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Spotlight on JRF Alumnus Harold Allen

This week, we turn our spotlight on JRF Alumnus Harold Allen. Harold was a Jackie Robinson Scholar from 2000-2004. A graduate of Howard University, Harold received a degree in chemical engineering. Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals, he joined the Air Products Career Development Program eight years ago navigating assignments in engineering, sales and operations. These days, Harold focuses on energy sector operations management, supporting the oil and gas industry. He has held positions in Texas, Louisiana, and The Netherlands. Harold recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where he serves as the Site Supervisor of a refinery-hosted hydrogen production facility. Harold is JRF’s Scholar Advisory Committee Chair in the newly organized Pacific Northwest region.
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New Era Cap Celebrates JRF Founder

Mayor Byron Brown declared June 17, 2013 Rachel Robinson Day in his city of Buffalo. Mrs. Robinson traveled to the state's second most populous city at the invitation of JRF Board member and New Era Cap's CEO Christopher Koch. At the opening of the company's annual sales meeting, best selling author Jonathan Mahler conducted an hour long interview with the wife of the legendary baseball hall of famer and civil rights leader. Over 300 New Era staff listened intently as Mrs. Robinson shared stories of her life with Jackie Robinson as well as her efforts to keep her husband's remarkable legacy alive. In April, New Era paid tribute to Jackie Robinson as part of its "First Changes Everything" campaign.
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JRF Scholars Take Part in International Peace Program in Northern Ireland

For the second year in a row, Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholars are in Northern Ireland to take part in a 10-day program at the Clinton Centre for International Peace in Enniskillen. Scholar Brittany Thomas (Johns Hopkins, ’15) and Alumnus Chad Foster (Morehouse College ’13) are exploring ideas for building prosperity in post-conflict societies. “I cannot believe that it took going out of the country to realize how similar experiences can be around the world, said Chad Foster. “Hearing about the extreme conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland provided me with a close parallel to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.”
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City Fellowships in Finance - A Unique Career Transforming Opportunity for JRF Alumni

Are you looking for an opportunity to transform your career in business, finance or economics? Click below to hear an interview with Dr. Ray Raymond, City Fellowship’s CEO, and Westina Matthews, Ph.D., JRF vice president and chief program officer. The City Fellowships with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in London and Glasgow is a gateway to global financial experience with two of the world's top financial service firms.
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Charles Barkley's NBA Finals Fantasy Game Win is JRF's Gain

Retired professional basketball player and current NBA analyst on the cable network TNT, Charles Barkley showed his skills off the court and the Jackie Robinson Foundation was the winner. Barkley along with TNT's "NBA Tip-Off Show" and "Inside the NBA " show host Ernie Johnson and analysts Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal competed against each other in the 2013 AutoTrader.com Drive to the Finals Fantasy Game. Host Ernie Johnson won first place in The Drive to the Finals this year. He played for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Barkley came in second place and the Foundation received a $5000 gift from the Emmy-award winning broadcaster.
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JRF President and CEO Addresses Princeton University Prize Winners on Race

“What is the purpose of getting a first class education if not to serve others, to do something that positively impacts the world, to address those difficult problems that keep us from being our best selves and our best society?” asked Jackie Robinson Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza as she addressed high school students at last week’s 6th Annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations Symposium.


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Spotlight on JRF Alumna Kendra Gaither

Periodically, we will feature a Q&A with a member of the JRF "family" we think you should know. This week's spotlight is on Kendra Gaither . A Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar from 1992 to 1996, Kendra currently serves as Chair of the JRF Mid-Atlantic Regional Scholar Advisory Committee. She is also a lifetime member of the JRF Alumni Association. Kendra began her career in international affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she spent more than 10 years as a career diplomat, specializing in international economic and trade issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Kendra is currently the Executive Director of the Center for International Policy & Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Rachel Robinson International Fellows Named for 2013

Nine JRF Scholars have been named recipients of the prestigious Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF). Established in 2008 with a generous grant from the Sheila C. Johnson Foundation, the program is designed to promote and support international work and study abroad opportunities for Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.
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JRF Scholars and Alumni Inspire Youngsters at Citi Field Kids Day

For the 4th year in a row, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and alumni served as mentors and tour guides to middle and high school students visiting Citi Field for an afternoon of inspiration and baseball. On April 25th, 200 youngsters from the United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) were part of the Citi Field Kids program, launched in 2009 by Citi, the Mets, UNH and the Jackie Robinson Foundation to inspire and motivate New York City students to reach their full potential.
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JRF Luminary Gregg Gonsalves Elected Co-Chair of Foundation Board

Gregg Gonsalves has been elected co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Gregg, an alumnus of JRF (Class of ’89) and a board member of the Foundation since 2006, is an investor with Integrated Capital LLC, a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm. Prior to joining Integrated Capital LLC, he was a Managing Director in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Real Estate Group and Mergers Leadership Group, and was named Partner in 2004, responsible for Goldman’s Real Estate Merger & Acquisition Business.
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2013 Highlights

“42” – On DVD and Blu-ray

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary