Board of Directors

Kenneth-Bentley

Kenneth Bentley

Advocates CEO

Kenneth Bentley retired after 31 years as Vice President of community affairs and workforce diversity for Nestle USA in 2013. He is currently Vice Chairman of the board of governors of Farmers Insurance Company’s Fire Exchange. Bentley received his B.A. in Comparative Cultures from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. Bentley serves on the board of the Tiger Woods Foundation, Harold and Carole Pump Foundation, Arthur Ashe Learning Center and is a member of the World Golf Foundation Diversity Committee.

Cole-Smith

Cole Smith

APGATour - AdvocatesFoundation Executive Director

Coleridge (Cole) Smith is President and CEO of Sinclair Property Investments. He has held senior level management positions at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Company and most recently served as consulting CFO for PRS Credentialing Services LLC. Cole has served on the board for the Lincoln Family Life Center (Los Angeles), Academy of Science and Engineering (Los Angeles) as well as Chairman of the Youth Motivation Task Force (Los Angeles/ Long Beach). He earned his B.S. in business administration and MBA (Finance) from Pepperdine University Graziado School of Business and Management.

Gene-Boykins

Gene Boykins

Advocates Foundation President

Eugene J. Boykins is President of the Boykins Business Consulting Group. He has held senior executive positions at Nestle USA, and owned or managed entrepreneurial ventures in both the U.S. and Caribbean countries.   Boykins has served on the boards of Business Development Center, Program Advisory for KCET-TV, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, LifeSteps and UCLA Foundations and is a co-founder ofthe African American Board Leadership Institute.  The marketing executive earned his B.S. in business administration from San Diego State University and his M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.

George Weaver

George Weaver

Director

George Weaver attended UCLA and today works as a trauma‐informed youth development consultant with the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade.  Mr. Weaver helped develop and implement Brotherhood Crusade’s trauma‐informed sports‐based youth development programs (including Soccer for Success), the Brother to Brother: Male by Birth, Man by Choice Boys and Young Men of Color Leadership Initiative, Brotherhood Crusade Self Actualization Curriculum, Weaver Continuum of Youth Development, Wildflower Girls and Young Women Leadership Program, Jr. Executive Program and the Brotherhood Crusade Ten‐Year Plan as well as bringing Brotherhood Crusade’s Healthy Kids Zones: Schools as Community Hubs of Health Initiative to fruition.  Mr. Weaver was honored with the 2014 James Irvine Leadership Award, widely recognized as the Nobel Prize for non‐profit organizations.  His work was also recognized through Brotherhood Crusade’s selection as one of the inaugural seven Institute for Black Male Achievement 2014 National Social Innovators.

Dr.-Charles-Alexander

Dr. Charles Alexander

Director

Charles Alexander is currently the director of the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Alexander also serves as the associate vice provost for student diversity in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and as an associate adjunct professor in the Division of Public Health, School of Dentistry. Alexander oversees AAP programs, including academic advising, peer learning, mentoring, research opportunities and scholarships. A past president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Alexander received UCSF’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for leadership and inspiration in advancing social and economic justice goals. He has also served as chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline Project II Advisory Committee. He is a member of many organizations, including the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York College at Cortland, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a doctorate in sociological foundations of education from Marquette University.

Spencer Rodriguez

Spencer Rodriguez

Director

Spencer is a Sovereign Analyst with TCW Emerging Markets focused on Central America and the Caribbean for the Emerging Markets Fixed Income portfolio team. He is a graduate of Princeton University, graduating with an BA in History and multiple publications, including Greaser: An Etymology and A Historiography of the 1994 Mexican Peso Crisis. 

Spencer has been involved in all aspects of the investment process from strategy recommendation and investment decision-making to attracting and retaining assets. 

Dr. Donald Henderson

Dr. Donald Henderson

Director

Dr. Donald Henderson is a gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Centinela Hospital Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 74 doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and one of 6 at Centinela Hospital Medical Center who specialize in Gastroenterology.

Michael Washington

Director

Michael is the co-founder and president of Palazzo Concessions, as an airport concession services firm in 2009. Their company manages joint venture agreements with several national prime concession entities, including The Hudson Group, Norm Nixon, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and HMS Host International. Palazzo Concessions’ ownership interest is currently located in four airports; Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Portland International Airport. Michael has also served as the General Manager of the Le Meridien San Francisco, The Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles and the Westin Long Beach. Michael is a graduate of Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, earning the prestigious President and Key Executive, M.B.A. He also graduated from Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University.