NBWA board members’ primary responsibilities focus on support and governance, each requiring skill and expertise. As supporters of the NBWA, board members raise money, identify and engage new contacts and serve as ambassadors within national and global communities. They have a deep sense of ownership and, thus, are the first to volunteer and donate to the causes that support our communities and the women and children who depend on contributions. Each member of the board serves as a safety net for the NBWA mission and is committed to realizing the NBWA vision. We are deeply committed to living and communicating that mission to our members, partners and sponsors. Equally important is the responsibility of governance, which focuses on protecting the public’s interest, acting as a fiduciary – which includes ensuring compliance with legal and tax requirements – and evaluating the NBWA’s ongoing work and the president’s leadership. NBWA board members have a strong spirit of social entrepreneurship and understand that having a strong board is not just a way to get help, but to keep the NBWA close to you – NBWA donors, sponsors and members.
“To empower a woman is to uphold humanity. Women are the original creators, nurturers and strongholds in our society that necessitate a returned outpour of respect, love and encouragement.”
Mia’s present role as President & Director of the National Basketball Wives Association has again sparked a new energy and level of dedication to service in national and global communities. Her ability to unify NBWA members, who span generations, has proven to be a strong skill set that will lead the organization to new heights.
Mia has long been committed to community volunteering, which includes also serving on the boards of Open Schools, Portland, OR; D Wright Way Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Wright Legacy Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; and The Center for Excellence in Life, Bay Area, CA.
“Our actions strengthen with your acts of kindness. Your actions help us provide positive change within our communities.”
Tomi Rose is the Senior Director of Luxury Sales, Sports Entertainment Division at Douglas Elliman, and the wife of 17-year retired NBA and European player, Mark Strickland. As a developer and 16-year real estate mogul with expertise in the sports and entertainment niche, Tomi garnered plaudits for her history-making sales and listings in Miami-Dade and Broward counties between 2012 and 2016.
Tomi has received several honors, including the International Career and Business Alliance Award as South Florida’s Rising Star Corporate Executive, the Miami Herald Legacy Magazine Trailblazer of the Year Award and South Florida’s Most Powerful Black Professional in Business and Industry Award. Tomi has also been named one of Billboard Magazine Music’s Top 15 Real Estate Agents and was the first African American woman to star on the CBS – Style Network’s hit real estate docu-series, Hot Listings Miami.
In addition to being a board director for the National Basketball Wives Association, Tomi serves on the board of the Miami Chapter of After-School All Stars National Organization. She also supports international causes, including Best Buddies and Special Olympics.
Tomi and her husband Mark co-manage a diverse portfolio, which includes real estate, water, fashion and their luxury lifestyle and sports publication, ROSE.
Donna M Harris-Lewis
“Philanthropy is a gift from the heart. The phenomenal NBWA members’ hearts and hands are opened wide to support programs that educate, encourage and empower our youth for leadership roles in their communities.”
Donna’s 30-year commitment to community service and nonprofit boards includes the National Basketball Wives Association, Boston Arts Academy Leadership Circle, Roxbury Prep Charter School, Celtics Wives Save Lives, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Reggie Lewis Memorial Scholars, Dimock Center, Reggie Lewis Foundation and Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, named in honor of Reggie’s commitment to charitable work in Boston.
During her 1994 Northeastern University commencement address, Donna encouraged the graduating class to “invest their considerable knowledge, talent, time and resources to underserved communities or non-profit charitable organizations.”
“Nurturing a community is a necessity. I witnessed the whole city of Houston come together during Hurricane Harvey to help rescue victims and help put the city back together. #HoustonStrong”
Renee Taplin-Jones is a global flight attendant employed by a major airline and the wife of NBA legend, Major Jones. For 30-years, Renee has enjoyed traveling around the world for work and the charitable endeavors she and her husband share. Renee is an accomplished athlete in her own right, initially attending junior college on a basketball scholarship before transferring to the University of Houston where she received a volleyball scholarship and majored in business administration. Renee is also an aspiring author and is in the process of completing several literary projects.
Philanthropy and volunteering have always been a priority for Renee. She has dedicated many years volunteering for numerous airlines charitable programs such as MLK Day and Career Day, as well as for local charities in the Houston area, including the Houston Food Bank, Urban League and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. She and Major co-founded the Jones Legacy Scholarship, which showcases their love for humanity and charitable giving. Renee prides herself as being a team player, working behind the scenes to make things happen. As she so eloquently states, “It’s always about the mission and not a competition. It is indeed an honor and privilege to represent the women of NBWA.”
Cookie Johnson is a devoted philanthropist and spokesperson for women’s health. She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Magic Johnson Foundation. She addresses the health, social and educational needs of those residing in underserved communities and is involved in the development of the Foundation’s overall goals, objectives and programs.
Cookie joins her husband Earvin “Magic” Johnson in the fight against HIV/AIDS by speaking to women’s groups, at community events, local schools, etc. using her platform to encourage people across the country to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on everyone.
A businesswoman at heart, in 2009 Cookie launched her premium denim line, CJ by Cookie Johnson. CJ by Cookie Johnson is an aspirational collection of premium denim that combines style AND comfort with sophisticated edge.
Now a New York Times bestselling author, Cookie’s written a memoir called Believing in Magic, her story about love, overcoming adversity, and keeping the faith. Believing in Magic was released September 2016; Cookie now uses her testimony to inspire and encourage others during appearances and speaking engagements.
Cookie graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Retailing of Clothing and Textiles, working in the industry for seven years. Cookie is married to Earvin Johnson Jr. and is a mother to their children André, Earvin Johnson III (EJ) and Elisa.
Super executive and power mom, Angela James, embodies success. A world class individual with an award-winning personality, Angela is a woman with strong faith and wisdom beyond her years. Endowed with a great passion to serve and help others, Angela is a prominent business woman and active community leader. At any given moment, you can find Angela negotiating development deals, planning a marriage retreat or coaching people into their destiny. Her commitment to excellence and will to succeed drive her to reach higher every day.
Steered by her strong values and beliefs, Angela is a pillar in both the business and philanthropic community. She is a youth mentor and enjoys teaching life skills as well as helping students pursue their educational goals. She incorporates her own life experiences into her messages and imparts her personal wisdom to youth across the country. Angela also shares her time and talent with various causes and programs. She has served on several Board of Directors and is also a member of National Basketball Wives Association. Angela’s activism is unmatched and she thrives on her commitment to serve, uplift, and encourage as many people as possible.
Angela is a graduate of Duquesne University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She currently resides in Texas with her loving husband Michael and their five beautiful daughters, Jadon, Amaya, Michal, McKinley and Angela Elisha.