Meet the SBAN Executive Committee
Jaky Joseph '06, Co-Chair
Jaky Joseph is vice president in public finance investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he has worked since 2010. Previously, he worked at Public Financial Management, Inc. in the Quantitative Strategies Group, where he advised on complex bond transactions and built proprietary financial models.
A double major in economics and mathematics while at the College, Joseph received an M.S. in quantitative finance from Rutgers University in 2010. He was a member of Alumni Council from 2010 to 2015, serving as co-chair of the student working group from 2013 to 2015. He is currently on the board and steering committee for the Richard Rubin Scholars Program.
Tracey Patillo '90, Co-Chair
Tracey Patillo is currently the Interim Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc (HJF) where she oversees the domestic and international financial operations. Prior to her appointment as SVP/CFO, Tracey was the Director of Financial Planning for 17 years at HJF. She served on Swarthmore's Board of Managers for four years and has had extensive involvement with Swarthmore since graduation, serving as Co-chair of the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN), Extern workplace host, Admissions Office interview volunteer, and Class Reunion planning chair. Tracey is also a certified personal trainer and Jazzercise Instructor of 19 years. Tracey graduated with honors in Economics from Swarthmore in 1990. She also received her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Shameika Black '11
Shameika Black is currently a Project Coordinator with The Graduate! Network, a national nonprofit that supports adults returning to college. She supports the training needs of partner communities across the country including managing project logistics and deliverables. Additionally, Shameika works to improve organizational capacity and efficiency.
Prior to joining The Graduate! Network, Shameika was an Operational Supervisor at McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply company. She has additional experience working in the the Philadelphia non-profit sphere and doing international development work in Gabon, Central Africa. In her free time, Shameika dedicates significant time to Swarthmore College as a member of the SBAN Executive Committee and Alumni Council.
Harold Buchanan '69
Harold Buchanan is an accomplished semi-professional photographer from Burlington County, NJ, who specializes in nature and travel photography and photo editing. He has been photographing for over 40 years and has photographed throughout the United States and internationally. Harold is a retired Information Systems professional with over 30 years of experience in server management, project management, desktop configuration and troubleshooting; application development and database design, serving the paper manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
Harold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and a Master of Education degree from Temple University. He was one of the first students to complete a Concentration in Black Studies at Swarthmore. He worked briefly as an Academic Advisor at Temple University, before entering the information systems field. He began his career as a programmer and later gained expertise in many aspects of the industry, including systems analysis, database design, software development, project management, management of local area network servers, and network security.
Marissa Colston '00
Marissa Colston is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Westtown School. She lives and works on Westtown’s campus and continues to be an advocate for social justice and change professionally and personally. She has worked in education as a teacher and now administrator since graduating in 2000, including teaching abroad for a couple years at Khartoum International School in Khartoum, Sudan. When she isn’t actively working for social justice she can be found walking her German Shepherd in the woods or spending a day at the beach by the ocean.
Charles "Kip" Davis '75
Kip Davis has worked in various capacities in the market research industry in New York City for over 30 years. He currently works for Ipsos, a publicly-held firm based in Paris. In his current position as Senior Account Manager for the Audience Measurement Group in the Connect group, Kip manages operations, finances, client contact, and communications for the Ipsos Affluent Survey USA and the various custom projects within the group.
Among Kip’s ventures outside of market research, he was a co-creator of the opera “X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X” which had its premiere in 1986 at New York City Opera, and has spent many years in leadership roles for neighborhood, educational, and youth sports organizations including block associations, the Hunter College Campus Schools, the Manhattan Soccer Club and the Harlem Little League. Kip is currently the board chair for Replications, an educational non-profit serving under-served middle and high school students.
His Swarthmore efforts include being a founding member of SBAN, a current member of the Alumni Council, and being a recurring participant in the Life Long Learning courses in both New York and Boston. During the 2016–17 academic year, Kip returned to the College to complete his senior thesis in Sociology and Anthropology and graduated along with the Class of 2017.
Marilyn Holifield '69
Marilyn Holifield is a partner in Holland & Knight LLP, an international law firm that traces its Florida history to the 1890s. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard University. Ms. Holifield was born in Tallahassee, Florida where she was one of three black students to desegregate Leon High School. Her legal career began at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City, where she litigated class action employment and prison reform lawsuits. She was General Counsel for Peter Edelman at the New York State Division for Youth and worked as a law clerk for Judge Paul H. Roney of the United States (former) Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She joined Holland & Knight in 1981 and became a partner in the firm in 1986 – the first black woman partner of a major law firm in Florida. Ms. Holifield serves on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, Executive Committee of Board of Trustees of University of Miami, Board of Governors of University of Miami Hospital, Advisory Committee to Harvard Memorial Church, Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Miami and the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida. She has served on the Directors Committee of Holland & Knight, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association, Chair and Co-chair of the HAA Global Month of Service and two terms as chairperson of the ABA Conference of Minority Partners in Majority/Corporate Law Firms. She is consistently listed as a top lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend's Legal Elite and Super Lawyers and has received numerous professional and civic awards. While growing up, outreach by Florida A&M University supported her involvement in the arts (music, visual arts, dance and children’s theater). Her continuing involvement includes her collection of artwork from the African Diaspora, which expresses vibrancy, reflects beauty, provokes controversy or inspires tranquility.
Charles Horton '96
Charles Horton is a talented businessman who has been successful as a corporate executive in Fortune 100 companies, an entrepreneur who has built companies whose clientele included many Fortune 500 companies, and an overall broad business background that pulls from his experience in Consulting, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Financial Services, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Business Development, Operations, Procurement, Marketing, and Retail.
Charles grew up in Syracuse, NY, where after high school he started his undergraduate education at West Point (United States Military Academy) on a Congressional Appointment. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, Charles completed his undergraduate career at Swarthmore College with a degree in Economics. Through his collegiate career, Charles was also an accomplished football and lacrosse player where he received numerous team and conference awards. After working at an entrepreneurial venture that consulted with medical groups across the country and provided diagnostic imaging equipment to physician offices, Charles attended Wake Forest University to obtain his MBA where he graduated with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
In addition to his business success, Charles is committed to the community. He currently is or has volunteered and/or served on numerous boards, including the Charlotte City Club, Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way of Central Carolinas—Mooresville/Lake Norman, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Samaritan Ministries, 100 Black Men of Charlotte, and Wake Forest University’s Alumni Council. Charles has also been recognized for his business prowess as he has received the CIAA Man of the Year Award and selected as part of Charlotte Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.
Charles lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Michelle, and two children.
Lorpu Jones '06
Lorpu Jones graduated from Swarthmore in 2006 with a B.A. in Economics and minor in Statistics and Black Studies. After a brief stint in the nonprofit world, she worked at Fannie Mae and then as a consultant in municipal finance before getting her MBA at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Lorpu since moved to NYC and has been working in strategy consulting with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, first at Ernst & Young, currently at Deloitte. She is an active participant in a program she got involved with as a senior at Swarthmore—the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program—spanning 10 years and 4 cities, including Chester, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. While at Swarthmore, she served as VP of SASS, co-founder of a few student activist organizations—Black Action Movement (BAM) and the Genocide Intervention Fund (GIF) now—with the Save Darfur Coalition—United to End Genocide.
Nadia Murray '00
Nadia Renee Murray is a non-profit finance professional. For the past 12 years, she has worked in independent schools. Currently, she is the Director of Finance at a Marist-Catholic School in Duluth, Georgia. She was a formerly a member of Philadelphia Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) and National Black MBA Association (Philadelphia Chapter). She received a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College and an MBA from West Chester University. She and her fiancé currently reside in Atlanta.
Chinyere Odim '17
Chinyere Odim is both an English teacher, at Deerfield Academy, and graduate student of the Penn Graduate School of Education as part of the Boarding School Teaching Residency. She also coaches junior varsity soccer and varsity track & dield at Deerfield.
Chinyere graduated with a bachelor of arts in Sociology & Education and a minor in Chinese from Swarthmore College in 2017. During her time there, she served as a Resident Assistant, Co-President of Swarthmore African-American Student Society, and interviewed Swarthmore applicants as a Senior Admissions Fellow for the Admissions Office. During her senior year, she wrote an undergraduate thesis titled, “Navigating White Spaces: An Analysis of the Effects of Social Class Background on Black Women’s Experiences in College.” Chinyere’s academic and personal interests include understanding intersections of race, class, and gender in educational spaces, and she stays mindful of how they impact her students’ day-to-day experiences on the private, boarding school campus where she currently resides. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Chinyere enjoys reading, discovering new music, and petting dogs whenever she has a spare moment.
Nicole O'Dell Odim '88
Nicole O’Dell Odim is a multimedia journalist who began her career in local news. For the past 15 years she has worked as a reporter, anchor, field producer, associate producer and show producer. Through her news service, she has generated stories on a variety of platforms for local, national, and international media outlets. Some of her documentary work has appeared on the CBC and BBC channels, including in the Pulitzer Prize– and Peabody Award–winning documentary This World: Bad Medicine. Much of her work has focused on cultural journalism. Current projects include a book on race relations in America, for which she is traveling around the country gathering research by collecting stories. She was formerly a member of the advisory board of the Junior League of Brooklyn and continues her work on the board of Brooklyn’s Dodge YMCA, which she joined more than 12 years ago. After serving on Swarthmore’s Alumni Council, she became a member of the Board of Managers, and sits on the Council of Presidential Initiatives as their Board Liaison. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore, a M.S. in Biology from New York University, and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She and her husband, Onuoha Odim ‘85, have three daughters Rebecca, Chinyere ‘17, and Wrenn ‘20. They currently reside in Brooklyn, NY.
Keith Reeves '88
Keith Reeves is an associate professor of political science, department chair and director of the Urban Inequality and Incarceration program at the College's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Prior to his appointment at Swarthmore in 1999, he was an associate professor of public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A 1988 graduate of Swarthmore who majored in political science with the concentration in Black Studies and public policy and who attended Exeter College at Oxford University, England, Reeves teaches courses across the arenas of American government, electoral politics, and public opinion; racial politics and voting rights policy; the urban underclass, poverty, and public policy; and behavioral research methods.
Professor Reeves is a former Henry Luce Scholar and the author of Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates and Racial Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 1997). At present, Reeves is working on a book project that explores several controversial explanations underlying the high incarceration trends among black males. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the National Eagle Scout Association, and an associate member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.