Meet the Leaders of Color Class of 2022!

February 23, 2022

We are very excited to announce our new class of 95 leaders in Louisiana, Memphis, New York, Washington, D.C., and our new Honors Program! These leaders are passionate advocates for equitable policy, community engagement, and civic action in their communities.

This year, we expanded our program from New Orleans to the entire state of Louisiana, and launched our inaugural class in Washington, D.C. We have also announced the inaugural class of our newly formed Honors Program - created to provide strategic support to leaders of color who are currently candidates for public office.

Please join us as we welcome our new leaders:


Raymond Allmon

Tim Ambrose 

Brent Bailey

Tatiana Begault

Tonya Collins

Rev. Dr. Joe Connelly

Christopher Epps

Dale Flowers

LaRita Francois 

Sojourner Gibbs

Mia Gonzales Washington

Brideisha Harness-Parker

Christina Payne Hull

Steven Kennedy

Erin Marrero-Savoie

Ravis K. Martinez

Bianca Moore

Brittani Nelson

Hillary Robinson

Brianna Rock

L Jameel Shaheer 

Kristen Smith

Laketa Smith

Tai Teamer

Drew Thompson 

Felecia M. Williams


Jamal Boddie

Sheena Clark

K. Durell Cowan

Nicole Gates

Brian Harris

CJ Harris

Danielle Huggins 

Jason Hunter

Yumiko Jones

Michael Leakes

Maria Oceja

Maria Richardson

Keesha Roach

Jason Sharif

Destany Story

Aaron Washington

Lynn Whitney Williams

Shaun Williams

Melissa Williams Gooch

Kathryn Winsley

New York

Clarisa Alayeto

Lessie Branch

Tania Capaz

Natasha Cherry-Perez

Jhanae Cole

Jessica Cortes Lugo

Jasper Diaz

Kateryn Ferreira

Zoraya Flor

Kelvin O. Howell, Jr.

Dafny Irizarry

Symiara Jenkins

Isa Judd

Annmarie Martinez

Yamila Martinez

Fatumata Massalee

Alicia McGrath

Leanna Pearson

Malynda Rascoe

Kristine Rivera

Kyesha Ruffin

Claudia Sandino

Sheba Simpson-Amsterdam 

Ramdat Singh

Camila Valentin

Diego Yangali

Washington, D.C. - inaugural class! 

Jayme Birgy

Bryan Buckley

Jaqueline Castaneda

Joyce Doyle

Mario Enriquez

Amilcar Guzman

LaJoy Johnson-Law

Yvonne Miller 

Chioma Oruh

Antonia Oviedo

Allan Rogers 

Bryson Wilson

Honors Program - inaugural class! 

Dr. Anthony Andrews - New York, NY

Charlie Caswell, Jr. - Shelby County, TN

Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor - Bronx County, NY

Terita Hewlett - Shelby County, TN

Vanessa LaFleur - Baton Rouge, LA

Dadrius Lanus - Baton Rouge, LA

Tamikka Mapp - New York, NY

Veda Rasheed - Washington, D.C.

Hercules Reid - New York, NY

Erica Sugarmon - Shelby County, TN

Janika White - Shelby County, TN

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