Cheryl Dorsey | June 12
Cheryl L. Dorsey is a trailblazer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that supports emerging social entrepreneurs and invests deeply in their ideas and leadership. Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); and Vice-Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-2017). She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree in history and science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges. In 2019, Cheryl was named a Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Thought Leader.
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Sonjiah Davis | May 29
RS Davis Health & Wellness LLC
Sonjiah (sōn jaī) Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist and Life Coach who is the owner and primary therapist and lead life coach at her private practice, RS Davis Health & Wellness, LLC, located in Southeast Washington, DC and globally in Ghana, West Africa. Her expertise is in the treatment of individuals with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, and PTSD/Trauma and is the founder of Sistahs in Survival, a support group for women who have survived narcissistic abuse. Ms. Davis obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Howard University and has worked for the past 20 years with individuals and families through public policy as a former congressional staffer and through several community initiatives advocating for women and children’s rights.
Chris Richards | May 22
Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009. Back in 2001, Chris Richards, 34, was getting his start at the Washington Post, sorting mail and answering phones in the newsroom. By night, he was playing shows in Washington, D.C.’s post-punk band Q and Not U. in 2005, Richards began writing music reviews for the Post. Three years later, he was in New York working as the editor of The Fader, but soon found himself returning to our nation's capital, back at the Washington Post, this time as the paper’s full-time pop music critic – "pop," in this case, refers to covering everything but classical.
Donna DeCaillie, Monica Rainge and Briar Blakely | July 24
Donna DeCaillie, MS, RD is Director of Communications & Member Relations. Monica Armster Rainge serves as the Director of Land Retention and Advocacy. Briar Blakely is the Communications & Outreach Specialist.
The Federation is a non-profit cooperative association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives. We are organized by state associations with field offices serving a primary membership base in the Southern States. The majority of our farmers, landowners, cooperatives, and credit unions are in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisianna. Our Largest individual membership base is in South Carolina. Our largest co-op membership base is in the state of Mississippi.
Richard "RJ" Eskow | May 8
Richard (RJ) Eskow is a freelance writer and the host of The Zero Hour, a nationally syndicated weekly radio and TV program broadcast out of the We Act Radio Studios. He is also Senior Advisor for Health & Economic Justice at Social Security Works. Richard is a former consultant, public policy advisor, and senior executive in the US and more than 20 foreign countries. His writings have appeared in a number of print and digital publications. Richard worked in health financing, risk management, insurance, and information technology in the US and more than 20 other countries. Clients included private entities, financial institutions, foundations, and governments. His writing has been published in The Nation, Salon, The Intercept, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.
Claire Nelson, Ph.D. | May 1
Dr. Claire Nelson is Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research and education practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities. The dynamic storyteller, social innovator and Editor-At-Large of HUMAN FUTURES Magazine was named among Forbes Top 50 Female Futurists and has been honored as a White House Champion of Change. As a result of her leadership, the Bank honored her with its coveted Ortiz Mena Award. Dr. Nelson is recognized as the Architect of the Campaign for National Caribbean American Heritage Month and Convenor of the Caribbean Space Society and has received a commendation in the US Congressional Record and holds a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University
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Raj Aggarwal | July 24
Raj founded Provoc in 1999 and serves as President and Lead Strategist. Over twenty years of experience as a communications and technology strategist, he has worked with more than 400 nonprofits and socially responsible businesses on a variety of projects including internal and external branding, marketing and customer engagement. Raj keeps Provoc rooted in empathy-driven work by forging partnerships with values-aligned, visionary leaders and has led workshops and talks at dozens of national conferences. He serves on the boards of Think Local First, DC, and Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, and recently shared his personal story on NPR.
Paula Washington | April 24
Paula has successfully managed, directed, and coached hundreds of executives in advancing their careers and businesses. With the best of both worlds, a corporate and entrepreneur career, her goal is to cultivate the entrepreneurial leadership mindset. Ms. Washington believes that in an ever-changing global economy, understanding and engaging both frameworks is critical for business sustainability which offers a greater alignment for personal growth and professional acceleration. Passionate about economic empowerment for women she created the Design Your Life First program. She has an MBA in International Business, an MS in Organizational Leadership, multiple certifications in Executive Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Executive Leadership for Non Profits.
Tim Gordon | April 3
Tim Gordon has been voicing his opinion on films, appearing regularly on television and radio for over two decades. He simultaneously serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and President of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA). Gordon’s reviews have aired on WETA-TV’s Around Town since 2005. He currently hosts the weekly online radio film show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon on BlogTalkRadio. In addition, his work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, JET magazine and BET Weekend. He is also a former member of the Variety Magazine Bureau of Film Critics (Washington, D.C. chapter).
Kerrie LaRosa | May 15
Kerrie LaRosa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Parent Coach who has been working with children and families for more than fifteen years. Kerrie supports parents by building on their strengths and empowering them with knowledge about child development and the tools to address common child
behaviors. Kerrie promotes stronger parent-child relationships by helping parents understand their children better, improve their connections, and navigate developmental stages. In addition to one-on-one coaching, Kerrie speaks to groups on a range of topics including child development, discipline, and social-emotional intelligence. Kerrie earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. A native of California, Kerrie currently resides outside of Washington, DC, in Maryland with her husband and children.
Dionne Lucas | June 19
Dionne is the Director of Retail Marketing and Sales for NMAAM. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University’s Mass Media Arts department, Dionne Lucas started her professional career with The Coca Cola Company, working in marketing at the company’s headquarters. After heading dozens of projects for the company over the course of 10 years, Dionne took over as Marketing Manager in the company’s Farmington Hills, Michigan office. Four years later Dionne would take her talents back to Atlanta to work with RJ Reynolds subsidiary, Lane Limited. Dionne served as a Senior Brand Manager for four years, and Category Manager for another two years. In these positions, she was responsible for the successful launch of numerous brands and received multiple accolades. Dionne moved to Nashville to serve as the Director of Marketing for Kentucky based Tantus Manufacturing.
Aisha Addison | April 10
Aisha obtained her Master of Science Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Widener University in 2010. With 20 years in the field, Aisha has a plethora of knowledge in healthcare, including primary care and occupational health. After years of dreaming about being an entrepreneur London Logistics & Healthcare, LLC (LLH) DBA London Addison was incorporated on May 2, 2019. LLH partners with companies to provide workplace education and screening to reduce liability. With access to over 10,000 screening sites both locally and nationally, we are able to order immediate testing in any state at any time. Our mobile department is also designed to bring onsite screening and education to the workplace, reducing downtime for both employers and employees. Through our partnerships LLH also provides employers and employees with high-quality online training as well as NAPBS, A+ BBB rated background checks for all prospective employees.
DeShuna Spencer | June 26
DeShuna Elisa Spencer is the Founder & CEO of kweliTV, which celebrates global black culture through curated, undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series, children’s programming and events. She’s a former radio host and producer of emPower Hour on Washington, DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW. A Memphis native, Spencer graduated from Jackson State University where she studied communications and journalism. She has written for The Clarion-Ledger, The Oakland Tribune and the Crisis Magazine. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Spencer served as Director of Communications for EdMarket. In 2019, she was featured in “How We Fight White Supremacy” as one of the more than 60+ black leading organizers, artists, journalist, entrepreneurs, etc., (including Ta-Nehisi Coates) who offered wisdom on how to fight white supremacy through their work.