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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 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 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 boards of Demos and 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 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 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 boards of Demos and the Hazen Foundation.

Arisha Hatch

Managing Director of Campaigns

Arisha Michelle Hatch is the Managing Director 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.

Chastity Lord

Chief Operating Officer

Chastity Lord is the Chief Operating Officer of Color Of Change. She oversees the organization’s strategic growth, and the health of its fundraising, finance and talent and operations — building a strong, sustainable culture as Color Of Change expands. Chastity also speaks at conferences about how to redefine organizational excellence to include racial identity and equality, which have traditionally been left out of conversations on organizational effectiveness. In doing so, she is helping create a new model of organizational health for social justice groups like Color Of Change.

Prior to joining the organization, Chastity had a successful 20-year career as an executive leader in youth development, focusing on k-12 and higher education. She has served in numerous senior leadership roles, including as Regional Vice President for The Posse Foundation, where she helped double the group’s fundraising revenue and number of students served in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

Chastity holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and supports groups devoted to building power for LGBTI and Black women.

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 in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.

Ismael Savadogo

Chief Financial Officer

Ismael Savadogo is Chief Financial Officer at Color Of Change, where he develops financial systems to support the organization’s strategic growth, and oversees financial management and fiscal compliance.

With a career that spans both corporate and non-profit organizations, Ismael previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, where he focused on finance, operations and global partnerships. Before that, he served as the Controller for Hytech Industries, where he built the infrastructure for the company to successfully go public. He has also worked in corporate resource planning at AIG and in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney.

Ismael holds an M.B.A. in finance from Dowling College Townsend School of Business. Raised and educated in different parts of the world, he has traveled extensively through sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab world, Europe and Latin America and continues to enjoy discovering new places and cultures.

Brandi Collins-Dexter

Senior Campaign Director

Brandi Collins-Dexter is the Senior Campaign Director at Color Of Change and oversees the media, democracy and economic justice departments. She has led a number of successful campaigns for accountability including getting Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor taken off the air; getting R. Kelly dropped from RCA for his repeatedly abusing girls; winning Net neutrality protections; pressuring financial companies to pull funding from hate groups; and persuading Disney not to whitewash the features of their character Princess Tiana.

Brandi is a regular commentator in the media on racial justice. The Hill named her a 2017 “person to watch.” She has written for The Root, The Hill and ESPN’s The Undefeated, and has been featured on the BBC, and in the Guardian, Gizmodo and Pitchfork.

She comes to Color Of Change from the Center for Media Justice. Before that, Brandi worked at Safer Foundation in Illinois, creating state and national recommendations on job opportunities and reentry for people leaving prison.

Brandi holds a B.A. in history from Agnes Scott College, and a J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. She lives with her husband, and in her free time enjoys watching sports and exploring historical sites and quirky roadside attractions.

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.

Some of his team’s key accomplishments include making New York the first city in the country to offer free phone calls from jail and holding Color Of Change’s Mama’s Day Bailout, where Color Of Change and partners raised bail money to free nearly 150 Black women around 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, VA, 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.

Farooq Salahuddin

Director of Talent and Human Resources

Farooq Salahuddin is the Director of Talent and Human Resources at Color of Change. His is tasked with continuing to recruit great talent to the organization and sustain a culture of excellence among the staff.

Farooq comes to Color Of Change with more than 15 years experience in operations and human resources. Prior to joining the organizations, he worked for a number of public service and political organizations — including the Obama Foundation, Hillary for America, and Enroll America, a nonprofit designed to help enroll Americans in the Affordable Care Act.

Farooq graduated from Northern Illinois University and is an avid reader. His interests include history, politics and culture, trivia, cooking and giving back to community.

Marcus Haymon

Director of Operations & Special Projects

Marcus Haymon is the Director of Operations & Special Projects at Color Of Change, overseeing operations, facilities, and information technology across the organization’s four offices. He supports Color Of Change’s growth and longevity by developing tools to improve organizational planning, coordination and knowledge management. He has developed systems to measure our organizational health and effectiveness each quarter and to improve forecasting.

Before joining Color Of Change, Marcus was a senior project manager at Dalberg
Advisors, a strategy consulting firm focused on social impact and global development. There, he led client engagements in education, financial inclusion, and economic development.

Marcus holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from Harvard
Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Yale University. He previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and began his career working with at-risk youth in Bolivia. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Tenicka Boyd

Senior Advisor to the President

Tenicka Boyd is the Senior Advisor to the President at Color Of Change, where she helps guide organizational strategy and decision-making and serves as a thought partner to Rashad Robinson.

Before joining Color of Change, Tenicka was the National Director of the Leaders of Color Initiative, where she recruited and trained Black and Latino people seeking public office. Prior to that, Tenicka led a million-person organizing effort that led to sweeping reforms across the state of New York. She spent time in the Obama Administration where she worked on domestic policy issues including education, faith-based partnerships, and ending homelessness. She was also an organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign in several primary states. She is a PICO- and IAF-trained organizer, and spent years doing community organizing around housing and criminal justice reform.

Tenicka graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in U.S. history and public policy. An avid traveler, Tenicka has been to more than 50 countries, regularly posts photos of her travels, and now lives in Harlem with her family.

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 1.4 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 Managing Director of Campaigns

Eden James is the Deputy Managing Director of Campaigns at Color Of Change, the nation’s largest digital racial justice organization, supporting campaign teams in holding leaders accountable to Color Of Change’s 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 both 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.

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, NY

Charles Amuzie

Senior Digital Manager
Digital & Democracy

Samantha Antrum

Campaign Manager
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Jorge Arteaga

Operations Manager
NY

Marena Blanchard

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Charles Brown

IT Associate, DC

Imani Brown

Campaign Manager
Political Organizing

Scott Brown

Digital Manager
Digital & Democracy

Valerie Brown

Executive Assistant to the President

Tamar Davis

Campaign Researcher
Criminal Justice

Sadie Dean

Regional Field Manager
Political Organizing

Brandy Durham

Operations Manager
DC

Evan Feeney

Campaign Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Victoria Ford

Associate Grant Writer

Ina Gonzalez

Executive Assistant Finance Team, DC

Tahirah Green

Associate Grant Writer

Alexsys Grishaber

Executive Assistant to the Chief of
Marketing & Storytelling

Brian Guevara

IT Associate, NY

Ariana Hawk

Regional Field Manager
Political Organizing

Andre Herring

Senior Individual Donor Associate

Danita Hinton

Deputy Director of Finance & Accounting

Devorne Hormeku

Social Media & Content Manager

Marcus Jones

Campaign Manager MCEJ Team, DC

Janaya "Future" Khan

Program Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Sonya Lewis

Executive Assistant
Political Organizing

Chasidy Lowe

Marketing & Engagement Coordinator

Jade Magnus

Organizing Director
Political Organizing

Quiana Malone

Regional Field Manager
Political Organizing

Daniel Marks

Digital Manager
Digital & Democracy

Kristen Marston

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director

Johnny Mathias

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Erika Maye

Deputy Senior Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Clarise McCants

Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Katie McCown

Associate Grant Writer

Daniel McKelvey

Senior Regional Manager
Political Organizing

Michael Meadows

Graphic Designer

Kristen Miller

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Taris Mullins

Project Manager, Office of the President

Marybeth Onyeukwu

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Corina Petty

Regional Field Manager
Political Organizing

Samantha Phillips

Talent & HR Manager

Nancy Polio

Operations Manager
Oakland

FolaSade Pyne

Campaign Manager MCEJ Team, DC

Eesha Ramanujam

Campaign Researcher
Media Culture & Economic Justice

Reagan Ross

Campaign Researcher
Digital & Democracy

Vanessa Ross

Social Media & Content Manager

Sana Saleem

Director of Institutional Partnerships

Dominique Sanders

Senior Program Manager
Political Organizing

Leonard Scott

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Madison Sherman

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Chad Stanton

Senior Political Manager
Political Organizing

Shannon Talbert

Field Director
Political Organizing

Alicia Walker

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Campaigns

Kimberly Washington

Operations Manager
LA

James Williams

Director of Finance & Accounting

Jennifer Williams

Director of Individual Giving
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