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Meet the Founders

10341837_536907313084957_1261557847039473214_n Letitia Clark, MPP. Organization Founder and third generation Orange County native. Currently serves as the Executive Director for the American Academy of Pediatrics of Orange County. Letitia earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Masters of Public Policy from New England College and her Certification in Non-Profit Management from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She serves as a board member for the Tustin Community Foundation and an advisory board member to the New Leaders Council of OC and a steering committee member for Covered OC. She is dedicated to propelling professional activities to the next level for young African-American professionals in the OC.

10296908_536616139780741_4949837480691057132_n Elona Brown. BPOC Ambassador. San Joaquin Valley born and raised, relocated to So Cal to attend college. A Biola University graduate with a degree in Communications. Currently a Specialty Unit Claims Supervisor at Mercury Insurance LLC and taking purposeful steps to grow and develop as a professional. She is so excited about what BPOC will bring to the OC.

10370445_536904073085281_229651000578180181_n Brandon Shelby. BPOC Ambassador. Brandon Shelby a
native of Orange County; a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s
Degree in Human Resources with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.  With
a professional career spanning 12 plus years Brandon has worked for and along
side Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Ingram Micro, Robert
Half Inc, ADT Security Services, Chevron, Mattel, Canon, Fujitsu and
Target Corporation to name a few. His current role as the Assistant
Vice President of Recruiting at City National Bank, Brandon knows the
importance of building a strong professional network. As an ambassador for
Black Professionals in Orange County he is committed to the professional
advancement of all who desire to better themselves.  A motto Brandon lives
by is…If Better is possible, good is not enough.

10353119_536352633140425_5468417506123954452_n Zach Bell. BPOC Ambassador. Zach is a sales professional for Hanger 24, a Orange County based craft beer company. He has over 10 years of experience in the beverage industry and vast knowledge about sales and product development. Zach also has years of experience as a youth sports coach in the areas of football, basketball and baseball. As a college football player and alum of UNLV, Zach serves the community with his coaching skills to kids ages 6-18 on athletic ability, sportsmanship and healthy eating. He currently is pursuing is Masters degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University.


1526861_536360723139616_8297686731720830767_n Vanessa Ploessell. BPOC Ambassador. Orange County native and graduate of Chapman and Bradman Universities. Currently serves as a consultant for the St. Joseph Health System. Vanessa has a desire to rise up the ladder in the health care industry and is interested in serving on non-profit boards that benefit women, children or families in Orange County.


10298792_536903523085336_3676131153964155101_n Latoya Rucker. BPOC Ambassador. Orange County native and graduate of Cal State Long Beach; La Toya Rucker is an innovative, energetic visionary with over 10 years of diverse experience working in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

12148_536616126447409_2423397499561994460_n Robert Hamlin. BPOC Ambassador.

10258833_536897306419291_410658071021272070_n Tremonisha Martin Putros. BPOC Ambassador.

10336720_536897299752625_979251457397699696_n Julia McGinnis, MPA. BPOC Ambassador.

10306777_536897303085958_9109917633736583329_n Quisha Hamlin. BPOC Ambassador.

10322752_536616153114073_3960257172713356786_n Rashad Jones. BPOC Ambassador.

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