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-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.
Austin Independent School District
TexasMaria Montejano is a Bilingual Teacher in the Austin Independent School District. She is highly skilled in culturally responsive rigorous teaching for elementary-age students and with restorative practices as an avenue for systems change in school. Maria has led workshop sessions for parents and their teens about the transition from elementary to middle school about school safety, positive parenting strategies and how to support teens in having healthy relationships.
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 apply 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.
Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association
ArizonaSadie Shaw is an artist, organizer, art instructor, and activist from Tucson, AZ. She earned a BFA in Art & Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona. Because of her work as president of the Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, she was nominated by Ward III Council Member, Paul Durham, to serve on the City of Tucson's Public Art & Community Design Committee. She also serves on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for both the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona as well as the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, where she is the education program co-chair.
Sadie's passion for art, community engagement and activism pushed her to create the Sugar Hill Oral History Project to collect and archive the stories of the neighborhood’s historic residents. The most recent example of Sadie's community activism is her candidacy for the Tucson Unified School District’s governing board. As a parent of a student in the district, her campaign centers around promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility that will be reflected in both an updating of the district’s curriculum and a push to move resources to the schools that need them most. Her passion and advocacy for the Tucson community will be an indispensable asset for the district for years to come.
Leah Dozier Walker
Virginia Department of Education
VirginiaLeah Dozier Walker is Director of Equity and Community Engagement at the Virginia Department of Education, where she leads statewide efforts aimed at advancing education equity, closing the achievement gap and decreasing disproportionality in student outcomes. Resolute in her commitment to community impact, Ms. Dozier Walker has devoted her career to public service and social justice. Leah has more than twenty years of public sector experience in Virginia, working for Mayor Dwight C. Jones Administration in the City of Richmond, Governor Timothy M. Kaine at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Democratic Caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and its Foundation, Richmond City Council and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.
Born and raised in Southern California, Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Leah lives in Richmond, Virginia and is the proud mother of two daughters.