UNCF Leadership Team
We are proud of our strong leadership team. Their knowledge, skills and commitment are critical to achieving our goals and fulfilling our mission.
Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.
UNCF President and Chief Executive Officer
ICB Advisory Committee
Early W. Reese
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
UNCF Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Maurice E. Jenkins
Executive Vice President, National Development
Larry A. Griffith
Senior Vice President, Programs and Student Services
Brian Bridges, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Member Engagement
Executive Director, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute
Career Pathways Initiative
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Vice President, Operations and Technology
Desireé C. Boykin, Esq.
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation
LaJuan H. Lyles
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Sekou Biddle leads UNCF’s advocacy efforts to ensure more African American students will be college-ready and better prepared to enroll in and complete college by driving sustainable education reforms that benefit students and empower parents and communities to demand improvement. He manages UNCF’s advocacy platform, which includes three major components: grasstops partnerships, grassroots engagement and messaging and research.
He has more than 20 years of experience in urban public education reform and is a former at-large member of the District of Columbia City Council. He represented Wards 3 and 4 on the District of Columbia State Board of Education. As executive director of the southern region of Jumpstart for Young Children, he partnered trained adults in year-long relationships with pre-school-aged children to prepare them for success in school.
Sekou previously was director of community outreach for KIPP DC, which operates 16 schools in the District of Columbia. Prior to this, he trained and supported first- and second-year teachers as a program director with Teach For America, the national teacher corps. He has hands-on experience in the classroom working as a teacher in New York City, Atlanta and Washington, DC. While in the Atlanta Public School System, he provided professional development for elementary school teachers through the Elementary Science Education Partnership, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Sekou has a bachelor’s degree in business from Morehouse College and a master of education degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University with a focus on urban education. He also completed advanced studies in education policy at Georgia State.
Vice President, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Vice President, Development, Northern/Midwest Division
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Vice President, Development
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Vice President, Development
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