Leadership

“It is quite possible to work without results, but rest assured, never will there be results without work.”

 


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CYRUS MEHRI

Co-Founder

Cyrus Mehri co-founded the Fritz Pollard Alliance along with the late Johnnie Cochran, Jr. in 2003.   Cyrus Mehri is also a founding partner of the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, and a founding principal of Working Ideal, a consulting company. Mr. Mehri has served as a co-lead class counsel in some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history: Roberts v. Texaco Inc., ($176 million; S.D. N.Y. 1997); Ingram v. The Coca Cola Company ($192 million; N.D. Ga. 2001); Robinson v. Ford Motor Company ($10 million and 279 apprentice positions; S.D. Ohio 2005); August-Johnson v Morgan Stanley ($47 million; D.D.C 2007); Amachoev v. Smith Barney ($34million; N.D. Cal. 2008); Norflet v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co. ($24 million; D. Conn. 2009) Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC ($32 million; D.D.C. 2011) and Brown v. Medics ($72 million; D.D.C 2015, sexual harassment class action case).  The hallmark of these settlements is innovative programmatic relief; including the creation of new selection procedures for advancement.  Mr. Mehri served as co-lead counsel in the Pars Equality Center case challenging the Trump Travel Ban, which was cited favorably by both Supreme Court dissents. 


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Harry carson

CHAIRMAN

Harry Carson is a native of Florence, South Carolina. Born on Thanksgiving Day (11/26/53) to Gladys and Edgar Charles Carson Sr. He is youngest of 6 children. He attended and graduated from the public schools within the Florence School District.

Carson attended and graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He went on to do graduate studies at South Carolina State and Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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rod graves

Executive Director

Rod Graves is entering his first season with the Fritz Pollard Alliance as Executive Director. He joined the FPA after spending 37 years with the National Football League. His experience includes serving in a number of executive positions in the NFL including Senior Vice President Football Administration at the National Football League and General Manager of the Arizona Cardinals.

Graves’ primary duties as Executive Director will be to set organizational and policy initiatives, to oversee the development of programs that support the mission of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, to guide fundraising and sponsorship efforts, to govern day-to-day operations, set strategic objectives, to ensure the viability of the FPA, and to promote the brand and good-will of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.