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California Black Women's Collective Empowerment Institute

The California Black Women’s Collective Empowerment Institute focuses on improving the lives of Black Women and Girls throughout the state.

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Mission, Vision & Values


Uplift the voices and issues of California Black Women and Girls


Improve the lives of Black Women and Girls throughout California

Values: REACH

Resilient, Elevate, Adversity, Collective, Hopeful

What We Do?

Through partnerships with corporate, social, not for profit, and advocacy entities, the Empowerment Institute develops programs and initiatives that have a meaningful impact on dismantling systemic social, economic and physical barriers. The purpose of the Empowerment Institute is to:

  • Serve as the anchor organization for the CA Black Women’s Think Tank housed at California State University, Dominguez Hills;

  • Elevate our voice, power, and participation to secure adequate representation and reparations;

  • Amplify our issues and priorities that are vital to elevate Black Women; organize and leverage

  • Utilize our extensive talent, influence, networks, and brilliance into areas of collective alignment;

  • Eliminate the racist and sexist attacks on Black Women and Girls; and

  • Elevate the agenda and collective power of Black Women locally and nationally to secure the social and economic safety-net


Partner with us!

Join the California Black Women's Collective Empowerment Institute and invest in ensuring meaningful change in the lives of Black Women, their families and their communities. Through our programming, investments, research, policy change and practice transformation efforts, we are committed to making a difference. Your donation will help us sustain and scale this our work. Take this journey with us...donate now. Together we can make a difference!

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CA Black Women's Collective Empowerment Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 88-2046704).  Contributions to the California Black Women's Collective Empowerment Institute are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Board of Directors





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Hon. Lori Wilson

Board Member


Kellie Todd Griffin

President & CEO

and Board Member


Charles Williams
SVP/Chief Administrative Officer
Raksha Kopparam
Senior Research Associate
Anneca Peoples
Manager of Programs
Kathy Williamson
Communications Officer (contractor)
LaTania Smith
Special Projects 
Yvonne Wunderlich
Executive Assistant 

Advisory Committee

Dr. Addie Ellis 

Educational Consultant, Unleashed You

Angela Reddock-Wright, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner, Reddock Law Group

Angela de Joseph 

Founder & President, Women of Color Roar

Crystal Crawford

Executive Director, Western Center on Law & Poverty

Darla Claypool

Sr. Director, Corporate Philanthropy, City of Hope

Darlene  Futrel

President, National Action Network Orange County

Dezie Woods-Jones

State President, Black Women Organized for Political Action

Dr. Robyn Fisher

President & CEO, RT Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc

Fredericka McGee, Esq.

Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Supervisor Office of Hon. Holly J. Mitchell

Glenda Gill

President & CEO, Save A Girl, Save A World

Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker

President, WEDC (Ward Economic Development)

Hon. Joni Ricks-Oddie

Long Beach Councilmember, City of Long Beach

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dean, College of Ethnic Studies, Cal State LA

Hon. K. Patrice Williams

Councilwoman, City of Fairfield

Hon. Kristin McGuire

Executive Director & CEO, Young Invincibles

Latressa  Alford Wilson

President, BWOPA Solano & Strategy Consultant

Pamela Sparrow

Analyst, State of California

Sarah Harris

President & CEO, Black Business Association

Sonya Aadam

CEO, California Black Women's Health Project

Tresla Gilbreath

President & CEO, Multi Facet Inc. Management Group 

Hon. Treva Reid

City Councilmember, City of Oakland

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