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The Team

Our team
is here for you

There are many facets in the gem and jewelry industry – that range from jewelry design, manufacturing, retail sales, finance, marketing and more – which is why it is important to us to have representation on our team. Our Board of Directors come from different walks of life but have a shared experience of being Black in the jewelry industry.

We are leveraging our experience and unique perspectives to create opportunities for Black professionals and improve inclusion and diversity in the industry. As an innovative coalition, Our Board of Advisors bring an array of experience and expertise to the team.

meet Our

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Annie Doresca

President

Chief Financial Officer

Jewelers of America
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Malyia McNaughton

Treasurer

Founder & CEO

Made by Malyia
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Elyssa Jenkins

Vice President

Director of Membership & Digital Content

Jewelers Vigilance Committee
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Lisa Garris

Secretary

Vice President of Human Resources

Gemological Institute of America
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Board Chairs

Nellie Barnett

Communications Chair

Manager of Media & Public Relations

Gemological Institute of America
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Adrianne Sanogo

Education Chair

GIA Graduate Gemologist

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Miya Owens, Esq.

Corporate Outreach Chair

Associate Counsel & Director of Mediation

Jewelers Vigilance Committee
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Lisette Scott

Events Chair

Founder & CEO

Jam + Rico
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Reginald Johnson

Nominations Chair

Chief Diversity Officer & Senior VP NA Human Resources

Signet Jewelers
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meet Our 

Board of Advisors

Aldis Hodge

Founder & CEO

A.Hodge Atelier
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Cecilia Gardner, Esq.

Attorney at Law

CLG
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Benjamin Smithee

CEO & Founder

The Smithee Group
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Christina T. Miller

Consultant/Co-Founder

Ethical Metalsmiths and Better Without Mercury
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Brandee Dallow

North America Business Development Lead

Responsible Jewelry Council
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David Bindra

Vice President of Operations and Head of Acquisitions

B&B Fine Gems
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David Rocha

Executive Director

Jewelers for Children
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Jalnar Dhanani Wade

Owner/Designer

The Benchmark Collection
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Jennifer Gandia

Co-Owner

Greenwich St Jewelers
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Jenny Luker

President

Platinum Guild International (North America
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John Hall

Chief Information Officer

Gemological Institute of America
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Kate Youngstrom

Event Director

JCK Tucson/ Reeds Exhibition
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Katherine Bodoh

Chief Executive Officer

American Gem Society
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Lotanna Amina Egwuatu

Founder

Mina Stones
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Melanie Eddy

Jewellery Designer & Bespoke Maker

Melanie Eddy Design
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Lisa Bridge

President & CEO

Ben Bridge Jeweler
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Maryanna Nagle

Director of LCO Experts

The Real Real
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Michelle Graff

Editor in Chief

National Jeweler
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Longo Mulaisho Zinsner

Founder

Jewellery and Gemstone Association of Zambia
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Megan Flood

CEO & Founder

Marine Lane
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Monica Gichuhi

Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs

Quadz Consulting Limited / Mineral Supply Chains in Africa
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Monica Stephenson

Founder

Anza Gems/ Idazzle/ Ethical Metalsmiths President
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Susan Jacques

President & CEO

Gemological Institute of America
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Valerie Madison

Founder & CEO

Valerie Madison Jewelry
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Nikki Duncan

Chief of Party

USAID-funded Commercially Viable, Conflict-free Gold Project (DRC)
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Sheryl Jones

Founder & CEO

Sheryl Jones Jewels
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Patricia Mweene

Founder & CEO

Inonge Zita
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Tiffany Stevens, Esq.

President, CEO & General Counsel

Jewelers Vigilance Committee
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