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Volunteer Leaders

What is Spelman College uniquely positioned to deliver to its students, the nation and the world in the 21st century?

The response to this question forms the basis for SPELMAN ASCENDS, our campaign to raise $250 million to fund projects and initiatives that will enable Spelman to meet the challenges of tomorrow. These are the volunteers that stepped up to lead us in this campaign.

Campaign Executive Committee


Rosalind G. Brewer, C’84
Incoming CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Past COO of Starbucks

Vice Chairs

Gwendolyn Adams Norton
Retired Finance Professional

Ronda E. Stryker
Director, Stryker Corporation

Start of QuoteSpelman continues to be a source of revitalization and growth for me. It’s the place where I come to open my mind, experience the extraordinary diversity of the Black woman and to contribute to the excellence embedded in the rich environment. I am reminded that this richness stems from the esteemed faculty and my beloved Spelman sisters that challenged me as a student just as much as they nurtured me. Both reassured me that it was safe to be my whole self. It is very clear to me that I would not be where I am today without Spelman.End of Quote
-- Rosalind G. Brewer, C’84

Committee Members

Gena Hudgins Ashe, C’83
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Anterix, Inc.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Bonnie Carter, C’89
Child Advocate, Community Volunteer, Angel Investor

Susan Dunn
Retired Teacher, Volunteer and Philanthropic Supporter

Carmen D. Harris, C’2002
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Magnus on Water

Cara Johnson Hughes, C’2003
Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Innovation, Baldwin Richardson Foods

Seth Klarman
President, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager, The Baupost Group LLC

Yvonne R. Jackson, C’70
President, Beecher Jackson, Inc.

Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96
Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department, Spelman College

Loren K. Robinson, M.D., C’2003
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, CHRISTUS Health

Valerie B. Rockefeller
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Lovette Twyman Russell, C’83
Community Advocate & Volunteer

Suzanne F. Shank
President and CEO and Founding Owner, Siebert Williams Shank & Co.

Helen Smith Price, C’79
Retired Vice President, Global Community Affairs and President, the Coca-Cola Company Foundation

Kathy N. Waller
Retired Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President  Enabling Services, The Coca-Cola Company

Michael Walsh
Grounds Supervisor, Spelman

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Keisha Leverette, C'2002
Campaign Director

Miriam Archibong

Large Blue Quote Left I think when you come out of a space where you are loved, supported and uplifted, you naturally feel empowered to go into the real world ready for whatever challenges you face. African-American females are often told that we cannot achieve. At Spelman College, we are celebrated, and we leave there knowing we can accomplish anything.” --- Miriam Archibong, C’2009, Associate, Troutman & Sanders Llp Energy Practice Group


Phylicia Fant

Large Blue Quote LeftSpelman prepared me. It instilled the belief, ‘You’re good. Go out there with confidence.’ ” --- Phylicia Fant, C’2000, Co-head, Urban Music Columbia Records/Sony Music