Team and Governance

The Team

Gabrielle Wyatt


Lori Riddick

Leader Experience

Raven Carson

Strategy and Operations

Rita McCann


Octavia Raheem


Ebony Ross

Community Connector

Dr. Gail Parker




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

April Chou

Chief Strategic Growth Officer

Brynne Craig

Senior Advisor
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Chanel Dennis

Vice President
Goldman Sachs

Eleisha Nelson-Reed

Executive Director
The Powell Foundation

Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili

Senior Vice President
Pahara Institute

Joanna Visser Adjoian

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

Katrina Mitchell

Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Luis Avila

President and Founder
Iconico Campaigns

Meg Ansara

AmeriCorps VISTA

Nyki Robinson

Founder and CEO
Black Girls Vote

Sakinah Harrison

Program Officer
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sam Tweedy

Black Economic Alliance Foundation

Sharyn Church

Managing Director
Arabella Advisors

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 2023 partners include:

• Ayọ Tometi, Human Rights Advocate

• Ceclia Conrad, Lever for Change

• East Bay Community Foundation

• Highland Board and Leadership Committee

• Highland Coaches and Expert Practitioners

• Highland Leaders: Cohorts One and Two

• Investors of The Highland Project

• Kim Addie, Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative

• Oakland Thrives

• Shantell Hill, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation