Harvard Black Alumni Society

Harvard Black Alumni Weekend 2014

October 10 - 12, 2014
Cambridge, MA

Harvard College • Harvard Business School • Harvard Law School • Harvard Medical School •
Harvard School of Public Health • Harvard School of Dental Medicine •
Harvard Divinity School • Harvard Kennedy School of Government •
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences • Harvard Graduate School of Design •
Harvard Graduate School of Education • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University •
Harvard University Division of Continuing Education • Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Tommy Amaker and The Harvard Crimson Basketball Team 

In the seven seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s century-old men’s basketball program, Tommy Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence.

Under Amaker, Harvard's successes include five consecutive 20-win seasons, four consecutive Ivy League championships and three straight trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2013-14, the 12th-seeded Crimson knocked off fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the tournament's second round, and nearly pulled off an upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State to reach the Sweet 16. Harvard finished the year with a 27-5 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Ivy League, setting program bests for both overall victories and conference victories, and also captured the title at the Great Alaska Shootout along the way. Additionally, a record six Crimson were named to the All-Ivy League teams, including player of the year Wesley Saunders '15.

With Amaker at the helm, Harvard student-athletes have garnered four All-America honors, nine All-District distinctions and 22 all-conference accolades. Additionally, Keith Wright '12 (2012) and Saunders (2014) have been named Ivy League Player of the Year, with Kyle Casey ’13-14 (2010) and Siyani Chambers (2013) earning rookie of the year plaudits.

Amaker has received his fair share of awards as well, including the 2013 Clarence "Big House" Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top minority basketball coach in Div. I. In 2012 he was presented with district coach of the year awards from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was a candidate for the AP National Coach of the Year. He has also been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award each of the last four seasons, and has been inducted into both the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.

Amaker was introduced as head coach by Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise on April 13, 2007, following six seasons as head coach at Michigan and four at the helm of Seton Hall. Amaker owns a 315-210 career record: 139-71 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Before beginning his head-coaching career, Amaker won two NCAA championships and advanced to five Final Fours as an assistant and associate head coach at Duke. He was previously a four-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils, leading the team to the 1986 NCAA title game before earning All-America honors and recognition as the nation’s top defensive player in his senior year of 1987.

Valentino D. Carlotti (MBA'92)

Partner and Head of the Securities Division Institutional Client Group
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Valentino is head of the Securities Division Institutional Client Group, which is comprised of senior professionals responsible for managing institutional client relationships across the Securities Division. Prior to assuming this role, he served as president of the Goldman Sachs Brazil Bank, managing the Sao Paulo office firmwide from 2007 to 2012.

Previously, Valentino was a member of the management team within the Securities Division and worked in the London and New York offices. Prior to that, he was an institutional salesperson in the Equities Division, covering hedge funds and mutual funds in US Shares Research Sales from 1997 to 2000. Valentino joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in the Investment Banking Division as a banker engaged in financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions in the Communications, Media and Entertainment Group. He was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2006.

Valentino serves on the Leadership Committee of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and is a board member of American Ballet Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Guild Hall, Prep for Prep, The Boys Club of New York, and The Carter Burden Center for the Aging.

Valentino earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Luther T. Clark (AB ’71, MD ’75)

Global Director for Scientific Affairs (GDSA) for Cardiovascular & Atherosclerosis,
Merck & Co.

Dr. Clark is a clinical cardiologist, educator and researcher with a lifetime of dedicated commitment to understanding and treating heart disease, and to eliminating cardiovascular health disparities.

Dr. Clark is currently the Global Director for Scientific Affairs (GDSA) for Cardiovascular & Atherosclerosis at Merck & Co., one of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies.  Born in Bradenton, Florida, Dr. Clark is a long time resident of New York City, currently residing in Tribeca with his wife, Camille C. Jackson Clark (GSD ’75).  Prior to joining Merck in April 2007, he was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Adult Cardiology Training Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY).  He was also Chief of Cardiology Services at Kings County Hospital Center (Brooklyn, NY).  

Dr. Clark is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and a Fellow of theAmerican College of Physicians (FACP).  He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, edited the textbook, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (McGraw-Hill 2007), lectured internationally, and during his clinical practice years was listed perennially as one of the top doctors in the New York Metropolitan area by Castle Connolly. 

A caring, compassionate physician, Dr. Clark has excelled as a teacher, investigator and leader throughout his distinguished career.  He was the first African American to be Chief of Cardiology at a non-minority medical school in the United States.  At SUNY Downstate, one of the nation’s largest academic cardiology centers, he provided overall leadership for patient care, physician education, research and community outreach.  As Director of one of the largest adult cardiology training programs in the U.S., he trained a diverse group of more than 70 clinical and academic cardiologists.

Dr. Clark has been a leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, practice guideline development, and health promotion at the community, regional and national level for decades.  A champion for the elimination of cardiovascular health disparities, he has received many recognitions and awards, including the prestigious Dr. Charles Richard Drew Award from the National Minority Quality Forum.  He was the founding Director and Principal Investigator  of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded SUNY Downstate Summer Institute for Diversity in Health-Related ResearchandtheBrooklyn Health Disparities Research Center – a partnership between SUNY Downstate, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.

A student of medicine and history, Dr. Clark is an ardent proponent for documenting the pioneering achievements of African-American physicians and scientists.  He launched the “Historical Notes” column in the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Newsletter, created the highly regarded ABC calendar, Pioneering African-Americans in Conquest of heart Disease, and is currently completing the authoritative history of the ABC, Healers of the Heart.

In addition to his current work focused on the discovery and development of new cardiovascular therapies at Merck, Dr. Clark continues his commitment to promoting research diversity and health equity.  In his leisure time, Dr. Clark enjoys tennis, golf and travel. He is an archon in the Alpha Sigma Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a longstanding member of the Brooklyn Comus Club.

Dr. Clark is married to Camille C. Jackson Clark, an Urban Planner (BostonUniversity ‘73, Harvard GSD ’75).  They are the proud parents of two children, Jason Myles Clark and Monica Marie Clark – both attorneys.  Jason is a 2004 graduate of Princeton University, a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and currently works as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  Monica is a 2006 graduate of Harvard (AB ’06), a 2011 graduate of Georgetown University Law School, and is currently an associate at Latham & Watkins law firm in Washington D.C.

Rev. Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. ( MDV '98)

Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church

Dr. Coates has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD for nine (9) years.  During this time, the congregation has grown in excess of 7,500 members.  Dr. Coates has initiated and revitalized ministries, doubled the church's ministry campus and land holdings, and has incorporated the Mt. Ennon Development Corporation.  In October 2009, Outreach Magazine named Mt. Ennon as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Congregations in the U.S.

Rev. Delman Coates graduated from Morehouse College (B.A. in Religion, 1995), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1998), Columbia University (Master of Philosophy in Religion, 2002), and Columbia University (Ph.D. in New Testament & Early Christianity, 2006). 

Dr. Coates' published articles include "And the Bible Says: Methodological Tyranny of Biblical Fundamentalism and Historical Criticism" in Blow The Trumpet In Zion (2004); "Towards a Progressive Christian Interpretive Praxis" in The African-American Pulpit (2004); and "Origen of Alexandria" in Union Seminary Quarterly Review (vol. 59:3-4, 2005).  Among his published sermons are “From Proclamation To Protest” (The African American Pulpit, July 2008), and “Race Still Matters” (TAAP 2009). 

Dr. Coates is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Morehouse College Board of Preachers, the NAACP, a board member of the Parents Television Council, and a board member of the National Action Network.  In 2010, the Hampton Ministers’ Conference elected Dr. Coates as an officer.  In 2008, TAAP honored him as one of the "20 To Watch."  In 2012, “The Root” named Dr. Coates as one of their 100 African American achievers and influencers.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) honored Dr. Coates in 2013 for his commitment to advancing civil rights and liberties for all.  The same year, Ebony magazine selected him as one of their “Power 100.”

Rev. Delman Coates graduated from Morehouse College (B.A. in Religion, 1995), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1998), Columbia University (Master of Philosophy in Religion, 2002), and Columbia University (Ph.D. in New Testament & Early Christianity, 2006). 

Dr. Coates has been happily married to Yolanda Walsh Coates of San Francisco, CA for 18 years.  She is a graduate of Spelman College and Northeastern University School of Law.  They are the proud parents of two sons and twin daughters.

Frank Cooper, III, (JD '90)

Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group

Most recently ranked #15 on Billboard Magazine’s 2014 “Power List,” Cooper has been featured in a variety of noted publications through the years marking his accomplishments in varied facets of business and creative pursuits.  In 2010, Fast Company Magazine featured Cooper in their Top 100 Most Creative People in Business and in 2014’s Most Creative People In Business feature and ADCOLOR bestowed him with their coveted “Legend” award. Cooper is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and effective business leaders in developing brands and businesses. He has delivered keynotes and speeches at coveted global industry conferences and events including NAPTE, Dubai Music Week, Bloomberg @ Adweek, Milken Institute, IAB Annual Leadership Meeting, Conference Board, IEG Sponsorship Conference, Branded Entertainment Forum, Web 2.0 Conference, Mobile Marketing Association (Istanbul), Midem (Cannes), AToMiC (Canada), and Dmexco (Cologne, Germany). 

His career ranges from serving as a senior executive at iconic music labels – Motown, Def Jam & Tommy Boy– to working as an entrepreneur and executive in the Digital space, to serving as the CMO at PepsiCo overseeing Consumer Engagement globally for its beverage sector.  His diverse background combined with his unique approach to business and passion for creative endeavors have culminated in a slate of game-changing marketing campaigns and programs that have made a global impact on industry and consumers alike. 

Positioned at the intersection of entertainment, sports, music, technology and consumer products, in his current role, Cooper has assumed varied roles and disciplines in all of the aforementioned sectors.  In television, he’s served as creator and Executive Producer of original television shows including The Next Great Game Gods with Spike TV.  In videogames, he created and developed an MMO platform entitled Dew-Mocracy that was the most successful limited-time-only beverage in Pepsico history.  In music, he closed direct-to-artist creative fund deals with megastars such as Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Michael Jackson, Lady Antebellum among others.  In film, he has co-produced short films alongside Forest Whitaker and Terry Gilliam.  In the digital space, he has executed digital partnerships and activations with Twitter, Google, YouTube, Microsoft and Apple.  In sports, he successfully brokered a 10-year agreement with the NFL.  And, as part of the socially-conscious business movement, he led the breakthrough social giving platform: The Pepsi Refresh Project.

Cooper is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and served as Chairman of the American Advertising Federation from 2009-2011.

Michael Gary (EdM '95)

Director of Admissions, Phillips Exeter Academy

Before joining Phillips Exeter, Mr. Gary served as Director of Admissions at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, where he also taught Economics.  Prior to that he served as Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT where he also taught and coached. 

In addition to director of admissions, Mr. Gary is on the Board of Trustees at Pomfret School, on the Board of Fellows at Trinity College and on the Board of SSATB.  He is a former board member of TABS.  Mr. Gary is the founder of Inner City Lacrosse, an organization bringing lacrosse to inner city children through collegiate player-mentors. Click here to view his feature on NBC Nightly News: http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/30/15574575-on-lacrosse-field-inner-city-kids-dream-big?lite

Mr. Gary comes from humble beginnings.  He grew up in the inner city projects of New Haven, Connecticut, near the campus of Yale University.  His section of town is where Yale students were told not to go.  He is the youngest of six and was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs most of her life until just recently when she retired as an assembly worker at a small manufacturing plant in New Haven.  He attended public school in New Haven until his sophomore year when he went off to boarding school.

Mr. Gary received a B.A. degree from Trinity College and an Ed. M. from Harvard University.  Mr. Gary resides at Exeter with his lovely wife who is an English and history teacher, and his three children.

Brian Mathis (JD '92, MPA '92)

Founding Partner, Pine Street Alternative Asset Management

Mr. Mathis has 15 years of alternative asset investment experience, including fund of hedge fund, hedge fund and private equity experience, globally.  Prior to joining Provident Group, Mr. Mathis was a Managing Director at Advent Capital Management, LLC (“ACM”) responsible for the business development and marketing of ACM’s hedge fund and long-only strategies.  Prior to joining ACM, Mr. Mathis was a Director at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (“PAAMCO”), a fund of hedge funds with over $9.0 billion of assets under management.  He was a member of the Investment Management Committee, with responsibilities including evaluating directional hedge fund strategies, asset allocation among hedge fund strategies, and guiding strategic initiatives of the firm, including establishing PAAMCO’s London office.

Prior to joining PAAMCO, Mr. Mathis was a Vice President from 1995 to June 2002 in various private equity groups at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., including LabMorgan, focusing on investments in the hedge fund space, and managing LabMorgan’s existing portfolio, J.P. Morgan Capital, investing in later-stage venture/growth capital and mid-cap leveraged buy-outs and Private Equity Placements, raising capital for private equity deals as well as private equity funds.  Mr. Mathis served on the Board of Directors/Advisors for PlusFunds (observer), Eastport Operating Partners LP, ICV Capital Partners, Edison Schools, LinksCorp, and Bell Sports.

Mr. Mathis began his career in the United States House of Representatives and the Senate and subsequently served as a political appointee of President Clinton at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.  Mr. Mathis received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School and a J.D./M.P.A. from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, respectively.

Antonio L.A. Reid (AMP '98)

Chairman and CEO, Epic Records

Be epic. If you follow Antonio “L.A.” Reid on Twitter, you know that’s the hashtag he uses to signs his tweets. It’s a mantra in his role as Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. But it’s more than that. It’s also a personal philosophy, and a good description of Reid’s life in music.

As a recording artist, a songwriter, a producer and a label executive, Reid has been a key figure in shaping the sound and experience of popular music for over 25 years. While Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group from 2004 to 2011, he oversaw the revitalization of Mariah Carey’s career with TheEmancipation of Mimi (the best-selling album of 2005 and triple Grammy winner); he helped Kanye West transform himself into an international superstar with Late Registration and Graduation; he nurtured multi-platinum releases from artists as diverse as Bon Jovi, Ne-Yo, Nas, Young Jeezy, the Killers, Fall Out Boy, Ludacris, Duffy and Neon Trees; and he had the distinction of introducing new artists who continue to define current popular music, from Rihanna and Rick Ross to Justin Bieber.

It was not the first time that Reid redefined pop music. In fact, it was not even the second. For those keeping score, Reid’s tenure at Island Def Jam marked the third time his passion for and knowledge of music drove a label that changed the pop charts and lives of music fans everywhere.

It’s a phenomenon Reid is working yet again at Epic Records, where he is the leading the rebirth of one of the record industry’s most storied labels, with a history of world changing albums from artists as varied as Sly Stone and Michael Jackson to Rage Against the Machine and Fiona Apple.

Before ascending to the executive ranks, Reid had been a recording artist, accomplished drummer, a songwriter, and a producer. With partner Babyface, Reid scored no fewer than 33 Number One singles and three Grammy Awards. LaFace, the label the duo founded in 1989, introduced a string of multi-platinum artists who reshaped R&B and hip-hop, most notably Usher, TLC and Outkast.

In 2000, Reid took over as President and CEO at Arista. There he introduced multiplatinum artists like Pink and Avril Lavigne; oversaw Outkast’s masterpiece Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; and executive produced the best-selling album of 2004, Usher’s Confessions. Those keeping score should note that with Usher’s Confessions and Mariah Carey’s Emancipation of Mimi, Reid released the best selling albums of both 2004 and 2005.

Of course, keeping score is not what it’s all about. It’s about music, and realizing the dreams of aspiring musicians and music fans. More than anything else, that’s what connects Reid’s historic career to his previous role as a judge on The X Factor, where he had the opportunity to help unknowns lay their claim to stardom and realize their dreams and aspirations. And in a career that runs from funk, soul, and R&B to cutting-edge rock, hip-hop and platinum pop, it all comes back one thing: Be Epic.

Student Creators of the I, Too, Am Harvard Campaign

Chinonye Imo, Abigail Mariam, Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, Carol Powell, Tsega Tamene, Symone Isaac-Wilkins, Paige Woods

The idea for I, Too, Am Harvard was conceived out of conversations during the annual Kuumba Singers of Harvard College’s spring tour last year. These conversations raised complicated feelings of race, identity, and belonging, which inspired Kimiko to broaden this conversation within the greater black community at Harvard.

At this point, thoughts for a play were still in the early stages; however, ideas of incorporating it into the annual Black Arts Festival were already in the works! Over the summer, while looking for themes for the festival, Paige came upon the poem “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes. The poem embodied the feeling of being an outsider in a space that is as much yours as it is someone else’s. For Hughes this space was America and for black students on campus this space is Harvard.

On October 23rd, 2013, a kickoff event was held to engender support for both the Black Arts Festival and I, Too, Am Harvard. Members of the black community were invited to engage in an open discussion about what they saw as the mission of the play. The event was also held to recruit black student interviewees and rally support around the project. At this point, as her independent project, Kimiko fully devoted herself to setting up and conducting interviews with forty students during October and November. Following transcription of the interviews, Kimiko began drafting early versions of the play. She continued to revisit the interviews and revise the script during winter break.

In the spring semester of 2014, I, Too, Am Harvard became more of a group project. Tsega stepped in as producer of the play and took on a crucial role in ensuring the success of the production. Paige, Symone, and Carol helped to workshop the script and Paige and Symone took on the roles of Co- Assistant Directors. Additionally, Nonye, Abigail and Lydia stepped up to help with public relations and publicity for the event. Simultaneously, the cast was assembled after rounds of auditions and from there the team proceeded to stage the play!

At this point the team’s efforts moved towards generating excitement on campus for the premier of the play. Kimiko was drawn to the idea of a multimedia campaign and Symone helped fortify this vision by suggesting a theme of microaggressions. Carol and Ahsante made this vision a reality by photographing and filming black students who volunteered their time to be a part of this campaign. Their work helped to give more life to an already vibrant project. The project served to exemplify the idea of art as a catalyst for social change.

Lydia and Carol edited the photos and, while Nonye used individual photos on social media sites to promote the project, they decided to compile all the photos onto a single Tumblr blog. Overnight the campaign took off and became part of a larger conversation surrounding race and belonging on predominantly white college campuses.

This campaign has sought to help encourage black students to affirm their unique black identities and promote transparent and productive conversations within the Harvard community and with Harvard administration!

Stephanie D. Wilson, SB ’88

NASA Astronaut and Engineer

Wilson is a NASA astronaut and engineer who flew three missions aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Wilson was twice honored with the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and has three Space Flight Medals to her name. She also received the Harvard College Women’s Professional Achievement Award and the Harvard Foundation Scientist of the Year Award. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Association of Space Explorers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison.

Wilson has also been a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers since 2007. She said she has valued the opportunity to “reconnect with Harvard, to help Harvard remain true to its mission of providing excellent teaching and research, and to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”

Wilson, a native of Massachusetts, earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvard University in 1988 and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas in 1992.

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