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LEADERSHIP

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Quentin Anderson
BlackOwned Founder & CEO

A serial entrepreneur, Quentin Anderson created Dream Homes California, the largest black-owned real estate company in San Diego. He is a nationally-certified USATF Level 2 sprint coach, owns a personal training gym and has coached many Junior Olympians and nationally- ranked sprinters.

 

Quentin purchased the BlackOwned.com domain nearly 20 years ago. He wanted to build a site where black professionals could gather to explore health and career opportunities and immerse themselves in black culture. 

 

In 2020, as the nation renewed its focus on social justice, BlackOwned.com became a reality, beginning a new journey towards Quentin’s dream: To build our own Wakanda.

Pamela Nichols
President of BlackOwned,CEO of BOI and BTH

I’m still learning about the role we played creating America, and when I learn something new, it makes me stand taller. I want kids to share that feeling.

 

A U.S. Army veteran, Pamela has more than 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management and human resources, has started her own business and has worked closely with companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 

 

Pamela is vice president of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego Board and directs the nonprofit’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory committee. She has served eight years with Voices for Children, chaired Walden Family Services and was honorary chair for the American Heart Association, San Diego.  

 

Pamela wants to help African Americans learn about their heritage by overhauling how Black history is taught in schools.

Aaron Cohn
(BOI, BTH, and SKRRT)

Aaron Cohn has a 20-year track record building long-term partnerships. Cohn led the negotiations on the largest deal in Pittsburgh Pirates' history and helped negotiate the naming rights for LECOM Park. He has secured partnerships with 16 Fortune 500 companies.

 

Cohn has served on boards for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Hillsborough Community College and Moffitt Cancer Center's Pinellas Partners. He was president of the Children's Dream Fund's First Team.

 

Cohn graduated from Ohio University where he met his wife, Karen. They live in Pittsburgh with their three sons: Elliott, Samuel and Oliver.

DeSean L. Bailey 
(BOI, and SKRRT)

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, DeSean L. Bailey is a serial entrepreneur who focuses on athletic excellence and youth advocacy.

 

As a psycho-sports ethnographer, Bailey helps athletes enhance performance and personal development. He has worked with college athletes, including top five NBA draft selections. 

His goal is to strengthen a client’s self-perception to help them improve athletic performance and cope with potential injuries, depression and other issues. He is also an independent film producer and director. 

 

Bailey’s philanthropic work focuses on business development and fundraising for the Foster Care Agency National Youth Advocacy Program, The San Diego Youth Congress and other nonprofits. He lives in San Diego and Los Angeles and has a daughter.

Analisa Anderson
(BOI)

Analisa Anderson is a high school student who lives in San Diego. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is working with peers to address voting issues in the United States. In April 2020, she co-founded a group called Her Mind, in which members discuss female pioneers and controversial issues and work to empower each other. In addition to history and politics, Anderson enjoys acting, tap dancing, song writing and drawing.