Leading Through Uncertainty
Jamilah is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and graduate of Yale University. After graduation, Jamilah worked at Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation as the Placement Manager, where she placed inner-city middle school students into independent secondary schools around the country. Recognizing larger systemic issues facing Connecticut's education system, Jamilah embarked on a journey to increase the participation of community leaders, parents, and people of color in Connecticut’s education reform movement as the Director of Community Engagement at ConnCAN, a state-level advocacy organization. During her time at ConnCAN, Jamilah began a robust Clergy organizing initiative that garnered major wins for Connecticut's education reform movement and an important bond with Pastor William McCullough that would lead to the creation of FaithActs for Education.
Please note: in this session, Tenicka Boyd is representing her own views, not those of her employer, Color of Change.
Tenicka Boyd is the Senior Advisor to the President of Color Of Change, where she serves on the leadership team as a strategic thought partner to the President. Prior to joining Color of Change, Tenicka was the National Director of the Leaders of Color Initiative, where she supported Black and Latinos seeking public office. Previously she built and led the largest parent organizing effort in the country. She spent time in the Obama administration where she worked on domestic policy issues including education, faith based partnerships, and homelessness. Previously, she spent years as a community organizer working on housing justice, school reform, electoral, state, and presidential campaigns including the Obama Campaign in 2008. She sits on several boards and has appeared on dozens of media platforms including Fox 5 New York, NBC and Capitol New York. She has written several op-eds featured in the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Politico and Crain’s business magazine. Tenicka graduated from Tennessee State University and the University of Michigan. An avid world traveler to well over 50 countries, Tenicka lives in Harlem with her family.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Duanecia Evans leads as Senior Managing Director on Teach For America's national Public Partnerships Team. Duanecia's portfolio of partnerships specifically focuses on strengthening opportunities within the Black community. Duanecia has ensured the recruitment and retention of Black educators, forged partnerships between Teach For America and national organizations including UNCF, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and the National Women's Law Center. This work has afforded educators the opportunity to be trained and advocate for equitable school discipline practices and end the inequitable push out of girls of color in our nation's schools.
In 2018, Duanecia was honored by New York state Congresswoman Yvette Clarke for Excellence in Education and Community Service, as a result of her work as a creative strategist, diversity practitioner and community advocate.
Duanecia's work sits at the intersection of community-driven justice and corporate social responsibility. Duanecia has dedicated her career to bringing voices together who have both the mindsets and means to obliterate social inequity in this generation.
Subira Gordon was born and raised in Jamaica, in a small rural community with a 2 percent literacy rate. Her mother was one of the few people who could read, and Subira quickly realized the value of schooling, as her mother was often asked to assist neighbors with undertakings that required more than a first-grade education.
Upon graduation from high school, Subira attended Bates College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and spent years afterward organizing workers in Connecticut to advocate for their rights. This was her passageway to political mobilization, policy change and the ins-and-outs of the legislative process, eventually leading her to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity.
At the Capitol, Subira worked closely with grassroots advocates and legislators to create equitable solutions for communities of color. With a focus on education, criminal justice, and housing, Subira created a space for honest conversations around equity and inclusion for those underrepresented or marginalized in The Constitution State. Issues that she championed include a diverse educator pipeline, affordable housing options, and comprehensive criminal justice reform.
Originally from California, Barbara is a first generation American. Barbara learned about the importance of her community from her Guatemalan parents, who came to the United States in search of a better life. Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Science in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Deeply invested in social justice, Barbara organized with Service Employees International Union locals in CT, MA, RI, MN, and CA. There Barbara was able to empower thousands of health care workers, home care workers, and child care providers to form unions and secure contracts. In 2015, Barbara helped build Make the Road CT and formed a parent committee where they launched their first successful campaign, In Our Language Please. Then as lead organizer, Barbara strategized, supported and implemented campaigns with our members to fight for dignity, respect and quality of life. As Director, Barbara will take Make the Road CT into the next level of its work as a statewide multi-issues and multi-generational organization.