Black Economic Council of Massachusetts - Proposed Slate of Board of Directors 2016/17
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Terryl Calloway (Director) is a Boston native who earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. In 1984 he founded Calloway Entertainment Incorporated (CE), a firm specializing in event planning and concert promotion. Among the notable success of CE has been the production and promotion of more than 2,000 concerts and events given by performers such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men, and Destiny’s Child. CE also promoted the 29th Annual African American Student Union of the Harvard School of Business, The Color Purple (Play) and the Beantown Jazz Festival. Mr. Calloway was the owner of the Gallery Night Club for five years and is currently the owner of Calloway Graphix, Printing and Marketing Inc., a professional printing and marketing firm with clients throughout New England. For the past five years he has worked with the current owners of Slade’s Bar and Grill promoting highly successful regular and special events at the restaurant.
Charran Fisher (Director) of Worcester, Massachusetts is the owner of Fisher Contracting Corporation, an African American Women owned firm located in Central Massachusetts, for the past 18 years,. Ms. Fisher was awarded the distinguished Regional Minority Small Business of the Year award in 2011 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a major in Journalism and is member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is married to Edward Fisher.
Priscilla Flint-Banks (Director) is co-founder of the Black Economic Justice Institute, Inc. a nonprofit 501( c)3 tax exempt organization with a goal to advocate and develop programs that address justice and economic opportunity for black and other people of color of Boston. Ms. Banks was born and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was educated in the Boston Public Schools and attended Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she received a Master’s Degree in Education. Her career started in finance and she worked for several banks including Bank Boston and was the Payroll and General Services Manager for the City of Boston’s Treasury Department.
Ms. Banks is a licensed minister and an active member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She is the author of the book, "I Look Back and Wonder How I Got Over." She currently resides in Roslindale, Massachusetts with her husband Brother Lo Banks.
Malia Lazu (Director) Upon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu returned to Boston to build nonprofit models for the 21st century. With over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement, Malia felt the nonprofit industry is no longer creating safe spaces for humans to create change together and is in need of disruption. This led to the creation of Future Boston Alliance and currently Epicenter Community, organizations working to change the world by being intentional when building diverse communities and celebrating the beautiful ways we are different.
Over the last few years Malia Lazu has created and led several signature programs. Accelerate Boston, a startup accelerator encouraging entrepreneurs in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan to start their own businesses. Now on its fourth year, Accelerate Boston has helped 16 businesses open and thrive. Juneteenth at the MFA, is a celebration of African American freedom. This annual event attracts 4,000 diverse people. The passion and success of Ms. Lazu’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine. In addition to her extensive work advocating for economic justice, Malia Lazu has created campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed civil-rights activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor. Malia sits on The Nation Magazine editorial board.
Tracy Litthcut (Director) most recently has decided to pursue his passion of being a major player in the “behind the scenes” work in Boston’s political climate. Mr. Litthcut is consulting on a $30 million project with Tenants Development Corporation, one of the oldest African American nonprofit affordable housing groups in the nation in partnership with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He also developed a strategic and capital plan to develop a community center on Lenox Street that will also accommodate TDC’s Corporate Offices and residents in the Lower Roxbury/South End area of Boston. Mr. Litthcut’s organizational skills have produced progressive opportunities and resources for TDC that have developed into long term partnerships with government and private sector corporations. Mr. Litthcut was the Campaign Director in Roxbury and Advisor for Charlotte Golar Richie’s successful rise to national acclaim in her pursuit of becoming Boston’s Mayor. He was a deputy campaign manager in the colors of community for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign and campaign manager for Senator Ed Markey successful victories. Mr. Litthcut is a major player in the leadership decisions made in the Communities of Color regarding future development, governmental initiatives and projects, workforce development, and strategic planning with all interested parties. His membership in a leadership capacity with the largest and strongest political action groups in Boston position himself, his team and community for future progressive action in the communities of color. The groups include The Leadership Forum, Freeze Frame Boston: Black Inclusion and Communities of Color.
Mr. Litthcut served on numerous community agency boards throughout Boston as well as numerous committees statewide. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Morgan State University where he attended on a basketball scholarship and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Mr. Litthcut is also the father of three beautiful children and the author of six feature film scripts and a twelve episode made for cable television series. He is also a member of the IOTA PHI THETA Fraternity.
Glynn Lloyd (Chairman) is the Founder and President of City Fresh Foods, an innovative food service operation that daily provides healthy meals to Elders, School Students, Child Care and other institutional clients. Mr. Lloyd has been actively involved in the Boston’s urban community for the last three decades. From organizing local million man march initiatives to board chairing innovative nonprofits such as Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, the Food Project, Red Tomato and Four Corner Main Streets.
Glynn Lloyd founded City Growers LLC, a business focused on creating self-sustaining urban farms and then assisted in the creation of The Urban Farming Institute, a nonprofit supporting the development of the new urban farming industry in Massachusetts. He currently sits on various boards such as Roxbury Community College, NACA, CommonWealth Kitchen and Project Bread. After 20 years at the helm of City Fresh Foods, Mr. Lloyd joined Boston Impact Initiative, a social impact investment fund, as Managing Director. In late 2016, Glynn Lloyd joined Eastern Bank to help design and execute their new Minority Business Enterprise Initiative. He and his daughter reside in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Carole Montgomery (Director) is a Senior Manager at Gravestar, Inc., an Asset Management Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she has worked for more than 16 years managing their retail portfolios in Cambridge and suburban communities along the 128 corridor. Prior to her commercial real estate endeavors, Ms. Montgomery worked in the residential sector for 30+ years managing low, moderate and market rate housing throughout the City of Boston, Western Massachusetts, and for a short time in the Washington, DC Tri- State area.
Ms. Montgomery also assumed a leadership role in steering the reorganizing efforts of the historical Roxbury Multi Service Center, Inc. (RMSC), a 50+ year old organization that was formed to respond to social issues that affected the lives of African Americans in the Roxbury and N. Dorchester Neighborhoods. Ms. Montgomery lives in Dorchester and is the proud mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Member of the Institute of RE Management, CPM Candidate. Board Member Mass Association of Mental Health (MAMH)
Darryl Settles (Director) is President/Managing Partner of Catalyst Ventures Development (CVD) and is Proprietor of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen (DCBK), a Southern inspired restaurant in the historic South area of Boston. An appreciation for Boston’s diverse communities, a passion for the rich culture the city produces, and the creativity of an entrepreneurial spirit have led Settles to establish Catalyst Ventures Development, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm dedicated to enriching Boston living. As founder of CVD and co-founder of the former WiSe Urban Development (partnership with Winn Development), Settles seeks to address the need for housing in urban communities. In partnership with local non-profit owners and public and private stakeholders, Settles is committed to creating vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods by developing attractive housing that people are proud to call “home.” He has developed many residential projects in Boston’s South End, Roxbury, and Dorchester, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island over the last 20 plus years. He was also the founder and driving force behind the establishment of the BeanTown Jazz Festival (2001), a weekend of national and local music, food, and art (now produced by Berklee College of Music since 2008).
Today, as a partner with Melnea Partners, Settles’ hospitality and real estate development experience is culminating in a mixed-use development in Lower Roxbury, Massachusetts. It will feature a 150-room hotel, retail space, and 55 market rate and affordable apartment units, offering Boston another exceptional destination. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a BS in Engineering, he also attended an Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, a Digital Equipment Sales Development Program, and a Carnegie-Mellon University’s Engineering Program. Settles is married with two children and resides in Newton, Massachusetts.
Augustino (Gus) Santos (Director) is the owner of Atlas Maritime Service, which also operates under the name Atlas Maritime & Stone. Ms. Santos is located in Fall River, Massachusetts. His organization, which primarily operates in the Tugboat Service business / industry within the Water Transportation sector, has been operating for approximately 3 years. Atlas Maritime Service is a small business with opportunities for growth. Mr. Santos is an active member of the New Bedford NAACP and the Cape Verdean communities in South East Massachusetts.
Ronia Stewart (Clerk) is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of corporate experience in the financial services and legal arena. A committed professional, she has dedicated her talents and skills to improving the social, emotional, educational and economic well-being of the citizens of greater Boston area and beyond. Ms. Stewart is the President & CEO of Garden of Eden & Associates, Inc., a privately funded non- profit organization that conducts seminars and workshops that provide practical life building and leadership development skills to individuals and organizations. She served as the Director of Development at Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), a Latino first-generation-to-college readiness program. While there, she led a team in meeting the organizational development, public relations, marketing and branding needs.
Stewart has held leadership positions at Eastern Bank, Citizens Bank, Companion Health Services, MFS Investment Management and worked at The Law Office of Sanford A. Kowal and Morrison, Mahoney & Miller. She has earned a Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern University. She is also an active participant on several non-profit boards, including Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury and the West Roxbury YMCA. She is the President of the board for Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA) and Treasurer of the board for Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. An important part of her life is her three children (Rasheida, Ronia and Clifford). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, entertaining, reading and traveling.
Richard L. Taylor (Director) currently holds dual professional assignments as the Chairman of the Taylor Smith Group where he manages multiple real estate business entities including a Development Company and their real estate Commercial Brokerage Company. Simultaneously, he serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University. But Mr. Taylor's academic and professional business assignments only tell part of the story of his portfolio of interest. His current positions have leveraged his corporate business interests, his civic engagement activities and his public service. After graduating from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School he began his career at the internationally known Boston Consulting Group providing strategic planning services to a wide range of industries at Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as Vice President for Development for the giant mutual fund company Fidelity where he worked to secure the development rights for the Commonwealth Pier property and the Commonwealth Flats. These locations are now occupied by the World Trade Center, the Seaport Hotel and the Fidelity office buildings. He was subsequently recruited to serve as Division Vice President for Central and Western Massachusetts where he led the sales, service and operations for all health insurance clients from Framingham to Pittsfield. His division managed over $400 million dollars in premiums. Mr. Taylor was eventually promoted to Division Vice President for National Accounts managing in excess of $900 million in premium sales. He also Chaired the Sales Compensation, Marketing and Advertising Committees.
Public service and civic engagement have been a continuous thread in his life. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he worked with Fed President Dick Syron on the "redlining study" that transformed community banking in Boston. A long time Board member of the Boston Branch of the NAACP he also served as Chairman of the Board of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and helped to bring the National Conference of the Urban League to Boston. He was the Founding President of the Minority Developers Association, past President of the Boston Ballet where he served as Chair of the Building Committee to build the current Ballet Studios on Clarendon Street. A former Chairman of the Partnership and former Trustee of his undergraduate alma mater Boston University, where he became the first Rhodes Scholar in the history of the university. Additionally, he served as Trustee of Cambridge College and Overseer of Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mr. Taylor has also served on the Board of Higher Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In recognition of his private sector successes and his public sector service Mr. Taylor has been awarded two Honorary Degrees. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology by Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Bridgewater State College. His public and private activities have been possible only with the support, guidance and assistance of his wife of over 40 years, Kathy, with two wonderful adult children and two grandchildren.
Teri Williams (Treasurer) is President and Chief Operating Officer and serves on the Board of Director of OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in the U.S, with headquarters in Boston. She is responsible for implementation of the Bank’s strategic initiatives, as well as the day to day operations of the bank, including all retail branches, marketing, compliance, lending, information technology, customer support, legal, and human resources. Under her leadership, OneUnited Bank has consolidated the local names and product offerings of four (4) Black-owned banks to create a powerful national brand supported by innovative products and services. She believes the financial services industry has not connected with urban communities to fully support economic development and wealth building.
OneUnited Bank is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and serves as a bridge for low-to-moderate income communities by offering affordable financial services and financial literacy workshops. Ms. Williams brings 25 years of financial services expertise from premier institutions such as Bank of America and American Express, where she was one of the youngest Vice Presidents. Ms. Williams holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a B.A. with distinctions in Economics from Brown University. She served as Treasurer of Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts for over 5 years. Ms. Williams is author of I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money (Beckham Publishing) a financial literacy book for urban youth. Ms. Williams has received numerous notations and awards for her contribution to urban communities including from the Urban League, NAACP and the National Black MBA Association. Ms. Williams is married and has two children, one recent graduate of Brown University and one in college at Boston College.