Meet the Women of CBMA
by Janet Dickerson
This month, CBMA is proud to celebrate Women's History Month in honor of the many women past and present who have been trailblazers in their careers and communities, and positive examples to women and girls around the world. Throughout the entire month, we will be taking to social media to help generate awareness about the dynamic women who motivate us to always Love, Learn and Lead.
To kick things off, this week we invite you to meet the extraordinary women of CBMA!
Tonya Allen, Skillman Foundation President & CEO and CBMA Board Member
Meet Tonya Allen. Tonya serves as the Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of underserved people, especially children. She's been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives and has a comprehensive understanding of philanthropic governance and strategy. Says Tonya:
"We understand the explicit tie between how black boys fare and Detroit’s future. We plan to take the long view so that we can achieve generational success."
Whitney Buggs, Social Media Consultant
Meet Whitney, the twitter fingers behind #CBMA's social media presence! Whitney joined the #CBMA fam almost one year ago and is our social media strategist. She is likely the one you've seen with her head down, phone up and camera on at all of our events. On what this work means to her:
"Helping to create meaningful social media content and connecting it with our digital family in a way that empowers them to movement, and helps to shift the narrative around black men and boys through a more authentic lens is my form of activism."
Janet Dickerson, Senior Communications Consultant
Janet is CBMA's narrative ninja and communications guru. She joined the #CBMA family as the Senior Communications Consultant in January 2015 to help lead its official launch from the Open Society Foundations into an independent entity. Janet continues to work closely with our VP of Communications Rashid Shabazz and the communications team to facilitate and promote strategic PR and media initiatives that elevate CBMA’s narrative change work, as well as the work of the broader Black Male Achievement network and movement. On what draws her to this work:
"Being a part of the CBMA team puts me at the heart of being able to produce and promote positive images and narratives of Black males and Black communities more broadly, and I am extremely proud of the work we are doing."
Marlene Fox, Senior Management Consultant
Marlene Fox serves as a senior management consultant to CBMA. In this role, she provides support to the operations team as well as serves as a thought partner to CBMA's senior leadership team. Because of her background in health and wellness programming, she provides oversight to CBMA's Health and Healing Strategies project. Prior to her work with CBMA, Marlene served for 23 years in various capacities with the Harlem Children's Zone. As an ordained minister, she has worked with faith-based organizations to strengthen their services to children and families.
Danielle L. Green, Operations Manager
Meet Danielle L. Green, our Operations guru. She oversees the financial and operational priorities for us and is a thought partner across CBMA’s various departments. She's also the one making sure that our events like Rumble Young Man, Rumble and Black Male Reimagined are perfectly and logistically sound. With over 20 years of comprehensive achievements in operations, accounting, human resources, and event management, Danielle is a thought partner across CBMA’s various departments. Catch her on twitter at @philomathic1!
Chanel Hampton, Senior Strategy & Innovation Consultant
As Senior Consultant of Strategy and Innovation for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Chanel works closely with Robert Simmons, CBMA’s Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, to lead national implementation and development of the organization’s place-based strategies to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys. As a native and current resident of Detroit, she also leads efforts with CBMA’s work and partners in the city.
"This narrative that we as a community do not want opportunities and that we do not invest in our community is wrong."
Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, Program Manager of Health and Healing Strategies
Dr. Phyl (as she's affectionately called) is the Program Manager for CBMA's Health and Healing Strategies, a wellness program that seeks to improve the health and well-being outcomes of cross-sector leaders working on behalf of Black men and boys. She is a Board Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, a Qigong instructor, Reiki Master, Licensed Massage Therapist, Life/Mental Health Coach and Holistic Health Educator. Like the rest of the team, she is invaluable. On inspiring health & healing for black men and boys through innovation and collective genius:
"We must fuse wellness into of all aspects of our lives. Every choice we make is based on our mental/emotional state. Once we are self-empowered from the inside and mindfully know how to use and apply these self-empowered tools to any situation, we are unstoppable."
Lucia Mattox, Executive Assistant to the CEO
Hailing from San Francisco, Lucia’s a vital part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement family. In her work with #CBMA, she supports our CEO Shawn Dove in expanding and deepening the organization’s impact to ensure Black men and boys thrive across the country. Lucia is also the lead coordinator of CBMA's new "Building Beloved Communities Leadership Fellowship. On creating healthy, healing villages for black male achievement:
"Our dedicated and most sincere intentions in uplifting our boys and young men of color are handicapped if we don’t continuously work through our own traumas and dis-ease. Furthermore, doing this work collectively is as important if not more so than working toward our individualized healing.”
Sheba Rogers, Promise Of Place Program Manager
Say hello to Sheba Rogers, newest to the #CBMA family. A proud Detroit native, Sheba is our Promise of Place Program Manager and helps to build and manage CBMA’s High School Excellence (HSE) Framework in Detroit, while supporting key HSE initiatives across CBMA’s five core cities. On changing the narrative around black men and boys, Sheba says:
"We are inundated with images of Black male underachievement, failure, and delinquency, but I know this narrative is far from a complete representation of black youth. Though the odds are stacked against Black and brown males, I am energized and excited about the opportunities to affect change in their lives.”
To paraphrase the oft-repeated saying, standing beside all great men are great women! This is especially so for in the Black Male Achievement movement, where women all across the country are impacting change every day on behalf of Black men and boys. Celebrate with us by following CBMA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and joining the conversation using the #LoveLearnLead, #KnowHERstory, and #WomensHistoryMonth hashtags!