Board of Directors

Barbara Sykes

President & CEO

Barbara Sykes

Barbara is a former 3-term State Representative, former Deputy Auditor in Summit County, Past President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and is the first African-American woman to have served on Akron’s City Council.

Derrick Clay

Chair

Derrick Clay

Recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the nation's 30 young leaders of the future, Business First of Columbus as one of its “40 under 40” business leaders and by Smart Magazine as one of its “smart leaders,” Derrick has established his position in politics and business.

Alicia Reece

Vice Chair

Alicia Reece

Alicia Reece made history as the youngest woman elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1999 and she has continued to break ground for young women, minorities and others in the public service field.

Tom Roberts

Treasurer

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly where he actively represented the interests of residents in the Dayton, Ohio area for more than 22 years.

Michael D. Ashford

Secretary

Michael D. Ashford

Michael D. Ashford was an Ohio House member from January, 2011 to December, 2018 who was recognized as a strong voice for his constituents in the 44th District in Toledo and Lucas County.

Christie Bryant Kuhns

Board Member

Christie Bryant Kuhns

Coming Soon

Larry Price

Board Member

Larry Price

For more than 30 years, Larry Price has worked with at the community and state level on legislative and public procedures, urban community relations, organizational mediation, and domestic public policy.

Sylvester D. Patton, Jr.

Board Member

Sylvester D. Patton, Jr.

Sylvester D. Patton Jr., a lifelong resident of the city of Youngstown, has been a community activist, a family man and a political reformer in the neighborhoods of Youngstown.

Petee Talley

Board Member

Petee Talley

Pierrette “Petee” Talley is Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO and the first woman to hold one of the top two offices in the history of the Ohio AFL-CIO.