APPEAL has established the following Committees to carry out its various program activities:
- Financial Literacy Committee
- Socio-Economic Analysis and Education Committee (SEAEC)
- Membership, Recruitment and Marketing Committee
- Credit Union Planning Committee
Financial Literacy Committee
Chair: Harrine Freeman
To facilitate the organization, implementation and management of APPEAL’s “financial literacy” workshops and resource bank. Financial literacy refers to teaching people to become proficient in the fundamentals of personal financial management, including credit, budgeting, banking, saving, home ownership, investing, and retirement planning, and also the principles of community financial and economic self-sufficiency, empowerment and prosperity, particularly as these principles relate to the plight of people of African descent, locally, nationally and globally.
About the Chair:
Ms. Freeman is an experienced personal finance professional and financial literacy advocate. She is an experienced educator that teaches financial literacy to children and adults across the country. She provides financial counseling to clients to help them with various financial issues such as paying off debt, credit restoration and planning for retirement. She has served on various boards and committees. Ms. Freeman is a freelance writer and has appeared in numerous media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise and Daily Finance. In addition, she is author of the best-selling book, How to Get Out of Debt: Get an “A” Credit Rating for Free. She is a member of Credit Professionals International, American Association of Daily Money Managers and American Association of Individual Investors. She was honored as one of Black Enterprise's Top Financial Minds and as one of the “20 Hottest Influencers in America,” by The Urban League. Ms. Freeman had an extensive career in IT working in the public and private sector prior to working in the financial industry. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of the District of Columbia.
Socio-Economic Analysis and Education Committee (SEAEC)
Chair: Abena Makini Niliwaambieni Owusu
To facilitate the organization, implementation and management of APPEAL’s “historical and cultural literacy” programs and resource bank, and to facilitate the organization, implementation and management of APPEAL’s Think Tank activities. Think Tank activities include analyzing and documenting APPEAL’s positions on various socio-economic issues affecting people of African descent, and serving as a hub for the exchange of progressive and Pan-Africanist thought on various topics and issues. The term “historical and cultural literacy” refers to teaching people to become proficient in the knowledge of the basics of world history and African/Black history and culture, and facilitating people’s progression from the basics to intermediate and advanced knowledge on various aspects of this vast history and culture in relation to past and present socio-economic conditions locally, nationally and globally.
About the Chair:
Ms. Owusu is an experienced professional educator and educational administrator. Her previous positions include serving as Principal of SunRise Academy, Academic Director at Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers (KIMA), and Assistant Principal at the Academy for Ideal Education. Currently, she is a member of the Council of Independent Black institutions (CIBI), the Akyemfohema (Female Education Minister) for the Ankobea Society, and a co-facilitator of Kindezi Kommunity Kids’ Educational Forum Committee. Mama Makini, as she is affectionately known by her students, is a no-nonsense educator who believes in empowering youth and young adults to be responsible, respectful self-advocates. She has conducted adolescent and adult rites of passage programs for over 20 years through her company, Amankwa Enterprises, Inc., and the Ankobea Society. Over the course of her educational and professional career, she has studied elementary education, psychology, and leadership. Ms. Owusu has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The Catholic University of America.
Membership, Recruitment and Marketing Committee
Chair: Kelechi Egwim
To facilitate the organization, implementation and management of APPEAL’s efforts to inform and recruit prospective new members, prospective contributors to APPEAL and its credit union project, and prospective workshop participants; to manage APPEAL’s relationship and communications with its existing members; and to manage APPEAL’s public relations and media interactions.
Credit Union Planning Committee
Chair: Brandon Green
To facilitate the organization, implementation and management of the work required for APPEAL to apply to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for a charter to establish a credit union (APPEAL Federal Credit Union), which includes development of a detailed business plan for the prospective credit union.
About the Chair:
Mr. Green is a professional accountant with approximately 20 years of experience in the area of corporate financial accounting. In his employment with KPMG, one of the leading public accounting firms in the industry, he specialized in non-profit entities. He has been employed at Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc, a Fortune 500 hospitality real estate company, for 13 years, where he has served as a senior accountant responsible for an international portfolio of luxury hotels. He has also specialized in financial accounting and reporting in the areas of corporate and municipal bonds, senior notes, and convertible debt issuances, including several multi-currency credit facilities, mortgages, and derivatives, all totaling more than $5 billion. His experience also includes being an internal auditor for several hotels under Host, auditing hotel financial reporting and internal controls for SEC compliance under the Sarbanes Oxley Act. He is a founding partner at TARG Associates LLC, an accounting firm that specializes in accounting and tax services for small and developing for-profit and non-profit companies. Mr. Green has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida A&M University.