ABOUT

Founder

Hardy Brown

Hardy Brown was born in Jones County North Carolina and graduated from Jones High School in 1960. His leadership ability were noticed early in life and was selected to play quarterback an appointed captain of the varsity Football and Basketball team. Upon graduating Hardy migrated to New York and in the same year of 1960 moved to Los Angeles California. This son of a sharecropper got gainful employment at Kaiser Steel in Fontana before joining the employment of California Electric Company (now Edison) as a garage attendant chauffer. He became the first Black to become a meter reader and customer serviceman in the company. After seven years with this utility company he joined the management team at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Comprehensive Health Care Program providing health care service to low income families in Fontana, Bloomington and Colton communities. Hardy held many management positions within the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Organization throughout Southern California before retiring and joining the family newspaper businesses with his wife (Cheryl) of 42 years). The Brown’s purchased the paper from the American Newspaper in 1980 and has made it require reading of the week.
 

As Chairman of Brown Publishing Company and co-publisher of The Black Voice News, he is responsible for providing leadership and strategic development for the current and future growth of the company. He provides research on the growth, location and economic impact of the Black community in the Inland Empire to our business and customers. He has received many awards, resolutions from many organizations and elected officials, California School Board Association, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, NAACP, NCNW, National PTA, Masons, Hispanic Educators Association, Black Educators Association, San Bernardino Ministerial Alliance Association, but some of the most recent are, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) publisher of the year, West Coast Black Publisher Association (WCBPA) publisher of the year and the current treasurer. He is founding president of the California Black Media Association which encompasses radio, magazines and newspapers. He is a member of the California Newspapers Publishers Association and the New California Media organization. His love for politics has led to the recent formation of the Black Political Action Committee (Black PAC) of which he served as Treasurer.

Treasurer
Louis Stewart

Louis Stewart joined California Black Media in 2013 as the organization’s Treasurer. Currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California.  At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs).  The 16 iHubs were designed to stimulate local, regional, and statewide job creation as well as enhance the awareness, visibility, and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GO-Biz’ iHub partners.  

 

Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.

 

Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Information Technologies.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. 

Director
Regina Brown Wilson

As the founder of RBW Communications a strategic communications firm that specializes in positioning African-American community, political, faith and thought leaders in public policy discussions -- Wilson has a long record of ensuring that the black viewpoint remains central to all of the debates that shape life in California. A 2007 appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state Department of Education, Wilson held several posts in the administration: communications chair of the governor’s “Troops to College” initiative, which encourages active-duty personnel and veterans to use their Montgomery GI Bill at California’s public colleges and universities; head of communications for the State Board of Education; and statewide education and faith-based outreach manager for the 2010 Census. Prior to her work in government, Wilson co-founded BPC Mediaworks LLC, a media relations firm that managed The Black Voice News a weekly newspaper and handled government affairs for black-owned media outlets throughout California. A graduate of Wilberforce University, Wilson holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

 

regina@cablackmedia.org

Vice Chair
Micah Grant

Micah joined California Black Media as Vice Chair in 2013 and helps direct organizational communication, strategic planning, and implementation of various initiatives.

 

Prior to CBM, Micah worked in the California State Senate and Assembly as a communications consultant, focusing on new media and outreach to minority publications. Micah also served as Deputy Communications Director of the California Republican Party for two years.

 

Currently, Micah works as a Press Secretary at the California State Board of Equalization where he serves as a media liaison, communicating relevant information on over 38 tax and fee programs managed by the BOE.

 

Micah is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Communications Studies and holds a Master in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Micah joined California Black Media as Vice Chair in 2013 and helps direct organizational communication, strategic planning, and implementation of various initiatives.

 

Mailing

1809 S Street Ste. 101-226

Sacramento CA 95811

Call

T: 916.273.7722

 

Louis Stewart joined California Black Media in 2013 as the organization’s Treasurer. Currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California.  At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs).  The 16 iHubs were designed to stimulate local, regional, and statewide job creation as well as enhance the awareness, visibility, and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GO-Biz’ iHub partners.  

 

Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.

 

Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Information Technologies.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. 

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