The African American Alumni Association aims to provide a forum for Columbia Business School graduates of African descent across all levels and businesses to share ideas and network, develop both professionally and personally, and help advance the School’s diversity initiatives.

Get to Know The CBS4A

Meet our Board of Directors. 


Lorraine Wilson-Drake - CBS 1985

  • 4A Scholarship Committee 

  • President, Wilson-Drake Development

Enjoys running triathlons, swimming, biking and running. Committed to giving African-Americans a voice at CBS.


René Lumley-Hall - CBS 2006

  • 4A Committee: Community

  • Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Technology, BNY Mellon


Top 100 HERoes Future Leaders 2020, Yahoo! Finance

Activities: Yoga Instruction and Wellness Education

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Dele Olodapo

  • 4A Entrepreneur Committee

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Ashley Mackel - CBS 2017

  • 4A Community Committee 

  • Hathaway Brown Schools Heads Council Board Director

2019 Brand Innovators 40 Under 40 South Member. Committed to the development and support of our student and alumni community at CBS. 


Kiara Reed - CBS 2017

  • 4A Recruiting Committee

  • Executive - JP Morgan


Committed to supporting CBS in attracting and retaining talent. 

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Jessica Nelson Clark 

  • ​4A Entrepreneur Committee

  • Catalyst - Brand Builder - Marketer

Activities - Consumer-inspired marketer with expertise in launching innovative brands, breakthrough campaigns, and engagement strategies that win the hearts and minds of consumers. 


Derrick Smith - CBS 1982

  • 4A Scholarship Committee 

  • Former VP for CSX

Participant in several nonprofit boards (Jacksonville, FL)

Committed to enabling other African-Americans to have the same opportunity of attending Columbia. 


      Jen Randle - CBS 2006

  • 4A Committee: Admissions

  •  Executive Consultant: Systemic Corporate Change


Activities:  Leveraging her business strategy, systems-thinking, brand, and communications skills

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Waziri Garuba - CBS 2009

  • 4A Community Committee

  • Founder/CEO - Harlem Labs

Activities: running, arduino, photography. Committed to improving relationships within the CBS4a community.

WAYS we CAN connect

Board/Committee Opportunities

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Our address is

3022 Broadway, New York, NY



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