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Color Of Change is a high-impact, collaborative team of activists committed to making justice real for Black people, and passionate about designing or supporting strategic, creative and winning campaigns.

Rashad Robinson

RASHAD ROBINSON @rashadrobinson

PRESIDENT OF COLOR OF CHANGE

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading online racial justice organization. Driven by more than 1.4 million members working to build political and cultural power for Black communities, Color Of Change is creating a more human and less hostile world for all people in America.

Color Of Change uses an innovative combination of technology, research, media savvy and local community engagement to build powerful movements and change the industries that affect Black people’s lives: in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Wall Street, Washington, prosecutor offices, capitol hills and city halls around the country.

Rashad has led the organization in developing cutting-edge strategies to accelerate reform in the criminal justice system and win justice for its victims, increase electoral participation, cut off corporate support for right-wing organizations, and change the representation of Black people and social issues in news and entertainment media.

Notable victories include redefining the role of local prosecutors, moving over a dozen prosecutors and candidates to reduce mass incarceration and police violence through changes in practice and policy such as ending money bail; forcing over 100 corporations to pull out of the secretive right-wing policy shop, ALEC, following the murder of Trayvon Martin; successfully pressuring corporate leaders to abandon the Trump Business Council and stop enabling the growth of white nationalist groups through their services; framing and winning the federal protection of net neutrality as a key civil rights issue; changing hiring practices in Hollywood, as well as the representation of both race and the criminal justice system; working with Airbnb, Google and Facebook to identify and implement policies for diversity in hiring, eliminate racist and inaccurate content from their platforms and prevent predatory advertising; and forcing Pat Buchanan and Bill O’Reilly off the air.

Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change has grown by a million members and dozens of staff, expanded to four offices across the country and has exponentially increased pathways for people to pursue racial justice, including cultural influencers and industry insiders.

Successful Color Of Change strategies have been profiled in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, Fast Company, Wired and The Hollywood Reporter, and on CNN, NPR, PBS, BET and MSNBC. Rashad has appeared in hundreds of articles and op-eds in major national and local news sources, and is a regular keynote speaker at events across the country.

In 2015, Fast Company named Color Of Change the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world, and named Color Of Change the 2nd Most Innovative Company in the nonprofit sector in 2018. In 2016, the Stanford Social Innovation Review profiled Color Of Change for its integrated online/offline strategies, “pursuing the fight for racial justice at Internet speed.”

Previously, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD, leading all of the organization’s advocacy, strategic research, messaging and large-scale media campaigns. These winning culture change and narrative change initiatives helped transform the media landscape, successfully paving the way for broad acceptance and justice for LGBTQ people.

Rashad has been recognized as someone to watch by the Ebony Power 100, The Root 100 and Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40. He is the proud recipient of awards from organizations as varied as ADCOLOR, the United Church of Christ and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation. Rashad serves on the boards of Demos and the Hazen Foundation.

Sandra Bland’s prophetic words capture perfectly what we believe at Color Of Change. It’s why we do what we do. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue.)

Our Team

Color Of Change is powered by our membership, and an ever-expanding, multiracial team—in New York, Oakland, Hollywood and Washington, D.C.—with experience in strategy, organizing, media, technology and organizational growth.

Arisha Hatch

Managing Director of Campaigns

Chastity Lord

Chief Operating Officer

Samantha Antrum

Campaign Manager
Media, Democracy, & Economic Justice

Jorge Arteaga

Operations Assistant

Anay Bickham

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Marena Blanchard

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Scott Brown

Digital Manager

Valerie Brown

Executive Assistant to the President

Whitney Buggs

Director of Social Media & Content

Kwesi Chappin

Senior Field Director

Brandi Collins

Senior Campaign Director
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Jeffrey Collins

Accounts Payable Associate

Tamar Davis

Campaign Researcher
Criminal Justice

Mary Drummer

Campaign Manager
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Brandy Durham

Operations Assistant

Byron Edwards

Marketing & Engagement Manager

Jennifer Edwards

Deputy Director of Online Programs

Evan Feeney

Campaign Director
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Victoria Ford

Associate Grant Writer

Tahirah Green

Associate Grant Writer

Alexsys Grishaber

Executive Assistant to the Chief of
Marketing & Storytelling

Marcus Haymon

Director of Operations & Special Projects

Kristi Henderson

Senior Director of Influencer Engagement

Andre Herring

Senior Individual Donor Associate

Danita Hinton

Senior Accounting Manager

Devorne Hormeku

Social Media & Content Manager

Todd Jones

IT Operations Associate

Janaya "Future" Khan

Campaign Director
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Bhavik Lathia

Digital Director

Sonya Lewis

Special Projects Coordinator

Chasidy Lowe

Marketing & Engagement Coordinator

Jade Magnus

Co-Director of Organizing
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Johnny Mathias

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Daniel Marks

Digital Manager

Kristen Marston

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director

Erika Maye

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Clarise McCants

Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Katie McCown

Associate Grant Writer

Michael Meadows

Graphic Designer

Kristen Miller

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Taris Mullins

Project Manager, Office of the President

Marybeth Onyeukwu

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Corina Petty

Field Manager
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Samantha Phillips

Talent & Operations Manager

Nancy Polio

Operations Assistant

Kristen Porter

Executive Assistant
Criminal Justice

Eesha Ramanujam

Campaign Researcher
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Scott Roberts

Senior Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Reagan Ross

Campaign Researcher

Vanessa Ross

Social Media & Content Manager

Sana Saleem

Director of Institutional Partnerships

Ismael Savadogo

Chief Financial Officer

Charles Scott

Director of IT Operations

Leonard Scott

Field Manager
Criminal Justice

Rashid Shabazz

Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer

Madison Sherman

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Sareya Shorter

Executive Assistant
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Gillian Shurland

Human Resources Manager

Chad Stanton

Campaign Manager
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Shannon Talbert

Field Director

Charlene Thompson

Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

Angela Vo

Campaign Manager
Media, Democracy & Economic Justice

Alicia Walker

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Campaigns

Kimberly Washington

Operations Assistant

James Williams

Director of Finance & Accounting

Danne Woo

Creative Technologist, MDF Fellow

Hope Wood

Deputy Managing Director of Campaigns
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