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Mia Dunlap: The Audacity to Design a Life She Loves 

By Spark Point | May 10, 2023

Mia Dunlap a leadership and development director and coach at a remote nonprofit organization. She also works as a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker with her own company, Adversity Yields Audacity (AYA), an organization she founded in 2012 to empower young adults to use their adversity as a bridge to design the life of their…

Christina Carter-Grant Thinks Outside The Box in Her Community Development Work

By Spark Point | April 26, 2023

Christina Carter-Grant is the Associate Director of the National Land Bank Network at the Center for Community Progress, the only national organization dedicated to the revitalization of vacant properties.  “I grew up in a neighborhood that suffered from heavy disinvestment and deterioration,” Christina says. “I never knew what it was like to really feel safe…

Audrey Williamson Brings a Social-Emotional Lens to Community Work

By Spark Point | April 12, 2023

Audrey Williamson is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for KIPP Foundation, a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains outstanding educators for the network of free college-prep KIPP schools across the country. She also serves on the founding board of directors for Atlanta Unbound Academy, a K-8 public charter school dedicated to providing empowering, rigorous…

Dy Brown Encourages Young Adults to Own The Power of Their Voice

By Spark Point | March 1, 2023

Dy Brown is Deputy Executive Director at Young Invincibles, a nonprofit focused on amplifying young adult voices in the political process, especially in the areas of healthcare, higher education, workforce development, and civic engagement. From an early age, Dy knew she had the power to make a difference in the world. Her mother was an…

Jerri Taylor Helps BIPOC Youth Discover Their Place in the World

By Spark Point | February 15, 2023

Jerri Taylor is the Director of Diversity in Career Pathways for Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree. She leads a variety of mentorship programs to help diversify conservation and forestry careers and develops curricula that encourage BIPOC youth to gain a different perspective on the outdoors.  “No matter what your background is or the…

Stacia N. Frederick Empowers Unhoused Women to Reach Their Goals While Also Working Hard to Accomplish Her Own

By Spark Point | February 1, 2023

Stacia N. Frederick is the newly promoted Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement at Calvary Women’s Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness for women in DC. She is also an author and small-business owner of My Roll Dog Designs. “As a kid, I wanted to do good and save the world,” Stacia says.…

Brianna Howard Understands the Impact of Community Support

By Spark Point | January 18, 2023

Brianna Howard is the Lead Prevention Specialist at Everyone Home DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. “The goal is to keep people out of shelters because we know that going into a shelter can have some long-term consequences that are…

Lanre Williams-Ayedun Knows the Value of Faith and Community Support in International Development  

By Spark Point | January 4, 2023

Lanre Williams-Ayedun is the Senior Vice President of International Programs for World Relief, a global Christian nonprofit organization that has supported refugee resettlement, humanitarian assistance and development programming in more than 100 countries. Working in social services was always Lanre’s plan.  “My father is a development practitioner as well, so I grew up in this…

Jordyn White Pursues Every Personal and Professional Goal With Intention

By Spark Point | December 14, 2022

Jordyn White is the Senior Director of Leadership Development and Research at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States. She also co-founded and serves as General Manager of the Washington Prodigy women’s tackle football team. Being connected with community and helping others has always been important to…

Ramona Plummer is Working to Destigmatize Mental Health and End Teen Suicide  

By Spark Point | November 30, 2022

Ramona Plummer is a program coordinator with Our Minds Matter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending teen suicide by supporting student-led clubs in the DC metropolitan area and across the country.  Our Minds Matter was founded in 2012 and originally called the Josh Anderson Foundation to honor the legacy of the executive director’s brother who…

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