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Darius A. Stanton 

Darius A. Stanton is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and community advocate native to Annapolis, Maryland.  Early in his career, he served as Drug Czar in the City of Annapolis, appointed by Mayor Al Hopkins. He was also elected as an at large member of the Democratic Central Committee in Annapolis. He left the non-profit sector to run his private management consulting and human development firm, The Stanton Group Inc. His clientele includes school districts, the federal government, secured and non-secured IT firms, Fortune 100, and international clients. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University.  He is also a motivational speaker, professional moderator, broadcaster, and executive producer of a daily live-streamed talk show titled “Peace in the Morning with Darius A. Stanton.”


Stanton’s current civic work includes being the chair of the City of Annapolis Annual MLK Parade, Chair of the Annapolis Arts, Sports, & Leadership Academy, COO of non-profit Men Aiming Higher, and former Treasurer of the State of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. Darius has been awarded numerous awards throughout his career and was the 2017 recipient of the Anne Arundel County NAACP humanitarian award.  Ebony magazine named Darius A. Stanton as one of America’s 50 Future Leaders in its 50th Anniversary Issue.

"Always strive to be on top in life because its the bottom that's overcrowded...think about it. You have more in you, bring it out..." - Les Brown


Zina C. Pierre, Ph.D.
Vice President

Zina C. Pierre, Ph.D., is the founding President and CEO of Reyarp Strategies Group, LLC (RSG), a full-service, woman minority-owned business in Maryland.  For more than 20 years, she has provided lobbying, advocacy, strategic partnership development, and political management. She currently provides professional development training and creates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) frameworks for government and corporate entities.  Dr. Pierre is also a full-time Pastor and authored the book "Your Prayers Matter to God." 


Dr. Pierre is well known as an "intersectionality strategist" and has worked in the political arena nationally for more than 30 years advising and developing strategic outreach plans and building alliances for civil rights organizations, unions, non-profits, corporate, and faith-based groups.  She served two terms in the Clinton Administration, with her last position in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs under President Bill Clinton.  She holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Catholic University, a Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary, and a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.  She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the board of Visitors for Lincoln University, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Washington Dance Theatre, National Council of Negro Women, Greater Washington Urban League, DNC Women's Vote Center, Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, and more.  

Hasson Barnes, Esq.

Hasson Barnes, Esq. joins the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board as a local leader with a focus on developing and implementing strategic plans and setting and achieving goals. Hasson is a native Baltimorean who owns and operates a law firm, aptly named, The Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, LLC.  


Professionally, he has always maintained an interest in community development, generally, with a specific focus on economic and social development in the Black community.  To that end, he has been a board and committee member of various legal and non-legal organizations (both locally and nationally), working to improve communities and/or increase diversity.  He will bring his focus and experience to bear on the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board's work.


Richard M. Potter, Jr.

Richard M. Potter, Jr., a resident of Easton, Maryland, graduated from Sojourner Douglass College in 2008. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he then matriculated to Wilmington University and graduated with his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2010. Upon graduating from Wilmington University in 2010, Mr. Potter was featured in a commercial that showcased Wilmington University and his accomplishments. In 2011, he was selected to attend the National Council of Black American Affairs Leadership Development Institute in Detroit, MI, which prepared African Americans for higher education executive leadership roles.


Mr. Potter currently serves as the president of the NAACP Talbot County Branch, President of the Character Counts Mid Shore Board of Directors, co-founder of the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Potter is currently employed at Salisbury University serving as the Program Coordinator for Multicultural Student Services. He believes in nurturing students, teaching students, and pushing students so that they can soar among the eagles to their highest height.


Jules Dunham Howie 

Jules Dunham Howie has worked on organizational development issues for over 15 years. Through her consultancy firm, Jul Enterprise, she has provided facilitation, training, and capacity building supports, including fund development, strategic planning, and board development to for-profits and non-profits all across the United States. Jules has trained over 2000 people on organizational capacity building and grantsmanship issues.

She is a strong community activist and serves as on the Historic Marble Hill Community Association board and as Director of the UPC Westside CDC. Jules received her BS in Communications and Theatre from James Madison University, and she received her Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary. She is an Itinerate Elder in the AME Church and is married to Rev. Myron D. Howie. Together they have two children Ollie and Grace Marie, and reside in Baltimore, Maryland.

"I am excited about the direction of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and proud to be leading the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation as we work together to strengthen Maryland's black communities statewide" - Jules Dunham Howie

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