of a high profiled team that sought to end the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998; as a member of a Presidential mission to five African countries in 1998 to promote U.S. trade with Africa and the African Growth and Opportunity Act; as the leader of a mission to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan in 2001; and as the leader of a delegation to South Africa in 2003 to assess the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), a continent-wide initiative to promote economic integration and development.
Mr. Foote is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions that include the “Order of the Lion” Award in 1998, which is the highest public service honor of the Government of Senegal, and the Congressional Black Caucus 2001 Annual Legislative Conference’s Diggs Award for Foreign Affairs in recognition of his outstanding commitment and achievement on issues and concerns pertaining to Africa. Mr. Foote is a regularly requested speaker on radio and television as well as a prolific writer of articles and editorials featured in newspapers and magazines across America.
Prior to founding CFA, Foote served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and teacher in Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1973-1976. From 1981-1984, he served as Africare’s Representative in Somalia. From 1984-1994, Mr. Foote worked in Africare’s Washington headquarters as their Director of Constituency Development, which led to the founding of CFA.
Julius Garvey, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.R.C.S.(C), F.I.C.S., F.A.C.Ph., F.A.C.C.W.S. is a Board-Certified surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases. As the founder and Medical Director of Garvey Vascular Specialists, Dr. Garvey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge into our practice. His skill and proficiency provide our patients with an extensive range of expertise in the areas of arterial, venous diseases.
Dr. Garvey, a highly trained and credentialed surgeon, has held extensive academic appointments. He has worked as an Associate and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx NY, Assistant Professor of Surgery, State University of NY at Stony Brook, NY, as well as Instructor in Surgery at both Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY. Additionally, his hospital appointments are expansive. He has been an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harlem Hospital Center in NY, NY and Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, NY, Associate Attending Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Montefiore Morrisania Affiliate in Bronx, NY, and Acting Program Director in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. He was also Chief of Vascular & Thoracic Surgery at Queens Hospital Center and is presently an attending surgeon on staff of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Garvey is both nationally and internationally recognized for his contributions to medicine and speaks, teaches and presents clinical research at conferences across the country. He is a Member of the International College of Angiology, the Phlebology Society of America, the NY Academy of Sciences, the American Heart Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the NY Society of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Garvey is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), the American College of Surgeons, The American College of Phlebology, the International College of Surgeons, and the American College of Chest Physicians. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the Board of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Academy of Wound Management. Dr. Garvey’s exposure and expertise in vascular surgery, cardiovascular surgery, Phlebology, and wound care leads his determination to comprehensively address the concerns of all patients seen at Garvey Vascular Specialists afflicted with vascular disorders.
Allen A. Herman, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Dr. Allen Herman is an epidemiologist and public health physician. He was the founding Dean of the National School of Public Health, Medical University of Southern Africa of the Republic of South Africa. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Natal in 1977 and completed his doctoral work in Epidemiology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York in 1986 and a member of the faculty from 1987 to 1988. From 1989 to 1997 he was a Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health. He was an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services from 1997 to 2004. Dr. Herman has extensive experience in developing and managing epidemiologic and public health research projects, and he is adept at secondary data analysis. In 1990 he helped develop the Baltimore Project, an Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative in Baltimore, Maryland. This community-based, model enriched prenatal care demonstration project for East Baltimore formed part of the basis for a $160 million dollar federally funded national program to reduce infant mortality. In 1992 he developed the scientific basis of the National Institutes of Health - District of Columbia Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. He was the scientific director of this $25 million community-based U.S. federal research project that was designed to identify the critical factors that contribute to a high infant mortality among poor inner city African Americans and to develop interventions to reduce infant mortality rates.
Dr. Herman was effective in harnessing the energies of South Africans and Americans to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. He led the development of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Secure the Future Project, a $100 million program that focused on the health of women and children infected and affected by HIV. He was the Advisor to then Chairman Ronald V. Dellums, who served President Bill Clinton (during his second term) as the Chairman of the U.S. Presidential Committee on HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Herman, Mr. Dellums and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (the founding cochair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus) developed the idea of an “AIDS Marshall Plan for Africa” which was transformed into the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which led in 2003 to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its reauthorization in 2008. Dr. Herman was the director of the Secure the Future Public Health Fellowship Program that trained more than 150 fellows in dealing with AIDS. This is the largest such training program in Africa, and his students included the Minister of Health of Swaziland, the Director of the AIDS Program of Lesotho, and the Directors of the AIDS Programs from a number of South African provinces. He also worked as the advisor to the South African National Defense Force and helped bring a substantial antiretroviral treatment program to the South African military. This program was designed to bring treatment through the use of clinical trials to a large population of military families and was designed to enable the South African government to objectively create programs of treatment for the large number of infected South Africans. For his work in HIV/AIDS, Dr. Herman was awarded the Heroes in Medicine award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.
Darren Parker has served as a Public Servant, Business owner and influential leader for more than 30 years. He has been honored numerous times by both the President pro Tempore(s) of the Senate and California State Assembly Speaker(s). He has also been appointed to various boards and agencies including the City of Lancaster’s Citizens General Plan Advisory Commission by Mayor Hon. Bishop Henry Hearns as well as the Antelope Valley Fair Board appointed by Governor Gray Davis and Governor Jerry Brown. As a resident of the Antelope Valley, for over 25 years, Darren worked with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to better the community. Darren is one of the founding members of the Antelope Valley Human Relations Commission and was elected President for 18 consecutive terms. Darren has focused on education, equal rights, public safety, smart business growth, improving the quality of life for our Veterans, green energy and agriculture.
Mr. Parker was nominated and appointment Chairman by Lancaster mayor, R. Rex Parris, to the city of Lancaster’s Architectural Committee. Darren has also served on the Antelope Valley College Citizens Oversight Review Commission as Chairman, Antelope Valley NAACP as President and the Los Angeles County Commission for the Department of Children and Families as the Vice Chairman. Darren is serving his 6th term as elected statewide Chairman of the California Democratic Party’s African American Caucus and has worked with the last 3 Presidents of the United States on varies issues facing local government and education, including the “My Brother’s Keeper” program with President Obama. Parker continues to serve as the elected CA State executive board member for the 36th AD and as the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Region 1 Secretary.
Darren also serves on the Eastside School District Advisory Council, Antelope Valley Union High School District Advisory Council, and Palmdale School District African American Advisory Council and is an AVID (Advanced via Individual Determination) Community Liaison and raised funds to support safe schools and other causes.
On the other side, Darren served as an active member in the Communication Workers of America Union during his 30-year career at AT & T. He was appointed to the Executive Board, elected Vice President. He is now a CWA Lifetime Retiree.
As a former small business owner of The Parker Group, LLC, Darren is known for his track record of excellence and achievements. He understands that leadership requires the capability to fully access and understand the issues at hand, communicate a clear vision and the ability to pull people together to accomplish a common goal.
Jacques P. Walker
Mr. Walker is an experienced entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience successfully developing, managing, and executing commercial initiatives in the United States and in emerging markets worldwide. In addition to his work in the U.S., Mr. Walker has focused extensively on markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has worked in over 18 African countries.
Mr. Walker serves as a Senior Advisor to the Constituency for Africa (CFA), one of the leading organizations in the United States committed to educating and mobilizing the U.S. public on matters pertaining to Africa and the African Diaspora. For CFA, Mr. Walker helps plan, develop, and manage major CFA initiatives, including the annual Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. Mr. Walker actively engages with CFA’s sponsors and stakeholders in the public sector, private sector, civil society, academia, and the media.
Mr. Walker co-founded and serves as Chief Operations Officer of an integrated energy company with operations in the United States, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Walker’s responsibilities include helping shape overall corporate strategy, managing the company’s operations, directing the company’s Oil & Gas Business Unit, developing and managing multiple strategic partnerships, and providing client support services. Mr. Walker has helped the company win multiple projects, including over $4 billion in Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts.
Mr. Walker previously worked as a principal and senior consultant with an international consulting firm in Washington, DC. Mr. Walker’s responsibilities included developing corporate strategy, managing the company’s day-to-day operations, and managing the company’s international project portfolio. Mr. Walker provided clients with market analysis, economic analysis, risk analysis, and business development services in emerging markets, with a particular focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. His clients included the world’s largest Oil & Gas engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, and one of the world’s largest project management/infrastructure development firms.
Mr. Walker previously co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of a consulting firm that provided strategic advisory services, management consulting, business development, and project development services to public and private-sector clients globally. One of Mr. Walker’s clients was a manufacturer of generic and essential drugs, including analgesics, anti-allergics, anti-bacterials, anti-malarial, antihelminitics, and other pharmaceutical and botanical products on the World Health Organization’s essential drug list. At the time of Mr. Walker’s engagement with this client, this pharmaceutical company had successfully registered over 24 products in almost 20 African countries. In an effort to help this company expand its operations throughout Africa, Mr. Walker worked as a member of a team of consultants to structure a $250 million, three-party Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the pharmaceutical company, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and the Republic of Ghana. This MOU was part of Ex-Im Bank’s $1 billion program to support Africa's fight against HIV/AIDS. Mr. Walker graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.