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The vision for Checkbox Outreach was more than simply putting a check in a box - it was about impact and moving the needle; thank you for making the vision a reality. In this episode, Alyia and Katie share their journey, what they have learned about the issues (and themselves), and provide a glimpse of what’s in store for 2021. For more Checkbox Ou…
 
Jaqueline Tucker is an innovative and compassionate servant leader with a heart for civic engagement, community uplift, law, policy, and inclusive multi-racial democracy. Jaqueline is the City of Alexandria first Race and Social Equity officer and comes to the role as a former educator who witnessed the injustices of systemic inequity firsthand in …
 
R. Denise Everson is a partner at Cure Architects and leads community engagement efforts with ThinkBox. She works with under-resourced communities to encourage entrepreneurship, further education, create jobs, and promote wellness. Denise is a staunch advocate for community service and social activism targeted at protecting affordable housing. Deni…
 
Kelly Hebron of Lee District BLM joins Alyia and Katie to discuss politics in Northern Virginia, community activism, and how folks can get engaged to make a difference. For more Checkbox Outreach, follow us on Twitter @disruptoutreach and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.checkboxoutreach.com. Guest: Kelly Hebron Hosted By: Alyia Gask…
 
Ashley Shah has a strong passion for the visual arts, and focuses on advocating for diversity and representation within the arts and culture community. In the DMV, she has contributed to local arts organizations, such as East City Art and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, as well as taken on a number of personal initiatives including The Happenings Podca…
 
Iris Patten leads an organization whose tools provide insight and intelligence to community investment and social justice strategies. The goal isn’t to create new systems but to better coordinate efforts of existing organizations and their structures - empowering communities to be self-sufficient, and, therefore, sustainable. Through the assistance…
 
Sunah Hallie is a native of northern Virginia. She has been an advocate for equality of health resources and opportunities within the African American community and disadvantaged populations for over 10 years. She currently serves as the Program Manager for a Liver and Pancreas Institute for Quality at a notable acute care facility. Sunah received …
 
Kimberlee Archie is a native of Seattle, where she learned about racial and social injustice and how to undo what has been done for centuries. Now a resident of Charlotte, NC she disrupts the status quo of white supremacy culture and racial injustices in local government to impact improved outcomes for communities. She works as a racial justice war…
 
Daryl Peace is the co-founder of Slate Seven consultancy company for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Mr. Peace is a Baltimore native and graduate of GW University Business School. Daryl, Alyia and Katie discuss entrepreneurship, business strategy and access to capital for minority businesses. For more Checkbox Outreach, follow us on Twitte…
 
Kristina Francis has nearly 20 years of experience driving strategic direction for a variety of clients with a concentration on implementing transformational business and information solutions. She is known for her ability to quickly dissect problems, assemble strong teams, effectively communicate progress, and deliver quality solutions. As Preside…
 
Erick T. King, Co-Founder of the Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) has a passion for problem solving and community development in Northern Virginia. CYEP’s mission is to inspire communities to invest in social connection to establish healthy relationships and adopt safety and wellness. The community- based programs include Fatherhood service…
 
Anaia believes in the power of a pivot table created for the public good. For over seven years, she led community development and strategic planning initiatives for local governments and national non-profit organizations. Anaia is the principal of Grounded CIvics, a strategic planning consultancy, focused on demystifying the public space for compan…
 
Razzaq-Kelvin is a Washington, DC native and Ward 8 resident that earns a livelihood through entrepreneurship. Barriers and impactful experiences throughout his upbringing were the catalyst for his entrepreneurial journey. His venture, Total-Razzaq aims to provide mental health and substance use disorder resources for the community. At the end of t…
 
Evelin Urrutia first joined Tenants and Workers United (TWU) through the organization’s youth group. Through the efforts of her cohort of youth leaders in Alexandria, Virginia, T.C. Williams High School hired a bilingual counselor for the student body. Today, because of those efforts, there are bilingual staff and other appropriate resources availa…
 
Bryan W. Jackson is a nonprofit leader and former educator. He is also a husband and proud father to a biracial, interfaith 2-year-old boy with a baby girl on the way. Bryan’s introduction into fatherhood started with a single question; how do I raise a proud, confident, and intelligent Black child? He used this driving question to galvanize other …
 
Ishana Allen, MSN is the founder of DOPE Nursing which stands for Deliver. Over. Patients, People, and Personal. Expectations. Ishana created this platform to encourage nurses and aspiring nurses to go above and beyond all expectations. Her aim is to mentor and inspire as many individuals as I can to achieve their goals in the nursing profession. S…
 
John Cano is a Ferrum College Graduate; holding a BA in Political Science and Spanish. John has experience in organizing political campaigns at the congressional and local level. He is now an Advocacy Specialist with CASA and leads the Advocacy efforts at the state and local level. During the 2020 Richmond General Assembly, his lobbying for driving…
 
Bernadette Onyenaka is the co-founder of the O&G Racial Equity Collaborative, where she leads the racial equity curriculum development and operations. Most recently, she served as a National Urban Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation, where she explored pathways to deepening the foundation’s work in racial equity and innovation. She also …
 
Femi Adelakun is an experienced Location Analytics expert and Urban Specialist, a Co-founder of City78 urban analytics and an academic advisor at Georgetown University's Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Program. Femi, Alyia and Katie discuss how urban planning and the configuration of cities have a direct influence on quality of life and well…
 
Alyia and Katie give a recap of the last 11 episodes of Checkbox Outreach by sharing what they have learned about themselves, their key take-aways, and what listeners can do to bring about change in their communities. For more Checkbox Outreach, follow us on Twitter @disruptoutreach and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.checkboxoutrea…
 
Patrick Ingram is currently running to represent Ward 6 in the City of Petersburg, Virginia. He is the child of a United States Army Veteran and served in the United States Coast Guard. Patrick has had a productive career in helping people; his experience ranges from assisting individuals newly diagnosed with HIV to assisting passengers on an aircr…
 
Melanie Elizabeth Bates, Esquire is the Principal of Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC. MBC is a strategic policy and communications firm with an overall focus on criminal justice reform. Melanie's legal background developed her expertise in government relations. Previously, Melanie served as the Legislative Director for Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Well…
 
Edgar Ndjatou (ja-too) is the Founding Principal of Officium, LLC and the Executive Director of Workplace Fairness. Originally from Cameroon and raised in New York City, Edgar is passionate about creating workplaces that value fair treatment, trust, and open communications. Edgar also embraces change and the opportunity it brings, which helps him c…
 
Michelle Kayosa-Ajayi is a Zambian/Nigerian Urban Planner living in Maryland. While she has lived in the States for the majority of her life, she still has strong ties to the Zambian culture that raised her. In an effort to bring a ray of light to our current reality, Michelle is in the process of actualizing a long time dream of launching a book c…
 
Daryl Peace is the co-founder of Slate Seven consultancy company for small business owners and entrepreneurs. He also serves on the board for Nova Labs, a makerspace in Reston, VA that encourages STEM education through hands-on instruction. Mr. Peace is a Baltimore native and graduate of GW University Business School. Isiah Thomas is passionate abo…
 
Ariel Enrique Guerrero, MPA, is a born and raised New Yorker whose career has been marked by bold choices and service. Ariel is founder and principal of Ariel E Guerrero LLC, a multi- dimensional consultancy and co-founder of the O&G Racial Equity Collaborative, a consultant collaborative working with institutions on racial equity knowledge buildin…
 
Sekwan Merrit is the Founder and Owner of Lightning Electric, LLC. He is a Master Electrician, and is also a public speaker that provides motivational insight on self-improvement and criminal justice reform. Sekwan Merritt, Alyia and Katie discuss entrepreneurship and access to PPP during COVID-19 for those who are formerly incarcerated. They also …
 
Marcus Coleman is a Senior Associate at HWC Inc., where he supports emergency management and resilience projects that promote individual and community level actions to reduce risks against disasters. From 2013 – 2018, Marcus led the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives (formerly the DHS Center for Faith-Based a…
 
Salvador “Sal” Amado's dedication and passion for helping people and my community stems from his family’s history of migration to the US from Mexico in the early 1980s. His family were migrant workers harvesting fruits and vegetables throughout Florida and the Southeast. It was those struggles, along family and teachers, that opened his eyes to opp…
 
Sheba Williams fights tirelessly for others. She knows that there is a need for crime and punishment, but she also knows that, at some point, it should be left in the past. In order to grow as a community, we must find forgiveness in those who make mistakes. Ms. Williams firmly believes in redemption and allowing others to have access to the tools …
 
Checkbox Outreach is a podcast that shares viewpoints and stories from those whose voice may be overlooked or not sought after by elected officials and/or community leaders. For more Checkbox Outreach, follow us on Twitter @disruptoutreach and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.checkboxoutreach.com. As a result of feeling overlooked wh…
 
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