MOURNING FAMILY FOUNDATION STAFF

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IESHA FELTON

Director of Operations
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JESSICA MYERS

Director of Marketing and Special Events
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CARLTON BECKFORD

Senior Accountant
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Bill Diggs

President

Bill Diggs currently serves as the President of the Mourning Family Foundation. In this role he is responsible for three different business ventures. He has fiscal responsibility, developmental responsibility and administrative responsibility for this enterprise. As leader of MFF, Diggs is creating a national brand for the Foundation by spearheading initiatives that drive awareness and national partnerships. The intent is to create a global company capable of assisting children of need across the world.

Prior to joining the Mourning Family Foundation, Diggs was the Chief Executive Officer for The Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce (2005-2013). The Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce is Florida’s oldest Chamber of Commerce that has as its primary mission the growth and retention of minority businesses. In addition to managing day to day operations and staff, Diggs oversaw all aspects including fiscal, business development and programming. The chamber has over 500 members for whom he advocated for on a daily basis. In this role he consulted with elected officials as well as public and privately held corporations’ executives in order to insure that the minority vendor community in Miami Dade would thrive.  While leading the Chamber, Diggs also founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami; whose main goal is the mentoring, recruitment and retention of young black professionals in the South Florida area.

Consistently influential in the South Florida Community, Diggs serves on many community boards and committees.  He is a Board Member of The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Black Hospitality Initiative, South Florida Workforce, and the national board for the Alliance for Digital Equality. Diggs is a Past President and a founding member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.

From 2008 to 2011, Diggs wrote a syndicated newspaper column that appeared weekly in The Miami Herald.  A known leader in the areas of business development, nonprofit management, and organizational leadership, Diggs is often asked to speak at conferences, conventions and high schools on issues affecting African Americans in corporate America, as well as the importance of mentoring and professional development among many others. He was selected as the CEO of the Year in 2008 by The South Florida Business Journal. He is listed as one of Miami’s Top Leaders by Miami Today, and was also selected by the United States Small Business Administration as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year in 2011. Bill was the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2013 at Miami Dade College, the largest two-year college in the U.S.

Along with being an avid golfer and jazz enthusiast Bill is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), where he obtained a BS degree in Political Science. Bill is originally from Augusta, GA, and is the son of Margaret and Joseph Diggs. Bill is married to Marie Diggs. He has two children Drew and Dominique.