Russell M. Jackson
Russell M. Jackson joined Safeway Inc. as senior vice president for human resources, the first African-American to hold this position in the company. Jackson previously spent 27 years at PG&E Corp., most recently as senior vice president for human resources. At Safeway, he will be responsible for employee relations, compensation, training, leadership development, recruiting and health and wellness programs. Jackson holds a B.A. from San Jose State University, an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College, an M.A. in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco and a certificate in human resources management from the University of California at Berkeley.
Lorna Lumpris was appointed director of fair housing by NRT Inc., a top residential real estate brokerage com-pany. She is responsible for leading the company’s fair housing initiatives in more than 35 major metropolitan markets and will work closely with NRT’s fair housing partner, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). She reports directly to Judy Reeves, NRT’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. A graduate of Rutgers University, Lumpris is a licensed realtor and has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate quality improvement planning and customer service training at such companies as AT&T Credit Corp. and Siemens Finan-cial Services. She is fluent in Spanish.
Raquel Oden was appointed managing director of client experience, a newly created post within the banking products division of UBS Wealth Management U.S. She will help drive the client experience strategy for all banking products, including lending, mortgages, credit cards and cash management. Previ-ously, Oden was executive director for UBS’s acquisition strategy and head of client services, managing more than 250 employees. Oden serves of the board of directors of the Thurgood Marshall Foundation and is a member of UBS’s Women’s Network, the Financial Women’s Association Alpha Kappa Sorority Inc. She received a Rising Star Award from the New York Women’s Agenda in 2006.
Reginald W. Jackson
Reginald W. Jackson was named a partner in the Columbus, Ohio, offices of the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease L.L.P. He has practiced for 25 years in corporate restructuring, workouts and bankruptcy law. A fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and the former chairman of the American Bar Association’s Conference of Mi-nority Partners in Corporate/Majority Law Firms, Jackson assumed the presidency of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s board of directors in April. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Dionne Mack-Harvin was appointed the 11th executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library, the fifth largest library system in the United States. She is the first African-American to hold this position at BPL and the first African-American woman to head a major public library system in New York State. Mack-Harvin started her career at BPL in 1996 as a librarian at the Crown Heights branch and most recently served as the library’s interim executive director. BPL serves the 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn with 60 locations throughout the borough. Mack-Harvin holds an M.A. in Africana studies from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.L.S in information science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany and a B.Sc. in history and African and Afro-American studies from SUNY at Brockport.
Janet Rollé joined BET Networks as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She will oversee all of BET Networks’ domestic marketing activities for its newly created Digital Media Group, which includes BET.com, BET Mobile, and BET OnDemand. Rollé previously was vice president and general manager of AOL Black Voices, where she oversaw the Web site’s content and editorial programming as well as strategic areas in women’s and lifestyle programming. Prior to AOL, she was vice president of business development at MTV Networks. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School.
Terrie M. Williams
Terrie M. Williams, public relations entrepreneur, author and inspirational speaker, was named spokesperson and the first “honorary captain” for Blue World Travel Corp., creators of the country’s first African-American theme-cruise operation. “Captains” preside over 2,000 to 3,000 cruise vacationers, hosting various events on and off the ship, fulfilling a ceremonial role during the course of the cruise and overseeing BWT’s donation of funds to several charities. Each provides BWT with strategic partnership and cross-marketing opportunities to reach new target markets. Williams is the founder of The Stay Strong Founda-tion, a nationwide organization geared to inspire and educate youth. She is also the president of The Terrie Williams Agency, a leading public relations and communications firm.