Board of Directors

Michael Poindexter

Michael Poindexter

Vice President of Student Services , Sacramento City College

Michael Poindexter serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Sacramento City College. With more than 22 years of administrative experience, Mr. Poindexter has led an exceptional career serving in both two-year and four year institutional environments. 

Azizza Davis Goines

Azizza Davis Goines

President/CEO, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce

Azizza Davis Goines has over 30 years experience in Association Management.  Her experience includes expertise in fund development, program development, community relations, event planning, board development, public policy, strategic planning, collaboration building and strong facilitation skills.  She has headed nonprofit agencies in the capacities of Executive Director and President/CEO.   She is now President/CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. The one thread woven throughout her experiences is her commitment to finding parity for all people through economic development, healthcare, education and social justice.

Rahim Reed

Rahim Reed

Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations, UC Davis

Rahim Reed assumed his responsibilities as the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations (AEVC) at UC Davis on September 17, 2001. The AEVC serves as the primary advisor on matters of campus community relations to deans, vice chancellors, vice provosts and other senior campus administrators. The primary responsibility of OCCR is to help the University chart a course that will ensure attention to those components of campus' social environment that affect community, campus climate, diversity and inclusiveness.

Rahim Reed has more than 20 years of experience in administration, student affairs and affirmative action policy development at four major universities. From 1998 until September 2001, he served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. Rahim was one of the founding members of the Center, which is an interdisciplinary institution that promotes research and development of public policy in the areas of race relations, interracial dispute resolution, diversity education and training, racial equality and community relations. Prior to becoming director of the Center, Rahim served as the Assistant Dean for Student and Minority Affairs at the University of Florida College of Law from 1988 to 1998. During this period, he also chaired the University of Florida's Council on Affirmative Action from 1994 to 1996. Rahim served as Assistant Dean in the Office of African Affairs at the University of Virginia from 1986 to 1988 and has also taught and held positions as a Teacher/Counselor at the University of Pittsburgh and a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University Law School.

Rahim received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Black Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his legal studies in 1986 and holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is also an active member of several national organizations and has made many presentations to groups on topics of diversity education and building inclusive communities.

Lorrie Lowry

Lorrie Lowry

Project Manager, City of Sacramento Economic Development Department

Lorrie Lowry is a Project Manager for the City of Sacramento Economic Development Department, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Business Retention and Expansion and Small Business Development. She has been instrumental in planning and organizing business forums, seminars, business walks and training to assist businesses in understanding the city’s incentives, partnership programs, services and opportunities.

Prior to joining the City of Sacramento, Ms. Lowry owned and operated a Consulting Business in which she served as CEO, managing a team of consultants in the area of finance, project management, marketing and strategic planning.

Within the private sector, Ms. Lowry worked at Hewlett Packard as an Analyst, providing analytical support to the Global Sales and Service Group where she conducted financial and strategic analysis to identify and address risk and recommend opportunities for HP within the small business and Dot.com community.

Ms. Lowry also has over 15 years of environmental experience in matters related to sustainability and environmental cleanup. Some signature projects would include; Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Greenwise Initiative, Clean Start Showcase, Sacramento Municipal Utility District Small Business Makeover, Greenwise Regional Action Plan and starting up an environmental office overseas to service a multimillion dollar project with Shell Oil Nigeria.

Ms. Lowry received her MBA, Magna cum laude, from Golden Gate University and a BA in Communication’s from San Francisco State University. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Nicole Howard

Nicole Howard

Chief Customer Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Nicole Howard was appointed Chief Customer Officer in February 2015. Reporting to the chief executive officer and general manager, Ms. Howard runs SMUD’s $1.5 billion retail electric business, including customer operations, services and programs such as energy efficiency and advanced energy solutions. Her role includes corporate strategy, brand, marketing, communications, and economic and community development.

Most recently, Ms. Howard served as SMUD’s Customer Services Director, overseeing all customer-related operations, programs and services, including the contact center, billing and credit, field services, and energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Before that, she served as manager of customer operations, where services include lobby processes, the contact center, billing and credit, field services (such as connects/disconnects), and revenue protection. She was also responsible for implementing operational changes brought about by SMUD's smart grid/smart meters initiative.

In her 12 years with SMUD, Howard has served as a supervisor in Supply Chain Services, as a cost-scheduling specialist and supplier diversity representative, and as a customer service representative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in public administration from CSU, Dominguez Hills. In addition, she is a graduating Fellow of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program and the Catalyst Leadership Program. She currently sits on the Board of the Cosumnes River College Foundation and represents SMUD on the Western Energy Institute Women in Energy Planning Committee.

Marinda Johnson Gorman

Marinda Johnson Gorman

Producer, KVIE

Marinda Johnson Gorman began her media career in 2002 after only two years as an intern at a local talk radio station, Ms. Johnson was quickly promoted to the role of acting program director, while simultaneously producing two on-air programs and working as a news, weather, and traffic reporter and board op for Sacramento’s Westwood One/Metro Networks. In 2005 she made the move to television at KVIE where she started off as a Production Assistant/photo researcher and quickly advance to the role of Producer.

Ms. Johnson has continued to advance in her career working on numerous programs which include KVIE Arts Showcase, Studio Sacramento, Warriors with Wings WWII, African American's in California's Heartland: The Civil Rights Era, Seniors: Staying Sharp, Hidden History and many more. She has won numerous awards including 3 Regional Emmy Awards, and 10 Emmy nominations, 2010 Black Expo 30 under 30 Outstanding Young leaders Honoree, 2015 Alliance for Women in Media Examples of Excellence-Creative Talent.

Ms. Johnson takes the privilege of being able to create content that not only entertains but informs the public. She believes storytelling through public media is a vital resource in creating awareness and change, which can also give those that may not have a voice a platform to share their stories. Interacting with the public on a daily basis, Ms. Johnson is always in search of new opportunities to advance her skills and ability to reach more people, tell a better story, and take on a leadership role within her career for the future.

Tim Spangler

Tim Spangler

Chief Counsel, Sacramento Regional Transit Authority

Tim Spangler was selected as Chief Counsel for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) in July 2014. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Spangler advises the Board of Directors, District officers, and employees on a wide range of legal, business, and government affairs. The Chief Counsel also manages RT's legal department, which provides litigation and transactional law services, along with Labor Relations and Risk Management.

Mr. Spangler joined RT in 1998 and served as Chief Litigator for 16 years until his appointment as Chief Counsel. In 2016, he was elected to the Sacramento Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to joining RT, Mr. Spangler was in private practice in San Jose representing public agencies and he then served as a Deputy City Attorney at the San Jose City Attorney's Office, representing the City in an array of litigated matters in state and federal court.

Tim received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis and his law degree from Golden Gate University.

Tim is a songwriter and guitarist in the local band "Spangler" that has been nominated for a Sacramento Area Music Award two years in a row.

Vanessa Coigoy

Vanessa Coigoy

Coordinator of Compliance at Fortune School of Education

Vanessa Caigoy is currently the Coordinator of Compliance for Fortune School of Education (FSE). At FSE she works hard at closing the achievement gap for African-American students by focusing on the areas of State and Federal reporting, categorical programs and other compliance driven matters related to higher education and K-12 public education. Vanessa also serves as a liaison between FSE and Sacramento County Office of Education Board of Trustees, San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education and the National Black Child Institute.

Before coming to FSE, Vanessa’s leadership and professional experience can be seen in her financial, audit and I.T. background, where she gained many of the skills she utilizes in her current position.  

With a passion to help, Vanessa devotes much of her free time to doing community service through the Drexel Sacramento Alumni Association or Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she is an active member both on the local and regional level. Following her passion to educate African-American youth on becoming financially literate and after months of development, she implemented the Financial Youth Summit, April 2016, which is a program that targets Sacramento teens to participate in a series of financially driven activities and workshops to expand their options and create new paths for their economic success. 

Michelle M. Picard

Michelle M. Picard

Director Business Governance & Risk Management / DBE Liaison Officer, Siemens Mobility Division – Rolling Stock
Michelle Picard is a finance professional with more than 18 years in the Transportation Industry currently performing the role of Director, Business Governance and Risk Management and DBE Liaison Officer for Siemens Industry Inc., Mobility Division – Rolling Stock headquartered in Sacramento, CA. Michelle graduated cum laude from the California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in international business and a Master of Arts in French.
 
As DBE Liaison Officer, Michelle partners with procurement and advocacy groups to help establish relationships with businesses recognized as small or diverse. Previous positions have included Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Officer and a variety of commercial project management and business administration roles, serving most recently as Director, Operations Controlling directing the planning, controlling and reporting activities for several functions including manufacturing, engineering, scheduling, quality and logistics.