Our Team

Staff & Consultants

Leena Akhtar
She/her
Director of Programs & Consultant
Northampton, MA
Amy Baker
She/her
Large contracts associate
Colorado Springs, CO
Valerie A. Batts
She/her
VP Consulting (Founding Director)
Boston, MA & Edenton, NC
Jamila Capitman
She/her
Program Associate - Youth Innovations
Boston, MA
Cellosea "CC" Chilton
She/her
Fund Development Intern
Sacramento, CA
Elika Dadsetan-Foley
She/her
Executive Director
Duxbury, MA
Lisa Fagerstrom
She/her
External Relations Lead
Boston, MA
Nikki Glass
She/her
VP of Admin
Baltimore, MD
Clarissa Holmes
She/her
Office Manager
New York City
Austyn Ellese Mayfield
She/her
Communication and Marketing Consultant
Boston, MA
Teletha McJunkin
She/her
Director of Operations
Chattanooga, TN
Tori Parham
She/her and him/his
Intern, Tech consultant
Providence, RI
Rick Pinderhughes
He/him
Deputy VP of Consulting
Milton, MA
Maria Fernanda (Mafer) Reyes
Contracts Assistant
Malden, MA
Kaitlin Robinson
She/her
Contracts Manager
Boston, MA
Erika Sheldon
She/her
Contracts Administrator
Boston, MA
Haley Sparks
She/her
Mental Health Program Manager
Los Angeles, CA

Our Board

Board of Directors
Louise Weeks Coggins, LCSW
​Stephanie Blount, MBA
Pierce J. Brooks
​Shannon Chapman
Patricia Davis-Penn
​Chris Dickerson
Jude Goldman
Thomas Shelden Griggs, Ph.D.
Louise Howlett, M.Div., LMFT
Joyce Hobson Johnson, MS.Ed
Reverend Dr. Nelson Johnson, M.Div.
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.