The Black Institute's Board of Directors
James Heyliger is the President of the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc., (AMENY), the largest business and trade organization in New York State. He founded the Minority Business Leadership Council, an association of 15 M/WBE (Minority and Women Business Enterprises) Trade Associations that secured the reenactment of Article 15A/4A, a goal oriented program in New York State that provided greater participation in state contracts for M/WBEs.
Mr. Heyliger orchestrated the enactment of local law 129 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which established a 15% agency procurement goal for M/WBEs. This was the culmination of a two and half year struggle and resulted in the landmark legislation. Mr. Heyliger has established Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Small Business Administration, the United States Department of Commerce, and the New York State Dormitory Authority among others. As a New York State Representative to the Whitehouse Conference on Small Business for two terms, Mr. Heyliger received an award for his dedication and outstanding service.
Carmen Wallace was born and raised in Philadelphia Pa. where she graduated from John Bartram High and became alumni of Penn State University, (Media Pa Campus). With over 20+ years in the Professional Business World as a Sales Representative, Account Executive and a Sales Manager, Carmen has used her communication and people skills for Fortune 500 Companies such as Bell Atlantic, University Of Phoenix, Sprint PCS and Amtrak.
Referred to as "the host with the most" by both family and friends, Carmen is a creative, energetic, optimistic and an avid supporter to everyone she knows and their positive endeavors. Carmen is currently, working in the field of Insurance (Aflac) and Communications for Amtrak.
Originally from the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Selvin Bushay is a seasoned Community Activist on The Black Institute’s board of directors. Mr. Bushay began his labor career in his native country, where he served as Secretary Treasurer of South Leeward Farmer’s union in 1976, and later as Vice President for South Leeward Cultural Group in 1984.
Tony Giordano attended Brooklyn College, City University of New York as a Belle Zellar Scholar, earning his BA in Political Science. During his tenure at CUNY, Tony was elected to 2 consecutive terms as chairperson of the CUNY Student Senate, and served as an ex-officio voting member of the Board of Trustees. Tony started his work as a lobbyist with the firm Montalbano Initiatives, representing the interests of several labor unions, corporations, healthcare institutions, and quasi-governmental agencies.
Tony is currently the founder of Legacy Partners in August of 2014, based on concepts imparted by his dearly departed mentor and friend, James J. Scott, Sr. He has remained active in his community, most recently serving as a board member of advocacy organization, PA’LANTE Harlem; directing their 2014 Stand & Deliver mentorship program. Mr. Giordano regularly attends Hillsong NYC Church and is a supporter of the Kentucky-based Sparrow Missions, leading missionary teams comprised of Wall Street professionals to Honduras in both 2013 and 2014. Tony is, most importantly a proud father of two beautiful daughters, Kira and Devin.
Martha Stark is a full-time Distinguished Lecturer at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Stark teaches Public/Nonprofit Management, Leadership & Strategy, and Budget and Financial Analysis. She has also taught financial management courses for Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, the New York City Housing Authority, and United Neighborhood Houses. Stark also serves as a consultant for the Real Estate Board of New York on public policy matters and has a private real-estate related law practice.
Ms. Stark, a lawyer, served as a White House Fellow at the United States Department of State during the Clinton Administration. Stark was a candidate to replace New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi in 2007 and received 56 votes from the New York State legislature. She is a born and bred New Yorker who earned her law and undergraduate degrees from New York University. She played varsity basketball for New York University and served as the team’s co-captain for three years.
Ademola Oyefeso Bio
Ademola Oyefeso is an accomplished political strategist presently employed as the Sr. Director of Political Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU). Ademola has a wealth of experience in working on various political campaigns in New York and is regarded as a champion of initiatives aimed at improving workers and family rights. An organizer at heart, Ademola oversaw logistical operations of a 38,000-member strike resulting in a three-day shutdown of New York City’s transit system whilst serving as legislative director for TWU Local100.
Amongst his most recent activities, Ademola has played a central role in advancing the Compassionate Care Act (Medical Marijuana) through the NYS legislature, where it continues to gain momentum in passing later this year. He is also an outspoken advocate for statewide adoption of the fight for $15 minimum wage law. Ademola obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York College at New Paltz. Ademola is married with 2 lovely children and and his family live in Brooklyn NY.
Vince Morgan was raised by a single mother on the tough streets of Chicago’s South Side. Despite dropping out of high school at age 16 Vince earned his GED. He then went on to attend Howard University, obtain a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. After college, Vince went on to have a successful career first working for Congressman Charlie Rangel and later obtaining a senior management role with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ).
Vince is now leading the effort to secure over $2 billion in contracts to minority, women and local businesses and 7,000 jobs promised in the Columbia expansion. Vince’s motivation is simple: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Vince, in speeches to teenagers, says: “I was given a second chance at 16, and I intend to make sure I exemplify that with hard work we all can make a success of our lives”. Vince and his wife Shola Lynch, a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker, are the proud parents of Julian and Violet.
Stephen Chukumba is a seasoned mobile executive with hands-on experience in the media, content, interactive and gaming spaces. In addition to his work in the technology space, Stephen has a wealth of experience working with not-for-profits, philanthropic and charitable organizations, helping them to leverage technology and new media to build awareness, engagement and increase loyalty and retention.
Stephen is a 1992 graduate of Rutgers University and he has a Juris Doctor (JD) from Seton Hall Law School. Currently, Stephen serves as a Senior Project Manager, for Usablenet, Inc., a New York City based technology agency that provides mobile web, mobile and tablet application, and assistive technology development for Fortune 500 companies. Stephen publishes his own brand strategy and strategic marketing blog, and regularly contributes commentary on other online publications and blogs in the technology, mobile, advertising and new media spaces.