About the Foundation: Board

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Howell E. Begle, Esq.
Founding Director Emeritus

Howell E. Begle, Jr.is a media and entertainment lawyer who, along with Ruth Brown, was one of the principal founders of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. For the past twenty years, Mr. Begle has served as General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of MediaNews Group, which is currently the U.S.'s largest privately owned newspaper company and whose more than 50 daily newspapers include such publications as the Los Angeles Daily News, the Detroit News and the Denver Post. He is also the long time Secretary of the American Film Institute and for more than twenty years has been counsel for the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors and the AFI Life Achievement Awards.

Damon Williams
Board Chairman

Terry Stewart
Board Vice Chairman

Jeff Harleston
Treasurer

Kenneth Gamble
Secretary

Glen Barros
Jerry Blavat
Del Bryant
Charles Feldman
Iris Gordy
Brian Hall
Zach Horowitz
Octavius “Ted” Reid III
Bruce Resnikoff
Dr. Joseph Roberts
Claudette Robinson
Paul Shaffer
William Smith
Mike Stoller

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Marc Byers
Chuck D
Jim Fifield
Harvey Fuqua
Shawn Gee
Richard Hunt
Chuck Jackson
Jason King, Ph.D.
Mathew Knowles
Jerry Leiber
David Nathan
Bonnie Raitt
Gregory J. Reed, Esq.
Hon. Blondell Reynolds Brown
Judy Tint, Esq.
Jeanie Weems
Louise West

CHAIRMEN EMERITUS

Jerry Butler
Kendall Minter, Esq.

DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Frances Preston

FOUNDING DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Howell E. Begle, Esq.

IN MEMORIAM

Ed Bradley
Ruth Brown
Ahmet Ertegun
Gerald Levert
Teddy Pendergrass