ACCCA honors icons and luminaries during Women’s History Month

OBSERVER staff report

Ten accomplished community, corporate and civic luminaries are being celebrated as part of the California African American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) Women’s History Month activities.

“These remarkable women are the fabric of our foundation, carrying the torch of leadership and public service,” said CAACC Board Chair Timothy Alan Simon, Esq. “We honor them for their sacrifices and their successes.”

The California African American Chamber of Commerce works to empower the state’s black chambers, which represent more than 200,000 black-owned businesses (including entrepreneurs and sole proprietors), employing more than 75,000 people, according to pre-pandemic statistics.

“These leaders have established a boundary line for others to follow,” added Carl Davis, Jr., President and CEO of CAACC.

The winners are:

Kimberly Brandon, SF Harbor Commissioner, Board Chair – Metta Fund

In 1997, San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. nominated Brandon to be the first African-American woman on the San Francisco Harbor Commission.

Sharon Evans, President and CEO – Business Resource Group (BRG)

Evans has over 25 years of experience in strategic business development, finance, public accounting, and local economic development throughout California.

Surlene Grant, Director – Envirocom Communications Strategies, LLC

Grant was the first African American elected to the San Leandro, California, city council from 1998 to 2008. She also served two terms as vice mayor.

Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO – The Act One Group

The Act One Group is the largest minority women-owned personnel company founded in the United States.

Algerine McCray, Executive (Retired) – California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

McCray joined Caltrans in 1959, as a Jr. Clerk; three decades later, she rose to the position of executive responsible for the disadvantaged enterprise program. She is a longtime resident of Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.

Belle Taylor McGhee, Vice President, Strategic Communications – JLM Management

JLM Management is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, media and public relations.

Genail Nemovi, Esq. – Nemovi APC Legal Group

Nemovi is a senior and principal attorney in the following disciplines: residential and commercial mortgage, foreclosure, loss mitigation, education and litigation.

Eleanor Ramsey, PhD, President and CEO – Mason Tillman Associates

Ramsey has over 30 years of experience designing and evaluating Minority and Women’s Business (M/WBE) and Disadvantaged Business (DBE) programs for municipalities and jurisdictions.

Mayor Deborah Robertson – City of Rialto, CA

Robertson is the first African-American mayor of Rialto, California, elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

Dail St. Claire, Founder – St. Claire Consultants

Founded in 2013, St. Claire Consultants focuses on advising lower/middle market businesses, across a variety of disciplines, including: institutional investors, foundations and family offices on financing and investment solutions.

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