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Bell currently serves on the boards of JPMorgan Chase, Dow Chemical, and is a trustee of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. In August, CBC members met with business leaders in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition released a survey noting that there are only three Black people and one Hispanic person sitting on the boards across 20 major tech companies. Facebook and Google do not have any Black people in their boardrooms.

Bell is only the second Black person to sit on Apple’s board according to industry reports. Delano Lewis, the former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and former NPR president, was the first in the mid-1990s.

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