About

The Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) is an organization of current and future Black alumni from all schools, affiliates and generations dedicated to the support of its broad-based constituency.  Our alumni engagement and service activities focus on: Cultural, educational, professional and social enrichment, University-wide outreach, community engagement, scholarship fund raising and mentoring.

You can contact the BAC at info@columbiabac.org or at any of our social media platforms noted to the right.

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Executive Board

Kevin C. Matthews, ‘80CC | President

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Kevin has served four years as BAC Vice President, chaired the BAC Scholarship Fund Committee, and helped organize BAC support for Black Graduation. He is a veteran of pre-professional, youth development, and pre-college preparation programs, specializing in work with low-income and first-generation college youth and students of color. He worked in student affairs at Columbia for nearly 25 years, first in academic, pre-business and pre-med advising, then later with Double Discovery Center. He has the distinction of serving as the fifth and eighth full-time Executive Director in DDC’s fifty-year history. As an undergraduate Kevin was active in the Black Students’ Organization, the Columbia University Gospel Choir and served as a peer counselor. Kevin and his wife Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews, ’81BC, are both proud graduates of the University’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). They live in Harlem and have two daughters, Columbia College Classes of 2010 and 2012.

 

Michael Rain, ‘10GS | Vice President –Communications and External Relations Chair

Michael has been involved with the BAC since 2010. As Communications Chair he has managed and developed content for Columbiabac.org, directed the BAC’s social media properties, photographed BAC events, and contributed to email communications. He is the Council’s liaison to the Columbia Mentoring Initiative and uses BAC social media as a key source of engagement and service to the BAC and broader community of color. Professionally Michael works in strategic communications and content development and has wealth of experience with crisis communication. He is a contributor to several culture, startup and lifestyle outlets. As a student, Michael was a news reporter for WKCR, served on the editorial board of the Columbia Daily Spectator and was vice president of policy for the General Studies Student Council (GSSC). Michael is Ghanaian-American who enjoys telling stories through writing and photography. He is a native of Brooklyn and life-long resident of the City of New York.

 

Tiffany Bryant, ‘08CC | Treasurer –Scholarship and Fund Raising Chair

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Tiffany has served four years as BAC Secretary and contributed to BAC annual events and funding strategies for the BAC Scholarship Fund. She has been actively engaged with the BAC since graduating from Columbia College and assists in the ongoing cultivation of recent and future alumni. As a John W. Kluge Scholar, Tiffany was active with the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program, serving as its president during her junior year. As a past scholarship recipient, she is well aware of the importance of fundraising for the next generation of Columbia students and will lead the BAC Scholarship Fund efforts. Professionally Tiffany has worked on the Brooklyn staff of U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and is currently an administrator for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. She resides in Manhattan.

 

Ganiatu Afolabi, ‘12CC | Secretary – Student Relations Chair

Ganiatu joins the Board of the BAC after years of committed service to the Columbia student community, including three years on the Executive Board of the Black Students’ Organization, President of the BSO,

President of the Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Policy Representative on the Columbia College Student Council, co-chairperson of Women’s History Month, and volunteer and staff member of the Double Discovery Center. Upon graduation, Gani joined Teach For America and taught high school on the South Side of Chicago. While in Chicago, she volunteered with The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League and was a member of the DuSable Museum of African American History. She is currently a TFA Recruitment Manager and lives in Harlem. Gani, is a Nigerian-American who has lived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

 

Committee Chairpersons

Justin Ifill, ‘06CC | Events Chair

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Justin has chaired the BAC Events Committee since 2010. He coordinates the planning and promotion of the BAC’s two annual signature events, the BAC Homecoming Celebration and the Heritage Award and Scholarship Fund Reception. Justin is a member of the Columbia College Alumni Association and has served as President of Columbia College Young Alumni. He is also on the board and executive committee of The Columbia University Club of New York where he co-chaired the Young Alumni Committee and the Columbia Alumni Association’s Recent Alumni Committee. As an undergraduate Justin was active in the a cappella group Notes and Keys, the Columbia Daily Spectator, the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), and Zeta Psi Fraternity. He was recipient of the John Kluge Scholarship and the Amsterdam Scholarship. He is founder and president of Ifill Events, LLC an event planning company, which provides services to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. Justin was raised in Queens, New York where he currently resides with his wife.

 

Recent Past Presidents

Christopher L. Jones, ‘07CC | President 2011-2015

 

Christopher L. Jones became involved with the BAC in 2003 as a student mentee through the Alumni of Color Outreach Program (ACOP). He has served as BAC president for four years and Vice President for four years prior. As the BAC President Chris has increased membership, fostered the organization’s growing online presence, and led fundraising initiatives that have secured $150K in endowed scholarship funds for undergraduate students. Chris is an Account Executive in Enterprise Software sales at Google, based in their global headquarters in Mountain View California. Prior to joining Google, Chris worked at Citi Private Bank where he provided customized wealth management strategies for high-net-worth clients. Chris has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has taught the basics of saving and credit to middle school students through Project BOOF (Banking on Our Future) . Chris earned a B.A. in economics from Columbia College in 2007 and he is currently a student at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business evening and weekend MBA program.

Armond Adams, ‘06CC | President Emeritus

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Armond has been a BAC member since graduation, first as Secretary, then becoming President the next year, where he served in that capacity until 2011. He is a board member of the Columbia Alumni Association, where he co-chairs the Committee on Associations and Clubs. He has also served as the BAC liaison to the Barnard-Columbia JAM. As a student Armond was a member of the Columbia Gospel Choir and the Black Student Organization (BSO) and tutored for In his senior year, he was the senior liaison for Double Discovery Center. Armond is experienced in digital advertising sales and has worked for industry leading media companies. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he has been a resident of Harlem since graduation.

Wayne Turner, ‘77CC | Foundational Class Engagement Chair

Wayne has been connecting Columbians to resources and each other for many years. In addition to the BAC he is active in The Society of Columbia Graduates and Barnard-Columbia Jam. His civic engagements have included his beloved fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, Brooklyn Rising Stars Lions Club, Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Corriverton Cricket Club, and Flatbush Catholic Academy Board of Directors. He is a principle in TLC, Turner, Liverpool Consulting that specializes in advising Brooklyn judicial candidates. Wayne manages EEOC inquiries and agency training for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He received a B.A in Religion from Columbia and, instead of seminary, attended Law School at Whittier College School of Law. Rather than an attorney he describes himself as a counselor. Wayne has four children. He and his wife Hazel live in Brooklyn.