My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Throughout U.S. history, disparities in opportunities for millions of boys and young men of color have prevented them from reaching their full potential. A disproportionate number have entered a cycle of poverty, injustice and social immobility as a result of the unique systemic challenges that boys and young men of color face.
MBK Alliance provides comprehensive and sustained interventions to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color and empower them with the resources and support to get and stay on a path to success.
We believe that every young person deserves equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity, regardless of circumstance. Find out more here.
We are leading a collaborative, cross-sectoral movement to break down barriers boys and young men of color disproportionately face along the life path in order to create lasting change. For more, click here.
In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. His vision was to provide opportunities for all young people to reach their full potential for their own benefit, as well as the overall betterment of the country. Through the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, over 250 communities in all 50 states have accepted the call to action to adopt innovative approaches, open doors, strengthen supports, and build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color.
“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency, but for the rest of my life.”
– President Barack Obama, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Launch Event, May 5, 2015
Our strength lies in our dedicated team who represent the heart and passion of our organization. Our team is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds, industries, and areas of expertise, driven by the collective desire to see boys and young men of color succeed.
Headquartered in the nation’s capital, we are eager to hear from individuals who are passionate about our work and mission. Click here for current vacancies on our team.
In April 2016, following a nationwide search, MBK Alliance appointed Blair Taylor as CEO. Prior to joining MBK Alliance, Taylor served as Starbucks’ Chief Community Officer and President of the Starbucks Foundation. Taylor led Starbucks’ efforts to help communities thrive globally in more than 60 countries. During his tenure, Taylor led and launched some of the biggest CSR efforts in Starbucks’ history.
Taylor was previously President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League and Executive Vice President of College Summit. His private sector experience also includes four years as the President and CEO of a private retail franchising company focused on low income communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean, in addition to leadership roles with PepsiCo and IBM.
In 2014, Taylor was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the nation’s most creative senior executives. He was also named a PR Week Top 50 Innovator in 2013.
Our Board of Directors
- Broderick Johnson – Former Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary; MBK Alliance Board Chair
- Joe Echevarria – Former CEO, Deloitte LLP; MBK Alliance Board Chair Emeritus
- Marcelo Claure – CEO, Sprint; MBK Alliance Board Treasurer
- Rosalind Brewer – CEO, Sam’s Club
- Scott Budnick – Founder and President, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
- Toni Cook Bush – Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp
- Arne Duncan – Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; Former U.S. Secretary of Education
- Lori Fouché – President of Annuities, Prudential Financial
- Walter Isaacson – CEO, Aspen Institute
- Robert de Jongh – Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Debra Lee – Chairman and CEO, BET Networks
- John Legend – Entertainer and Founder of the Show Me Campaign
- George Logothetis – Chairman and CEO, Libra Group
- Alonzo Mourning – Vice President of Player Programs, Miami Heat
- Robert Raben – Founder and President, The Raben Group
- John Rogers – Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments
- Juan Sabater – Partner, Valor Equity Partners
- Jim Shelton – President of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
- Tony West – Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, PepsiCo
- David Williams – Public Policy, Government Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Leader, Deloitte LLP