Cheers West Edition


Daveon Swan has been elected to the board of the Woodcraft Rangers, a Los Angeles nonprofit that provides after-school programs and camping to youth.

Swan attended Loyola Marymount University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in theological studies and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He completed his master’s in church management from Villanova University this year.

He served as a program coordinator for the city of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development in 2014, and is the founder of Rebuild the Altar Inc., a team of church management consultants.

The African American Board Leadership Institute held a tribute reception honoring Fred Ali, Janet Clayton and Cheryl Boone Isaacs for their contributions to their community.

From left, Janet Clayton, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Fred Ali were honored by the African American Board Leadership Institute for their contributions to the community. (Courtesy photo)

Ali is the chief executive officer and president of the Weingart Foundation and has worked for more than 35 years in nonprofits, educational institutes and the government.

He currently serves as a board member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, is chair of the board of advisors at USC’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, and is a senior fellow for UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Clayton is senior vice president of corporate communications for Edison International and Southern California Edison.

Before joining the Edison staff, Clayton was president of the nonprofit ThinkCure, which raises money for cancer research. She also worked for the Los Angeles Times as an editor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC.

Boone Isaacs has been the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since August 2013 and has served on the academy’s Board of Governors for 25 years. She is the third woman and first African American president of the Academy.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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