From left to right: Jackie Wright, Leona Bridges, Maxine Hickman, Cassie Cook, Teresa Cox, Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Naomi Kelly. Photo by Planet Fillmore Communications.
By Post Staff
Seven Bay Area women have been recognized for their leadership by the San Francisco chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. The women received the awards March 3 at the seventh annual “Golden Girls Hat and Gloves Tea” held during the 100 Black Women’s “Bridging the Generations” Weekend at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.. “We have a very strong chapter, and it is an honor to celebrate community leaders today,” said Evelyn Brumfield Perkins, who chaired the event. Teresa Cox, Trade Advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, received a Trailblazer award. In 2008, she was the first African American woman in 50 years to be elected to the Ohlone Community College Board in Fremont and made headlines as the first African American woman in the nation to earn a degree in nuclear engineering. Leona Bridges, a director at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, also received the Trailblazer award. She served for more than a decade as a managing director at Barclay’s Global Investors. She is general secretary of the California State Baptist Convention. Karen Lewis, owner of Cupid’s Christian Daycare Center, won the Entrepreneur award. She is a Sunday school teacher and lead administrator of Mt. Vernon Christian Academy. She is married to Rev. Alfredo Lewis, Pastor of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in San Francisco. Cassie Cook, past president of San Francisco Business and Professional Women, won the Community Service Award. She is treasurer of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP. She is also president of the Third Baptist Foundation and member of the Third Baptist Church’s Trustee Board. Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, professor and chair of the Education Department at Holy Names University, received the Education award. She is the first African American to head a department in the institution’s history. She has trained teachers in urban and suburban school districts for 11 years and is board chair of a nonprofit organization, the Oakland Alliance of Community Partnerships. Dr. Gloria M. Jackson, director of Foundation for the Healing Arts, was presented the Health award. An instructor and consultant in integrative medicine for over 30 years, she founded the Foundation for the Healing Arts to help people improve their lives. San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, elected in 2010 to represent District 10, received the Advocacy award. She is a former member of the Corporate Strategy and Communications team at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She also worked as a field organizer and executive assistant to Mayor Gavin Newsom. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women describes its mission as developing leaders who will help build their community and direct the energies of young people of color who live in those communities. The organization works to enable Black women to be a visible force in the society and economy.