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Angela Doyinsola Aina Advances Black Maternal Health Care

By Spark Point / November 16, 2022

Angela Doyinsola Aina is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), a national nonprofit organization advocating for Black maternal health, rights and justice. BMMA’s goals are to change policy, shift the culture, cultivate research and advance care for Black mamas. Angela has more than 15 years of public health experience, including…

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Serena Saunders Prioritizes Mental Health While Helping Underrepresented Groups Become Civically Engaged

By Spark Point / November 2, 2022

Serena Saunders works as the Communications and Programs Coordinator for Running Start, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for office. She recently earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and she’s invested in helping underrepresented groups become civically engaged. Growing up in the DC area, politics was always…

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Saran and Nile Fossett are a Mother and Daughter Team Opening Doors for Girls of Color

By Spark Point / May 25, 2022

Saran and Nile Fossett are the mother-daughter team behind AZIZA PE&CE (AP), a nonprofit program that uses art, fitness, music and fashion to support girls of color and LGBTQ+ youth on their journeys of self-actualization. Saran is the founder and executive director of AP while Nile serves as the director of operations.  Love is at…

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Reverend Kazimir Brown Fuses Faith and Public Policy to Address Social Injustices

By Spark Point / May 5, 2022

Reverend Kazimir Brown serves as the National Director of Religious Affairs for Repairers of the Breach. This nonpartisan nonprofit was founded in 2015 by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II (Bishop Barber) to organize and support activists as they pursue moral analysis and moral public policy agendas. “I actually first heard about Bishop Barber when…

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Ruby Powell-Dennis is Working to Uplift Black Women in Politics

By Spark Point / April 27, 2022

Ruby Powell-Dennis is the founder and executive director of the Elect Black Women PAC and it’s nonprofit sister organization, The Black Woman Institute. Both organizations engage Black women seeking political leadership. These organizations connect candidates with a network of other Black women leaders across the country in addition to providing outreach and training. “As we…

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Dr. Elesia Glover Created Posh Pack to Address the Issue of Period Poverty

By Spark Point / April 13, 2022

Dr. Elesia Glover is the founder and president of Posh Pack, a nonprofit organization that provides feminine hygiene essentials to students. The organization also works to educate elected officials and the general public on the importance of alleviating period poverty. The organization donated 3,000 pads in 2018. Now, Posh Pack donates 22,000 pads annually and…

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Lauren Lattany Encourages Advocates to Own Their Power

By Spark Point / March 24, 2022

Lauren Lattany is the Director Of Government Relations at the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). This organization brings important issues from medical professionals to the attention of policymakers. AMGA also encourages advocates to use their voices to push for change. Although Lauren loves her work, she never thought she’d be a lobbyist.  “I wanted to…

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Tenille Hunter Empowers Individuals Who Face Barriers to Independence

By Spark Point / March 9, 2022

Tenille Hunter is the Chief Operating Officer for Central Arkansas Disability Services, a nonprofit that uses a people-centric approach to empower and support individuals with disabilities in every aspect of their lives. For more than 20 years, this organization has connected individuals with employment supports and community-based programs that support their highest level of independence. …

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Aisha Nyandoro is changing the conversation around affordable housing and poverty

By Spark Point / February 9, 2022

Aisha Nyandoro always knew she wanted to run a nonprofit organization. Pursuing her doctorate degree was a natural step in learning the right language and insider knowledge needed to be an effective leader in the nonprofit space. But when Aisha found herself working as a research analyst post graduation, not running a nonprofit, she knew…

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Carol Torres is Passionate About the Power of Mentorship

By Spark Point / February 3, 2022

Carol Torres is the director of the Human Service and Education Worker Training Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to create high value professional development to benefit all bargaining unit members. “It’s a dream job that I didn’t have a dream for,” Carol explains. “The dream is the feeling that I get when I do…

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