Corrin Rankin is a conservative thought leader and President of the Legacy Republican Alliance. A native of Redwood City, California, Corrin served as chairwoman of the California Bail Agents Association for two years and as a member of CBAA in various capacities for over 15 years. A former business owner, Rankin served as the statewide director for African-American’s for Trump in 2016 and as a national media surrogate, delegate and deputy whip to the Republican National Committee in Cleveland. She formed the Legacy Republican Alliance to foster Black conservative leadership and to provide the Black Community with a means to meaningfully impact their government and the political landscape.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Roxanne Beckford is an actor, entrepreneur and former candidate for California State Assembly. Since emigrating from Jamaica in the late 70’s, Roxanne has enjoyed a successful acting career that has spanned over 20 years, with official credits for her work on over 50 reputable television series and shows. Roxanne holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College and is a proud wife and mother of four wonderful children. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband.
Taylor Brown is an up-and-coming conservative political thought leader and campaign operative who is interested in tax, education, and workforce development policy. Currently, she works as an account executive at political consulting firm Meridian Pacific Inc., where she focuses on coalition development and grassroots organizing for statewide ballot measures. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/public service from the University of California, Riverside, where she was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award as an accomplished Division I sprinter. Upon graduating from university, Taylor spent nine months in the City of Los Angeles as a member of the highly competitive and selective Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs, which prepares diverse groups of individuals to deal creatively and effectively with the challenges of democratic governance.
Jaivon Grant is a political commentator, communications specialist, and former columnist for the Los Angeles Wave Newspaper and OurWeekly Newspaper, two of the largest black-owned newspapers in Los Angeles. His columns have covered topics including the California state budget, national politics, and issues impacting the Black community. Jaivon has also served as a digital strategist on several local campaigns for public office and has partnered with former State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff on several higher education-based campaigns. He is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with a degree in communication studies and is a two time recipient of the prestigious Lorraine Hansberry Aspiring Journalist Award for Best News Story.
Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with distinguished honors in 2011. He went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2016. As a law student, Jonathan not only clerked for Fried & Williams LLP, but for Wells Fargo’s Legal Group, working on issues pertaining to estate planning, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and financial services. Prior to his legal career, Jonathan worked as a professional policy staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, from 2011-2013. As staff, Jonathan managed policy portfolios on housing and oversight issues for the Committee Chairman, and conducted strategy to facilitate the passage of housing reform legislation in the 112th Congress. From 2009 – 2011, Jonathan worked as a congressional intern for several offices in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, including Congressman Donald Manzullo. Beyond this, Jonathan regularly contributes opinion columns in newspapers circulated throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Mateo Daily Journal.
REVEREND DWIGHT WILLIAMS
Reverend Dwight Williams is an established religious leader and activist who is deeply involved in the Stockton community. Williams has served as local pastor for more than 30 years and for 10 years as president of the New Genesis Housing Development Corporation, a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to community development and improving lives. Currently, Williams serves as a member of the San Joaquin County Commission on Aging and as chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Party. Williams also has experience as a search engine optimization and business consultant. As a Legacy Republican Alliance member, Reverend Williams seeks to implement policies at the local, state and federal levels that improve the economy, reduce homelessness, and increase religious freedom.
Micah Grant is a is a veteran communications professional who has worked in both houses of the California Legislature as a consultant and has experience managing campaigns for local office. He currently serves as a Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs in Sacramento. Prior to Mercury, Micah served as press secretary to Board of Equalization Chair George Runner, where he focused on taxpayer outreach and education. While in the Legislature, he served as a consultant to Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, focusing on ethnic media outreach and education reform. His other experience includes serving as Deputy Communications Director for the California Republican Party. Micah is a member of the Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees and is a Board Member for California Black Media (CBM). Micah is a native of South Central Los Angeles and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Phoenix.
PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY BOARD
The mission of the advisory Board is to provide leadership with broad-based advice and guidance on strategies and tactics which assist in achieving the goal of expanding the presence and engagement of Black Americans and the African diaspora in the Republican Party and in our nation’s political system. Advisory board members do not serve a governance function or represent board members or other stakeholders. They provide non-binding strategic advice to the President regarding outreach and organizational goals.
Isaiah Washington is an award-winning actor, NAACP Image and SAG critically-acclaimed, producer, activist and author. Isaiah has been in the film and television industry spanning over three decades. Isaiah is a veteran of Spike Lee Films and film production. Through natural progression, he branched into the development end of the business, including executive producing the critically acclaimed 2013 film Blue Caprice. Isaiah received universal praise in national and international media outlets for his dark, stirring portrayal of DC sniper John Allen Muhammad. He maintains active involvement in his foundation, the Gondobay Manga, focusing on global issues. Isaiah is a strong advocate for African American lineage tracing via DNA. The Texas native is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and starred Washington is currently portraying Mayor Tydell Ruffin in the Upcoming New Hit Series P Valley on STARZ in 2020.
Niger Innis was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He is the National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and executive director of TeaPartyFwd.com, and a political consultant. He was also a former MSNBC commentator. Niger is no stranger to politics and sustains leaderships roles as conservative political activist and community organizer. His involvement includes but is not limited to; Co-Chairman of the Affordable Power Alliance (APA), a coalition of Latino and African American ministerial organizations; Senior Citizen Advocates, which fights against public policies that raise energy costs. Niger attended Georgetown University, where he majored in political science. Niger currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rochelle Conner is a wife and mother of two children, business owner and educator. In addition, Rochelle is an ordained minister, following the steps of her father who was a pastor and military veteran of the Vietnam War. She has been active in politics and ministry for more than 25 years. Rochelle has been an instrumental figure in the faith community by encouraging them to engage in party politics. Rochelle is a strong advocate for faith and politics coexisting, her beliefs sparked authorship of her book, Why God Cares about Politics. Rochelle’s vision is simple, a vibrant increased diverse society that allows access for Black Americans to advance in political office. In Rochelle’s downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchild.
Larry Henry, is a father and social media influencer that goes by the name, Kingface. Larry is a native to the East Coast, growing up in the inner city where he witnessed an experienced many life struggles that plagued the black community. His life experiences encouraged him to seek different outcomes than what he was accustomed to as a young man. He gained popularity quickly for his mentorship of young men within his community.
Larry found success managing talent for national record label before launching his own label. Today, Larry finds success speaking on life issues and politics. His former musical platform allows him to be a voice for the black community and has encouraged other Black Americans to take a stand in defending conservative values while maintaining integrity.
In politics, Larry is a conservative advocate for Black American entrepreneurship. Larry is a strong believer in business ownership in black communities being an essential key in rebranding, unifying and growing our communities.
Diante Johnson is founder and president of the Black Conservative Federation (BCF). Under his leadership, BCF has evolved from a political networking group for black conservatives to an organization focused on political advocacy, outreach, and engagement. A native of Chicago and longtime resident of Danville, IL, Diante ran for his first political office at the age of 19. A few months later, he served as Illinois’ 15th Congressional Delegate for then-presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson. He has both advised and worked on a number of state and local campaigns, most recently serving as North Carolina’s Regional Field Director with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Along with his multiple appearances on Fox News and CNN, op-eds in the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller, Diante has been recognized as Newsmax and Red Alert Politics’ Most Influential “30 Under 30”.
Rob Smith served for five years in the United States Army as an Infantryman and deployed to both Kuwait and Iraq, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge in the process. He is also political analyst who is a contributor for Turning Point USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives. Rob is a speaker and advocate of social issues and equal rights. Rob uses his voice to champion on behalf of minority communities and groups. Rob is a believer that more young people should consider joining the conservative movement to truly impact change at a national level. He holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.
Derrick is a businessman and activist. Born and raised in Oakland, California and comes from a multicultural family. Like many, Derrick has experienced a wide range of highs and lows from growing up ten blocks away from Ronald Reagan's home during his childhood in a protected community to and experiencing a culture shock after relocating to Texas, following the murder of a close family member. Derrick is believer in the notion that all things work together for good and his personal life encounters have afford him the ability to help shape and mentor members of the Black community to pursue endeavors beyond their front doors. Derrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, giving him insight to psychological and philosophical aspects of how daily human interactions are currently failing in the present. However, Derrick believes people hold the power to change future outcomes for the better and he spends his time providing resources to make that a reality. Derrick devotes his time a leader of discussion in minority outreach and political topics that affect underserved communities.