Sed Miles is a self taught artist and activist. His artistic and political work focuses on themes related to identity, negritude and surrealism. His work expresses a spiritual link between documentary, fine art, and subjective narratives. Making great use of a double-voiced rhetoric, the signifying style of cultural critique, he cleverly initiates his view of this world with a formal visual vocabulary applied to the African Diaspora. His photography has been featured globally in galleries and public spaces throughout several communities where he’s been developing artistic work and relationships: US, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, UK, and France. His first book of photography, The Pathfinder was self-published in 2015. Sed’s current projects focusing his research on extending theorizations of transnational blackness from Afro surrealism, afrofuturism, Négritude, queer of colour critique, intersectional feminist frameworks, and black aesthetics.
Donna-Marie Winn has two and a half decades of experience leading complex evaluation projects using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her work has focused on implementing programs, practices, and policies that promote resilience and minimize vulnerability and systematically leveraging resources, both human and financial, to improve the lives of children and families. She has worked in community for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute of Drug Abuse; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institute of Mental Health; Administration for Children, Youth and Families; North Carolina Partnership for Children — Smart Start; The Duke Endowment; Triangle Community Foundation; Ford Foundation; Open Society Foundation; The California Endowment; and W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Winn earned her B.A. in psychology and program administration from Notre Dame, M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a minor in organizational business from UNC-CH and post-doctorate in clinical research from Duke University. Currently, she holds a position as a Senior Research Associate at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She has held positions as a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (UNC-CH) and Visiting Fellow at the Social Sciences Research Institute (Duke University). In 2011, she created Kaleidoscope Pathways, LLC. as a means of expanding upon her decades of clinical and evaluation consulting, and she became KPLLCs founding President and CEO. Her life-long passion for issues of racial equity, cultural competence, and human relationships are borne of her experiences as a native New Orleanian and long-time resident of North Carolina.
Alexandra Zagbayou is the Executive Director of Student U, an organization with the mission to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. As the child of a first generation college student, Alexandra believes education has the power to be a revolutionary agent for people and communities and power tool to create a just and equitable world. To act on those beliefs, she has worked in partnership with students, parents and the Durham community at Student U for the past decade. She dreams of a world where organizations like Student U no longer exist and every person is able to reach his or her full potential because our systems and institutions are just and equitable. Until that vision is reached, she is thankful to do work that is meaningful, urgent and necessary alongside an incredible personal and professional community.
Marcus Littles is a visionary leader, a sought-after thought partner, and an organizational strategist. He founded Frontline Solutions in 2005 to help Ford Foundation and other key partners determine the best use of a multibillion-dollar investment in Gulf Coast recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He has also served as an instrumental leader in directing philanthropic investment at the intersection of race and gender. He was integral in launching the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a network of over 40 national, regional and community foundations working together to redefine opportunity for boys and men of color, their families, and their communities. In 2016, Marcus was named one of 25 Disruptive Leaders Who Are Working to Close Racial Opportunity Gaps by Living Cities. Prior to founding Frontline, Marcus worked for TCC Group, the Ford Foundation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A native of Mobile, AL, Marcus is a graduate of Auburn University. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Delaware.
Sandi Haynes has spent the last two decades serving the nonprofit field, with a specific emphasis on the cultural industry. Her background includes program development, organizational development, fundraising, marketing and event planning. Sandi spent five years at Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), where as Director of Development she was responsible for DTH’s annual and capital campaigns. She also served as a Program Director for The Arts and Business Council, designing and implementing programs which strengthened the links between NYC’s corporate and arts communities.Sandi joined Phillips Oppenheim as a Principal in 1994 and has worked across the firm’s broad spectrum of service areas, including: arts and culture, international development, philanthropy, education, community building, women’s issues, youth development, and public policy. In 2006/2007, Sandi spent almost a year with the Ford Foundation, where she oversaw domestic and global program recruitment – expanding her field of issue areas to include human rights, assets building, sexuality and reproductive health, and governance and civil society. Sandi holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an MBA with a specialization in arts management from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Allison Brown is the Executive Director of the Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), a fund that brings strategic vision and fruitful collaboration to a field that is focused on school discipline reform and creation of healthy school climates.Previously, she worked as a program officer at the Open Society Foundations and as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. At DOJ, she initiated, developed, and led the Civil Rights Division’s efforts to combat the school-to-prison pipeline, which closes off opportunities for academic and lifelong success for far too many students of color. She is also the founder of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC), a service organization that worked with schools, students, and families to bring about improved academic outcomes through equitable school climates where all students thrive.
Dosali Reed Bandele is the Executive Director of the West End Community Foundation, a community organization that strives to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the West End (Southwest Central Durham area) and the City of Durham. She deeply values education loves empowering students to fulfill their academic and professional passions. It brings her joy when she can help students and families find resources inside and outside of PYO that will enrich their lives and leverage relationships that can lead to many opportunities. She also values collaborations with fellow community partners to ensure academic success for all of Durham’s youth.