The Bridge Builders Foundation seeks to remove the barriers of race, poverty, ignorance, and despair through mentoring, educational support, health care awareness, and community uplift.
We envision a world where all youth, regardless of circumstance, can realize the fullness of their potential. A world in which healthcare and treatment are equally distributed. A world of inclusion where all benefit from the bountiful resources America has to offer.
African American men must be visible, accessible, and accountable to the African American community. Positive citizenship, christian values, and civic responsibility must be in the forefront as Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift are stressed. Through exemplary behavior and deeds, youth can be encouraged to constructive pursuits and activities, thus increasing the liklihood of successful outcomes.
Bridge Builders Foundation, Inc.
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Wayne Moore (President)
Wayne Moore has been a senior level public administrator in Los Angeles County for over 25 years, serving as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and Asst. General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He is retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Southern California Association of Governments.
Wayne has been a active member of the Los Angeles community and a consistent volunteer with the Zeta Rho Foundation Programs. He is a member of the Zeta Rho Foundations Board of Directors and serves a the current Board president. He is also a nine-year Board member and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, an 86 year old mental health care service provider in south Los Angeles; he is President of the Holman United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Committee and is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Board, providing pension and health care services to 26,000 retired and active Los Angeles police men and women, fire fighters and their families. He was recently elected to the Boards of the Brookmore Apartments Corporation and the Pacific Homes Foundation. These organizations own and operate senior citizen residential facilities in southern California.
Wayne Moore is a United States Air Force veteran. He attained a BS degree in Finance and an MS degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He is married to E. Elaine Moore, a counselor at El Camino College. They have two children, Chasten, BA Clark-Atlanta University and Kristen, BA and MA Howard
Cliff Jones (Vice President)
Cliff Jones was born in Evergreen, Alabama, and was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Wenonah High with honors and was also Senior Class President. After graduation from high school, he attended Stillman College in Alabama and was always active with campus activity. He held an office each year while at Stillman. Cliff joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in November 22, 1968. After graduating from college, he relocated to Los Angeles California where he taught high school for three years. Cliff changed careers in 1975 when begin working in the bottle water industry. He is currently retired as a Route Operations Manager for the largest bottle water company in America.
Cliff Jones is a member of Greater Ebenezer Baptist church where he is a Vice President of the Usher Board and sings in the male choir. He is very active in his fraternity where he has served as President and is currently the Chairman of the Membership Selection Committee. Cliff Jones believes in giving back and loves what the Zeta Rho Foundation is doing in our community.
Norman Ward (Secretary)
Mr. Ward has more than 30 years of information technology experience and retired as IT Systems Maintenance Manager for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the primary regional transportation planning agency for the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to his current position, Ward also retired from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as an Information Technology Department Supervisor with 23 years of service.
Mr. Ward has served on the City of Carson Citywide Advisory Commission, Board of Directors for Long Beach Chapter of Youth for Christ (Mid Cities Area) and on the Board of Directors for All Peoples Christian Center (a United Way supported organization).
Mr. Ward was born in Los Angeles and was educated in the Los Angeles and Compton school districts; he continued his education at Compton Community College, University of Maryland and California State University at Dominguez Hills, receiving A.A. Electronics and B.S. Public Administration degrees. Ward and his wife of 34 years Nadine Gills-Ward reside in the city of Carson, CA. They have one daughter and 3 grand children.
Earl H. Jones, Jr. (Treasurer)
Earl H. Jones, Jr, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended Ullman High School in Birmingham graduating summa com laude in 1956. He continued his undergraduate studies in architecture at Tuskegee University where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1960. He continued his graduate studies at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University receiving a Master of Urban Planning in 1969. Mr. Jones’ academic pursuits have included numerous professional improvement courses including completing a curriculum in “Management of High Technology Companies” at Stanford University in 1988. Mr. Jones is a Registered Architect in the State of California and is a Member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).
Mr. Jones completed a 20-year career in 1980 where he received numerous awards and decorations including being selected in 1970 as the “Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Officer” in the Air Defense Command. Following his Air Force career, he joined TRW, an aerospace company and received national recognition in 1994 with a Professional Achievement Award at the Annual Black Engineering Conference. He retired from TRW in 2002 as the Business Area Director for Satellite Command and Control and Communications Systems. Mr. Jones is currently a Private Consultant focusing on aerospace business development, architecture and capital development planning. He also is a Member of the Board of Directors for Saalex Solutions, Inc., a small systems engineering and testing company.
Mr. Jones is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has been a loyal, active and financial member of the Zeta Rho Chapter, Los Angeles, California, ever since 1992. He has served as Editor to the Oracle and Chapter Recorder for six years.
He has been a very successful Chairman of the annual Salute and Scholarship event for three consecutive years and has not only served on other Salute Committees annually but also has supported chapter social and community action programs. He annually plans and leads the Prostate Cancer Screening Program. Mr. Jones received the Chapter Superior Service Award in 1995 and 2002, the Founders Award in 2006 the Man of the Year Award in 2010, and the Citizen of the Year Award in 2912. He also received the 12th District Founder’s Award in 2007.
Mr. Jones is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Zeta Rho Foundation, a non-profit community service company, and is serving as its Treasurer.
Mr. Jones has been active in other community services. He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he sings in the Choir. He served on the Board of Trustees for over nine years including five years as its Chairman. He has been the Chairman of the Social Actions Committee, which focused on political actions and education. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trinity Community Development Corporation and serves as its CEO and Executive Director.
Mr. Jones has raised three wonderful children and has three grand children and two great grand children. He is married to Esther Montgomery-Shields.
Melvin Jackson, Jr. (Past President 2004 to 2007)
Melvin ‘Mel’ Jackson, Jr. is retired as the Director of Diversity for Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS). In this position, he is a member of the SAS Human Resources Leadership Team, and aytheon Diversity Council. This position focuses on building and fostering the inclusive environment of SAS, where employees at all levels maximize their contribution to the company. Mr. Jackson is the architect for the business segment’s diversity strategy, and serves as a consultant to the business leadership team, and SAS Diversity Champion. In addition, he leads the SAS diversity effort, which includes coordination of diversity efforts, diversity councils, employee networks, emerging community outreach, diversity training, metrics, and communication. Additionally, he has been instrumental in recruitment of women and people of color for the last decade.
Previously, Mr. Jackson was the Lead for SAS Talent Acquisition responsible for the work force planning, requirements definition, people redistribution, sourcing, selection, and work force assimilation for the California, Texas, and Mississippi Sites of the business. Previously Mr. Jackson was the Western Regional Staffing Manager for RSC, Senior Manager of Staffing for ACS/SRS, and Tactical. Mr. Jackson has over twenty-six years of extensive and diverse experience in human resources and administration.
Twenty years of demonstrated project and line management. Mr. Jackson joined the company as a member of the Human Resources organization specializing in technical recruitment. He held various other assignments in Human Resources including employee relations, labor relations, compensation, and served as the leader on several special projects. He progressed through a series of leadership positions in administration and human resources including Senior Manager of Human Resources for EOS Engineering.
Mr. Jackson is actively involved in civic and community activities. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Trojan Football Alumni Club, the National Football League Players Association, and the NFL Alumni Association. Mr. Jackson has also served on Advisory Board, Junipero Serra High School, Executive Director, Ricky Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund, Board of Directors, University of Southern California EOPC, and Member Corporation Advisory Board, California State Sacramento. Mr. Jackson earned a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern California. He was the Top Student Athlete in 1976. Also he completed the CSULB Advance Program in Human Resource Management, the Hughes Advance Leadership Program, and Center for Creative Leadership, African American Executive Leadership Program.
Mel is married to Kimberlee Jackson and has four (4) children.
Les Powell (Board Member)
Leslie J. Powell was born and raised in the City of New York where he graduated from a technical and academic program at Haaren High School. He attended Howard University where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1962. He holds a Masters in Engineering Management from UCLA Executive Engineering Program, and completed the United Way’s Program for Board of Director Officers. In addition, he has had exposure to many managerial and technical educational opportunities in his employment situation.
In 2001, after more than thirty-eight years in the aerospace industry he retired from the Boeing Co., formally known as Rockwell International’s Shuttle/Space Systems Division, where for years he was an Engineering Project Manager.
Mr. Powell was selected to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in April of 1988. He has served on the various committees of the Zeta Rho (ZP) Chapter and in the capacity of Chaplain and Vice Basileus for three years each and Basileus for the two years. It was during his tenure as Chapter Basileus in 1998 that he was elected founding President the Zeta Rho Foundation. In 1990 and 1996 he was awarded the ZP Chapter’s Omega Man of the Year. In 1994 he was the recipient of the Chapter’s Superior Service Award and in 1997 the Founders Award.
His community activities include a Life-membership in the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers where he served on its Board of Directors for twelve years as a Member at Large, Vice President, and for three years as President of the organization.
He is a founding member of the National Council of Black Professional Engineers and has served on its Board of Directors from 1986 to 1995. During that time, he held the position of Treasurer and CFO of the National Council. He also has served on the Citizen’s Goals Committee during the formative period of the City of Carson, CA and holds a NAACP Life-Membership.
Since 1975, he has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wilmington, CA. He currently serves as Chairman of the Church’s Board of Trustees, holds membership on the Finance Committee, and participates in the choir. He is also an active member of the United Methodist Male Chorus. Finally, he has been married to Carolyn Derr Powell for forty-six years; they are the proud parents of two adult children and four very active grandchildren.
Ken Handcox (Board Member)
Kenneth Handcox is a native of Los Angeles, California. He has a multifaceted and extensive background in education, law enforcement and administration. He has over thirty years of experience in the area of professional law enforcement as a leader, manager, and investigator. He is currently retired as a Sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he gained experience in Field Operations, Custody and Administration. Mr. Handcox has served as Interim Director of Centinela Valley Juvenile Diversion Program, an Investigator with the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Health Department.
Mr. Handcox has been an educator in the public school system teaching, developing and evaluating curriculums. His career has been to improve, motivate and inspire the lives of our youth. He has served as a Guidance Counselor with the Los Angeles School District and the University of Southern California. Assisted in the development of the Young Black Scholars Program, taught elementary, secondary and college level courses.
Mr. Handcox is actively involved in civic and community activities. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Urban League, NAACP, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, past Board Member National Black Peace Officers Association and a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Tony W. Collins (Board Member)
Tony W. Collins is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing.
Mr. Collins is retired from the Raytheon Services Company where he served as a Product Support Program Finance Senior Manager. In this role he has responsibility of managing over $300 million in yearly revenue. He served as a mentor to many young finance hires within the financial organization at Raytheon.
Mr. Collins is currently serving as Social Action Director of the Zeta Rho Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. with a major focus on Social Action excellence with special emphasis on the African-American male youths. He also serves as the International Social Action Chairman of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity where he has spearheaded international efforts in support of the American Diabetes Association and Charles Drew Blood Drives.
He is Director of the Youth Mentoring Program for the Zeta Rho Foundation which is focused on the uplift of minority males.
Mr. Collins is a active member of the Macedonia Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board with responsibility for compiling all budgets and distribution of all funds.
Mr. Collins has received many awards for his community service and outreach..
William F. Smith (Board Member)
Mr. William F. Smith has resided in the Los Angeles, California area since 1971. Mr. Smith graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, located in Rochester, New York, where he played three varsity sports (football, basketball, and baseball). Upon graduation, he entered Central State University, located in Wilberforce Ohio, where he earned a B.A. degree in Sociology. Mr. Smith was a member of the Sociology Club, National Honorary Society of Scabbard and Blades, a military focused organization, Counterinsurgency Platoon, and the National Honorary Society of Pershing Rifles. Mr. Smith’s interest and focus in the aforementioned organizations gave him a strong edge towards his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Mr. Smith served in the United States Army for 3 years, and was a platoon leader and attained the rank of Captain, where he had the responsibility of supervising and working directly with military personnel and civilians. Additionally, because of his skills and talents, he served as a special court martial officer, an air trans-mobility and special project officer. Upon discharge from the military, he attended graduate school at Howard University School of Social Work, and earned a Master’s degree with a specialty in psychiatric clinical work in 1971. Currently, Mr. Smith is employed as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for the Department of Psychiatry with Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry. He has 35 years of experience working as a clinical psychiatric social worker and has a private practice working with children and their families. Mr. Smith and his colleague in private practice are frequently called upon because of their work with children and their families who have committed sexual offenses. There are not many individuals who specialized in working with this young population. Consequently, Mr. Smith and his colleague are frequently called upon to present at conferences, both locally and nationally on the treatment of this population.
Mr. Smith has been a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., since 1970. He is an active member of the Zeta Rho Chapter, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., in the Los Angeles area. Mr. Smith is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Black Social Workers, and is Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Mr. Smith is married to Carol Adams Smith, who is also a licensed clinical social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and has 4 adult children and a step-son. He is an active golfer and a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Theodore L. Irving (Board Member)
Born in Washington, D.C., Theo is the oldest son in a family of nine. He has been married to Lorrie Michelle Dangerfield for twenty-four years and the father of two. Loren, a son, is a graduate of Menlo College with a degree in Mass Communications. His daughter, Lindsey Camille, is a senior at Auburn University, Alabama, in the Laboratory Technology Program. He currently resides in the View Park-Windsor Hills community of the County of Los Angeles. Upon arriving in Los Angeles 1980, Theo began attending West Angeles Community College and went on to attend Santa Monica Community College before transferring to the University of Southern California. He is a graduate from the University of Southern California, with an undergraduate degree Planning and Development and a Master’s degree in Planning.
Currently, Theo is a City Planner with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he has been employed for fifteen years and has held several roles. He supervises a staff of three planners in the Expediting Processing Section that processes application requests for subdivisions, conditional uses, variances and other discretionary requests. Among his other responsibilities, he performs as the hearing officer and makes presentations to the Deputy Advisory Agency, City’s Planning Commissions and to the City Council. He consults with staff of the elected offices, developers, engineers, architects, attorneys and other professionals in the development community.
Theo is highly involved in the community where he resides as a volunteer member of the United Homeowners Association. He has been a member of the UHA for fifteen years and spent six years as the organization’s president. He is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) member of the American Planning Association and a member of the Southern California Leadership Network. Most recently, Theo served as the Chair of the 2012 Omega Salute and Scholarship Fundraising campaign that awarded nearly $60,000 scholarships to young men in the Los Angeles.
Charles J. Franklin II (Board Member)
Charles Franklin is currently employed by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as the Manager of Corporate Services with an annual operational budget of $7 million, a staff of 62 associates, as well as indirect vendor contract management exceeding $56 million. In this position, he has served as the National Business Travel Association’s Vice President and was honored as one of the most influential African Americans in the Auto Industry in 2007.
Charles is thoroughly committed to the community. He currently supports numerous professional and community based organizations including but not limited to the following: President & Chief Volunteer Officer, Challengers Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors; Co-Chair Business Evolution Committee, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce; The Brotherhood Crusade Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Board; President, Black Alumni Council, Pepperdine University Grazidio School of Business; Board of Directors, Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership; Zeta Rho Foundation Board of Directors, Director of Development; and Founding Director, Champions of Education Golf Invitational, having raised over $400K for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles area.
Charles Franklin holds a Bachelors degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and is currently an adjunct instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Mr. Franklin is happily married to his wife of 24 years Gloria; they have one daughter, who is currently a junior Spellman College.