Our Team

Staff & Consultants

Miriam Abrams

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Oakland, CA

Hideko Akashi

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

San Francisco, CA

Leena Akhtar, Ph.D

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Northampton, MA

Alec MacLeod, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

Oakland, CA

Lawrence Alexander

Innovations Manager
Pronouns: he, him, his

South Dartmouth, MA

Jane Ariel, Ph.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

San Francisco, CA

Valerie A. Batts, Ph.D.

VP Consulting (Founding Director).
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Boston, MA & Edenton, NC

Jabari Brown

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

New Orleans, LA

Michael Jacoby Brown, M.P.A.

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

Arlington, MA

Angela R. Bryant, J.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Rocky Mount, NC

John Capitman, Ph.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

Fresno, CA

Cassandria Campbell, M.A.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Boston, MA

John E. Colón, M.A.

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

New Hampton, NY

Dana N. Courtney, M.S.W.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Graham, NC

Soerny Cruz

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Roxbury, MA

Barbara J. Davis, M.Ed., LCMHC, NCC

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Rocky Mount, NC

Zan Ehly

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, them

Borrego Springs, CA

Elika Dadsetan-Foley, M.A., J.D.

Executive Director.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Duxbury, MA

Emily Schatzow, M.Ed.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Cambridge, MA

Lisa Fagerstrom

Contracts Director.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Boston, MA

J. Elena Featherston

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

San Francisco, CA

Jeanne Firth, PhD.

Consultant
Pronouns: she, her, hers

New Orleans, LA

Ariana Gil

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Oakland, CA

Nikki Glass

VP of Admin
Pronouns: she, her, hers

North Las Vegas, NV

Tokunbo T. Green, J.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

New Haven,CT

Thomas Shelden Griggs, Ph.D.

Consultant.
Pronouns: he, him, his

Seattle, WA

Wendy Brown Helmkamp, M.B.A.

Consultant.
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Simsbury, CT
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Our Board

Board of Directors
Louise Weeks Coggins, LCSW
Melissa Agudelo
​Stephanie Blount, MBA
​Shannon Chapman
Patricia Davis-Penn
​Chris Dickerson
Jude Goldman
Thomas Shelden Griggs, Ph.D.
Louise Howlett, M.Div., LMFT
Vincent O. Johnson
Melissa Lukin, MBA
Elisa Lurkis
Gwendalynn L Morris
Wadye Morton
C. L. Max Nikias, Ph.D.
Prabha Sankaranaray, MS
Tiveeda Stovall, Ed.D.

Advisory Board of Directors
Aaron Amado
John Capitman, Ph.D.
​Meg Coward Baesmith
James W. Crow, PhD
Ida Dew Hickerson
Vlada Georgieva
Susan E. Gravely
Rev. Robert Griffin
The Rev. Geoffrey Hoare
Sheryl Howard, Esq.
Jovonna Jones
Carlene Larsson
Howard Lee, M.S.W.
Harriet W. Martin
Jarrow Merenivitch
​Viet Thanh Nguyen, PhD
The Rev. Haywood Parker
Gail Perry
Susan M. Perry Cole, Esq
Frank Phoenix
Bereket Habte Selassie, Ph.D.
Linnea Smith, M.D.
Joseph Steele, M.B.A.
​Gloria Steinem ​
Ann B. Sye, Ed.S
Fredrica H. Thompsett, Ph.D.
Timothy Tyson, Ph.D.
Lamont Wiggins, Esq.