Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation
Biography - Bridgett Myrell Tucker
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, California, April 11, 2019 – Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) announced the appointment of Bridgett M. Tucker as the new Chief Financial Officer for the foundation effective January 25, 2019. “We are very pleased to have Bridgett join our board and look forward to the breadth of experience she brings to the foundation in finance, technology and branding,” said Clark W. “Bill” Robinson, board chairman.
Dubbed a finance guru by Pasadena Magazine and depicted as a main feature in their annual editorial on top women in business, Bridgett has a reputation for being a results-driven and compassionate business leader. As a former Silicon Valley executive, “Bridgett understands the unique ability we have to reimagine the way we do business and preserve the historical legacy of my father and other original Tuskegee Airmen”, said Lynda (Sunnye) Simpson, board member and daughter of William R. Melton, an original Airman and one of the founders of Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation. “Her experience as an engineer, marketeer, entrepreneur, and industry leader in cultivating the next generation of talented leaders will be invaluable to TASF and to our donors in the current digital business environment.”
Tucker is the CEO and founder of Black Ivy Financial Group (BIFG), a financial intelligence platform focused on increasing the economic vitality for women and underserved youth through financial literacy. She also serves as executive coach for senior leaders across the globe. Prior to founding BIFG in 2016, Tucker served as registered financial advisor for Merrill Lynch advising high net-worth clients. Prior to Merrill Lynch, she held regional sales and strategy positions at Agilent Technologies. Tucker also previously served as a global sales executive with Hewlett-Packard, leading client teams specializing in semiconductors, hardware and financial services. Tucker is an active member of The Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, from Ohio University and a master’s in management from Harvard University.
“Bridgett’s years of experience working with nonprofits, and her passion and leadership in technology, will provide fresh insights to our Nex-Gen Now Scholarship Awards activities as we continue to expand our support for future TASF scholars”—Edward Grice, TASF executive director.”
With the appointment of Tucker, TASF’s board consists of 13 members, including: Clark W. “Bill” Robinson, president and chairman, Charles D. Jones, vice president, Bridgett M. Tucker, chief financial officer, Lowell Steward Jr., treasurer, Errol I. Lewis, secretary, Lynda (Sunnye) Simpson, vice president resource development, Jerry T. Hodges Jr., director and documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA), Dr. Lisa Bratton, director, Joycelin Tomlin, director, Cedric Flounory, director, Brig. General Leon Johnson (Ret.), director, Willie Jones, director, Roy B. Swygert Jr., director.
ABOUT TUSKEGEE AIRMEN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (TASF)
TASF was founded in 1978 by four Tuskegee Army Flying School classmates: Lowell Steward, Claybourne Lockett, William Ellis and William Melton who served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II. The organization was created to preserve the legacy of Tuskegee Airmen by providing scholarships to assist financially and academical y deserving students in the pursuit of their college education. The scholarship fund, now named Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) has granted over 1,400 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million to help underserved students pay for college. With the support of dedicated donors, government employees, corporations, and educational advocates, each year the foundation grants 40 or more scholarships to high school seniors who reflect the ideals, leadership and commitment as exemplified by Tuskegee Airmen. Discover more at www.taisf.org and follow us on Twitter @TASFFliesRight2, and Facebook @tuskegeeairmensf.