The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Alumni Advisory Board (“A.A.B.”) was formed in 2006 by alumni Scholars to help support the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s mission and goals. Currently 15 alumni serve on the A.A.B. on a three year rotation. This year they voted on five new members, Jamaal Barnes (2005), Jason Feldman (1990), Rosalyn Kennedy (1997), Carolyne Dilgard-Clark (1995) and Radhika Mitra (2010 and Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholar). Let us introduce you to three of those new members this week, and next week you will meet the others.
Jason Feldman is a 1990 Coca-Cola Scholar originally from Coral Springs, Florida. Since 2009, Jason is the Senior Vice President of Commercial and eCommerce for the Americas and General Manager, Mexico at The Body Shop, a division of L’Oreal. Jason leads 400 stores in North America and the largest and fastest growing eCommerce site in the company.
Prior to joining The Body Shop, Jason was the head of new concept development and store merchandising for The Home Depot and was responsible for the innovation and leadership of seven retail formats ranging from super store to fuel and convenience store concepts. Jason’s early career started at the US State Department working for the American Foreign Service Association followed by a short span of management consulting. Jason is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in International Communications and a Master’s in Public Administration.
Today Jason and his triplets live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rosalyn Kennedy is a 1997 Coca-Cola Scholar and recently joined The Coca-Cola Company, where she leads global health and well-being communications for the Company. She serves as Director of Communications, Corporate External Affairs.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Rosalyn was a two-time Emmy winning producer of The Dr. Oz Show. She has a 10-year history of television production and journalism experience at the network level. Her previous roles include producing for CNN, CBS News 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she is a former Miss Pennsylvania, where she was honored for her work in children’s health advocacy.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter, but still roots for her former hometown team, the New York Yankees. She is thrilled to be joining the Alumni Advisory Board and looks forward to Scholars weekend in April!
Jamaal Barnes is a 2005 Scholar from Sanford, North Carolina. As an undergraduate at St. John’s College, Jamaal co-founded the Epigenesis Project, an international summer youth development and microfinance organization for low-income youth in Annapolis, MD. He also spent six years working with the C5 Youth Foundation of New England (formerly known as Camp Coca-Cola), where he became the director of the teen leadership development program. Residing in Boston and continuing his passion for equity, representation, and inclusion in the educational space, Jamaal currently works as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Jamaal holds an Ed.M. in Prevention Science from Harvard University. He is also the recipient of the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship from Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
In his spare time, Jamaal enjoys watching musicals, going to indie rock concerts, reading, and serving the Coca-Cola Scholars community. He is most excited to connect with Coke Scholar alums in Atlanta at the 2013 Alumni Leadership Summit.