Meet the board members of Bridge Builders Foundation
Our team is dedicated to the success of minority youth in underserved communities.
Melvin Jackson, Jr.
Phil Dunn served several senior management positions with the city of Pasadena for the past 34 years; including 25 years as the Executive Director of the Foothill Workforce Development Board in the Housing and Career Services Department, senior level administrative positions with the city’s Health Department, Community Services Agency and Rose Bowl Operations. Previously was an Account Representative with the Xerox Corporation in El Segundo, CA.
Reginald Gentry has 20 years’ experience as an energy industry professional. He is currently employed at Southern California Gas Company as a Senior Gas Trader. He is responsible for the optimization of SoCalGas’ gas injection and storage rights for the Gas Acquisition residential core portfolio. Reginald drafted the original contract and developed the strategy for the Secondary Market Service Group, which he currently leads. At SoCalGas, he 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 SoCalGas, Reginald was a Production Program Manager at Honeywell Aerospace Systems.
Thomas Dowdy, Jr., Board Member served in several senior management positions with the city of Pasadena for the past 34 years; including 25 years as the Executive Director of the Foothill Workforce Development Board in the Housing and Career Services Department, senior level administrative positions with the city’s Health Department, Community Services Agency and Rose Bowl Operations. Previously was an Account Representative with the Xerox Corporation in El Segundo, CA
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. He has over 20 years 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 twelve, he understands and embraces his responsibility to the community and has served as the Chief Volunteer Officer – Challengers Boys & Girls Club, American Honda Foundation – Board Member Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair and others raising over one million dollars our community. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a former adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University."
Theodore Irving is currently a Senior Leader and Planner with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he has been employed for 20 years and has held several roles. He is the Lead for Expediting Processing Section that processes application requests for subdivisions, conditional uses, variances and other discretionary requests. Among his other responsibilities, he performs as the hearing officer and makes presentations to the Deputy Advisory Agency, City’s Planning Commissions and to the City Council. He consults with staff of the elected offices, developers, engineers, architects, attorneys and other professionals in the development community.
Earl H. Jones
Earl H. Jones, Jr, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended Ullman High School in Birmingham graduating summa com laude in 1956. He continued his undergraduate studies in architecture at Tuskegee University where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1960. He continued his graduate studies at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University receiving a Master of Urban Planning in 1969.
Wayne Moore, has been a senior level public administrator in Los Angeles County for over 25 years, serving as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and Asst. General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation Association of Governments.
William Rochester Jr.
William Rochester currently serves as the principal of the School for Integrated
Academics and Technologies Charter High School of Los Angeles. A native of Los Angeles that has served over 20 years as a high school mathematics instructor teaching various content areas of math such as Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and AP Statistics.
Alvin T. Trotter
Alvin Trotter is a Senior Manager at Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. He is a graduate of Morehouse College with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Real Estate. He has a wealth of experiences in Real Estate, Construction Management, and Public Transportation. Mr. Trotter is a leader in the community utilizing his leadership skills through his involvement with local community projects and initiatives.
Brian E. 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 annually spending over 3 billion dollars with diverse business enterprises. Since joining Honda in 1992, he has serves 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, and currently serves on several boards.
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College Scholarships to allow our students to thrive with financial support and mentorship
Our goal is to maximize college graduation rates for African American males, which is a problem. To date over $800,000 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.