Board of Directors.

 
De Andrea Nichols, Director, Civic Creatives (Chair) 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 (Chair)

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.

Cheeraz Gormon, Executive Director, Sonic Arts United (Vice Chair) Storyteller, poet, author, and award winning advertising creative Cheeraz Gormon is from St. Louis, Missouri, and every bit a native daughter. She recently appeared on VICELAND’s Abandoned, which was focused on closed and neglected schools in St. Louis. The opportunity, in effect, introduced her and her love for the city to an international audience. As a poet, Gormon has opened up for scholar Cornell West, MacArthur Genius educator and curator Dr. Deborah Willis, and hip hop impresario Russell Simmons on stages nationally, and internationally. Her poetry has been featured in media in St. Louis, London, Portland, OR, the Huffington Post, on St. Louis Public Radio, and Ebony Magazine online. She is a sought-after speaker, appearing at TEDxGatewayArch and other venues to discuss brain drain, branding, community activism, and social justice. Gormon served as curriculum and creative director of The Marcus Graham Project, a national network of diverse professionals that have purposed themselves in developing the next generation of thought leadership within the advertising, media and marketing industry. She is the founder and executive director of Sonic Arts United, a S.T.E.A.M. based nonprofit, and STLNightWriters, a writing workshop and reading series. Gormon is an apexart 2016 International Fellow, and is the author of, "In The Midst of Loving," a collection of poems, and selected writings released in March 2015. In September 2015, Cheeraz was named by ALIVE Magazine as one of the Top 20 Young STL Artists You Need to Know, and appeared as the cover girl for the relaunch of the publication in December 2015. And, in 2016, she has been named one of Delux Magazine’s Power 100.

Cheeraz Gormon, Executive Director, Sonic Arts United (Vice Chair)

Storyteller, poet, author, and award winning advertising creative Cheeraz Gormon is from St. Louis, Missouri, and every bit a native daughter. She recently appeared on VICELAND’s Abandoned, which was focused on closed and neglected schools in St. Louis. The opportunity, in effect, introduced her and her love for the city to an international audience.

As a poet, Gormon has opened up for scholar Cornell West, MacArthur Genius educator and curator Dr. Deborah Willis, and hip hop impresario Russell Simmons on stages nationally, and internationally. Her poetry has been featured in media in St. Louis, London, Portland, OR, the Huffington Post, on St. Louis Public Radio, and Ebony Magazine online. She is a sought-after speaker, appearing at TEDxGatewayArch and other venues to discuss brain drain, branding, community activism, and social justice. Gormon served as curriculum and creative director of The Marcus Graham Project, a national network of diverse professionals that have purposed themselves in developing the next generation of thought leadership within the advertising, media and marketing industry. She is the founder and executive director of Sonic Arts United, a S.T.E.A.M. based nonprofit, and STLNightWriters, a writing workshop and reading series.

Gormon is an apexart 2016 International Fellow, and is the author of, "In The Midst of Loving," a collection of poems, and selected writings released in March 2015. In September 2015, Cheeraz was named by ALIVE Magazine as one of the Top 20 Young STL Artists You Need to Know, and appeared as the cover girl for the relaunch of the publication in December 2015. And, in 2016, she has been named one of Delux Magazine’s Power 100.

Justin Raymundo, Principal, WRK Personal Branding (Secretary/Treasurer) Justin Raymundo is the Co-Founder of WRK Personal Branding, a social enterprise committed to helping individuals launch their personal brand and tell their story as professionals. With a firm belief that compelling stories can change communities, Justin has worked with global corporations, regional non-profits, and small businesses to foster meaningful community engagement to promote sustainability, inclusion, and equity. “I dedicate my time and charitable contributions to Creative Reaction Lab because it translates passions and talents into tangible solutions that make our community more equitable. I am committed to this organization because it rebuilds communities and redesigns them in ways that are more just and inclusive by leveraging the talents of diverse individuals.”

Justin Raymundo, Principal, WRK Personal Branding (Secretary/Treasurer)

Justin Raymundo is the Co-Founder of WRK Personal Branding, a social enterprise committed to helping individuals launch their personal brand and tell their story as professionals. With a firm belief that compelling stories can change communities, Justin has worked with global corporations, regional non-profits, and small businesses to foster meaningful community engagement to promote sustainability, inclusion, and equity.

“I dedicate my time and charitable contributions to Creative Reaction Lab because it translates passions and talents into tangible solutions that make our community more equitable. I am committed to this organization because it rebuilds communities and redesigns them in ways that are more just and inclusive by leveraging the talents of diverse individuals.”


Penina Acayo, Assistant Professor in Visual Communications, Washington University in St. Louis 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

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.

Brigid Flynn, Director of Development, Tower Grove Park A native of St. Louis, Brigid has 18 years of fundraising experience, and is Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Has has served as Director of Development for Tower Grove Park and was Director of Institutional Giving at the Saint Louis Art Museum from 2008-2016, with previous fundraising roles at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University. She earned an MA from Ohio State and a BA from Loyola University Chicago, both in English Literature. Brigid has presented at conferences nationally, including the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Midwest Museums. She is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals St. Louis. She is the co-founder of Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS), which has provided professional development education and fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts projects since 2012.

Brigid Flynn, Director of Development, Tower Grove Park

A native of St. Louis, Brigid has 18 years of fundraising experience, and is Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Has has served as Director of Development for Tower Grove Park and was Director of Institutional Giving at the Saint Louis Art Museum from 2008-2016, with previous fundraising roles at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University. She earned an MA from Ohio State and a BA from Loyola University Chicago, both in English Literature. Brigid has presented at conferences nationally, including the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Midwest Museums. She is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals St. Louis.

She is the co-founder of Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS), which has provided professional development education and fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts projects since 2012.

Kate Edgar 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

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.”


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.

Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies. Dr. Martin was previously the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Her previous professional experience includes the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); and active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin has also been adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University.  

Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston

Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies.

Dr. Martin was previously the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. Her previous professional experience includes the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); and active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin has also been adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University.

 

Antionette D. Carroll, Founder and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab. Throughout her career, Carroll has worked, in in-house and freelance capacities, for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to CRXLAB, Carroll spent 7 years in the advertising and marketing industry. Carroll was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. She’s currently 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 the President of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Carroll 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. In 2016, Carroll was named an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator in Social Entrepreneurship and a SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Social Entrepreneurship Scholar. In 2015, Carroll was named a StartingBloc Fellow, one of Alive Magazine’s 20 Under 40 Artists to Watch, and Delux Magazine’s Power 100. Carroll is a Community Arts Training Fellow. In 2014, she was accepted in the inaugural class of the School of Visual Arts' Business of Social Design Intensive. In 2013, Carroll was recognized by the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life as its Amethyst Honoree, and she graduated from the Focus St. Louis Emerging Leaders Program. She was also named the inaugural Katherine Dunham Fellow in Arts Administration by the Regional Arts Commission in 2011.

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

Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab. Throughout her career, Carroll has worked, in in-house and freelance capacities, for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to CRXLAB, Carroll spent 7 years in the advertising and marketing industry.

Carroll was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. She’s currently 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 the President of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Carroll 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.

In 2016, Carroll was named an American Express/Ashoka Emerging Innovator in Social Entrepreneurship and a SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Social Entrepreneurship Scholar. In 2015, Carroll was named a StartingBloc Fellow, one of Alive Magazine’s 20 Under 40 Artists to Watch, and Delux Magazine’s Power 100. Carroll is a Community Arts Training Fellow. In 2014, she was accepted in the inaugural class of the School of Visual Arts' Business of Social Design Intensive. In 2013, Carroll was recognized by the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life as its Amethyst Honoree, and she graduated from the Focus St. Louis Emerging Leaders Program. She was also named the inaugural Katherine Dunham Fellow in Arts Administration by the Regional Arts Commission in 2011.


Cornelia Acosta Sylvester, Founding Board Chair, Design School X Cornelia Sylvester works with education 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.” In addition to serving as the founding board chair of Design School X, 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, Founding Board Chair, Design School X

Cornelia Sylvester works with education 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.”

In addition to serving as the founding board chair of Design School X, 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.

Lorenzo P. Lewis 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

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.

Hila Mehr 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

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. 


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.