Board Members

 

 

 
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

Akbar Gbajabiamila is the host of NBC's heart-racing obstacle course competition series, American Ninja Warrior and USA Network's Ninja Vs. Ninja. He also hosts NFL Network's highest-rated show, Fantasy Live. The SoCal native has parlayed ad five-year stint in the NFL, into a career in TV as a host and actor. Gbajabiamila is one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Gbajabiamila played five years in the NFL. After retiring in 2008, Gbajabiamila turned his focus to TV, serving as an analyst for the NFL Network and joining NBC's The Night Shift. Other notable hosting appearances include NBC's 2017 Red Nose Day as well as the Macy's Day July 4th Spectacular. 

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Ari Warmerdam

Mr. Warmerdam supports The Asomugha Foundation’s development and marketing program and currently serves as Vice President, Business Development at Whittier Trust. In this role, he is responsible for developing and building client relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area and working with clients across their long-term and multi-generational wealth goals and priorities.

Mr. Warmerdam is committed to helping youth reach their full potential and intimately familiar with the ACTS program, having worked directly with Chairman, Nnamdi Asomugha, on several projects including the California Tours and College Summits. Mr. Warmerdam was a four-year student-athlete and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the University of California, Davis.  He also holds a Master of Science in Sports Management from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

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Chijioke Asomugha

Mr. Asomugha is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Inkwell Group, an innovative private equity firm advancing middle market companies. Before founding The Inkwell Group, Mr. Asomugha served as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Strategy for ERICO International (now known as nVent). Previously he was a principal investor at Cyprium Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm. Before joining Cyprium, Mr. Asomugha worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Investment Banking division. While at Goldman, he acted in the advisory and execution of cross-border acquisitions and M&A transactions.

From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Asomugha served as an International Development Fellow focusing on economic development and private equity in emerging markets, specifically sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Asomugha previously served as a Mayoral Appointee to the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and is a founding board member of two urban charter schools in the Cleveland-area. Mr. Asomugha was recognized by Crain’s Business as a 40 under 40 awardee and by Inside Business Magazine as a 25 under 35 awardee. Mr. Asomugha received his B.A. with a double major in Economics and Public Policy from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he was a Robert Toigo Fellow.

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Richard Rozman

Mr. Rozman serves as Development Director for the Asomugha Foundation. In addition to this Mr. Rozman is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in El Segundo, California. Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Mr. Rozman spent 32 years with Merrill Lynch as a Vice President and Senior Resident Director, providing tailored financial solutions for individuals, family foundations, institutions, and charitable organizations.

Mr. Rozman serves on and chairs several boards of non-profit organizations. Additionally, he has personally invested in the future of our youth by serving as a speaker and mentor for at-risk students, as well as providing office visits for local high schools. He has been recognized for his passionate community leadership and remains actively involved with several local and national non-profit charitable organizations. Mr. Rozman received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and currently resides in Playa del Rey.

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Frank Oti

Mr. Oti is the president of SPEC Home Realtors in Gardena, California. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and has a certificate of accreditation from the Graduate Realty Institute. Mr. Oti is currently the director of Inglewood Board of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. He has served on the OWIN Advisory Board and displays a wealth of interest and passion in helping the underprivileged, especially in Africa.

 
 
 

Advisory council

 

 

 

Udodirim Asomugha

An artist and scholar, Udodirim Asomugha earned a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California – San Diego and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. After graduation from the University of Michigan, Ms. Asomugha began her career designing custom clothing and a line of accessories as the founder of Klutch it.

Ms. Asomugha is multifaceted with a passionate desire for design, photography, and helping the underprivileged.  No stranger to hard work, Ms. Asomugha shares her story by communicating the influence of regional cultures on style. Currently, she serves as Public Health Advocate for the Asomugha Foundation since 2007. Ms. Asomugha also works as an Administrator with the federal government.

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Joyce Okeneme

Joyce Okeneme is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has delivered more a thousand babies over the course of her 22-year career in Los Angeles, CA. Mrs. Okeneme earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University and a Master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in Women’s Health. Mrs. Okeneme has been a strong supporter of Asomugha Foundation from the inception. She previously served as Secretary for the OWIN program and currently serves as an Advisory Council member for the Asomugha Foundation.

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Susanne Alexander

Susanne Alexander has engaged in various aspects of real estate including sales, mortgage brokerage, and asset management during her successful career. She provides exceptional delivery of client services and works effectively on both the buy and sell side of transactions with efficiency and ease. As her client, you’ll benefit from Susanne’s honed negotiation skills and a focused strategy as well as her unparalleled attention to your specific real estate goals and concerns. 

Susanne’s success is not only based on her experience and knowledge of the business but also, for the effective, candid and practical manner in which she approaches each transaction. 

When she’s not engaged in real estate, Susanne pursues a love of international travel to various countries becoming immersed in the local culture and customs. Her most recent trips were to Australia, France, Belgium, Nigeria, Costa Rica, South Africa, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. Susanne is an advisory board member for a non-profit organization that supports women and children in need. She is an extraordinarily talented plant-based chef who creates inspired plant-based vegan cuisine for clients, family and friends.

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