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Executive director of Dodgers Foundation named

Former Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar Whiteman 'honored and humbled'

PHOENIX -- Nichol Whiteman, a former Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, has been named executive director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the club announced on Monday.

"We're delighted to have Nichol Whiteman heading up the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation," said Foundation chairman and Dodgers chairman and owner Mark Walter. "The Dodgers' work in the community is an integral part of what we are as an organization and we know Nichol will do an outstanding job in leading the Foundation's drive to grow those efforts."

Whiteman will lead the Foundation's new focus on three community pillars -- sports and recreation, education and literacy, and health and wellness.

"I am unbelievably honored and humbled to have this amazing opportunity," said Whiteman, an Inglewood, Calif., resident. "As a longstanding supporter of the Dodgers franchise, I am firmly committed to advancing the Foundation, broadening its impact and improving the quality of life for children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region."

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Whiteman served as executive director of College Summit's California region. Her previous positions included vice president, development and communications (2011-13) for LA's Promise; the Jackie Robinson Foundation (2006-11); the Earl Graves Publishing Company/Black Enterprise Magazine (2000-06) as director, group sales and sponsorship; Essence Magazine (1999-2000) as manager, sales promotions and merchandising; and J.P. Morgan Chase (1998-99) as marketing analyst, marketing strategy and communications.

In addition to her JRF Scholarship, Whiteman was named Spelman College's Class of 1998 Businesswoman of the Year, earned the 2005 LEAD Program in Business Leaders of Tomorrow Award and in 2010 was honored as Woman of Inspiration Honoree by The Wave.

She has served on a number of boards, including the Executive Leadership Team at the American Heart Association Go Red Campaign; the advisory board of the Black Enterprise Woman of Power Conference; and the Board of Directors for the IDefine Foundation. She has also served as an advisory member of The Positive Results Corporation, and she serves on the National Advisory Council of A Better Chance, Inc., and the Southern California Advisory Board of College Summit.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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