Jerilyn Johnson Promotes Environmental Justice for a Healthier Future 

By Spark Point / May 8, 2024

Jerilyn Johnson is the Chief of Staff of Greenpeace USA, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of global environmental problems and creating transformational change. Promoting social good was a core value for Jerilyn from a young age. Growing up in rural Texas, Jerilyn spent a lot of time playing outside.  “I was raised in nature,”…

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Paula Brown on Showing Up Authentically in Community Work

By Spark Point / February 21, 2024

Paula Brown is the director of operations at the Center for African American Health, a nonprofit based in Denver that empowers the Black community to make informed health decisions and achieve whole-person wellness.  Paula’s extensive portfolio includes human resources, facilities and property management, development and implementation of strategic plans, vendor relations, and driving improved performance…

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Tiara Nicole Riley Lives Life Intentionally

By Spark Point / September 13, 2023

Tiara Nicole Riley is a life coach, motivational speaker, author and HR manager. She also serves as a board member for Stillborn And Infant Loss Support (SAILS), a nonprofit dedicated to helping people who have been affected by the loss of a baby. She began working as a life coach, motivational speaker, and published author…

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Tatiana Washington Believes in the Power of Mentorship and Doesn’t Let Fear Hold Her Back

By Spark Point / August 2, 2023

Tatiana Washington is the Senior Director of Secondary Partnerships at OneGoal in Chicago, an organization dedicated to creating equitable opportunities so all young people can realize their postsecondary dreams. “You know, when you’re meant to do something, you feel it!” Tatiana says. “Growing up, that was me. I’ve always gravitated towards service.” From a young…

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Keyla Marte Believes You Don’t Need All the Pieces to Start Following Your Passions

By Spark Point / July 5, 2023

Keyla Marte is the founder of Keyla Consulting where she works as a business strategist and project manager for nonprofits focused on helping underserved communities. Keyla was raised by a single mother in an underserved neighborhood and has always been an advocate for communities that tend to be forgotten. “I went to a public school…

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Sharon Washington Brings a Trauma-Informed Approach to Anti-Racism Consulting

By Spark Point / June 21, 2023

Sharon Washington is the founder and CEO of Sharon Washington Consulting, which provides sustainable strategies for institutions to promote equity, inclusion and belonging by cultivating racial literacy and anti-racism. The pathway to this work started when Sharon was just four years old and her family moved from Oakland, California to rural Oregon where Sharon’s family…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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