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Our People

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

Our Team

Laura Wilson Phelan

Laura Wilson Phelan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

For over 20 years, Laura has led social change efforts at grassroots and management levels…

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Sangeeta Prasad

Sangeeta Prasad

SENIOR ADVISOR AND FACILITATOR

Sangeeta Prasad is a psychologist at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness…

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Je’Kendria Trahan

Je’Kendria Trahan

PARENT FACILITATOR & ORGANIZER

Je'Kendria works as a Parent Facilitator and Organizer for Kindred. For over a decade, she's…

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Vu Dang

Vu Dang

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Vu T. Dang is chief of staff and interim chief operating officer at the DC…

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Emmanuel Fortune

Emmanuel Fortune

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Emmanuel is program director at the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida where he has a…

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Samantha Barbee

Samantha Barbee

GOVERNING BOARD

Samantha is chief financial and operations officer at Cesar Chavez Schools. Prior to this role,…

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Alejandro Gac-Artigas

Alejandro Gac-Artigas

GOVERNING BOARD

When Alejandro Gac-Artigas was 7, his family immigrated to the US escaping political persecution and…

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Fatema Merchant

Fatema Merchant

GOVERNING BOARD

Fatema Merchant is a senior associate in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington D.C. office.…

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Victor Reinoso

Victor Reinoso

GOVERNING BOARD

Victor Reinoso is the chief operating officer of Independent Sector and an entrepreneur with two…

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Ellen Roche

Ellen Roche

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

With a background in teaching, education research, human rights and marketing, Ellen serves as a…

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Rasheid Scarlett

Rasheid Scarlett

GOVERNING BOARD

Fueled by a burning desire to give back to the community from which he came,…

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