Board & Advisors
Board of Directors
Kim Webb Palacios
Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors
Kim comes from a long line of devotees to black communities and racial justice causes and she is proud to continue in this tradition as founder of The Give Black Foundation. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has spent the past 7 years as a digital media executive in award-winning marketing agencies. She has deep experience around web-based solutions and product launches, and a 10-year history of Board leadership with other non-profit organizations including The Immune Enhancement Project, Casa Bilingue, and Quantum Camp. Prior to beginning her business career, she earned her BA from New York University, where she studied foreign language and globalization. She is quadrilingual (English, Spanish, French, German), a published author, a seasoned public speaker, a Level I Certified Sommelier, and an avid cinephile.
Condon “Freeman” Brown
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Condon was born and raised in public housing in Harlem, was a participant in the early days of the black civil rights movement and has been a lifelong activist in causes benefiting African-American communities. In his professional life, as a VP with NavTeq, he lead the team that developed breakthrough automobile navigation systems. As a business consultant, he has enjoyed 30 years enabling Fortune 500 companies to align processes and information systems in support of their business strategies.
Leah Stephens Ramirez
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Leah is a fourth generation decedent of pioneers in the fields of science and education, and was taught from an early age to utilize her talents to contribute to society. She received her MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and has spent her 20-year career trailblazing in various executive leadership roles in the energy and technology. Her expertise is in the areas of strategy, portfolio management and finance. Prior to beginning her business career, she earned her BBA from Clark Atlanta University, a prominent historical black university (HBCU) in Atlanta, GA, where she studied international business with a focus on economic development. Leah is a devoted wife and mother to two young girls. In her spare time, she is a passionate advocate of education equality, and pursues these interests through her lifelong commitment to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She lives in her native home of Houston, TX and indulges in her love of margaritas and running whenever possible.
Member of The Board of Directors
Kareem is a retired pro athlete who played for five NBA franchises (L.A. Lakers 1st Round Draft Pick 2002; Charlotte Bobcats, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and L.A. Clippers) and who is known for what has been called his “lethal” 3-point shot. He is also an R&B recording artist and entrepreneur with a long track record of community activism. His charitable work in the areas of anti-bullying, youth sports, and access to affordable health care has focused on underserved communities and culminated in two major altruistic endeavors: commitment to the healthy psychosocial development of young athletes and to the long-term financial viability of retired pro athletes as a founding executive of Kid Friendly Sports, and commitment to black philanthropy via The Give Black Foundation.
Board of Advisors
Karen Yanagisako – Charity Certification and Organizational Goals Advisor
Karen is a retired non-profit mission auditor who spent the latter part of her career as a 3rd party assessor to determine whether non-profit organizations were adequately and comprehensively fulfilling their missions. She has been instrumental as a thought leader and a developer of the qualification process that prospective organizations must undergo in order to be considered for listing within The Black Charity Finder. She has also played a role in developing organization metrics and KPIs that will be used to measure The Give Black Foundation’s own success and that will lay the foundation for our future research efforts around black philanthropy.
Elana Ford – Strategy and Non-Profit Management Advisor
Elana was the Founder and former Executive Director of Starting Blocks, a charitable education program focused on teaching life skills to students in alternative high schools. She earned her MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was the winner of the faculty George Hay Brown Marketing Prize and a finalist for the Kilts Marketing Prize. While not working as a community organizer and legislative activist for people with disabilities and caring for her two special needs children, Elana provides strategic and management guidance in the form of creative problem-solving to The Give Black Foundation.
Brian Palacios – Financial Advisor
Brian is a 10+ year finance veteran with deep experience advising start-ups around initial budget setting, financial statement development and financial planning for projects and organizations. He holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago and a BA in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. He earned his chops in various finance and program management roles at Cisco Systems, which is known for its pioneering work in financial management practices (e.g. the real-time virtual close) and data communications. He is the founder of Fabricastl, a multi-faceted 3D printing community that empowers its members to manifest creative ideas, and a published writer and thought leader in the 3D printing space.