Board of Directors

Tommy Dortch

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc.

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc., has established himself as a leader by diligently working to dismantle systemic barriers to empowerment.

Under his guidance, The 100 Black Men of America expanded from 43 Chapters in the U. S. to 102 chapters throughout the United States, Africa, England and the West Indies. Formed in 1986, the mission of the "100" is to improve the quality of life, and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.

Mr. Dortch launched his formal career in 1972, writing proposals and developing fund-raising projects for the State of Georgia, which sought to aid marginalized members of society. He became the Associate Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 1974, and during his four-year tenure he assisted in the creation of the first charter for the state party and wrote the first Affirmative Action and Compliance Review Program for the Party.

In 1978, Mr. Dortch began working with U.S. Senator Sam Nunn by providing technical assistance at conferences, meetings and public hearings. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as chief administrator over five field offices and one state office. Mr. Dortch was the first African American to serve in this capacity for a United States Senator.

In 1994, Mr. Dortch chose to apply the more than twenty years of experience and knowledge gained from working in government to his business interests. These include serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc., a consulting firm with emphasis on business development, public relations and fund-raising; President of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a community-development and investment group; and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., a paratransit system that manages non-emergency transportation for Fulton County Government. His other business involvements include serving as Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Parking, Chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC, and Managing Partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, a diversity management, marketing and events management company.

Thirty-six years ago Mr. Dortch wrote proposals and developed fund-raising projects designed to empower single parents and communities to meet the needs of their children. More recently, he authored The Miracles of Mentoring: How to Encourage and Lead Future Generations, published by Doubleday Books. He is the architect of the 100's Four for the Future.

Some of Mr. Dortch's other accomplishments include: establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. as a vehicle to continuously highlight the major contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their graduates; co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME) to fill a void as an advocacy organization for minority business development; and co-founding the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance as a capacity-building and business-development  organization for the construction and transportation industries.

A partial listing of his involvement includes the National Drug Free Communities Act Advisory Commission, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, the Black/Jewish Coalition, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the National Assault on Illiteracy Board and the National Business League. Mr. Dortch is the recipient of numerous awards and honors that celebrate his efforts; these include a U. S. Presidential Citation for Volunteerism, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, the Concerned Black Clergy's Salute to Black Fathers Leadership Award, the History Makers Award, the 2002 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Nation Builder's Award, 2003 Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Leadership Award, 2004 Man of The Decade Award by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., 2004 Father of The Year Award by the American Diabetes Association, 2004 CEO Networking Award of CEO Network-Nassau, Bahamas, The Institute for Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine 2004 Survivors Award, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 2004 Distinguished Phoenix Award, 2004 John E. Jacobs Community Service Award of Anheuser Busch Company, Ludacris Foundation Community Service Award, 2007 Who's Who in Atlanta, 2008 Atlanta Perimeter College Humanitarian Award, American Heart Association Award - Power To End Stroke Award, 2008 Inductee Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, 2008 Community Service Professional of the Year Award and Junior Achievement, Georgia Perimeter College.

He has had guest appearances on C-SPAN, the Montel Williams Show, Talk Back Atlanta, CNN, Good Day Atlanta, Fox News Channel’s The O'Reilly Factor and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Leaders in 2004 by Ebony Magazine and 2007 publication of The Atlanta Business Chronicle. Additionally, he speaks to a wide range of organizations interested in facilitating the empowerment of others.

He earned a B.A. Degree in Sociology and Pre-professional Social Work from Fort Valley State University in 1972 and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark-Atlanta University in 1986. He also attended Georgia State University as a Ford Fellow in the Urban Administration Program, and has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Fayetteville State University, Jarvis Christian College and Fort Valley State University.

He is currently the Chairman of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, a national effort to recruit one million Black men and women to mentor a million Black boys and girls.

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Susan Taylor

Susan L. Taylor
Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine

Susan L. Taylor is synonymous with Essence magazine, the brand she built—as its fashion and beauty editor, editor-in-chief and editorial director. For 27 years she authored of one of the magazine's most popular columns, In the Spirit. As the driving force behind one of the most celebrated Black-owned businesses for nearly three decades, Susan Taylor is a legend in the magazine publishing world.

She was the first and only African American Woman to be recognized by the Magazine Publishers of America with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award—the industry's highest honor—and the first to be inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the NAACP President's Award for visionary leadership and has honorary degrees from more than a dozen colleges and universities.

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Susan grew up in Harlem working with her father in his women's clothing store. She founded her own cosmetics company, a first for Black women, which led to the beauty editor's position at Essence. She is the author of four books: In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. TaylorLessons in Living; Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives, which she coauthored with her husband, Khephra Burns; and her most recent, All About Love, Favorite Selections from In the Spirit on Living Fearlessly. She is a much sought-after speaker, inspiring hope and encouraging us to reclaim our lives and create sustainable communities.

She is an avid supporter of a host of organizations dedicated to moving the Black community forward, but her passion and focus today is the National CARES Mentoring Movement, a call to action, which she founded in 2006 as Essence Cares. The National CARES Mentoring Movement is a massive campaign to recruit one million able adults to help secure our children who are in peril and losing ground. "Not on our watch!" she says. "Our children are the mothers and fathers of our tomorrows, and their future is in our hands." The goals of the CARES Movement are to increase high school graduation rates among African American students, and end the violence in Black communities and the over-incarceration of our young. "Creating safe, top-tier schools in every underserved community in this nation is the mandate—and it's doable," Taylor says.

Susan is a cofounder of Future PAC, the first national political action committee devoted to providing a network of support and sources of funding for progressive African American women seeking federal and state-level political offices. She is co-chair with Danny Glover of Shared Interest, a capital campaign to raise money to build housing and encourage entrepreneurship in the rural areas of South Africa, and serves on the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Girl Scouts of the USA. She has worked passionately to help restore the lives of people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region who were devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Rustin Lewis

Johnny Furr, Jr.
Treasurer, Vice president of sales development and community affairs Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Johnny Furr, Jr., leads the development of objectives, strategies and actions focused on the company's Community Affairs, Community Outreach and Supplier Diversity departments. In this marketing support role, Furr develops consumer outreach programs, partnerships and cause-marketing initiatives with community-based organizations across the nation. He is a corporate officer, board member of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and serves as Chair of the Executive Diversity Council.

Furr's 30-year career with Anheuser-Busch began in sales and marketing, where he held a variety of key beer management positions, including Sales Training Instructor, District Sales Manager, Region Administrator, Manager of National Sales Operations, Director of Geographic Marketing, and Division Sales Manager. In 1995, he used those skills to build a solid portfolio of programs and initiatives as Director of Wholesaler & Retailer Development in the Consumer Awareness and Education Department of Anheuser-Busch, which is responsible for implementing community-based programs to help fight alcohol abuse. From 1998 to 2000, he also served on Anheuser-Busch's Management Development Panel, an exclusive group of corporate executives who work directly with the company's most senior officers. In 2000, he was named Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. In 2002 he was named Vice President, Sales Development and Community Affairs, and in 2005 he was named Vice President, Urban Marketing, a post he held until being named to his current position.

A native of St. Louis, he is a graduate of Sumner High School and received a bachelor's degree in communications and marketing from Saint Louis University.

Furr is also affiliated with various civic and community organizations and serves on the national boards of the NAACP, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, National Cares Mentor Movement, National Council of Negro Women Corporate Advisory board and Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He also serves on the local boards of Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis Urban League, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, United Way of Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Minority Business Council. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the National Council of Negro Women, St. Louis Urban League, and 100 Black Men of St. Louis.

In various leadership roles he has served as co-chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis' Charmaine Chapman Society; chair of the National Council of Negro Women's "Uncommon Height" fundraising gala; and chair of the St. Louis American Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education annual fundraising dinner.

Furr and his wife, Minga, have two daughters--Stacy and Jasmine.

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Rustin Lewis

Rustin M. Lewis
President, National CARES Mentoring Movement

Rustin M. Lewis, has dedicated all of his adult life to service. Part of the new breed of dynamic leaders, he is committed to creating an equitable society. Lewis leads the National CARES Mentoring Movement's mission to change a nation by recruiting caring African American adults to become mentors to the growing numbers of underserved youngsters.

For a decade, Rustin served as CEO of College Bound, a metropolitan Washington, D.C.-area college preparatory program for public school students that offers academic, financial and mentoring support. An educator, he taught nonprofit administration in the Department of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences and Social Work at the University of the District of Columbia, and has published and co-published a host of papers addressing poverty, affirmative action and census undercounting.

Rustin Lewis earned a doctorate of public administration from the University of Baltimore. He also received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in public administration from Clark Atlanta University. He won a scholarship to Georgetown University's Nonprofit Executive Management Program and graduated in 2002.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Rustin was born into a family committed to volunteerism and community service. He has continued the Lewis family tradition by building a life and career dedicated to creating opportunity for underserved children and communities. He served as a national board member for the Young Nonprofit Professional Network. From 2002 to 2006 Rustin was a Commissioner for Washington, D.C.'s Educational Licensure Board under the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He is a proud member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Leadership Greater Washington and the 100 Black Men of America.

The tributes and awards Rustin has received for his contributions to education and the nonprofit world have been many. Among them are a Top Forty Under 40 Award from Boney & Associates; the Excellence in Service Award from D.C.'s Metropolitan Baptist Church; and honors from the University of the District of Columbia.

In March of 2009 Rustin Lewis returned to Atlanta to lead the National CARES Mentoring Movement, extending his commitment to service to vulnerable youngsters throughout the nation. He is on a mission to connect every Black youngster, reaching out for support, to a caring adult in either a one-on-one or group-mentoring relationship. "We need all hands on deck," says Rustin. "Working together will transform lives and give all the nationŐs children the top-tier education and access to productive, meaningful lives they are longing for and deserve."

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