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.
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.
Gilbert Deans Jr.
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.
Samantha Phillips is the Senior Director of Talent & Leadership Development at Color Of Change. She leads the organization’s efforts to recruit, develop, and retain a talented, powerful, multiracial team capable of winning real-world change for Black people.
Samantha joined Color Of Change in 2015 when the organization had less than 20 employees. Today Color Of Change is home to a dynamic team of more than 140 people with offices in New York City, Washington D.C., Hollywood, Oakland, California and staff working remotely around the U.S. Samantha’s work is deeply rooted in equity and best practices for attracting and nurturing the best organizers and movement leaders. Samantha is a strategic leader focused on driving Color Of Change’s talent development systems as the organization expands to create ever more powerful Black-led campaigns for justice and accountability.
Samantha graduated with a degree in cultural anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia. She now lives in New York City, where she loves music and reading Afro-futuristic books.
Sheetal Dhir is the Senior Advisor to Rashad Robinson, the President of Color Of Change. A senior strategist with more than 10 years experience in social justice advocacy, she is a thought partner to the president, working to advance Color Of Change’s vision, impact, and efficiency.
A veteran campaigner and politico, before joining Color Of Change, Sheetal was a vice president at Spitfire Strategies. During the first two years of the Trump Administration, she led crisis response at Amnesty International USA. Sheetal also spent several years at the American Civil Liberties Union, motivating people to take action on racial justice issues including immigration reform, mass incarceration, and prisoner’s rights. She began her career as a news producer, covering domestic politics for ABC, Al Jazeera, Fusion Networks, and NPR. She is a graduate of the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley and holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Sheetal is from Washington, D.C. and now lives in Brooklyn. An avid traveler, when Sheetal is not on the road she spends her time cooking, laughing, and hanging out at Prospect Park.
Jade Magnus Ogunnaike
Jade Magnus Ogunnaike is the Senior Director of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice team at Color of Change. Jade initially joined Color Of Change as a campaign manager — creating winning initiatives like the Black women’s brunches which brought thousands of women across the country to organize for racial justice, and our three-year campaign to get R. Kelly dropped from RCA Records for his abuse of women and girls. Jade also led #QuitTheCouncil, convincing so many corporate executives to refuse to sit on Trump’s business council that he had to disband it, and our campaign persuading wedding planning sites to stop romanticizing and promoting plantations as wedding sites.
In 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Jade created #BeyondTheStatement, a set of steps corporations can take to translate their verbal and symbolic support for Black people into real action. Before coming to Color of Change, Jade worked for SEIU organizing nursing home workers, home healthcare aides, and adjunct professors. She is a Los Angeles native, Howard University graduate, and founding member of the Black Youth Project 100. In her spare time, she enjoys design, cooking, and spending time with her husband and daughter Sloane.
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 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.
Shannon Talbert is the Senior Director of Movement Building at Color Of Change. Since 2016, she has guided our work to engage members in Color Of Change campaigns by scaling programs that elevate Black Joy. Shannon is committed to exploring new, innovative pathways to bring Color Of Change members deeper into the movement for racial justice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon skillfully adapted Color Of Change’s in-person organizing into a virtual model that enabled Black people and their allies to build community, develop their leadership skills and secure accountability.
Prior to joining Color Of Change, Shannon spent five years working on women’s and girls’ education in the the United Arab Emirates. She began her career as an organizer on Barack Obama’s 2007 primary campaign in South Carolina focused on increasing Black voter participation.
Shannon studied government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives in Northeast Washington, D.C. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cycling, and reading.
Amity Paye is Interim Director of Storytelling & Marketing and the Senior Director of Communications at Color Of Change. She oversees the organization’s media strategy, social media, design, production and partnerships to make Color Of Change a household name. Her team uses media coverage, social media, design and video production to add pressure during campaigns and publicize some of the organization’s most important victories on tech accountability, transforming entertainment industries, and criminal justice reform.
Before joining Color Of Change in early 2020, Amity led strategic communications at the labor union 32BJ SEIU, supported media relations for the Black Youth Project 100, and spent a decade as a journalist reporting on Black youth and social justice for The Nation, NBC, The Root, Jet Magazine and the Amsterdam News. Amity serves on the board of Samara Collective, a women-led communications coop. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She currently lives in upstate New York on land she and her husband are turning into a communal gardening and artist space.