Yuma Union High School District
ArizonaEric Brooks' true passion is creating learning environments for adults that are interactive, meaningful, and inspire them to take action. He is fortunate to have had extensive experience in the field of education as a consultant on learning styles for more effective presentations. As a trainer and facilitator for over 20 years, he takes great pride in being able to bring groups together to examine their practices, learn new skills, and eventually see real transformative change.
In his previous positions, he has served as both the Director of Professional Learning and the Director of Effective Teachers and Leaders for the Arizona Department of Education instilling more creative and collaborative working environments for schools, LEAs, and internal department staff. He has held the position of Principal/Director of a High School Equivalency Program housed on a university campus just outside of New York City and has served as an Academic Advisor at Montclair State University for pre-service teachers. Currently in his career, he is serving as Chief Academic Officer in the Yuma Union High School District. At this point in his career, Eric states he could not have written a better job description for himself. He wishes the same for everyone he meets.
Sabine (BiNi) Coleman
TexasFor 25 years, 212 Catalysts founder and CEO, BiNi Coleman, has aided a long list of organizations – large and small – through processes of systems improvement, achieving measurable impact, and catalytic growth. She has also advised countless individuals in their journeys toward personal growth. Her experience includes working with and developing highly effective programs, systems and organizations to benefit the community — with programs recognized and studied for best practices by SEDL, Texas Education Agency, Texas Dept of Transportation, US Dept of Education, and Colin and Alma Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance. Her business administration and financial management experience has served agencies ranging from 1 to 12,000 employees. BiNi has facilitated high-level, cross-sector coalitions and helped manage, monitor and establish systems and policies for over $400 million in grant/sponsored projects and over $70 million in in-kind partnerships for the Texas Education Agency, Austin ISD and others. She has served as a guest panelist and mentor to the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at The University of Texas at Austin, and presented at dozens of regional, statewide and national conferences and summits over the last 16 years, including at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Specializing in turning big, nebulous ideas into concrete action to achieve positive, measurable results, BiNi’s work is guided by two professional goals: first, to advise and support community leaders and stakeholders, to ensure that all citizens have opportunity and access to be impactful contributors in society; and second, to identify solutions and solve problems for organizations in all sectors.
Virginia Commonwealth University
VirginiaA driven and enthusiastic leader, Dr. Andrew P. Daire joined the VCU School of Education as its new dean in June 2016. Daire came to VCU from the University of Houston, where he served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research for nearly two years. His resume also includes more than 25 years of experience in higher education. A prolific researcher and scholar, Daire has received over $16 million in external funding to support his research and remains scholarly active through professional publications and presentations. Daire is also engaged at the state and local level serving as Vice-Chair for the Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL), member of the African-American History Education Commission, VDOE’s Return to School Equity Planning Committee and also served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Diversity Virginia’s Educator Pipeline.
Combining an academic and clinical background in counseling and psychology with expertise in research, Daire's style of transformative leadership emphasizes personal and professional development, and motivating faculty, staff and students towards excellence, innovation and impact in their work every day.
Austin Justice Coalition
TexasAsha Dane'el is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). She leads and develops initiatives to connect TxPEP with community organizations and coalitions that are working on reproductive health and justice initiatives. Asha holds master's degrees in Public Affairs and Social Work and bachelor's degrees in Social Work and Women & Gender Studies, all from The University of Texas at Austin. Her thesis focused on Texas' implementation of Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining TxPEP, Asha was a central office administrator at Austin Independent School District where she partnered with leadership and content experts to articulate and actualize equitable, high-quality public education. She has served on the board for Lilith Fund, a Texas abortion fund, and the Amala Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit that focuses on youth leadership development.
Charles C. Davis, Jr.
KentuckyDr. Davis is Director of Comprehensive Services at Evolve502, a community-focused organization helping every Jefferson County Public School student pursue the dream of a college education. By expanding educational opportunities and reducing systemic barriers, Evolve502 helps ensure our children reach their full potential and enjoy successful, productive and fulfilling lives. Dr. Davis earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Michigan University, his Master of Education degree from Antioch University McGregor and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville. He also holds graduate certificates from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University and is a nationally certified Diversity Professional. Charles is married to Dr. Latrica Best and is the father of Charles III and Cullen.
Boston School Finder
MassachusettsCurrently the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) in the new EIR initiative at Boston Schools Fund (BSF), Latoya Gayle has been an advocate for Boston’s families for the past 10 years. EIR is part of BSF's investment strategy focused on building a sustainable coalition to create systemic change. In its 2020-2021 inaugural year, the EIR will be responsible for exploring and developing an organization to amplify parent voice and engage in parent advocacy in Boston education policy. Latoya previously served as the Executive Director for Boston School Finder and was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Phenomenal Moms, a Boston-based organization that aimed to reduce educational, social and economic opportunity and achievement gaps by increasing engagement in schools and communities among parents and families of color.
Latoya is also a Racial Equity Strategist and on the Board of Embracing Equity, a social change agency dedicated to centering racial justice in education through racial and ethnic identity development, critical consciousness and critical action. She has also worked closely with Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP), a professional development and strategy organization that is focused on the intentional, developmental, and complex work that is associated with changing mindsets around equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism. In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Armaud Arbery, she co-founded and produced March Like a Mother for Black Lives Boston, a powerful and empowering rally that took place at Boston’s historic Copley Square on June 27, 2020. Calling on all mothers to stand in solidarity against anti-blackness and racism, March Like a Mother featured a diverse panel of speakers including Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, Suffolk County D.A. Rachael Rollins, and Rep. Liz Miranda. Organized in just three weeks, the rally assembled 20 partners and sponsors and more than 500 socially-distanced attendees. Latoya lives with her family in Boston and has three children who currently attend schools in Boston.
Latoya Hardman Lewis
Fallbrook Center at Lone Star College-Houston North
TexasLatoya Hardman Lewis is the Executive Director of Fallbrook Center at Lone Star College-Houston North. Previously she served as Director of Academic Initiatives and Partnerships at Lone Star College. Prior to that, Latoya was Professor of Education and Lead Faculty for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Program. Ms. Hardman Lewis is experienced in instructional design, curriculum development, public speaking, and program development.
Latoya has worked in education since 2004 first as a high school English teacher in Harlem, NY and later at Klein Forest High School, which is her high school alma mater. She entered higher education as an adjunct instructor in 2008 and has taught both face-to-face and online courses in Developmental English, First Year Experience, Introduction to Teaching, and Introduction to Special Populations. She earned a master's degree in Education from City University of New York City College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Houston.
Boston Young Black Professionals/Boston University
MassachusettsMs. McKoy is a digital media, marketing and communications professional serving as Director of Communications to Enrolled Students at Boston University. She has considerable experience in project management, multi-channel content management and production, writing editorial content, storytelling, brand consistency and analytics. Her approach to communications uses a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, and at its core, tries to humanize and impact people and their engagement with organizations in a more personal and equitable way.
Ms. McKoy has worked for small and large higher-Ed and nonprofit organizations, such as Jobs for the Future (JFF), Teach for America, Simmons University, and The Institute For College Access and Success, developing or supporting their communications strategies, both internal and external, and leading large digital campaigns and projects with organizations keen on improving education access or outcomes. She is also the mom of a precocious 4-year-old, and one of the lead organizers of Boston Young Black Professionals. She is an agent of change for educational equity and opportunity for disadvantaged students.
Department of Public Health
MassachusettsJakira Rogers is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Community Health Workers (CHW) within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She prepares and provides structural analysis of systematic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities and applies this lens to the work of the office. Within her position, she also lends her content expertise on CHW integration into health systems, with an emphasis on primary care, while also providing technical assistance to primary care providers and other providers on how to effectively integrate CHW’s into multi-disciplinary teams. Previously, Jakira provided one-on-one home care services for children with disabilities, promoting abilities and independence in the comfort of their home.
Jakira earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Crime and Justice, from Suffolk University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy with two years of professional experience within government service and a passion for civil rights advocacy that advances marginalized populations. She leverages sociological theories, her analytical skills and cross-cultural acumen to analyze and contextualize sociological conditions.
Leah Dozier Walker
VirginiaLeah Dozier Walker currently serves as the Sr. Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Waterford.org. Prior to this she served as the first ever Director for Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education where she conceptualized the development and led the implementation of Virginia’s #EdEquityVA strategies and initiatives focused on eliminating disproportionality in student outcomes.
Leah has devoted her career to advancing social justice and community impact. With more than twenty years of public sector experience across the human services portfolio, Leah has worked as a program administrator and policy advisor in the administrations of Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones as well as in the office of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. Leah recently founded and serves as principal consultant of Modern Impact Solutions, a professional services practice providing an array of DEI, communications and strategic advising consultation to corporate, non-profit, education and public sector organizations and executives.
Leah was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampton University, and a master's in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Leah lives in Richmond, Virginia and is the proud mother of two daughters.