People – June 2011

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Darrell A. Brown was appointed executive director of the Washington, D.C., Small Business Development Center, located at Howard University in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration since 1979. Brown previously served as director of Urban Policy and Development for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and director of Economic Development for the City of Cranston, R.I. He was also an economic policy adviser in the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island, served as chief of staff to the attorney general of Rhode Island and as an assistant attorney general in the Virgin Islands. A District of Columbia native, Brown is a graduate of American University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his law degree from Howard University in 1990.

Leilani M. Brown
joined Starr Companies as vice president and chief marketing officer. She will oversee the company’s marketing, brand management and digital strategy initiatives. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief marketing officer at CQ Roll Call, a political news division of The Economist Group. Before that, she held marketing positions at MetLife and AIG. Brown is credited with creating AIG’s first eCommerce venture, offering travel insurance through Priceline.com. She is a board trustee for the Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, N.Y., a member of the Executive Leadership Council and a 2011 “25 Influential Black Women in Business” honoree of The Network Journal. Brown holds a B.A. in international studies from Middlebury College and an M.P.A. in management from New York University.      

Burrell Communications Group named Robert Clifton executive creative director. This marks the second time Clifton has worked for the agency; from 2001 to 2003, he held the post of group creative director. In his new role, he will work on the McDonald’s and Toyota accounts. Prior to this, he was executive creative director at Campbell Mithun and before that, he was senior vice president at Leo Burnett. Other brands Clifton has worked
on during his 20-plus-
year career in adver-
tising include Nintendo, Hallmark, Reebok and Coke. He has written several television shows and screenplays, two of which have been optioned by production studios. A graduate of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Clifton is the recipient of numerous awards for creativity, including the Reggie Award and David Ogilvy Award. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Norfolk State University.     

audie cornishAudie Cornish was named the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR News. She has worked for the news outlet since 2006, serving as a reporter and substitute host on All Things Considered, Tell Me More and Weekend Edition Sunday. Before this, Cornish was a political reporter for WBUR, where she covered major regional news stories, most notably, the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In 2005, she earned a prize in the National Awards for Education Writing. In 2008, she was on the presidential campaign trail and, since 2009, has been covering Capitol Hill. Her first job was as a general assignment reporter for The Associated Press.
A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Cornish 
graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

lori garrettLori Garrett was promoted to vice president of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She will retain her current title as managing director of the Southeast regional office, which she has held since 2009. In her new role, she will continue to manage MCCA’s scholarship program, create legal education programming and collaborate with law firms and other entities to design and implement diversity initiatives. Garrett was previously associate director of career services at Emory University School of Law. Prior to that, she practiced commercial real estate law at the firms Weissman, Curry & Wilco, P.C., and McGuireWoods L.L.P. Garrett has degrees in Spanish and psychology from Spelman College and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. 

auma n. reggyAuma N. Reggy was elected president of The Kenya Project, a nonprofit organization that funds a school and an orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. She is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of the law firm Arnall Golden Gregory. Aside from handling licensing, sponsorship, copyright and trademark matters for the firm’s  domestic and international clients, Kenyan-born Reggy also provides in-house training for business clients. Honored in Atlanta magazine as “Georgia’s Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law, she recently helped feed and clothe 400 families in her native country. In
her new post with the Project, she will help to raise funds to build another orphanage. Reggy earned a B.A. in economics and French from Eastern College and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.