"You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
Shirley Chisholm

Sparking tough conversations to build coalitions and resolve issues


I believe that building bridges between diverse groups fosters interconnections and win-win solutions.

Being a dynamic business executive and decisive board member, I have a track record of driving strategic results across the corporate, community, and government sectors.

With over two decades of leadership at Pfizer, a Fortune 50 global biopharmaceutical company, I’ve honed a deep expertise in government relations, communications, policy, and human resources in order to navigate complex problems and achieve business objectives. During my tenure as Vice President of Corporate Affairs, I collaborated with then-global president Albert Bourla to ensure that breakthrough medicines reached patients worldwide.

As the President and CEO of Encore Strategies LLC, I advise and guide corporations, not-for-profits, and individuals through issues that present reputational risk. My clients include innovators like DKMS, the international leader in the fight against blood cancer; Zoetis, the top name in animal health.

In my role as an independent director for iFIT Health & Fitness Inc., I’ve been pivotal in navigating the company through major milestones such as its IPO endeavors, CEO transition, and significant asset divestitures, leveraging my extensive skills in risk management and strategic oversight.

Additionally, I bring a nuanced understanding of diverse communities when serving in my role on the American Airlines Community Council, focusing on enhancing the flying experience for Black travelers. Serving as the Vice Chair of the NAACP national board of directors, I apply my seasoned business leadership and community advocacy to build on the association’s 115 year legacy and grow its modern day influence to advance civil and social justice.

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