Our Leadership

Our Founder & CEO
Brandon M. Graham, MBA

As an Activist, Educator, and Entrepreneur Brandon’s motto is “Be Crazy Enough to Believe You Can”. With extensive experience in education, non-profit management, and business development, he founded the My HBCU Matters clothing brand and the Our HBCUs Matter Foundation, Inc. in 2015 with the sole purpose of uplifting students from underserved communities and HBCUs.

The Our HBCUs Matter Foundation, was founded to encourage and guide students along their journey to degree completion and to achieve economic mobility via career opportunities. Brandon has led the organizations to garner recognition and partnerships with Google, Invesco, State Street, Fearless Fund, Steve Madden, and JP Morgan Chase to name a few.

A White House HBCU Initiative Scholar and current Doctoral Student at Tennessee State University, with a concentration on High Education and Executive Leadership. His dissertation focus is on “Exploring recruitment and retention strategies that yield high graduation rates at the high-performing HBCUs across the United States.” He earned his Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

With previous experience as the University Relations Manager at the National Black MBA Association, Educator & Program Manager at Atlanta Public Schools, and was awarded Teacher of the Year TJX Company 2015.

Our HBCUs Matter Staff

Our work would not be possible without the work of our dedicated team members.

Shene' L. Howell

Director of Operations

Roderick Douthit

Partnership Consultant

Dr. S. Franklin-Jones

Director K-12 Initiatives

Dr. Jennifer Caldero

HBCU Faculty Liaison

Davante Pondexter

High School Programs Coordinator

Esther Rosie Drake

Programming Logistics Coordinator

Troy Etta Knox

Career Development Coordinator

Joy Antoine

HBCU Program Coordinator

Akhia Floyd

Social Media Coordinator

Our Board of Driectors


HBCU: Clark Atlanta University & Tennessee State University

Company: My HBCU Matters

HBCU: Spelman College

Company: Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. Monique Watson

Vice- Chair

HBCU: Jackson State University

Company: Clayton County Public Schools

HBCU: Alcorn State University

Company: Marriott International

Xavian Lewis

Board Member

HBCU: Clark Atlanta University

Company: Clark Atlanta University

HBCU: Alcorn State University

Company:Proactive Health & Wellness

Dr. Tonya Mitchel

Board Member

HBCU: Albany State University

Company: Slutty Vegan

Erika Estrada-Olufade

Board Member

HBCU: Morgan State University

Company: My HBCU Matters Graduate Scholar

Bryson Boston

Graduate Student-Board Member

HBCU: North Carolina A&tT State University

My HBCU Matters Undergraduate Scholar

Trevor Elliot

Undergraduate Student-Board Member

High School:Douglass County High School

The Future of HBCUs Matter Scholar

Gary Potter

High School Student-Board Member