ABOUT SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION
The mission of the Sean Anderson Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, is to uplift our youth & community, by providing them with the academic & wellness resources necessary, to aid in their journey to becoming their best selves. The Foundation partners with established charitable organizations and corporate sponsors to support its community services and its signature program, Mogul Prep.
My vision for the Sean Anderson Foundation is simply to make the lives of young people better. I want to be an inspiration to young people by showing them that hard work and determination pay off, to be an example of what can happen when you follow your dreams, and to be an instrument of encouragement for us all to help ourselves and to support one another. Detroit and the entire country have shown me much love, and I passionately want to return that love.
Our dream is that every child can have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, nourishing environment surrounded by a loving family and a supportive community.
To this end, the Sean Anderson Foundation supports and participates in:
· economic mobility events
· educational programs which foster creativity and critical thinking
· scholarship funds
· family activities
· physical and mental health initiatives
· preparation for professional, trade, entertainment, and entrepreneurial careers
· professional and personal relationship development skills
Ultimately, our goal is to assist in the development of confident, creative, compassionate individuals who not only survive, but who joyfully thrive.
SEAN ANDERSON FOUNDATION BOARD
Sean Anderson, raised in Detroit since he was an eight week old infant, attended the Detroit Waldorf School where as a young child he told everyone that he wanted to be a rapper. Later, as a student at Cass Technical High School, a nationally recognized college preparatory school, despite being laughed at and ridiculed, Sean still clung to his dream of being a rapper. He religiously competed every Friday night for almost two years on a local radio station’s Friday Night Cypher, which ultimately lead to his being discovered by Kanye West. It was the contact of a lifetime, which led to Sean’s signing with G.O.O.D. Music in late 2007, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam in 2008.
As they say, the rest is history. To date, Big Sean has sold over 15 million records, has numerous gold and multi-platinum recordings, has won a slew of awards – including, MTV’s “Hottest MCs” List of the Year, BET’s Rookie of the Year, MTV’s Video With a Social Message Award, and in 2014 became the first rapper to ever perform at The White House.
While his professional work as a music artist keeps him extremely busy, Sean always makes time to use his resources and his voice to give back to the community and those in need through his Detroit based non-profit, the Sean Anderson Foundation.
Brett Anderson attended Eastern Michigan University. He has worked for the Southeastern Michigan Health Association and the Painex Corporation. He has, also, served as a Marketing Merchandiser for FF to Def Entertainment and continues as a consultant for FF to Def Entertainment. Brett has served as the Treasurer for the Sean Anderson Foundation since 2012.
JEFF M. FRATARCANGELI
Jeffrey is the Managing Principal of Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. While enrolled in a four year fully-funded soccer scholarship at Eastern Michigan University where Jeffrey was on the Mid-American Conference All-Academic Honor Roll, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business administration; majoring in finance and minoring in accounting and economics. Jeffrey also received training for his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification from Oakland University. Jeff has three children; Louis, Marcelo and Alessandro with his wife Nicole. He enjoys competitive sports and is involved with many charities in the Detroit Metropolitan and Fort Lauderdale, Florida areas.
As the Board Member for Sean Anderson Foundation, I act in a completely separate role from my position as a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Myra Anderson was born and raised in Detroit and, like her son, attended Cass Technical High School. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and received her Master’s Degree from New York University. She has been employed as a public middle school teacher, in programs for adults returning to obtain diplomas or GED’s, and in a number of supplemental educational programs. Prior to motherhood, Myra worked as an actress in numerous television commercials, industrial films, and off Broadway theater, and as a senior flight attendant for a major airline. For the past seven years, Myra has served as the Sean Anderson Foundation’s Executive Director and President.
Tonya Corbitt, a native Detroiter who graduated from Cass Technical High School, currently serves as a high school assistant principal for the Farmington Public School District. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration and Leadership. Tonya has brought special programming such as Pretty Brown Girls, Proud Dads, National African American Parental Involvement Day, the Sankofa Book Club, Dads Eat and Run, as well other parental involvement and extra-curricular activities to her school community. Ms. Corbitt has also facilitated and presented professional development programming at the local and state levels. She has mentored many students and teachers and supported their instructional, organizational and professional efforts. Tonya currently serves as the Sean Anderson Foundation’s Secretary.
Michael Fair, a native Detroiter, is an accomplished marketing/advertising strategist with diverse experience in brand strategy, secondary research and project management. Starting his career in the music industry with Universal Music Group Distribution, Michael has gone on to deliver new business intelligence, strategic planning and marketing consulting to a variety of clients in B2C & B2B. He recently served as lead strategic planner on the Walmart business at GlobalHue, the largest multicultural advertising agency in the US. Michael currently serves as a lead North American strategist on the Chevrolet Truck business at Commonwealth//McCann. Michael holds a BA in Business (Marketing) from Michigan State University.