Raymond Eugene Shipman (Gene) serves as the Foundation’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer. Gene has more than 30 years of experience in executive management, having served in offices as City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Managing Director, and Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority in the cities of Kansas City, MO; Hartford, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; and Washington, DC, and has a track record of success in communication and negotiation.Gene’s extensive management expertise, and fine-tuned budgeting and forecasting skills are key assets that give direction and guidance to the foundation’s long-term growth and development. Gene earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master of Public Administration from Howard University. Gene is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Gene is Olivia’s maternal grandfather. Hints of his strong genes can be seen in the twinkle in his eyes and the infectious smile he has passed on to his children and grandchildren.