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Black Alumni Council

Providing leadership in scholarship, advocacy, and support for African American students, alumni, and the community.

Graziadio School Black Alumni Council

Mission Statement:

The Pepperdine Black Alumni Council is committed to serving and coalescing African American alumni for the benefit of advancing the commonality of interests of the University while focusing on creating opportunities, and offering resources to African American alumni, students and the community at large.


  • To provide scholarships, advocacy, support and networking opportunities for black students and alumni.
  • To create an identity and an enhanced sense of cohesiveness among this ethnic group.
  • To recognize the achievements and contributions that Graziadio School black alumni have made in the community, nation and universe.


The Black Alumni Council hosts, sponsors and promotes a variety of events to offer its members opportunities for networking and continued learning. Events include executive panels, C-level presentations, and networking mixers. Please visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming events.

Donate to the Black Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

Already giving? Be sure to earmark your future contributions to the Graziadio Black Alumni Scholarship Fund. Give today by contacting Giuseppe Nespoli at (310) 568-5581 or .


Meet the Black Alumni Council

Charles Franklin, MBA 2002

Ron Berryman, MBA 1967

Chairman Emeritus and Founding Member

Gilbert Brown, MBA 1983

Stacey Gordon, MBA 2007

Forescee Hogan-Rowles, MBA 1996

Dr. Johnson Lightfoote, MBA 1989

Faye McClure, BS 1978

Dawn Turner, MBA 2008

Cedric Watkins, MBA 1980
Vice Chair

Sherice Bellamy, BSM 2009

Brenda Dupré, MMIS 1989

Dwayne Hall, MBA 2009

Ryan Lee, MSML 2009

Elise Mallory, MBA 1998

Meisha Sherman, MBA 2005

DeShawn Wynn, BS 1995

How to Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with the Black Alumni Council, contact the Graziadio School Office of Alumni Services at (310) 568-5639 or . Or join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook!

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