Frances E. Jemmott, Principal and CEO
Fran Jemmott is a leader and change agent for social justice. Her work has focused on reducing health disparities and social determinants of health as a donor, grantmaker, board member, executive director, policy advisor and volunteer. Before founding the Jemmott Rollins Group in 2002, she served as Program Director for Community and Women’s Health at The California Wellness Foundation. For 12 years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation on key committees including strategic planning, board development, and Uplifting Change – their signature effort to generate and direct funds for social justice issues in communities of color. She also founded the California Black Women’s Health Project in 1994 along with other pioneers for women’s health advocacy.
As Founder and CEO of the Jemmott Rollins Group, Ms Jemmott leads the firm’s work in strategic planning, fund development and program planning. She serves as a thought partner to private and corporate companies, as well as community foundations, to improve organizational effectiveness through greater cultural awareness, competence and sensitivity.
Fran lives in South Los Angeles with her spouse and partner, Bernard Rollins. Together they are actively involved in civic activities, but are most proud of their involvement and commitment to the educational success and strong cultural identity of their six grandchildren– “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Bernard H. Rollins, Principal and Art Director
As an accomplished graphic artist, art director and writer, Bernie Rollins brings more than 30 years of expertise in advertising, print publications, television, feature and documentary films. Since expanding his career, he has focused his talents on helping nonprofits in the areas of image maximization, promotion, public relations, marketing and technological enhancement. Bernie’s goal is to produce contemporary images that resonate with target audiences by creating and projecting visual messages that are informative, exciting and engaging.
Damon Azali-Rojas, Director of Field Programs
Damon is a resident of South Los Angeles with more than a decade of experience organizing and working on policy initiatives at the city, county and legislative levels. Before joining JRG, he was the lead organizer at the Labor and Community Strategy Center where he worked with communities on youth and education issues, urban transportation and other policy initiatives. He is exceptionally skilled as a group facilitator, community organizer, and policy analyst. Damon is currently facilitating JRG's work with the Liberty Hill Foundation on the Boys and Men of Color Initiative; has worked with the San Bernardino Green Alliance to facilitate the work group on conference planning and setting a policy agenda; and coordinates the Blue Shield Against Violence networking and knowledge-sharing program for the statewide Strong Field Project.
Hayley Roberts, Senior Program Associate
Hayley Roberts is the Senior Program Associate for the Jemmott Rollins Group. Prior to her position at JRG, Hayley Roberts worked as a Program Associate for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundations for over three years. Hayley started her career in the nonprofit sector as a Development Associate at the New-York Historical Society, where she assisted with fundraising events and initiatives which generated over $1 million for the museum. Following her time at the Historical Society, Hayley worked in the Participant Relations department at StoryCorps, where she managed the organization’s StoryBooth and StoryKit programs.
Hayley received her master’s degree in History from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2006.
Geavonni Pickett, Office Manager
Geavonni Pickett, an advocate for the empowerment and support of single parents, brings her business acumen to the Jemmott Rollins Group after serving as a Career Guidance Counselor Assistant at Los Angeles Southwest College. There she conducted intake screening, maintained program databases, audited files and interviewed candidates for program eligibility.
Ms. Pickett dedicates time to volunteer and assist others, such as being elected President and Founder of The Single Parent Connection, a California State University Dominguez Hills Accounting Society Member and a Bethlehem Temple Church youth fundraising committee Member.
Ms. Pickett holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business Administration.
James Hull, Information Systems Technician
James Hull utilizes his technical knowledge and expertise to compliment his creativity in ways rarely expressed through web and graphic design. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University, Dominguez Hills, but his specialization spans a variety of fields: from the highly technical development of internet technologies and database management, to the primarily artistic endeavors of digital design and illustration.