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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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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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Sharon K. Dailey is Creating a Safe Space for Resilient Women

By Spark Point / October 20, 2022

Sharon K. Dailey is a domestic violence survivor and advocate. She is currently working to open the doors of her nonprofit, My Auntie’s House, which will be one of the only safe houses in Maryland for women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. “My purpose is to create that space,”…

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Kia Croom Drives Change for Marginalized Communities Through Fundraising

By Spark Point / October 5, 2022

Kia Croom is a nonprofit leader and fund development professional who is passionate about social justice and education initiatives. She works with the Children’s Defense Fund and founded the Croom Institute for Fund Development and Social Change. To date, she has raised almost $400 million for nonprofits across the country that support communities of color…

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April Walker Centers Racial Equity in Philanthropy

By Spark Point / September 22, 2022

April Walker is a nonprofit consultant and founder of Philanthropy for the People, an organization dedicated to centering racial equity and justice in fundraising and grantmaking. In this role, April works with nonprofits, donors, and foundations to challenge biases and bring people with lived experiences to the forefront of the philanthropic conversation. After spending years…

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Melody Webb Advocates for the Economic Empowerment of Disadvantaged Black Mothers

By Spark Point / September 7, 2022

Melody Webb is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Mother’s Outreach Network, a non-profit that supports the economic empowerment of disadvantaged Black mothers in the DC area. The organization uses legal programming, policy and advocacy and community outreach to help these women. From an early age, Melody knew she was drawn to community…

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Veronica E. Jones Leverages Her Passion for Operations to Expand Abortion Access in America

By Spark Point / August 31, 2022

Veronica E. Jones is the Chief Operating Officer for ​​the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the professional association for abortion providers. NAF also runs the NAF Hotline Fund, a free hotline for patients in the US and Canada seeking abortion care and financial assistance. When Veronica joined NAF in 2019, she made it her priority to…

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Lul Mohamud Brings a Trauma-Informed and Culturally Specific Approach to Violence Prevention Work

By Spark Point / August 24, 2022

Lul Mohamud is the Executive Director of The Person Center (TPC), a DC-based non-profit that supports African Immigrant and Refugee survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  TPC was founded in 2013 by the late Amelia Missieledies and the organization continues to honor her vision by prioritizing linguistic inclusivity and intersectional justice in its trauma-informed…

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Crystal Clark-Chatman Answered the Call to Build a Mentorship Program for Historically Underserved Girls. 

By Spark Point / August 11, 2022

Crystal Clark-Chatman is the founder and CEO of Beautiful Spirited Women (BSW), a nonprofit mentorship program that works to empower and uplift young girls. Crystal started BSW in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, to help advocate for girls in her community who experience domestic violence, depression, low self-esteem, bullying, and so much more.  Since the…

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