Gabriella Barbosa is the Director of Policy and Legislative Advocacy at the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), where she leads the development and implementation of ABC’s public policy and advocacy agenda. Gabriella began her career as a public school teacher in Los Angeles, and felt inspired by her students to dedicate her career to public service. She attended law school, and learned how to use legal, policy, and legislative advocacy as tools to achieve a more just, inclusive, and equitable society. She then designed and led an advocacy project at Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in the nation, that focused on improving the academic outcomes of English Learner students through direct legal representation, impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and community education. Gabriella then became Policy Director for Board District 5 of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she led the development of policy and strategy to improve outcomes and equity for public school students across Los Angeles. Gabriella is a proud daughter of immigrants. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from Columbia University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Lowenstein Fellow.
Atrayus Goode founded Movement of Youth (MOY) in 2006 as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MOY is a mentoring and youth leadership development agency based on a program that Atrayus completed in high school sponsored by the 100 Black Men of America. In 2018, MOY became a member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network. Atrayus is currently President & CEO of MENTOR North Carolina, a statewide Affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. MOY serves as the host organization of MENTOR North Carolina. Atrayus is Co-Chair of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Orange County, an Advisory Board Member with the NC Center for Afterschool Programs, and Chair of the National Board of Directors of Witness for Peace. He holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC and aB.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jasmine Khan has spent almost two decades leading large-scale strategic planning and operational change efforts in the public and private sector. Much of her career has been focused on health and human services as she has a deep commitment to community impact and serving at-risk populations. Jasmine developed her social justice passion while supporting inner city communities focusing on child welfare specifically with youth exiting gangs and human trafficking. She traveled around the world developing social enterprises, programs and coalitions to address the safety and well-being of vulnerable youth. She also took a side trip into global consulting applying her skills to managing international corporate and government consulting projects. Jasmine joined the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness in June 2018. She is currently developing cross-sector partnerships to tackle growing homelessness in her home community. She is inspired by the heroes she meets daily in this critical community effort. She has her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Human Services from Bellevue University. Jasmine lives outside of Eagle River, Alaska with her partner Wade and a menagerie of farm animals on their mountain homestead.
Leon Leader Charge is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, S.D. and, also a part of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, S.D. Leon holds a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling and Prevention from the University of South Dakota, with an emphasis in treatment and prevention continuum. Leon has an interest in helping tribal communities, expanding culturally appropriate evidence based best practices, expanding tribal research, history, Lakota & all Native American culture, tribal law and treaty, formation of federal/tribal policy, suicide prevention, healing from trauma, and the betterment of all tribal nations and communities. Recently Leon successfully completed a graduate policy internship at S.D. US Senator Mike Rounds office and recently worked as an Access Advisor for SD Jump Start, SD Board of Regents, a program that focuses on Native American college recruitment and retention at South Dakota’s public post-secondary regental institutions. Currently Leon is attending graduate school at the University of South Dakota and works fulltime for the Office of Legislative Affairs, at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Scientist by day, dancer by night, Maia Maiden has been a pillar in the Minnesota dance community for over 20 years.Born and raised in South Minneapolis, she has studied all genres of dance primarily focusing on West African, Hip Hop, and Step. Her passion for cultural representation in the arts has led to the creation of innumerable powerful performances including ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening, the first and only choreographers’ evening dedicated to Hip Hop dance and its roots in the Twin Cities which showcases high-school level to professional-level choreographers, as well as the multidisciplinary Sistah Solo | Being Brothas, which features solo performances by women and men of color. With sold-out shows since their inception (2009 and 2011, respectively) and on the Minneapolis City Pages A-List (2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014), ROOTED received a Sage Dance Award for Outstanding Performance in 2014. In 2017, Maia Maiden Productions received the Cultural STAR grant and the MRAC Community Arts Grant. In 2018, The McKnight Choreographer Fellowship Program selected Maia Maiden Productions as their International Choreographers Residency Partner. In addition, Maia received the Ordway Sally Award for Initiative and was selected for a Fellowship with Upswell.
Carolina Martínez Prohías has a B.A. in Political Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. For the past three years, she worked for the public and nonprofit sectors in Puerto Rico, serving as legislative advisor at the Puerto Rico Senate and as Program Specialist for Colmena66, a nonprofit entity that assists entrepreneurs to launch their businesses. In 2018, Martínez-Prohías joined her family’s business, Prohías Inflight Catering, to take charge of marketing, sales and new ventures in and outside Puerto Rico. Since 2011, Carolina Martínez-Prohías has focused her voluntary work on Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción, a nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico focused on empowering a network of young change agents to generate effective and inclusive initiatives for Puerto Rico. She currently serves as the entity’s President of the Board of Directors. In the past, she has served in Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción as Program Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Treasurer, and Co-President. Martínez-Prohías is also a blogger for the leading newspaper in Puerto Rico where she addresses social, economic, and political issues that affect the Puerto Rican youth.
Shaunae Motley leads the effort to strengthen communities and make a difference in the lives of neighbors across 13 counties as President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Georgia. Shaunae began her career as an education and career development director with Boys & Girls Clubs of Bulloch County, where she coordinated programs that supported the educational growth of 350 students in grades K through 12. Prior to joining United Way, Shaunae served as director of programs of Quest For Change, where she developed leadership that transformed the organization from two employees serving 150 students to a staff of 12 employees serving over 1,300 youth and families annually. Prior to that role, Shaunae had been chief operating officer for Future Foundation, where she helped grow the organization from a largely grass-roots non-profit into a $2.3 million dollar, nationally recognized service organization. Shaunae studied Public Relations at Georgia Southern University and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School in New York. She was recognized as Rural Leader Magazine’s Top Four “40 Under 40” in 2016, and has earned several awards and recognition for her leadership in the non-profit industry.
Nitika Nautiyal is co-founder of the ‘Business Worker Services Coop’ a two-tiered cooperative, owned by entrepreneurs and workers from communities of color, offering back office support to small businesses. Piloted in Chicago, the coop proposes shared ownership as a path to wealth creation. Nitika founded the coop as a result of a consulting engagement on reducing racial wealth gap. She continues to advise more clients through her consulting practice ‘Impact with Empathy’. Before consulting, Nitika served as the Executive Director of CASE, the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy program of World Business Chicago. CASE is a regional network of anchor institutions committed to collectively impacting inclusive growth in Chicagoland through their procurement and supply chain. Prior to CASE, Nitika worked in the financial inclusion space through her work at ACCION, SEWA Bharat and most recently as a co-founder of a fintech startup Credit Serve. Nitika holds an undergraduate degree in finance from University of Delhi, a masters in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Nitika is a ‘Presidential Leadership Scholar’, Class of 2017, and lives in Chicago with her husband and their son.
Andrew Plumley is Associate Director at Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve race equity. EiC envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations define, implement and advance race equity internally while centering it in their work externally. EiC published “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture,” which outlines best practices for shifting organizational culture toward race equity. EiC’s research was informed by a national Advisory Committee of 120+ cross-sector leaders and equity practitioners. Andrew career began in education, where he advised higher education institutions on diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible students of color. A true systems entrepreneur, Andrew focuses on creating true and lasting systems change for the communities he supports. Her currently serves as Young Black and Giving Back Institute board chair, an ATMTC diversity, equity, and inclusion task force member, and has served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in Vermont. Andrew holds a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business.
Adiel Suarez-Murias currently serves as Communications & Marketing Director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), a national network of funders who invest in the sustaining elements of U.S. democracy and civic life. She brings with her over ten years of experience working with individuals and mission-driven organizations to find the most compelling ways to express their ideas and engage people. Adiel also serves as U.S. Board Communications Director for URBAN REFUGEES, an international NGO building sustainable solutions to the refugee crisis by partnering directly with city-based refugee leaders across the Global South. Adiel is former Communications & Development Manager at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global network of over 100 organizations working toward sustainable peace and security. She also serves as a writing mentor for We Are Not Numbers, a nonprofit that partners with youth in Gaza, and serves as a platform to share their stories. She holds an M.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University.
Jeannette Tremblay Chambers has 15 years of experience as an arts educator and administrator, specializing in building racial and economic equity in the arts sector. She currently works as Director of School and Studio Programs at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL. Chambers is a founding Co-Ambassador of the White Advocates for Racial Equity Network at the National Guild of Community Arts Education, providing racial literacy and tactical training to a national network of educators, administrators, funders, and executives. She serves on the Board of Directors at Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit consortium of arts organizations that affects structural, antiracist change across Chicago’s diverse arts ecosystem. Additionally, she serves on the Equity and Museum Practice Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago. Chambers holds an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an MS Ed in Urban Special Education from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; and a BA in Fine Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
Selena Wilson is the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). An Oakland native and EOYDC alumni, Selena initially developed her love of working with young people through EOYDC’s youth leadership program and her involvement in the California Association of Student Councils. Selena graduated from Castlemont High School and obtained her Bachelor’s in Human Services from Holy Names University in Oakland. She then went on to spend several years leading elementary school enrichment programming with the City of Piedmont before transitioning to Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Selena earned a Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change. After completing her graduate studies, Selena served as a management consultant for the Organization Transformation and Talent division of Deloitte Consulting where she worked with private and government sector clients to deliver large-scale change management solutions. In her current role at EOYDC, Selena has leveraged her multi-faceted skillset to streamline operations across the organization and enhance program effectiveness through evidenced-based practices, with a focus on trauma informed care. Outside of work, she enjoys films, hiking, painting, and spending quality time with her dog, Cairo.