Our Board


James Breedlove

James Breedlove is a Retired Supervisory Peace Officer (State of California, Parole and Community Services Division) with over 30 years experience in corrections and rehabilitation (2005 Recipient - State of California Probation, Parole and Corrections Association, Supervisor of the Year); A Licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in Residential and Residential Investment properties (Investor/Owner of multiple units) since 1988; Former CEO of Rosewood Adult Residential Facilities, a group of community based residential care facilities that house feed and oversee service delivery to the adult mentally ill. James has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, and a Master Degree in Public Administration (both from California State University, Long Beach).

Melvin Jackson, Jr.
Vice President, Operations Lead

Melvin ‘Mel’ Jackson, Jr. is the retired Director of Diversity for Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS). In this position, he was a member of the SAS Human Resources Leadership Team, and Raytheon Diversity Council. Mr. Jackson was the architect for the business segment’s diversity strategy, and served as a consultant to the business leadership team, and SAS Diversity Champion. In addition, he lead the SAS diversity effort, which included coordination of diversity efforts, diversity councils, employee networks, emerging community outreach, diversity training, metrics, and communication. Additionally, he was instrumental in recruitment of women and people of color for the last two decades.
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Prior positions, Mr. Jackson was the Lead for SAS Talent Acquisition responsible for the work force planning, requirements definition, people redistribution, sourcing, selection, and work force assimilation for the California, Texas, and Mississippi Sites of the business. Mr. Jackson has more than 36 years of extensive and diverse experience in human resources and administration. 30 years of demonstrated project and line management. Mr. Jackson is actively involved in several civic and community activities. Community service includes the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and the Bridge Builders Foundation.

Mr. Jackson earned a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern California. He was the Top Student Athlete in 1976. Also, Mr. Jackson completed the CSULB Advance Program in Human Resource Management, the Hughes Advance Leadership Program, and Center for Creative Leadership, African American Executive Leadership Program.


Phil Dunn

Phil Dunn 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.

Reginal Gentry

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.
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While at SoCalGas, Reginald completed The Coro Los Angles Leadership Program, whose objective is the to train the next generation of leaders to manage regional issues in the community. Reginald has been an active member of the Los Angeles community and a consistent volunteer with the Zeta Rho and Bridge Builders Foundation for almost 25 years. During this time he was instrumental in the early years of the E.E. Just Marine Biology Program and many of the foundations’ STEM Science initiatives. He is currently working with The Posse Foundation to help identify and develop a pathway through their recruiting process for African-American male students.

Reginald earned a BS degree in Finance from California State University at Long Beach and an MBA degree in Operations Management from the University of Southern California. He is married to Carmen Gentry, an educator in LAUSD. They have two children, Bryce and Taylor, at Arizona State University.

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 is currently the Sr. National Manager of Sales for GLOVIS America. GLOVIS America is 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 of his 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 Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a former adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His latest personal accomplishment was riding a bicycle with his daughter 545 miles for charity from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Theodore L. Irving
Board Member

Theodore Irving was born in Washington, D.C., Theo is the oldest son in a family of nine. He has been married to Lorrie Michelle Dangerfield for twenty-four years and the father of two. Loren, a son, is a graduate of Menlo College with a degree in Mass Communications. His daughter, Lindsey Camille, is a senior at Auburn University, Alabama, in the Laboratory Technology Program. He currently resides in the View Park-Windsor Hills community of the County of Los Angeles. Upon arriving in Los Angeles 1980, Theo began attending West Angeles Community College and went on to attend Santa Monica Community College before transferring to the University of Southern California. He is a graduate from the University of Southern California, with an undergraduate degree Planning and Development and a Master’s degree in Planning.
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Currently, Theo is a City Planner with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he has been employed for fifteen years and has held several roles. He supervises a staff of three planners in the 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.

Theo is highly involved in the community where he resides as a volunteer member of the United Homeowners Association. He has been a member of the UHA for fifteen years and spent six years as the organization’s president. He is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) member of the American Planning Association and a member of the Southern California Leadership Network. Most recently, Theo served as the Chair of the 2012 Omega Salute and Scholarship Fundraising campaign that awarded nearly $60,000 scholarships to young men in the Los Angeles.


Earl H. Jones
Board Member

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.
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Mr. Jones’ academic pursuits have included numerous professional improvement courses including completing a curriculum in “Management of High Technology Companies” at Stanford University in 1988. Mr. Jones is a Registered Architect in the State of California and is a Member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Mr. Jones completed a 20-year career in 1980 where he received numerous awards and decorations including being selected in 1970 as the “Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Officer” in the Air Defense Command. Following his Air Force career, he joined TRW, an aerospace company and received national recognition in 1994 with a Professional Achievement Award at the Annual Black Engineering Conference. He retired from TRW in 2002 as the Business Area Director for Satellite Command and Control and Communications Systems. Mr. Jones is currently a Private Consultant focusing on aerospace business development, architecture and capital development planning. He also is a Member of the Board of Directors for Saalex Solutions, Inc., a small systems engineering and testing company.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has been a loyal, active and financial member of the Zeta Rho Chapter, Los Angeles, California, ever since 1992. He has served as Editor to the Oracle and Chapter Recorder for six years.

He has been a very successful Chairman of the annual Salute and Scholarship event for three consecutive years and has not only served on other Salute Committees annually but also has supported chapter social and community action programs. He annually plans and leads the Prostate Cancer Screening Program. Mr. Jones received the Chapter Superior Service Award in 1995 and 2002, the Founders Award in 2006 the Man of the Year Award in 2010, and the Citizen of the Year Award in 2912. He also received the 12th District Founder’s Award in 2007.

Mr. Jones is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Zeta Rho Foundation, a non-profit community service company, and is serving as its Treasurer. Mr. Jones has been active in other community services. He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he sings in the Choir. He served on the Board of Trustees for over nine years including five years as its Chairman. He has been the Chairman of the Social Actions Committee, which focused on political actions and education. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trinity Community Development Corporation and serves as its CEO and Executive Director.

Mr. Jones has raised three wonderful children and has three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is married to Esther Montgomery-Shields.


Wayne Moore
Board Member & Immediate Past President

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. He is retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Southern California Association of Governments.
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Wayne has been an active member of the Los Angeles community and a consistent volunteer with the Zeta Rho Foundation Programs. He is a member of the Zeta Rho Foundation’s Board of Directors and serves as the current Board president. He is also a nine-year Board member and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, an 86-year-old mental health care service provider in south Los Angeles; he is President of the Holman United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Committee and is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Board, providing pension and health care services to 26,000 retired and active Los Angeles police men and women, fire fighters and their families. He was recently elected to the Boards of the Brookmore Apartments Corporation and the Pacific Homes Foundation. These organizations own and operate senior citizen residential facilities in southern California.

Wayne Moore is a United States Air Force veteran. He attained a BS degree in Finance and an MS degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He is married to E. Elaine Moore, a counselor at El Camino College. They have two children, Chasten, BA Clark-Atlanta University and Kristen, BA and MA Howard.


William Rochester, Jr.
Board Member

William Rochester is a native of Los Angeles, California and matriculated through the public school system, graduating from Westchester High School in 1991. Serving in the field of education for the past 18 years, Mr. Rochester began his career as a high school mathematics instructor teaching various content areas of math such as Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and AP Statistics. Currently, Mr. Rochester serves as the principal of the School for Integrated Academics & Technologies Charter High School of Los Angeles.
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Dedicated to the life tenets of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift, Mr. Rochchester has committed his life to service as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for the past 26 years and has been an active member of the community in which he mentors, tutors and bridges the gap between the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and the African American community as a volunteer with the EE Just Science Academy. Mr. Rochester has taken on leadership roles with the Bridge Builders Start to Finish Scholarship and Mentoring Program, the Bridge Builders Annual Salute and Scholarship Awards Program, and various Health Education and Awareness Initiatives. Mr. William Rochester, Jr. holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in Exercise Science; Maters degree in Mathematics and Educational Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In his spare time, he tutors middle and high school students in mathematics. Mr. Rochester is married to Dr. Aresa Rochester and has one daughter, Ashanti.


Alvin Trotter
Board Member

Alvin T. Trotter Jr., is a native of Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Westchester High School in 1988. He completed his undergraduate work at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration majoring in Real Estate in 1992. Since graduating from Morehouse, Alvin has gained a wealth of experiences in Real Estate and Construction where he is a licensed contractor with the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), Alvin is a leader in the community as well, utilizing his leadership skill through community involvement with various community service projects and initiatives.
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Mr. Trotter’s career in Construction and Real Estate have seen him hold a number of positions requiring leadership and an ability to bring people together to successfully achieve objectives. After graduating from Morehouse College, Alvin held a position as Asset Manager for several years with Atlanta based Downtown Management/Urban Suburban, Inc. Looking to expand his understanding of Real Estate and Finance, he worked as a Branch Manager for Citizens Trust Bank to service the financial needs of the Atlanta Community. Following his stint in Banking, Alvin joined Global Link, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Project Manager where he oversaw development and construction of single-family residences and remodel projects in the greater Atlanta area.

In 2002, Alvin returned to California working in the capacity of Construction Manager for Copper Hill Homes and later as the Chief Operating Officer for CHH Construction in Yucca Valley, California. He held these positions from 2002 through 2008, and was responsible for land development and construction of the Copper Hill Homes subdivision building over 250 single-family homes in the Yucca Valley community. Currently Mr. Trotter holds the position of Sr. Manager, Third Party Transportation Authority (LA Metro). He is a 2018 graduate of the CEO’s Metro Leadership Academy and utilizes his leadership skills, construction knowledge and ability to bring people together in order to build transportation and infrastructure projects throughout Los Angeles County.

Alvin is also actively involve in civic and community projects, providing leadership and community uplift as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated focusing on mentoring along with social action activities and awareness. He also works in a leadership capacity for the Bridge Builders Foundation serving on the Bridge Builders Foundation Board as a Director since 2014. Some of the numerous programs and projects where Alvin applies his skills and volunteers his time include the EE Just Saturday Science Academy, The Annual Salute and Scholarship Awards Program, the Annual Teen Health Conference, The Bridge Builders Start to Finish Mentoring Program, and the Bridge Builders Job Shadowing Program to name a few.

Alvin is happily married to Keisha Cooley-Trotter and has three (3) children - Noah (age 22), Alvin, III (deceased 2009, and Miles (age 6).


Brian E. 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 annually spending over three-billion dollars with diverse business enterprises.

Butts joined American Honda in 1992 in the company's Management Trainee Program. Over the past 28 years, he has served in a variety of positions in the company, including as a district sales manager, assistant manager of Auto Shows & Exhibits, and National Auto Advertising; manager of Honda Regional Marketing, Honda Brand Development, Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, and Automobile Logistics & Quality Control, and currently serves on several boards.

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Butts received a B.B.A. in Finance from Howard University in 1992 and is scheduled to earn his Maters of Science in Leadership and Management at the University of La Verne (June 2020).