Destany Story is Dedicated to Supporting Young Black Women on Their Leadership Journeys

By Spark Point / August 16, 2023

Destany Story is the Program Director of Women Empowering Nations, a nonprofit organization that supports girls of color across the globe as they follow their paths to executive leadership.  “The passion of my work is to connect women,” Destany shares. Growing up in Memphis, Destany attended a charter high school that was staffed by Teach…

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Krystal Ramseur Knows the Power of Mission-Driven Work

By Spark Point / July 19, 2023

Krystal Ramseur is the Chief Operating Officer of The National Council of Negro Women, a nonprofit organization founded in 1935 that aims to empower Black women and families, especially in the areas of health, education, social justice, and economic development. This role is a dream job for Krystal, who has always valued community-building. “My dad…

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Samra Ghermay Believes in the Power of Inclusive Philanthropy 

By Spark Point / June 7, 2023

Samra Ghermay is the Director of Development and Communications for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a nonprofit at the intersection of love and rigor that empowers young women and gender-expansive youth of color as agents for change in their lives and in the world.  Growing up in Eritrea, East Africa, Samra watched her mother and…

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Eshé Collins Advocates for Equity in Education 

By Spark Point / May 24, 2023

Eshé Collins is the Senior Director of Programs at Jumpstart, a national early education organization dedicated to providing high-quality education access for all children. She also serves as Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education. From a young age, Eshé noticed the economic and educational disparities in her hometown. “You often hear about a tale…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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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