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Board of Advisors

Board Of Advisors (current and former)

In alphabetical order

Mr. Vikrant Nahal Arya 
Associate, BlackRock Investment Mgmt,

Dr. Gwendolyn Bethea           
Website Editor           
Executive Director of Communications         
Graduate School, Howard University, Washington D.C., USA

Gwendolyn Bethea

Gwendolyn S. Bethea is a writer and communications specialist, presently serving as director of communication and public relations for Howard University's Graduate School, Washington, DC. She has led marketing campaigns for YWCA Outreach Programs; the National Affirmative Action Symposium; YWCA-Ten Most Outstanding Women of the Year (Fundraiser); Slavery: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Exploration; Bioterrorism in America; and Global Access to Higher Education for People of Color, among other events. The editor/author of books and articles focusing on social and economic disparities, she is also active in community activities with educational, service, and civil rights orientations. She has served on the boards of Origins Marketing Sports Management Company, the Maryland Christian Community Development Association, and the YWCA of the National Capital Area. She was also affiliated with the Barbara Jordan Youth Debates, Washington DC Health Task Force for D.C. Public Schools, and the African American Health Task Force Communications Network. In addition to her membership on the Board of Advisors for, she currently is a member of the Board of Advisors for Aumazo, Inc.,an organization that is building a school for girls in the Cameroon. Dr. Bethea holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University, a Master of Arts in Print Communications from American University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.

Ambassador Horace G. Dawson 
Former Director        
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center 
Howard University, Washington D.C., USA

Mrs. Ajanta Kohli       
Associate Professor of English, PGDAV College   
Delhi University, New Delhi, India  

Mr. Arjun Kohli          
Manager, Corporate Sales,      
Times of India Media Group, New Delhi, India

Dr. Anita Nahal, Ex-Officio

Dr. Chaman Nahal (1927-2013)
Former Professor of English, University of Delhi, India
Writer and Novelist
Chairman, C.N. Foundation, New Delhi, India 

chaman nahal

Chaman Nahal, well-known Indian novelist passed away on the morning of Friday November 29, 2013; he was 86.  A true renaissance person, Nahal was a professor and scholar, creative writer of novels and short stories, writer of children’s book, managing director of a journal, The Humanities Review and chairperson of the CN Gandhi Foundation,  Nahal is most remembered for his novel AZADI (Freedom) for which he received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1977.  Written originally in English, AZADI was translated into numerous languages, including Urdu and Punjabi.  Nahal also received the Federation of Indian Publishers award in 1977 and 1979.  Nahal’s other works include three scholarly books, nine creative works, three children’s books, one memoir, four other books covering philosophy and biographies and hundreds of articles.  Nahal also wrote a regular column for The Indian Express from 1966-73  Nahal was Professor of English, University of Delhi 1963-1998; besides also lecturing in England, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy and other places.  Nahal was that unique renaissance individual; very prolific, constantly reinventing himself and giving his admirers new and different books. “Chaman Nahal's distinction lies in writing about India without any touch of exoticism; he scrupulously avoids the stereotyped "East" of maharajahs, tigers and snakecharmers.” ( ).

Nahal will be truly missed in the literary world by hundreds of his students, colleagues and fans. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandsons and one grand daughter-in-law.  It is an honor for a writer to have their works taken by a major national library and Chaman Nahal received that honor when a couple of years ago, the Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi, India acquired his books, his manuscripts, letters from fans, newspaper cuttings and other materials.  A complete listing of these materials at the Nehru memorial Library can be found at:

Read more about Chaman Nahal on our website at:

Dr. Sudarshna Nahal (1925-2015)
Former Principal, Sat Bharawan High School, New Delhi, India
Former Visiting Professor, IGNOU, New Delhi, India

Dr. Rebecca Reviere   
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies   
Department of Sociology & Anthropology     
Howard University, Washington D.C., USA

Dr. Robert Smith        
Former Superintendent of Schools     
Arlington County, VA, USA

Dr. Robert Smith

Robert Smith currently serves as an associate professor at George Mason University in the Education Leadership Program within the College of Education and Human Development.  He has or is scheduled to teach courses titled Using Research to Lead School Improvement, Leading Schools and Communities, Adult Motivation and Conflict Management and Leadership.

He joined the George Masson College of Education and Human Development’s Education Leadership program in the fall of 2009 after 44 years as a K-12 public school educator, working as a teacher, building and central office administrator, and superintendent. He retired from K-12 public education in July 2009, after serving 12 years as the Superintendent of the Arlington, VA Public Schools.  Rob spent the preceding 16 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Services for the Spring Independent School District in the Houston, TX area. The first 16 years of his career occurred in the Frederick County, Maryland Public Schools where he performed a variety of roles including teaching high school social studies, heading an adult evening high school and a junior high school, running federal and adult education programs, and leading K-12 curriculum and staff development.

Beginning his teaching career after graduating in history from Davis and Elkins College (1965), Rob, while teaching and administering school programs, earned his M.A. in Government and Politics (1972) and Ph.D. (1973) in Educational Administration, Supervision and Curriculum from the University of Maryland. Over the years, he taught graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member and/or served on dissertation committees at five different colleges and universities. His research and publications have reflected a range of interests and included implementing process skills in early childhood classrooms, the political socialization of school children, teacher leadership reflected in various forms of collaborative inquiry, teaching for meaning, school leadership and attacking achievement gaps. In addition to helping prepare school leaders at George Mason, he looks forward to continuing studies that combine aspects of school leadership, teaching for meaning, collaborative inquiry and overcoming achievement gaps.

Rob and his wife Sandy live in Arlington. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of five young children.

Dr. Orlando L. Taylor
President, Chicago School of Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus
Professor Emeritus, Howard University, Washington D.C., USA

Mr. Jose Antonio Tijerino       
President & CEO       
Hispanic Heritage Foundation           
Washington D.C., USA   

Jose Antonio Tijerino

Jose Antonio Tijerino is the president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), which identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce.  Mr. Tijerino has led the 23-year- old nonprofit for the past eight years. 

Tijerino has made “sustainability and measurability” a priority for HHF in addressing education, community service and workforce development programs which will also present a more positive image of Latinos in America.  Through the Youth Awards – which is the feeder for all other programs – vetted Latino high school seniors are honored for their accomplishments in the classroom and community and provided with more than half a million dollars in educational grants for college at 12 regional ceremonies across America.  The alumni of the program feed a Speakers’ Bureau and “near-peer” mentoring program called Mi Mentors which was designed to raise the high school graduation and college attendance rate for Latinos by supplementing overwhelmed guidance counselors.  The alumni are also fed into the LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) workforce development program, which prepares and places members of a network of 75,000 of emerging Latino professionals into the workforce and grad school through leadership training and seminars, videos, special events, online, internships and full-time placement.  To further expand the mission of HHF, Tijerino has focused on an on-line effort called Mi Vision, and the STEM and green fields to further providing opportunities for Latinos to move America forward in keeping with priorities outlined by President Obama in education and the workforce.  President Obama has praised the approach and execution of HHF in addition to Members of Congress.

Mr. Tijerino has also conducted research on issues of education, leadership and culture which have defined a need for HHF’s programs from barrios to Capitol Hill.  In addition, Tijerino is the executive producer of the star-studded Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center and of the TV specials broadcast on NBC and Telemundo stations. 

Prior to this position, Mr. Tijerino was director of public relations for the Fannie Mae Foundation, specializing in strategic planning, public affairs, media outreach and grass roots mobilization campaigns for America’s largest affordable housing nonprofit.  Before that, he served as a manager of corporate communications for Nike, Inc.’s marketing department where he developed, managed and implemented communications, public relations and public affairs strategies for the company’s global community affairs department and served as a media spokesperson.  Before joining Nike, Mr. Tijerino developed and managed public relations and public affairs campaigns for Fortune 500 companies for six years as an executive for Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolf in Washington, DC under parent company Young & Rubicam.  

Tijerino is active in the community by serving on various board including Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Latino Leadership Initiative, America’s Promise, National PTA, Museum of the American Latino, Smithsonian Latino Center, Voto Latino, among others. He has been recognized as a Latino leader by Presidents Bush and Obama and was invited to participate in the prestigious Renaissance Weekend alongside top leaders in America.  He is considered a Latino leader on national educational issues and has been featured at the AFT and NEA’s conference; State of the Latino Union policy discussion during the Inauguration; and at various higher education institutions including Harvard, Cornell, University of Penn and Stanford.  He served as the commencement speaker for University of Maryland’s Latino graduation.

Ms. Blanche Williams
National Black Women's Town Hall, Inc.

Blanche Williams


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