Our Leadership Team
The HLSA Black Alumni Network is an alumni volunteer managed organization. We thank our Officers and Board Members for their dedication and support of HLS alumni activities.
For more information about our leadership team or to get involved, please email Paige Scott Reed at email@example.com.
Sam Cooper J.D. '72
Samuel Cooper III is an international businessman who has worked as a senior level executive with a unique combination of skills. He has extensive proven experience as a business advisor to Fortune 500 global companies on strategic planning, revenue generation and restructuring for market changes in a global economy. Louis Rukeyser named Cooper one of 4 Outstanding Businessmen of the year on his television series Business Journal. Cooper has founded and/or operated corporations in telecom, technology, wireless and health on 4 continents. Cooper is an equity partner in PMS Networks Ltd. (Bahamas) a next generation wireless company and was founder and President of Interstellar Media a convergence technology company. He was a principal and director of Bright Spark Technologies South Africa, the company that invented “Mimic” second generation manipulation software which won a Cannes Film Festival Finalist Award for technology. He was a founder and co-chairman of Imbros Wireless USA Australia, a company that developed wireless secure transaction technology devices used by the US Navy Cash program worldwide and managed by JP Morgan Chase. Cooper was a corporate strategy advisor to Michael Bloomberg and to Bloomberg Ltd. (UK) on business development and private enterprise in the US and international growth markets. Cooper served as CEO of Medlink Hospital on Capitol Hill. DC. He was lead business advisor to CBS Inc. on financial interest and syndication and new media technology challenges, COMSAT on Direct Broadcast Satellite System deployment, URTNA TV and radio broadcasters in 51 countries and advisor to M Net and Eskom in South Africa. Cooper executive produced at 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC, American Rock the prototype pilot for current music talent shows such as American Idol. With two partners and a $61 million investment Cooper founded CTN, a pioneer company in low power television now a multibillion-dollar industry providing opportunities for independent TV networks worldwide. The Clinton White House placed Cooper as Advisor to the National Security Council on international crisis solutions in dangerous and volatile security environments. Cooper was appointed by Bill Clinton and Al Gore to their National Steering Committee for the Clinton Gore re-election campaign. He was on the DC Steering Committee for Hillary’s first Presidential bid.
Formerly a practicing attorney, Cooper has set several legal precedents. He was counsel on the record on the brief for NCTA in National Cable Television Association v Federal Communications Commission, a US Supreme Court case resulting in a $200 million judgment against the FCC for excessive cable TV industry regulatory fees. Cooper successfully argued for the abolition of government imposed pay cable restrictions opening post first run and classic movie markets for HBO and Showtime. He successfully argued for government acceptance of a fax copy of an entire signed check in lieu of the original to meet a US government payment deadline, establishing the precedent that a fax copy is a negotiable instrument under the Uniform Commercial Code. Cooper won an injunction in Federal Court restraining the FCC from blocking marketplace introduction of new technology. He was formerly a General Counsel to the NCTA and the White House and Congressional liaison for the FCC. He began his career in the Legislative Counsel's Office in the US House of Representatives where he functioned as a non-partisan technical legal advisor and legislative draftsman to the US Congress. At Harvard Law School, Cooper was awarded a Law Review Fellowship which was given to 5 members of his Harvard Law School class for exceptional scholarship and potential for scholarly work. He received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Cooper has supported numerous public service initiatives, was the leader of the worldwide diversity movement at Harvard University and the founder and President of PCCP which put over 600 disadvantaged students of all races in universities and colleges on scholarships. Cooper is also currently President of the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network, a nonprofit 501C3 worldwide charity.
Amanda Edwards serves as the Houston City Council Member for At-Large Position 4. She is an attorney and native Houstonian with a passion for building communities through public service. Amanda knows the City of Houston faces critical challenges and key opportunities. She joined the City Council to be part of long-term solutions that will move all of Houston forward.
John Mathews II is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, John was a Litigation Associate at the Washington, D.C. Office of Latham & Watkins LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. John, a native of Seal Beach, California, graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles in 2003, earning his B.A. in Political Science. While attending Harvard Law School, John served as President of Harvard BLSA and an editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Since graduating in 2007, John has served on the boards of the Harvard Black Alumni Society of D.C. and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C. In his spare time, John enjoys mentoring, surfing, salsa dancing, and watching college basketball.
Fletcher H. Wiley
Fletcher H. Wiley concentrates in the areas of corporate and commercial law, small business development, public and private finance, entertainment law, and real estate. Fletcher is of counsel at Morgan Lewis in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined PRWT Services, Inc., a Philadelphia-based products and services company, as a principal of the company and its executive vice president and general counsel. In 1999, he became president and chief operating officer of PRWT Holdings, the entity created to manage the growing family of PRWT enterprises. Fletcher has served as director of several for-profit business organizations, including three public companies. Additionally, he is an investor and principal in several commercial real estate development and management ventures. Fletcher is extensively involved in civic and charitable activities. In 1984, he founded (and chaired until 1990) the Governor's Commission on Minority Business Development. He also served as a director of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston from 1980 to 1993. In 1994, he stepped down from a seven-year involvement as president, and then national chairman, of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Inc., to assume a two-year term as chairman of the board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He is a benefactor of Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc.; a former director of the New England Legal Foundation; and a trustee of the US National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund. He is also the recipient of numerous civic and professional awards.
Yaneris M. Rosa is the Assistant General Counsel of Honeywell Security and Fire, a division of Honeywell International Inc., where she partners with business leaders to further the growth and success of Honeywell's product line, including assisting and facilitating Honeywell’s expansion of its offerings throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Yaneris is a member of Honeywell’s Legal and Government Relations Diversity and Inclusion Council, which aligns with her commitment to support and actively promote diversity in the legal profession. Yaneris was also selected to represent Honeywell as a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization working to build a more open and diverse legal profession. Prior to joining Honeywell, she was the Associate General Counsel of Planet Payment, Inc., a New York based start-up. Yaneris worked on a variety of transactions, including the company’s IPO and listing on the NASDAQ. Yaneris started her career as a Corporate Associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, where she was a member of the Advisory Council to the firm’s Diversity Committee and also managed pro bono matters, including asylum/immigration and divorces/family law issues for domestic violence victims. In partnership with Election Protection, a national nonpartisan coalition that works to break down barriers to the ballot box for traditionally disenfranchised voters, Yaneris served as a Director of the Simpson Thacher Call Center in connection with the 2008 general election.
Yaneris is very passionate about education initiatives, especially those that provide opportunities for children of color and those from underprivileged backgrounds. Yaneris mentors high school, college and law students and serves on the Board of the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Teaching Firms of America-Professional Preparatory Charter School (TFOA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Alumni Association Trustee Council and on Advisory Board of the Mariposa DR Foundation. She is an active member of the Half Hallow Hills School District’s Parent Teacher Association and serves as a Representative on various committees.
Yaneris received her Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with concentrations in Latino Studies and African Diaspora Studies, from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Yaneris was born in Dominican Republic and moved to Freeport, New York at the age of 10. During her studies, Yaneris found ways to stay connected with her culture and the cultural desire to explore her Afro-Latina background led her abroad to study in Ghana, West Africa during her junior year in college. Yaneris returned to Ghana twice during law school to complete a month-long Harvard Law human rights clinic and a separate month-long Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Public Interest Fellowship. She also participated in the Harvard Black Law Students Association Africa Summit in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Juny E. Francois
Diana C. Banks
Paige A. Scott Reed