The Next Generation of Disruptors

We deserve

to be welcome / to be heard / to go to schools that value and develop our potential / to be delicate, beautiful, and exquisitely sensitive / to make mistakes and learn from them / to dream up and build a world that is better than this one / to hope beyond our experience / equity, joy, and love / justice, just like anyone.

We are 100% young, energetic, and ambitious. 

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Taji Chesimet

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Britt Masback

Co-Founder & Operations Director

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Alana Nayak

Policy Director

Li Lambert

Development Director

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Nico Emmanuel-Henderson
Communications Director
Coco-Chanel Quaye
Communication Manager
Ayomide Badmus
Community Lead
Rayna Acha
Dialogue Coordinator
Tsiyon Geremew
Policy & Community Coordinator
Alexander Salinas 
Education and Training Intern
Eriana Leon
Policy Intern

Our board brings decades of policy, strategy, and research experience together.

Dr. Amber Nelson - Chair
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University
Marcia Perez - Vice Chair
Behavioral Health Consultant for MESD
Craig Masback - Interim Secretary 
Vice President of Global Sports Marketing; Greater China, Japan & Olympics, Nike Inc.
Stephen Brooks
Principal, Pilot Management Resources LLC
Shanice Clarke
Director of Community Engagement, Portland Public Schools
Robert Day
Senior Program Manager, City of Portland; Deputy Chief, Portland Police Bureau (Ret.)
Komi Kalevor
Executive Director, Washington County Housing Authority
Arlie Peyton
Marketing Director, J2R Media
Adérónke Adejaé
Freshman, Yale University

Since receiving our first grant from United Way in 2017, we’ve been funded by the following organizations:

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