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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

PRESIDENT OF COLOR OF CHANGE

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading online racial justice organization. Driven by 1.7 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 Times, The 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 board of the Hazen Foundation.

Rashad Robinson

PRESIDENT OF COLOR OF CHANGE

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading online racial justice organization. Driven by 1.7 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 Times, The 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 board of the Hazen Foundation.

Arisha Hatch

Vice President, Chief of Campaigns

Arisha Michelle Hatch is the Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color Of Change, leading campaigns on civic engagement, voting rights, criminal justice, and corporate and media accountability.

Arisha is a leader and innovator in the racial justice movement, organizing Black People’s Brunches which brought together more than 12,500 people in 2018 and helping to set the organization’s agenda in 2019 and beyond. Since joining Color Of Change in 2012, she has ushered in some groundbreaking victories for Black communities: getting payment processors like Mastercard and PayPal to ban use of their platforms by white supremacists and persuading Saturday Night Live to add two Black women to its cast and writer’s room mid-season.

Before coming to Color Of Change, Arisha worked as a lawyer and organizer for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. She later served as National Organizing Director of the Courage Campaign, which lays the groundwork for progressive change in California.

Arisha was born in Texas and raised in Southern California. She has degrees in economics, creative writing and feminist studies from Stanford University, and she received her doctorate in law from Santa Clara University in California.

Rashid Shabazz

Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer

Rashid Shabazz is the Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer at Color Of Change. He oversees the group’s storytelling, branding and communications work, and leads Color Of Change Hollywood, dedicated to creating more accurate and authentic portrayals of Black people in movies and on TV.

Before joining Color Of Change, Rashid served as a program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he helped to direct more than $100 million in grants as part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. As a funder, Rashid led investments in narrative change and strategic communications, commissioned research on changing perceptions around Black men, and supported a number of groundbreaking films including the Sundance award-winning American Promise.

Rashid has more than two decades experience as a grassroots media organizer and communications strategist. He holds Master’s degrees in African studies from Yale University and journalism from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and daughter.

Scott Roberts

Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns

Scott Roberts is the Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns for Color Of Change. He leads digital campaigners, researchers and field organizers in rallying support to end mass incarceration, fight the way our society criminalizes Black people, and secure more humane treatment for all those in contact with the justice system.

One of his team’s key accomplishments is winning free phone calls for people in jail in New York, Connecticut, and the federal system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Scott’s leadership, Color Of Change also became a founding member of the National Bail Out collective, which raised bail money to free around 150 Black women for Mother’s Day.

Before coming to Color Of Change in 2015, Scott worked as an organizer and strategist on campaigns to advance criminal justice reform, economic justice, and access to education and healthcare. Scott is a native of Emporia, Virginia, an avid basketball fan, and he studied political science at Morehouse College and the University of Chicago.

Jennifer Edwards

Senior Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy

Jennifer Edwards is the Senior Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy at Color Of Change. Her focus is on finding innovative ways to activate Black communities online and increase voter participation on issues affecting Black people.

Jennifer joined Color Of Change in 2016. Before that, she advised nonprofits and candidates on how to run effective digital programs in Central Asia, the Caribbean and the US. She comes to the organization with expertise in online fundraising, media relations, digital advertising, branding, and online engagement.

A native New Yorker, Jennifer has spent more than a decade working on the nation’s most influential campaigns at the Sierra Club, Purpose, UnidosUS, and Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Kwesi Chappin

Senior Political Director

Kwesi Chappin is the Senior Political Director at Color Of Change where he is in charge of harnessing the talent and energy of the organization’s 1.7 million members to build Black independent political power. He works to create a political home for Color Of Change members and volunteers, helping them develop the leadership and organizing skills needed to win local campaigns and secure real-world change for Black people.

Before coming to Color Of Change, Kwesi worked as the Deputy Political Director at Center for Popular Democracy and as the Training Director for New Organizing Institute, where he developed the Black Roots New Media Boot Camp, a week-long digital strategy training for people of color. He also briefly served as the Eastern Organizing Manager for the Sierra Club.

Prior to that, Kwesi was Deputy Director at Get Out The Vote and Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Ohio. Kwesi began organizing for Obama in 2007 in the early primary state of South Carolina and worked to organize supporters in four more states during the primary season. In the general election, he became the Regional Field Director for Cleveland, Ohio.

Kwesi graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. He is based out of the Washington D.C. area. In his free time, he loves to DJ and keep the dance floor grooving.

Eden James

Deputy Chief of Campaigns

Eden James is the Deputy Chief of Campaigns at Color Of Change, the nation’s largest digital racial justice organization, supporting campaign teams in holding leaders accountable to the mission of creating a more human and less hostile world for Black people.

Inspired by an empowerment ethos rooted in compelling storytelling, Eden has been instrumental in building and leading digitally-driven organizations at the forefront of social justice and progressive politics. As Political Director of Democracy for America, U.S. Campaign Director at Change.org, and Managing Director of Courage Campaign, and in support of congressional and presidential campaigns, Eden has strategically engaged people around the world to sign, share, show up, and donate millions to win advocacy campaigns and elect people-powered candidates.

Eden graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, serves on the board of Robert Reich’s Inequality Media, and is a longtime resident of the Bay Area.

Gilbert Deans Jr.

Senior Director of Finance

Gilbert Deans Jr. is the Senior Director of Finance at Color Of Change, where he is responsible for developing the budgets, audits, and running the day-to-day accounting and financial operations of the organization.

Before joining Color of Change, Gilbert served as Director of Finance and Operations at Let’s Get Ready, a non-profit that mentors and tutors high school students through their junior year of college.  Prior to that, he served at the Senior Director of Financial Operations at Safe Horizon, the largest non-profit agency that works to prevent violence and advance justice for victims of crime and abuse. Gilbert began his career as an auditor at Deans, Archer & Co., working with a wide array of organizations in education and human services. He has a deep passion for social justice building support systems and services for the underserved.

Gilbert is graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has a degree in accounting and is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma. He currently lives in Harlem with his wife.

Norm Greene

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Norm Greene is the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer at Color of Change, where he is responsible for the organization’s compliance and financial practices. He protects the organization’s stability by making sure day-to-day operations are supported by strong oversight and control systems. He also translates strategies into action plans that support the programmatic demands of Color Of Change – today and into the future.

Norm comes to Color Of Change after six years as the Director for Political Finance & Operations for the Service Employees International Union. There, he was in charge of strategic planning for the union’s political programs and overseeing its political reporting systems. Before joining SEIU, Norm served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director for Finance at the White House where he administered $60 million each year in appropriations and analyzed the execution of the White House budget. Prior to joining the White House, Greene worked on three presidential campaigns – Obama’s, Kerry’s, and Gore’s – and worked on Federal Election Commission reporting. He has also supported women’s health through his work at Planned Parenthood.

In his free time Norm enjoys running and watching sports. He is currently on the board of Common Good City Farm and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three daughters.

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

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

Tammi Adams

Executive Assistant
Digital & Democracy

Asha Alshabazz

Talent & Recruitment Coordinator

Charles Amuzie

Senior Digital Manager
Digital & Democracy

Samantha Antrum

Campaign Manager
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Nefertiti Asanti

Associate Grant Writer

Ami Beck

Executive Assistant to the
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Alexandra Braxton

Digital Manager

Ernest Britt

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Alyssa Brown

Graphic Designer

Imani Brown

Campaign Manager
Movement Building

Scott Brown

Digital Manager
Digital & Democracy

Ta-Shea Brown

Graphic Designer

Valerie Brown

Executive Assistant to the President

Whitney Buggs

Senior Director of
Social Media & Content

Abel Cantos

Staff Accountant

Drew Daniels

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Digital & Democracy

Galater Davis

Staff Accountant

Sadie Dean

Training Manager

Darrell De Freitas

Senior Software Engineer

Melvian Dennis

IT Associate

Precious Enahoro

Data Analyst

Evan Feeney

Campaign Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Mahelet Fekade

Senior Data Manager

Victoria Ford

Senior Grant Writer

Candice Fortin

Regional Field Manager

McKayla Gamino

Executive Assistant
Criminal Justice

Ina Gonzalez

Senior Project Manager

Alexsys Grishaber

Special Projects & Partnership Manager

Brian Guevara

IT Associate

Krystal Gutierrez

Director of Human Resources & Compliance

Stasia Hansen

Campaign Researcher

Audrey Harding

Regional Field Manager

Jamie Harris

Organizing Data Manager

Jennette Harrison

Executive Assistant
Media Culture & Economic Justice Team

Tara Harwood

Digital Data Director

Danita Hinton

Deputy Director of Finance & Accounting

Shavonne Holley

Talent & Recruitment Coordinator

Devorne Hormeku

Senior Social Media & Content Manager

Amanda Jackson

Campaign Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Contessa Jackson

Field Operations Manager

Enchanta Jackson

Senior Advisor to the
Vice President, Chief of Campaigns

Andra Jones

Senior Executive Assistant to the
Vice President, Chief of Campaigns

Marcus Jones

Campaign Manager
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Caroline Joyner

Communications Manager

DiePreye Krukrubo

Senior UX Researcher
& Designer Fellow

Chasidy Lowe

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Manager

Jade Magnus Ogunnaike

Senior Campaign Director

Quiana Malone

Regional Field Manager
Movement Building

Hilda Melissa Marshall

Human Resources & Compliance Coordinator

Kristen Marston

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director

Johnny Mathias

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Erika Maye

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Katie McCown

Senior Grant Writer

Daniel McKelvey

Senior Regional Manager
Movement Building

Trevor McNary

Campaign Manager

Ariel Moore

Campaign Manager

Fatima Munoz

Operations Associate

Destanie Newell

Regional Field Manager

Sue Nyoni

Director of Operations

Ejike Obineme

National Data & Analytics Director

Marybeth Onyeukwu

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Angelica Marie Pagan

Senior Policy Manager

Rose Park

Coordinator, President's Office

Amity Paye

Director of Communications

Reggie Peterson

Software Engineer

Corina Petty

Regional Field Manager
Movement Building

Samantha Phillips

Director of Talent & Recruitment

Valerie Pinckney-Williams

Executive Assistant to
Senior Director of Finance

Jiya Pinder

Social Media and Content Coordinator

Taurjhai Purdie

Campaign Manager

FolaSade Pyne

Campaign Manager
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Eesha Ramanujam

Campaign Researcher
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Gabrielle Rejouis

Senior Policy Manager

Ana Robinson

Campaign Researcher

Malachi Robinson

Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

LaShawn Russell

Operations Associate

Sana Saleem

Senior Director of Development

Dominique Sanders

Senior Program Manager
Movement Building

Leonard Scott

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Samuel Sesay

Analytics Engineer

Madison Sherman

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Khorri Silcott

Senior Budget & Accounts Receivable Manager

Chad Stanton

Senior Political Manager
Movement Building

Sabrina Stevens

Campaign Director
Digital & Democracy

Shannon Talbert

Field Director
Movement Building

Cristel Taveras

Campaign Researcher
Digital & Democracy

Tandy Toliver

Staff Accountant

Katrina Villavicencio

Senior Graphic Designer

Ciera Waga

Program Manager

Rochelle Walbridge

Senior Manager of Financial Applications

Jocelyn Walker

Senior Communications Manager

Jennifer Williams

Director of Individual Giving
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