Board Members

Meet the board members of Bridge Builders Foundation

Our team is dedicated to the success of minority youth in underserved communities.

James Breedlove


James Breedlove is a retired Supervisory Peace Officer for the State of California Parole and Community Services Division. He has more than 30 years of experience in corrections and rehabilitation. In 2005, he received the State of California Parole and Corrections Association Supervisor of the Year award.

Mr. Breedlove is also a licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in both residential and residential investment properties since 1988. He is the former CEO of Rosewood Adult Residential Facilities, which are a group of community-based residential-care facilities that house, feed, and oversee services to adults living with mental illness.

Mr. Breedlove holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Breedlove enjoys reading and traveling.

Melvin Jackson, Jr.

Vice President, Operations Lead
Mel Jackson is the retired Director for Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS). In this position, he served on the SAS Human Resources Leadership Team and Raytheon Diversity Council. Mr. Jackson was the architect for the business segment’s diversity strategy, functioning as the SAS Diversity Champion and consultant to the business leadership team. In addition, Mr. Jackson led the SAS diversity initiative, which included coordination of diversity efforts, diversity councils, employee networks, emerging community outreach, diversity training, metrics, and communication. For the last two decades, Mr. Jackson was instrumental in the company’s recruitment of women and people of color.

Mr. Jackson is a graduate of the University of Southern California; his sister, daughter, grandson, niece, and nephew are also USC Trojans. Mr. Jackson and his wife Kimberle reside in Los Angeles and have four adult children. He enjoys golfing, live music, and traveling.

Phil Dunn


Phil Dunn served the city of Pasadena for 34 years, including 25 years as the Executive Director of the Foothill Workforce Development Board in the Housing and Career Services Department. During the course of his tenure he also held senior-level positions with the city’s Health Department, Community Services Agency, and Rose Bowl Operations. Prior to his municipal positions, Mr. Dunn was an Account Executive with the Xerox Corporation in El Segundo, CA.

Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH and a Master of Arts Degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Dunn is married with two adult sons. He enjoys traveling, photography, and listening to jazz.

Reginald Gentry


Reginald Gentry has 20 years’ experience as an energy industry professional. He is currently employed as a Senior Gas Trader at Southern California Gas Company (So Cal Gas), the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility. Mr. Gentry is responsible for the optimization of So Cal Gas’ gas injection and storage rights for the Gas Acquisition residential core portfolio. He drafted the original contract and developed the strategy for the Secondary Market Service Group, which he currently leads. At So Cal Gas, Mr. Gentry is a member of the supplier Diversity Council, which seeks to identify, develop, and manage the relationship with minority contractors and vendors. Prior to his tenure at So Cal Gas, Mr. Gentry was a Production Program Manager at Honeywell Aerospace Systems.

Mr. Gentry holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach College of Business. Mr. Gentry is married and has two children; both children are pursuing degrees at Arizona State University. Mr. Gentry enjoys golf, jazz, traveling, and reading.

Thomas Dowdy

Board Member

Thomas Dowdy, Jr. served in several management positions at Kaiser Permanente for more than 32 years and retired from Information Management Systems. Currently, Mr. Dowdy is a Management Analyst with the City of Los Angeles, Public Works Bureau of Sanitation. He sits on international service boards, providing disaster relief to countries worldwide, and he is an experienced conflict resolution trainer.

Mr. Dowdy holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Mr. Dowdy currently serves as the president of the Zeta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – a group of dedicated like-minded men with a passion for community service. Mr. Dowdy enjoys listening to music, spending time with family, and cycling.

Charles Franklin

Board Member

Charles Franklin is currently the Sr. National Manager of Sales for GLOVIS America, a comprehensive logistics service provider and an affiliate of the Hyundai Motor Group. Mr. Franklin has over 20 years of leadership experience in the automobile industry and was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans in the Auto Industry by On Wheels ® magazine.

Having lost both parents by the age of 12, Mr. Franklin understands the power of community support and embraces his responsibility to give back. He has served as the Chief Volunteer Officer of the Challengers Boys & Girls Club, sat on the board of the American Honda Foundation ,and Co-Chaired the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. He has also raised over $1 million for community programs.

Mr. Franklin holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and he is a former adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Franklin is married with one daughter and he enjoys cycling and classic cars.

Theodore Irving

Board Member

Theodore Irving is a 20-year veteran of the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Over the years he has held several roles and currently serves as a Senior Leader and Planner. In this position, Mr. Irving is the Lead for the Expedited Processing Section (ESP), which processes application requests for subdivisions, conditional uses, variances, and other discretionary requests. Among his other responsibilities, Mr. Irving performs as the hearing officer and makes presentations to the Deputy Advisory Agency, City’s Planning Commissions, and City Council. Mr. Irving consults with staff of the elected offices, developers, engineers, architects, attorneys and other professionals in the development community.

Mr. Irving holds a master’s degree in planning and development and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California. He holds certificates from the American Planning Association (AICP), the African American Leadership Institute, and the Southern California Leadership Network.

Earl H. Jones

Board Member

Earl Jones is a retired aerospace architect-engineer with over 42 years of experience in the management, development, and operation of aerospace ground system businesses. His career includes 20 years in the United States Air Force where he received successive assignments in the engineering and management of high technology facility developments and 22 years with TRW, an aerospace corporation, where he managed several multi-million-dollar programs and received numerus awards for professional excellence.

Mr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning from Syracuse University. He is a registered Architect in the State of California and a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Mr. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors for Saalex Solutions, Inc., a space and defense small business; Executive Director of the Trinity Community Development Corporation; board member of Bridge Builders Foundation; and board member of the California Prostate Cancer Coalition. Mr. Jones is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has received the Superior Service, Founders, and Omega Man of The Year Awards.

Mr. Jones is married to Esther M. Shields-Jones, who is a professional Nutritionist, and has three adult children. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.

Wayne Moore

Board Member and Immediate Past President

Wayne Moore has been a senior-level public administrator in Los Angeles County for over 25 years. He has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, and the Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation Association of Governments.

Mr. Moore is a United States Air Force veteran and holds a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He is married to E. Elaine Moore, a retired El Camino College counselor. The Moore’s have three children who hold bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from premier universities, including Clark-Atlanta University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina Central University, and Villanova University. Mr. Moore is an avid golfer and traveler having visited 40 states and 5 continents.

William Rochester Jr.

Board Member

William Rochester, Jr. serves as principal of the School for Integrated Academics and Technologies Los Angeles Charter High School (SIA Tech). A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Rochester has more than 20 years of experience teaching high school students Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and AP Statistics.

Mr. Rochester holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern California. And, he holds a dual master’s degree in mathematics and educational administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Mr. Rochester is married with one daughter and enjoys chess, golf, and studying African American history.

Alvin T. Trotter

Board Member

Alvin is currently a Senior Manager with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). Mr. Trotter is a Fellow of the Southern California Leadership Network and serves on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for LAUSD representing the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Trotter has a wealth of experience in residential Construction Management and Development as well as Program and Project Management building major rail ,highway, and capital improvement infrastructure projects for LA Metro. Mr. Trotter is also a licensed General Contractor with the state of California and he is GPRO certified.

Mr. Trotter’s dual commitment to community service and shrinking disparities ensures his involvement with numerous activities and initiatives designed to raise awareness and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A California native, Mr. Trotter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Trotter is happily married to Keisha and has three children (Noah, Alvin, III – deceased ‘09, and Miles).

Brian Butts

Board Member

Brian Butts is the manager of the Procurement Inclusion and Diversity department at American Honda Motor, Co. Inc., where his group assists the Honda organization in spending over 3 billion dollars annually with diverse business enterprises. Since joining Honda in 1992, Mr. Butts has served as district sales manager, assistant manager of Auto Shows & Exhibits and National Auto Advertising, manager of Honda Regional Marketing, Brand Development, Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, and Automobile Logistics & Quality Control. Mr. Butts currently serves on several boards.

Mr. Butts holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, and economics from Howard University. Mr. Butts is married with one son and enjoys golf, auto, and motorcycle racing, as well as world travel with his wife.

Help us raise money to support the Salute Scholars Program

Our goal is to maximize college graduation rates for African American males, which is a problem. To date over $887,000 in scholarships has been awarded. With your support we’re able to annually give 100 students the financial resources to attend college, and provide individual mentorship, coaching, tutoring, and referral support to aid in their academic and professional success.

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