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The Initiative: Advancing The Blue & Black Partnership

Our Team

The Initiative was founded by a group of Howard University Alumni and their Friends, who are decidedly committed to changing the narrative on police violence in the black community. Our organization will be run by an Executive Director, Nadine Jones, who will be supported by a Board of Directors / Founding Members and an Advisory Board that will include representatives from each company that is a Founding Sponsor.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NADINE JONES

Nadine Jones graduated from Howard University School of law in 2003. Ms. Jones (then Nadine Jones-Francis) co-authored a Supreme Court amicus brief in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger on behalf of Howard Law students. After graduation, she joined Arnold & Porter LLP’s Washington, D.C. office where she practiced in the area of regulatory compliance for nine years. Ms. Jones left the law firm briefly to serve as Counsel on the Antitrust Modernization Commission (“AMC”), a bipartisan commission created by Congress and the White House. Ms. Jones returned to Arnold & Porter after the close of the AMC in 2007, where she briefed and argued a Fourth Amendment case, Henderson v. State before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and then before the highest court in Maryland, the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Ms. Jones and overturned her client’s conviction on the grounds that the police officers lacked reasonable suspicion to detain him during a traffic stop. Ms. Jones left the firm to join a New Jersey-based multibillion-dollar company as Vice President of Compliance for North America. In her role as Regional Compliance Officer, Ms. Jones understands that to create an effective compliance program, it is critical to understand the industry at issue and the pressure points that can cause people to violate policy before crafting changes to mitigate or even neutralize those pressure points.

There is no question that creating a policy, or even legislation, is important. But only after engaging with various stakeholders at the ground level, understanding how things are currently done and why they are done that way, and then proposing changes that can be executed with the buy-in of the critical stakeholders involved, is the only way to effect change. Without these additional steps, including continuous training on these new policies or procedures, a policy is little more than words on a page. Ms. Jones understands this and has the experience needed to get things done, at the ground level.

Ms. Jones currently resides in New Jersey with her nine-year old son. She enjoys sketching and is active in her local church.

Nadine Jones

BOARD OF DIRECTORS/FOUNDING MEMBERS

Ama Romaine
Ama Romaine

Chair

Jennifer Silberman
Jennifer Silberman

Founder & President, Creative Disruption

Lisa Taylor
Lisa Taylor

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity

Merideth Lamel
Meredith Persily Lamel

CEO, Aspire@Work

Sandra Delistathis
Sandra Delistathis

Internist at Capital Integrative Health, Previously Hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Toral Balakrishnan
Toral Balakrishnan

Independent Hotelier, RATA Development

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