Board of Directors.

 

  Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc. (Chair)   Dr. Atyia Martin has spent the last 16 years in federal and local government within intelligence, homeland security, emergency management, public health preparedness, and ultimately resilience. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in the private sector (for profit and nonprofit) in technology, business development, and administration. She has led many teams and major initiatives to consistently achieve their mission and goals while building the capacity of those around her to grow into their best selves.      Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She led the development and implementation of Boston's first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city. She engaged over 11,000 people across government, community, businesses, and nonprofits to develop Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City.   Prior to her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Martin was the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). During her tenure, she led the public health and healthcare response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the winter snow storms of 2015, trolley crashes, train crashes, the Long Island evacuation, and dozens of smaller scale emergencies.  Dr. Martin holds an Associate of Arts in Serbian Croatian from the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.  

Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc. (Chair)

Dr. Atyia Martin has spent the last 16 years in federal and local government within intelligence, homeland security, emergency management, public health preparedness, and ultimately resilience. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in the private sector (for profit and nonprofit) in technology, business development, and administration. She has led many teams and major initiatives to consistently achieve their mission and goals while building the capacity of those around her to grow into their best selves. 

 

Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She led the development and implementation of Boston's first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city. She engaged over 11,000 people across government, community, businesses, and nonprofits to develop Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City. 

Prior to her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Martin was the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). During her tenure, she led the public health and healthcare response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the winter snow storms of 2015, trolley crashes, train crashes, the Long Island evacuation, and dozens of smaller scale emergencies.

Dr. Martin holds an Associate of Arts in Serbian Croatian from the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.  

  Penina Acayo, Assistant Professor in Visual Communications, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (Vice Chair)   Penina Acayo is a designer and educator whose work and research are centered around topics that utilize a human-centered approach to solving social problems. Currently, Acayo is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communications at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2013, she collaborated on an award-winning project that used simplified iconography to communicate ailments associated with the spread, prevention, and treatment of malaria in Kibera, Kenya. This work has received multiple awards, with Metropolis Magazine naming it runner-up in its Next Generation Design Competition; it also earned the Student Notable Honoree status after placing in the top six of all national entries in the Core77 2013 Design Awards.  Acayo earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a BA in Art from Goshen College. As a component of her MFA thesis, she developed a secondary-level design curriculum that was inspired by the paucity of design education in Uganda, despite the growth and increasing number of job opportunities within the country's design sector. This subsequently inspired the creation of DesignEd Uganda workshops that Acayo organizes and facilitates over the summer to equip young people with skills in design and creative problem-solving.

Penina Acayo, Assistant Professor in Visual Communications, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (Vice Chair)

Penina Acayo is a designer and educator whose work and research are centered around topics that utilize a human-centered approach to solving social problems. Currently, Acayo is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communications at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2013, she collaborated on an award-winning project that used simplified iconography to communicate ailments associated with the spread, prevention, and treatment of malaria in Kibera, Kenya. This work has received multiple awards, with Metropolis Magazine naming it runner-up in its Next Generation Design Competition; it also earned the Student Notable Honoree status after placing in the top six of all national entries in the Core77 2013 Design Awards.

Acayo earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a BA in Art from Goshen College. As a component of her MFA thesis, she developed a secondary-level design curriculum that was inspired by the paucity of design education in Uganda, despite the growth and increasing number of job opportunities within the country's design sector. This subsequently inspired the creation of DesignEd Uganda workshops that Acayo organizes and facilitates over the summer to equip young people with skills in design and creative problem-solving.

  Hila Mehr, Market Development and Insights, IBM (Secretary)   Hila Mehr works in Market Development and Insights for IBM, focusing on market opportunities and design thinking. Prior to joining IBM, Hila researched civic innovation for the President of Living Cities and worked with the Office of Leadership and Organizational Development in the U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, she served as the Director of Operations for MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, and is currently an Advisor for the program. She started practicing design for social change while working with social entrepreneurs and educators in Hyderabad, India as an IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise.   Hila was a Technology and Democracy Fellow with the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She holds an MPA in Management and Urban Policy from Columbia SIPA, and a BA with General Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation. Hila was born in Santa Cruz, CA, where she was raised in a family with a history of public service and involvement in social justice movements. 

Hila Mehr, Market Development and Insights, IBM (Secretary)

Hila Mehr works in Market Development and Insights for IBM, focusing on market opportunities and design thinking. Prior to joining IBM, Hila researched civic innovation for the President of Living Cities and worked with the Office of Leadership and Organizational Development in the U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, she served as the Director of Operations for MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, and is currently an Advisor for the program. She started practicing design for social change while working with social entrepreneurs and educators in Hyderabad, India as an IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise. 

Hila was a Technology and Democracy Fellow with the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She holds an MPA in Management and Urban Policy from Columbia SIPA, and a BA with General Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation. Hila was born in Santa Cruz, CA, where she was raised in a family with a history of public service and involvement in social justice movements. 

  Alvin Schexnider, Director of Operations, Greater Good Studio    Alvin is a values-driven operations director, finance manager, and organization builder for social impact and civic spaces, and he really enjoys aligning vision to action, strategy to execution, and differentiated voices to collaboration.   Currently he is the Director of Operations at Greater Good Studio, a human centered design firm for social impact & innovation that works with non-profits, foundations, government agencies, and social enterprises at the local, national, and international level. Alvin’s previous roles include: director of HR at Youth & Opportunity United, director of planning & administration at UMI/Urban Ministries Inc., and global management associate at Abbott Labs where he held roles in both Chicago and Shanghai, China.  Outside of work and supporting Creative Reaction Lab, Alvin also tries to live out his values for civic engagement and equity in urban policy through his role as co-chair of the board of directors at Chicago Freedom School, a nonprofit that provides programs and training opportunities where young people (predominantly Black and Latina/o) and adult allies can study the work of past social movements, deepen their understanding of current community problems, and build new coalitions and strategies for change.   Alvin completed a bachelor’s in political science from Morehouse College, a master’s in management & human resources from the University of Minnesota’s business school, and a post-graduate certificate in international studies from Cornell University. He also studied for a year at the London School of Economics & Political Science via the Luard Scholarship.

Alvin Schexnider, Director of Operations, Greater Good Studio

Alvin is a values-driven operations director, finance manager, and organization builder for social impact and civic spaces, and he really enjoys aligning vision to action, strategy to execution, and differentiated voices to collaboration. 

Currently he is the Director of Operations at Greater Good Studio, a human centered design firm for social impact & innovation that works with non-profits, foundations, government agencies, and social enterprises at the local, national, and international level. Alvin’s previous roles include: director of HR at Youth & Opportunity United, director of planning & administration at UMI/Urban Ministries Inc., and global management associate at Abbott Labs where he held roles in both Chicago and Shanghai, China.

Outside of work and supporting Creative Reaction Lab, Alvin also tries to live out his values for civic engagement and equity in urban policy through his role as co-chair of the board of directors at Chicago Freedom School, a nonprofit that provides programs and training opportunities where young people (predominantly Black and Latina/o) and adult allies can study the work of past social movements, deepen their understanding of current community problems, and build new coalitions and strategies for change. 

Alvin completed a bachelor’s in political science from Morehouse College, a master’s in management & human resources from the University of Minnesota’s business school, and a post-graduate certificate in international studies from Cornell University. He also studied for a year at the London School of Economics & Political Science via the Luard Scholarship.


  Ray Boyle, Co-Founder, Our City Network   As co-founder of Our City Network, Ray Boyle works with cities, non-profits, private sector industries, and native creatives to help transform the landscape of our built environment through participatory culture. She has been creating participatory experiences at the city-scale since 2010, transforming bridges into green lawns, billboards into contemporary art installations, and building large-scale interactive art pieces for thousands. Her work centers around the belief that by creating non-polarized spaces for shared experiences, we can help bridge the divide between us and “the other,” and ultimately design communities that are more inclusive, healthier, and happier.  Since founding Our City in Spring 2015, Boyle has spoken at Hopscotch Design Festival, Design Museum SF, Code for America Summit, and AIASF on the role of Public Design in reimagining and building the future of our cities. She is currently working with Georgia Tech, City of Atlanta, Hopscotch Design Festival, City of Oakland, KaBoom, Museum of Design Atlanta, and many more on bringing art, design, and play into the built environment and helping to make our cities better, together.  She has been an adviser and consultant to multiple arts organizations, maker communities, and singularly spectacular art interventions. Project and organizational partners include American Steel Studios, Bay Bridge Steel Project, YBCA, SF Planning, Oakland Makers, 25th Street Art Collective, Art City Project, Market Street Prototyping Festival, ReAllocate, Communitere, Burning Man, ADX Maker Studios, PDX Ad Federation, Right Brain Initiative, and many more.

Ray Boyle, Co-Founder, Our City Network

As co-founder of Our City Network, Ray Boyle works with cities, non-profits, private sector industries, and native creatives to help transform the landscape of our built environment through participatory culture. She has been creating participatory experiences at the city-scale since 2010, transforming bridges into green lawns, billboards into contemporary art installations, and building large-scale interactive art pieces for thousands. Her work centers around the belief that by creating non-polarized spaces for shared experiences, we can help bridge the divide between us and “the other,” and ultimately design communities that are more inclusive, healthier, and happier.

Since founding Our City in Spring 2015, Boyle has spoken at Hopscotch Design Festival, Design Museum SF, Code for America Summit, and AIASF on the role of Public Design in reimagining and building the future of our cities. She is currently working with Georgia Tech, City of Atlanta, Hopscotch Design Festival, City of Oakland, KaBoom, Museum of Design Atlanta, and many more on bringing art, design, and play into the built environment and helping to make our cities better, together.

She has been an adviser and consultant to multiple arts organizations, maker communities, and singularly spectacular art interventions. Project and organizational partners include American Steel Studios, Bay Bridge Steel Project, YBCA, SF Planning, Oakland Makers, 25th Street Art Collective, Art City Project, Market Street Prototyping Festival, ReAllocate, Communitere, Burning Man, ADX Maker Studios, PDX Ad Federation, Right Brain Initiative, and many more.

  Kate Edgar, Service Design Manager, Adaptive Path, Capital One   Kate Edgar helps organizations develop internal innovation capabilities. She has led design and brand strategy for government institutions, Fortune 500 clients, and international NGOs to implement creative solutions to systemic issues. Prior to returning to her native St. Louis, she successfully developed and launched two new business models in Kenya and Bangladesh with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address access to water and sanitation.   “As a designer who has both worked with Fortune 50 companies and internationally to design solutions for underserved communities with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I believe design has great potential to address our own complex, national injustices. By empathizing with the stories of our community, involving the community members in generating solutions, and bringing the right players to the table to actualize those solutions, design creates civically engaged leaders and solutions built upon the collective will of community.”

Kate Edgar, Service Design Manager, Adaptive Path, Capital One

Kate Edgar helps organizations develop internal innovation capabilities. She has led design and brand strategy for government institutions, Fortune 500 clients, and international NGOs to implement creative solutions to systemic issues. Prior to returning to her native St. Louis, she successfully developed and launched two new business models in Kenya and Bangladesh with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address access to water and sanitation.

“As a designer who has both worked with Fortune 50 companies and internationally to design solutions for underserved communities with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I believe design has great potential to address our own complex, national injustices. By empathizing with the stories of our community, involving the community members in generating solutions, and bringing the right players to the table to actualize those solutions, design creates civically engaged leaders and solutions built upon the collective will of community.”

  Keisha Talbot Johnson, Research Communications and Special Projects Manager, Smith Institute for Applied Research, Johnson C. Smith University   Keisha Talbot Johnson is research communications and special projects manager at Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research. Prior to joining the university, Talbot Johnson served in several roles in higher education at such universities as Florida International University and Winthrop University. Talbot Johnson, who earned her MBA from Queens University of Charlotte serves as managing editor and project manager on various publications featuring Smith Institute’s research including a research magazine and two books celebrating the rich history and a strengths-based focus on the under-resourced community surrounding JCSU, an HBCU: Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South, and Ten Men: Examining the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side. While at the University, Talbot Johnson co-founded an entrepreneurial leadership program encouraging students to think of themselves as more than consumers, but as creators, innovators, and potential entrepreneurs. Talbot Johnson has served as adjunct faculty, and has served on the board of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle at Queens University of Charlotte.

Keisha Talbot Johnson, Research Communications and Special Projects Manager, Smith Institute for Applied Research, Johnson C. Smith University

Keisha Talbot Johnson is research communications and special projects manager at Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research. Prior to joining the university, Talbot Johnson served in several roles in higher education at such universities as Florida International University and Winthrop University. Talbot Johnson, who earned her MBA from Queens University of Charlotte serves as managing editor and project manager on various publications featuring Smith Institute’s research including a research magazine and two books celebrating the rich history and a strengths-based focus on the under-resourced community surrounding JCSU, an HBCU: Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South, and Ten Men: Examining the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side. While at the University, Talbot Johnson co-founded an entrepreneurial leadership program encouraging students to think of themselves as more than consumers, but as creators, innovators, and potential entrepreneurs. Talbot Johnson has served as adjunct faculty, and has served on the board of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle at Queens University of Charlotte.

  Lorenzo P. Lewis, Founder & Project Director, The Confess Project   Lorenzo Lewis is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a 2015 graduate of Arkansas Baptist College. He is a recent 2017 graduate in the Masters of Public Administration program at Webster University where he was ranked in the top percentile of his graduating cohort. He holds memberships with the Pine Bluff Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., The 100 Greater Black Men of Little Rock, National Alliance Mental Institute (NAMI), as well as Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  Lorenzo is the Founder/Executive Director of L & J Empowerment, a community based 501 c(3) non- profit organization located in Central Arkansas that focuses on community empowerment, and sponsors the Confess Project initiative, which centers around mental health awareness for young men of color.  He recently began an annual Scholarship fund for students enrolled at Arkansas Baptist College (The Lorenzo Lewis Scholarship Fund), which benefits students majoring in Behavioral Sciences.  During his time working in youth care for Arkansas Juvenile Assessment Treatment Center, the spark for service was ignited. It was then; that he figured out his mission would be to serve others. His career has centered around Public Service and assisting those in need ever since.  Given his extensive work tenure in Case Management and Outpatient Services at Rivendell Behavioral Health Services in Benton, Arkansas, and Birchtreee Living Community, as well as Methodist Behavioral hospital, Lorenzo is highly capable of enlightening the public about the inner workings of Mental Health and available services.  In addition to his arsenal of experience, Mr. Lewis has been well equipped with intensive trainings and mental health counseling experience to serve as a liaison and advocate for those that may suffer from a mental illness. He is a man of many talents, and he enjoys conducting workshops and forums concerning Mental Health, Tobacco Cessation and Social Justice Issues that affect people abroad.

Lorenzo P. Lewis, Founder & Project Director, The Confess Project

Lorenzo Lewis is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a 2015 graduate of Arkansas Baptist College. He is a recent 2017 graduate in the Masters of Public Administration program at Webster University where he was ranked in the top percentile of his graduating cohort. He holds memberships with the Pine Bluff Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., The 100 Greater Black Men of Little Rock, National Alliance Mental Institute (NAMI), as well as Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Lorenzo is the Founder/Executive Director of L & J Empowerment, a community based 501 c(3) non- profit organization located in Central Arkansas that focuses on community empowerment, and sponsors the Confess Project initiative, which centers around mental health awareness for young men of color.

He recently began an annual Scholarship fund for students enrolled at Arkansas Baptist College (The Lorenzo Lewis Scholarship Fund), which benefits students majoring in Behavioral Sciences.

During his time working in youth care for Arkansas Juvenile Assessment Treatment Center, the spark for service was ignited. It was then; that he figured out his mission would be to serve others. His career has centered around Public Service and assisting those in need ever since.  Given his extensive work tenure in Case Management and Outpatient Services at Rivendell Behavioral Health Services in Benton, Arkansas, and Birchtreee Living Community, as well as Methodist Behavioral hospital, Lorenzo is highly capable of enlightening the public about the inner workings of Mental Health and available services.

In addition to his arsenal of experience, Mr. Lewis has been well equipped with intensive trainings and mental health counseling experience to serve as a liaison and advocate for those that may suffer from a mental illness. He is a man of many talents, and he enjoys conducting workshops and forums concerning Mental Health, Tobacco Cessation and Social Justice Issues that affect people abroad.


  De Andrea Nichols, Director, Civic Creatives   Through a multi-disciplinary design practice, De Andrea Nichols helps change makers nationwide address social, civic, and racial equity challenges within their communities.  De serves as Director of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services that foster the discovery, ideation, prototyping, and actualization of community-driven civic solutions. Nichols also serves as a Board of Directors member for Forward through Ferguson and chairs the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab. She is a national public speaker on designing for civil rights and social justice, and she is a 2016 recipient of the St. Louis Visionary Award for community impact in the arts.  De is an alumna of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development. She is a John B. Ervin Scholar, Brown Scholar, and Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Scholar. Her works have been supported by the Smithsonian National Museum for African-American History and Culture, Clinton Global Initiative, Women’s Caucus for Art, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Ideas that Matters, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, StartingBloc Fellowship for Social Innovation, Points of Light, and AshokaU Changemakers.

De Andrea Nichols, Director, Civic Creatives

Through a multi-disciplinary design practice, De Andrea Nichols helps change makers nationwide address social, civic, and racial equity challenges within their communities.

De serves as Director of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services that foster the discovery, ideation, prototyping, and actualization of community-driven civic solutions. Nichols also serves as a Board of Directors member for Forward through Ferguson and chairs the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab. She is a national public speaker on designing for civil rights and social justice, and she is a 2016 recipient of the St. Louis Visionary Award for community impact in the arts.

De is an alumna of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development. She is a John B. Ervin Scholar, Brown Scholar, and Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Scholar. Her works have been supported by the Smithsonian National Museum for African-American History and Culture, Clinton Global Initiative, Women’s Caucus for Art, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Ideas that Matters, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, StartingBloc Fellowship for Social Innovation, Points of Light, and AshokaU Changemakers.

  Cornelia Acosta Sylvester, Equity Coach   Cornelia Sylvester works with leaders and stakeholders, facilitating and stewarding teams to develop and employ equity-informed practices and policies.  “My passion is to ensure equity is a central tenet of organizational development and infuse social justice values and principles across all organizational efforts. Ultimately, my work is in service of building a world that values and improves the quality of life and livelihood for people of color.”  Cornelia serves on the Advisory Board of The Institute for Human and Social Development, helping to expand early childhood education supports and resources. She serves as chair of the Park Day School’s Social Justice Initiative. She has served as a trustee for Park Day School, a member of the Children’s Support League of the East Bay and a mentor and volunteer for Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  Cornelia grew up in the California East Bay and attended local public schools. While pursuing her BA in Ethnic Studies at Mills College, she worked for Upward Bound program, as residential director, teacher and mentor. She holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Cornelia is a Certified Professional Coach through Leadership That Works. She is a mother of 3 and resides in Oakland.

Cornelia Acosta Sylvester, Equity Coach

Cornelia Sylvester works with leaders and stakeholders, facilitating and stewarding teams to develop and employ equity-informed practices and policies.

“My passion is to ensure equity is a central tenet of organizational development and infuse social justice values and principles across all organizational efforts. Ultimately, my work is in service of building a world that values and improves the quality of life and livelihood for people of color.”

Cornelia serves on the Advisory Board of The Institute for Human and Social Development, helping to expand early childhood education supports and resources. She serves as chair of the Park Day School’s Social Justice Initiative. She has served as a trustee for Park Day School, a member of the Children’s Support League of the East Bay and a mentor and volunteer for Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Cornelia grew up in the California East Bay and attended local public schools. While pursuing her BA in Ethnic Studies at Mills College, she worked for Upward Bound program, as residential director, teacher and mentor. She holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Cornelia is a Certified Professional Coach through Leadership That Works. She is a mother of 3 and resides in Oakland.

  Lona Vincent, Senior Manager, Johnson & Johnson Design   Lona Vincent is currently working in strategy and design thinking at Johnson & Johnson in New York City where she focuses on human-centered design and internal innovation capabilities. Lona believes in the power of design and storytelling to create change in communities and she supports New York Needs You, iMentor, and the Chelsea Alliance. She has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in New York and is a StartingBloc Fellow for Social Innovation.

Lona Vincent, Senior Manager, Johnson & Johnson Design

Lona Vincent is currently working in strategy and design thinking at Johnson & Johnson in New York City where she focuses on human-centered design and internal innovation capabilities. Lona believes in the power of design and storytelling to create change in communities and she supports New York Needs You, iMentor, and the Chelsea Alliance. She has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in New York and is a StartingBloc Fellow for Social Innovation.

  Antionette D. Carroll, Founder, President and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab   Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. Antionette's personal mission in life is to CHALLENGE standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION approaches resulting in foundational and community impact.  Also, Antionette is an active community volunteer. Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program, with Antionette co-organizing and assuming the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016. At the local level, she is currently serving as President Emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Antionette also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits, including the steering committee for The City of St. Louis’ Resiliency Office, supported by Rockefeller Foundation, and formerly the founding anti-bias/anti-racism committee for City Garden Montessori School.  Antionette is a TED Fellow, 4.0 Schools Fellow, Next City Vanguard, 2017 Essence Magazine #100 Most Woke Woman, Subject Matter Advisor for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, StartingBloc Fellow, and an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator.  Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.   

Antionette D. Carroll, Founder, President and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. Antionette's personal mission in life is to CHALLENGE standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION approaches resulting in foundational and community impact.

Also, Antionette is an active community volunteer. Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program, with Antionette co-organizing and assuming the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016. At the local level, she is currently serving as President Emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Antionette also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits, including the steering committee for The City of St. Louis’ Resiliency Office, supported by Rockefeller Foundation, and formerly the founding anti-bias/anti-racism committee for City Garden Montessori School.

Antionette is a TED Fellow, 4.0 Schools Fellow, Next City Vanguard, 2017 Essence Magazine #100 Most Woke Woman, Subject Matter Advisor for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, StartingBloc Fellow, and an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator.

Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.

 


  We want you to join our board!   Creative Reaction Lab is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers throughout the United States to help guide the sustainability and growth of our organization.    Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:   1.  Extensive professional experience with significant mid-level to executive leadership accomplishments in design, business, government, civil rights, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector  AND/OR  real-world community/topic expertise in relation to civic engagement and racial equity  2.  A commitment to and understanding of Creative Reaction Lab’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience  3.  Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals  4.  Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Creative Reaction Lab’s beneficiaries    Click here    to learn more about board responsibilities. If you're interested in joining our board (or a board committee),    submit your interest here   .

We want you to join our board!

Creative Reaction Lab is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers throughout the United States to help guide the sustainability and growth of our organization. 

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

1.  Extensive professional experience with significant mid-level to executive leadership accomplishments in design, business, government, civil rights, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector AND/OR real-world community/topic expertise in relation to civic engagement and racial equity

2.  A commitment to and understanding of Creative Reaction Lab’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience

3.  Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals

4.  Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Creative Reaction Lab’s beneficiaries

Click here to learn more about board responsibilities. If you're interested in joining our board (or a board committee), submit your interest here.