About Us

The Name

The name “The Highland Project” comes from the Founder’s memories of her late father’s family and their summers at Highland Beach, a Black enclave born out of segregation that was a refuge for rest and community for Black leaders. The term “highland” means the top of a mountain, but unlike a peak, it is a flat space where many can gather. Wyatt aspires for The Highland Project to be a close-knit community where Black leaders can rest, sustain one another, and build power.

The Team



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Leader Experience



Community Partnerships



Strategy and Operations




Marlon Marshall

Founding Partner
270 Strategies

Shawna Wells

Founder and CEO of B is for Black Brilliance™; Senior Vice President
The Pahara Institute

Sherman Whites

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Susan Chapman-Hughes

Founder, Independent Director, and Executive
Board Advisor

Darlene Nipper

Chief Executive Officer
Rockwood Leadership Institute

Leadership Committee

Addisu Demissie

Executive Director
More Than a Vote

April Chou

Chief Strategic Growth Officer

Brynne Craig

Senior Advisor
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Ellington West

Founder and CEO
Sonavi Labs

Chanel Dennis

Vice President
Goldman Sachs

Cheryl Thompson

Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Joanna Visser Adjoian

Co-Founder and Co-Director
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project

Kenya Bradshaw

Chief of Community

Luis Avila

President and Founder
Iconico Campaigns

Meg Ansara

AmeriCorps VISTA

Nyki Robinson

Founder and CEO
Black Girls Vote

Paymon Rouhanifard

Co-Founder and CEO
Propel America

Sakinah Harrison

Program Officer
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Samantha Tweedy

Black Economic Alliance Foundation

Tina Walls

Philanthropist and Investor; former Senior Vice President

The Legacy Network

Core to our recruitment approach is the Legacy Network- individuals and organizations who are aligned with our mission and have intentionally cultivated leadership in the fields of education, economic empowerment, political agency, and well being. Our inaugural partners include:

• Black Girls Vote

• Beloved Community

• Candace Stanciel, The Common Good Agency

• Camelback Ventures

• Charles Dukes, Wend Collective

• Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

• Danielle Allen, Building Impact

• Dakarai Aarons, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

• Daree Lewis, Seizing Educational Opportunity

• Darlene Nipper, Rockwood Leadership Institute

• Ebony Lee, Charter School Growth Fund

• Jannah Garfio, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

• Jeremiah Program

• Onward

• Opportunity 180

• Naomi Long, Three Point Strategies

• The All We Can Save Project

• The WELL (Women Entrepreneur Leadership Lab)

• Unapologetic Communications

• Vera Institute of Justice

• Janis Roshuvel, Solidaire Network

• The Buckhead/Cascade City (GA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated