Our Board

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Founder

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points, a 6x NBA champion and the league’s only 6x MVP.  Time magazine dubbed him History’s Greatest Player and ESPN and The Pac 12 named him the #1 collegiate athlete of the 21st Century.  Because of these accomplishments, combined with his decades of social activism, he is one of the most influential and respected black men in America. His opinions and insights about politics, society, and popular culture are shared nationally and internationally. 

Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the Chairman of his Skyhook Foundation whose mission is to Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked by assisting them to lead their lives full STEAM ahead. The programming brings educational STEAM opportunities to under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. Working with The Los Angeles School District, Camp Skyhook helps 4th and 5th graders soar above the four walls of a classroom by providing an interactive, multi-sensory, relevant, and most important – fun experience. Kareem was named the California STEM Ambassador by California Superintendent of Education Tony Thurmond because of his commitment to youth education.

After 50 years as an athlete and activist, Abdul-Jabbar offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit. He is a New York Times best-selling author, who has written 17 books and is an 8-time award-winning magazine Columnist of the Year Winner (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) from the Southern California Journalism Awards.  Currently his columns addressing the most socially relevant and poliltically controversial topics facing our nation appear at kareem.substack.com.

He is twice Emmy nominated for his work on The History Channel’s series: Black Patriots and the recipient of two NAACP awards. Abdul-Jabbar has appeared in hundreds of iconic and memorable tv shows and movies such Airplane, Game of Death, The Big Bang Theory, Sesame Street, Jeopardy, The Simpsons, Fletch, New Girl, Full House, FX’s smash-hit, DAVE, aka Lil Dicky. Currently he is starring in two commercials for Universal Studios to promote Jurassic World: Dominion with Raptors Rookie of The Year, Scottie Barnes as well as The Minions Movie – The Rise of Gru.

The Basketball Hall of Fame created the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar College Center of the Year Award to honor the top college basketball center each year. And in 2021 The NBA  created the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award to honor the next generation of athletes who lift up their communities.

Mr. Abdul-Jabbar holds (7) honorary doctorate degrees and is the recipient of the Double Helix Medal, the Ford Medal of Freedom, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal of Courage, the Rosa Parks Award, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor by President Barack Obama in 2016.

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Deborah Morales Executive Director

Deborah Morales is the Executive Director of The Skyhook Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment, where she develops and executes Legacy Plans that enable icons and prominent business personalities to create, monetize & protect their unique personal brands...

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Dr. Anthony Chan Treasurer

Dr. Anthony Chan, is the former Chief Global Economist for JP Morgan Chase Bank.  Dr. Chan joined JP Morgan in mid-1994 and retired in May 2019. During his tenure, he addressed over one hundred thousand clients each year and delivered presentations to many Central Banks around the world, including China’s PBOC, the Bank of Korea, and almost every Central Bank in Latin America...

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Cheryl M. Lott Secretary

Cheryl M. Lott is an attorney with Buchalter, A Professional Corporation who represents corporate clients, banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court. Her practice focuses on general business and commercial litigation, as well as labor and employment litigation, construction defect litigation, and class action defense...

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Steve Anapoell Board Member

Steve Anapoell is an experienced business transactional, securities, and tax lawyer whose practice focuses on private equity, fund formation, joint ventures, private securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions...

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Alvaro “Al” Cortes Board Member

Alvaro Cortes is the Senior Executive Director of the Beyond the Bell Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Cortes oversees and supervises the implementation of all extended day programs which include before-school...

Our Team

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Gerardo “Gerry” Salazar DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF OUTDOOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

As the Administrator of Outdoor and Environmental Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Gerardo oversees programs for two outdoor education centers and five non-district sites...

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Mark “Big Mark” Gardina MANAGER, CAMP SKYHOOK AT CLEAR CREEK OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Mark oversees the day to day operations at Camp Skyhook and has been a part of the team since 1991. He’s run numerous outdoor programs in partnership with the LAUSD...

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Janice Contreras LAUSD Camp Skyhook Liaison

Janice Contreras works for the LAUSD’s Office of Outdoor and Environmental Education. Janice coordinates and leads several projects including special events, creating marketing and promotional content for Camp Skyhook and other environmental literacy programs...

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Andrew Morton Legal Counsel

Andrew Morton is a Partner at Handler Thayer LLP and Chair of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Law Group. Andrew’s innovative practice operates at the intersection of celebrity and philanthropy, comprising all aspects...