Foundation Board

A New Day Foundation Board / Focused N F.I.T. Program Team –  Pictured from left to right:

Arnold Hackett, Advisory Board  –  VP of Alliance and Partnership Management XEROX
Cheri Haft, Treasurer   –   Haft Business Management;  The Haft Group
Dawnn Lewis, Founder & President
Adrienne Lamar-Snider, Director Of Operations  –  Former CEO Violence Prevention Coalition;  Former COO Jenesse Center
George Gibbs, Advisory Board  –  Community Affairs Manager West Region UPS

(Not Pictured)

Lorin Lewis, Secretary/Legal Counsel  –  CEO Lorin O. Lewis Law Firm
Byron Reed, Advisory Board  – Sr. VP Group Head for Community Investment CIT/One West Bank

Dawnn Lewis

A New Day Foundation, Founder & President; Morning Jewel Inc., President

She is a multitalented and multifaceted individual: a Grammy Award winning singer, a multiple ASCAP and BMI Award winning songwriter, film/TV/stage actor, composer and a Series TV creator/producer. Her commitment to the community includes service on several boards and as a spokesperson for a variety of organizations: The National Advisory Board of the NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, the SAG and SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors, participating in the successful merger while serving as the National and Los Angeles Chairman of the SAG, now SAG-AFTRA Singers Committee, SAG Pension Trustee, the K.I.S. Foundation For Sickle Cell Disease, UNCF, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society & EMPOWHER Institute. Dawnn co-produced with the Los Angeles Urban League the A NEW DAY: Concert For A Cause – “The Entertainment Family Gives Back”, a unique concert event featuring 40 celebrity Musicians, Artists & Performers, donating their performances to raise awareness & financial support for community based non-profit organizations.


A New Day Foundation, Treasurer

Cheri has been providing accounting and business management services for more than 30 years. Her clients include a variety of non-profit organizations, entertainment companies and a variety of other businesses such as:, New Leash On Life: Animal Rescue Foundation, Rodeo Realty, The Haft Group, Platform International Animation Festival Entertainment, KMV Productions, Morning Jewel Inc., Method Animation, Steven Pines CPA and Portmanteau Productions. Cheri is passionate about giving back to the community and providing exceptional service to all of her clients.


A New Day Foundation, Secretary/Legal Council

For 21 years, the Law Office of Lorin O. Lewis, embodies the services of Lorin O. Lewis, Esq., a solo practitioner. He services the real estate, estate-planning surrogate, family and entertainment business needs of individual clients as well as the needs of corporate clients and developers. He is also affiliated with attorneys who handle criminal law, personal injury cases, bankruptcy, employment law, and other legal matters.


A New Day Foundation Advisory Board Member

A passionate and dedicated advocate for women and girls, and has worked to ensure that the concerns of Black women and girls are at the forefront of our political, social and economic discourse. Adriane is currently the Executive Director of the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center. She served 13yrs as Chief Operations Officer at Jenesse Center and 1yr as Executive Director of the Violence Prevention Coalition. Having earned a Master of Science degree, she advances social justice and economic empowerment by working with organizations to ensure sound fiscal, programmatic and administrative oversight. Her mission is to provide exceptional stewardship of program resources and see that those programs and organizations thrive.


A New Day Foundation, Advisory Board

Community Affairs Manager for UPS’s West Region – 120,000 employees; he oversees the community affairs and philanthropic strategy and is responsible for maintaining UPS’s reputation as a good corporate citizen and employer of choice. His previous positions include: UPS Northeast Texas District Employee Relations Manager, UPS Southwest Region’s Workforce Planning Manager, Learning & Development Manager, Comprehensive Health & Safety Program Manager, and UPS Pacific Region’s Employee Relations Manager. George oversees the region’s $19 million annual United Way employee giving campaign and has donated his time and expertise to the community by serving on several community and ecumenical boards including The Greater Dallas Urban League, The National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program, Bible Way Bible Church’s Board of Elders and currently serves as Chairman of the Los Angeles UNCF Leadership Council.


A New Day Foundation, Advisory Board

XEROX, VP of Alliance and Partnership Management. Is in the midst of an exemplary 28yr career at Xerox. A seasoned and versatile executive with a successful track record in spearheading business services and technology advancements, formulating key efficiency strategies and initiatives, leading teams to deliver significant results, and serving as an effective change agent. Arnold has the ability to influence at all levels of an organization to achieve operational targets. He manages the Xerox Connection (TXC) that enables third party solutions and services distribution through North America sales channels. The business generates over $70M in annual revenue. Accountable for the Xerox Business Innovation Partners Program that assembles over 100 global industry leading ISVs, Sis, and hardware providers to create solutions that extend the functionality of Xerox technology and services.


A New Day Foundation, Advisory Board

CIT/OneWest Bank, Sr. VP Group Head for Community Investment. Has more than 30yrs of banking experience working in the areas of community development, corporate philanthropy, government relations, trust services and small business and consumer banking. Byron is concerned about how many businesses in low and moderate income communities lack an understanding of their financial capabilities and don’t have a plan for their business’ growth. This is true even for mature businesses. He sees this as an opportunity for nonprofit microbusiness development organizations; by delivering truly appropriate technical assistance, they could put these businesses on track to succeed.