If you only have 30 seconds:
I’m the Chief of Staff at The Trust For Public Land. The Trust for Public Land partners with communities to advance climate, health and social equity by protecting and creating public parks and green spaces.
I view equity as the practice of shifting the distribution of power. And seek to do this in all my work.
As a design strategist, I believe that a design forward social sector would accelerate the shift to an equitable, just and regenerative economy.
If you have 3 minutes.
I was one of 3 black students in my high school of 1600. And I wanted to understand why. That early curiosity led me to dedicate my career to advancing equity in the U.S.
Over the last 18 years I have held leadership roles in philanthropy, racial justice, gender equity and environmentalism and have come to believe that accelerating a shift to a just, equitable and sustainable economy is the most urgent work ahead of us as a country and as a species.
Today, my interests and obsessions live at the intersection of equity, urban environmentalism and the future of social design. Currently I serve as an Adjunct Professor of Non-profit Management at NYU and as the Chief of Staff at the Trust for Public Land. The Trust for Public Land partners with communities to advance climate, health and social equity by protecting and creating public parks and open spaces. On a day to day basis, I’m responsible for stewarding our organizational strategy, national board, executive team and equity practice.
Prior to my current role, I was the Director of Board Relations at the Environmental Defense Fund, where I led the development of EDF and EDF Action’s global governance framework and board operations infrastructure, enabling more effective governance and cross organizational collaboration.
Before the Environmental Defense Fund, I was a founding employee of Van Jones’ non-profit accelerator, Dream Corps where I was charged with operationalizing the vision. From establishing our institutional and individual giving program to launching national communication partnerships my work at Dream Corps was about building a platform to enable change agents to have maximum impact.
Where can you find me these days?
Chief of Staff - Trust for Public Land
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service - NYU Wagner School of Public Service
Governance Chair, Board of Trustees - Ms. Foundation For Women
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What have I accomplished?
Raised and deployed $25M in philanthropic capital for issues ranging from affordable housing for individuals with mental illness to environmentalism.
Operationalized Van Jones' vision for Dream Corps, a US based social justice accelerator
Designed a scalable framework for global strategy and governance at the Environmental Defense Fund
Taught over 300 students at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service how to manage and lead in the social impact sector
Led the community engagement process for a regional women's foundation that needed to relocate the local women's building
Partnered with Anurag Gupta to take Be:More America, an organization committed to reducing implicit bias in the healthcare sector from idea to implementation
Chaired the Ms. Foundation For Women's Governance Committee from 2016 to now.