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President’s Corner

As we continue to navigate and adjust to life under the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as, being in the throes of the nation’s capital, and thus, world politics, the Washington, D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter is excited about the possibilities in 2021. Here’s why.  

We are experiencing tremendous growth with new members joining our chapter. Our goal is to have a membership base of 100 by year’s end and currently we have 75 members. Our membership is a mixture of Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, and Millennials. We draw on members' experience in all levels of government, both military and civil service, education, technology, business, health care and many others.  

We award $5,000 annually in scholarships to help local students attend Alabama A&M University and we are poised to increase this amount this year. In addition, we remain one of the few local chapters to have an endowed scholarship under the AAMU Foundation. Our endowment has a total market value of approximately $90,000. The endowed scholarship, through continued funding, ensures a legacy of awarding scholarships well into the future.

Service is Sovereignty is indeed our motto and our local chapter will continue to carry it into practice. We support the Capital Area Food Bank, in an effort, to alleviate food insecurity and our chapter has plans for quarterly service projects throughout the year. We serve on several National Alumni Association committees and our members are active in their churches and with their sororities, fraternities, and other organizations in their local communities.

So yes, we are excited about the service we are rendering on behalf of our beloved alma mater and feel that we are only just beginning. May God continue to bless Alabama A&M University.
 

Jamal Ali

President

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Executive Board Members

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PRESIDENT
Jamal Ali
1981 Graduate


 

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VICE PRESIDENT
DeMarcus Lewis
2009 Graduate

 

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RECORDING SECRETARY
Leticia Drakeford
1997 Graduate

 

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CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
Alonda Woodley
2004 Graduate

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TREASURER
Abbas Busari
1985 Graduate

 

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Pam Williams Holmes
1984 Graduate

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CHAPLAIN
C. Anthony Cusack
1970 Graduate

Committees

The DC HBCU AA Committee is organized to ensure the DC Metro Alumni Chapter remains an active member. Specifically, the committee will apprise the chapter of all programs, initiatives, and revenue-sharing opportunities.

PROGRAMS

  • 5K RUN/WALK

  • Hunger

  • HBCU ALUMNI BLACK TIE GALA

  • HOLIDAY TOY AND SUPPLY DRIVE

DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.

Year

Acting President:  Demarcus Lewis

'09

Vacant, VP

'88

Abbas Busari

'85

Princess Martin

'09

Endowment Committee: Monitors the endowment total market value, report on contributions to the fund, and scholarships awarded.  The endowment ensures educational opportunity for needy students well into the future.

Endowment Committee

Year

SanYvette Williams-Foy, Chair

'83

Clarence Newby

'75

Ways & Means Committee: Coordinates with the Executive Committee to develop a strategically focused, multi-year funding plan that is aggressive and high revenue-generating by expanding outreach to private and corporate sponsorship to support the vision.

Ways & Means Committee

Year

Valerie Gates Bates

'82

Henrika Buchanan

'97

Anetra Withers

'96

Scholarship Committee: Advertises the annual scholarships available to students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware; and collects, reviews and evaluates the applications submitted, ensuring all scholarship applicants are treated equally; and award scholarships to the best candidates.

Scholarship Committee

Year

Henrika Buchanan, Chair

'97

Tracy White

'98

SanYvette Williams-Foy

‘83

Haneda Garner

‘01

Kim Carr

'98

Tara Little

'96

Events Committee: Implement and execute events that foster relations between alumni and the active community.  The Committee plans, coordinates, and implements programs and/or events that will engage alumni, current, and interested students, and the Bulldog family and friends in the Washington, DC Metro Area.

Events Committee

Year

Shawn Smith, Chair

'02

Tellis Carr

'98

Stacy Watson

'92

Sean Perin

'98

Theodosia Price

'06

Adrian Butler

'06

Fundraising Committee: Develops ideas to increase revenues for the chapter and work closely with the Program Committee to implement approved initiatives; and assist the Treasurer as needed with the financial aspects of various events.

Fundraising Committee

Year

Technology Committee (Website): Brings together information technology capabilities to support the goals and objectives of the Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of Alabama A&M Alumni Association.  The committee responsibilities will include the review, planning, and oversight of technology initiatives to support the chapter administrative requirements.

Technology Committee

Year

Princess Martin, Chair

‘88

Lelia Colley

'14

Ciara Long

‘81

Glenda Jones

‘80

Nicholas "Nick" Tarver 

'03

Rytavis Veasley

‘08

Membership Committee: Advocates increasing membership throughout the year, plans annual campaigns and provides quarterly updates regarding membership initiatives and efforts. Provide members services such as phone calls, courtesy note cards and remembrances for occasions of congratulations, illness or familial loss.

Membership Committee

Year

Kassandra Sherrod

'87

Alonda Woodley

'04

Political Action Committee: Motivates and inspires chapter members to vote in all elections, keep abreast of changes in laws, policies, regulations, and participate in events related to our community. The committee conducts ongoing voter registration with an emphasis on high school seniors.

Political Action Committee

Year

Bridgette Hickey

‘93

Karen Renea Epps

'82

Lamonica Cummings

'15

Omar Price

'05

Nominating Committee: Develops a slate to elect chapter officers. The committee also ensures chapter’s members are nominated for National Alumni Association offices and awards and works closely with the chapter President to prepare nomination and award packages.

Nominating Committee

Year

SanYvette Williams-Foy, Chair

'83

Leticia Drakeford

'97

Public and Community Service Committee: Develops annual service projects which aligns with AAMU’s motto, Service is Sovereign.

Public and Community Service Committee

Year

Anna Carter, Chair

'84

​​Communication and Public Relations Committee: Advertises and markets chapter events such as the Annual Scholarship and Recognition Breakfast and the Alabama Big 3 HBCUs events. Produce the chapter’s newsletter and directory. Disseminates information from the National Alumni Association and updates the chapter’s website, ensuring the content is relevant and accurate. Disseminates notices for monthly chapter newsletter.
 

College Fairs and Student Recruitment Committee: Promotes AAMU and ensure the University is represented at area college fairs. This committee works closely with the AAMU Admissions and Enrollment Office, developing an annual college fair calendar ensuring events is staffed sufficiently.

College Fairs and Student Recruitment Committee

Year

Kim Carr, Chair

'98