Board of Directors

CUP’s Board of Directors are diverse leaders from across sectors responsible for the strategic decision-making and financial responsibility of the organization.


  • Roderick Hardamon – Chair

    Roderick A. Hardamon, a Detroit native, is the Founder and Chairman of the URGE Development Group, a real estate development and business innovation firm based in Detroit, MI.  Mr. Hardamon leverages his twenty years of experience in strategy, business innovation, ...

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  • Sherrese Clarke-Soares – Co-Vice Chair

    Sherrese Clarke-Soares is a Managing Director and Head of Entertainment, Media & Sports Structured Solutions at Morgan Stanley where she originates and executes financings for sports, content production, development, and distribution companies. Previously, Sherrese was the Head of the North ...

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  • Johnita Mizelle – Co-Vice Chair

    Johnita Walker Mizelle serves as Head of Investor Relations & Ecosystem Development at Anthemis Group. Previously, she served as Head of Business Development for LM Capital Group, based in San Diego, CA. In that capacity, she is responsible for the ...

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  • Marcos Torres – Treasurer

    Mr. Torres has over 15 years of investment banking experience and has worked on many high profile and industry-transforming transactions within the Media & Entertainment sectors. Currently, Marcos is the Co-Chair of RBC’s Multicultural Employee Alliance and is also a ...

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  • Alexandra Wallace – Secretary

    Alex Wallace is currently the Vice President of Oath Studios. As CEO of AlexInc, she advises corporations, start-ups and academic and non-profit organizations on multi-media strategy, con-tent creation and development, conference programming, brand positioning, and internal management. Companies she has ...

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  • Beverly Anderson – Chair Emeritus

    Previously, Beverly was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Fleet Credit Card Services. Prior to that, she was a Principal at Novantas and Vice President at First USA/Bank One. She received her B.S. in Business from the Florida Agricultural ...

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  • Timicka C. Anderson

    Timicka C. Anderson is Head of the Consumer Retail & Healthcare industry team within Citi’s US Commercial Bank, Global and National Industries. She leads and oversees the origination and client coverage 10-person team responsible for Citi’s banking relationship with US ...

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  • Indhira Arrington

    Currently, Indhira Arrington provides leadership in the strategic planning and execution of diversity sourcing initiatives and programs for the Wholesale Banking Division of Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Arrington held several roles at Bank of America within ...

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  • Fernando Bohorquez

    Fernando Bohorquez is a forward-thinking, problem-solving, and innovative attorney who handles commercial, intellectual property, and bankruptcy litigation and business disputes. Currently the Litigation Group Coordinator for BakerHostetler’s New York office, Fernando has deep knowledge and experience with all phases of ...

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  • David W. Brown

    David W. Brown focuses his practice primarily on securities and intellectual property litigation, regulatory investigations and white collar criminal matters.

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  • Seth Bryant

    B. Seth Bryant is the Managing Partner of Bryant Rabbino LLP. Seth represents a wide range of clients, including large corporations and financial institutions, governmental entities and public benefit corporations, investment funds and early stage companies in a range of ...

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  • Kenneth N. Ebie

    Kenneth Ebie is a Principal in The Raben Group’s New York office, where he brings deep experience in stakeholder engagement and campaign management, and an extensive knowledge of state and local government affairs. He combines the attention to detail that ...

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  • Jarrod Fong

    Jarrod Fong is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at JP Morgan Asset Management (“JPMAM”).  He was one of the original members of the Private Equity Group, which was founded in 1997.  At JP Morgan, Mr. Fong focuses on primary, ...

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  • Michael A. Persaud

    Michael Persaud works in a Wealth Management with Morgan Stanley. He has been a successful businessman and entrepreneur for his entire career. After spending twenty plus years running his business and working to build others in media and entertainment, Mr. ...

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  • Meredith Moore

    Meredith Moore oversees Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s inclusion initiatives including diversity education, affinity groups, diversity pipeline, and community service. Hallmarks of Weil’s diversity efforts under Ms. Moore’s leadership include biennial diversity month celebrations globally, individual affinity group conferences, Upstander@Weil ...

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  • Gerardo Rodriguez

    Mr. Rodriguez’s responsibilities include the management of multi-asset portfolios, the development of EM products and the oversight of the EM Platform at BlackRock. He joined BlackRock in 2013 after a fruitful career of more than 14 years in the Mexican ...

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  • Stephanie Smith

    Stephanie is global co-head of Credit and Interest Rate Products Operations, Loan Servicing and Securitized Products Servicing, roles that she assumed in 2013. In addition, she is head of GS Bank USA Operations and Dallas Operations. She serves on the ...

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  • Lucas F. Torres

    Lucas F. Torres is a partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers worldwide. Mr. Torres has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in ...

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  • Rossie Turman III

    Rossie E. Turman III is a corporate attorney with a practice focus in leveraged finance, principally representing investment banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions as lenders; and corporations, strategic investors, hedge and BDC funds, and private equity funds as ...

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  • Jean-Rene Zetrenne

    Jean-Rene is an executive with over 20 years experience in Human Resources. Currently, he is the Chief Talent Officer for Ogilvy & Mather, NA where he leads talent management strategy for 4000 employees across the region. Given Ogilvy’s talent needs ...

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