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Meet Our Staff & Board Members

Empowering The Next Generation of Mamas & Families

Our staff and board include active advocates, organizers, activists, artists, and elected officials who enjoy cultivating and implementing creative strategies that will improve the quality of life of black and indigenous families and families of color (BIPOC). We are a black women-led organization that believes in the power of diversity in the community. 

Our Staff 

Danielle Atkinson
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Danielle Atkinson

(She Series)

National Executive Director, Founder

Danielle Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer.

Aisha Wells
"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept."
-Angela Davis

Aisha Wells

(She Series)

Deputy Director of Organizing

In this position, Aisha organizes with mamas of color in the community to understand the Mamas' Agenda issues in the workplace.

Dr. Keiondra Grace

Dr. Keiondra Grace

Director of Research

Luanna Peterson
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Luanna Peterson

(She Series)

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Luanna Peterson

Courtney Blake-Sims
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Courtney Blake-Sims

(She Series)

Lead Political Organizer

Tamika Johnson

Tamika Johnson

Community Organizer

Aqeela Muntaqim
“In life two things are certain, time will keep moving forward and one day we will become an ancestor. If we remember these two things in the times of struggle we endure to remind ourselves that each day is a blessing- we can overcome anything” -Aqeela M.

Aqeela Muntaqim

(She Series)

Deputy Director of Adminstration

As a mother of 4, Aqeela understands the hardships many parents face with poverty, lack of child care, and lack of adequate paid leave.

Ashley Addrow-Pierson
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Ashley Addrow-Pierson

(She Series)

Director of Project Management

Tyler Hayes
"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”
- Barbara Jordan

Tyler Hayes

(She Series)

Political Director

Tyler manages our Canvass Team and works with our Political Director to ensure we connect our mama's with the nations political agenda

Sharon Brewton
"If you surrender to the wind you can ride it” Toni Morrison.

Sharon Brewton

(She Series)

Office Manager

Sharon Brewton received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1982 from Wayne State University.

Toyja Bridges
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Toyja Bridges

(She Series)

Child Care Organizer

Toyja has been a justice advocate within Detroit for several years. Toyja's work centers on inspiring parents to raise their voices on issues related to their children's education and well-being.

Jasmine Newell

Jasmine Newell

(She Series)

Community Organizer

Nkenge Browner
“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new everyday. The more I learn the clearer my view of the world becomes.” -Sonia Sanchez

Nkenge Browner

(She Series)

Deputy Director of Programs

As Grassroots Director, Nkenge works to ensure Mothering Justice has informed community impact. Nkenge has an extensive background in community organizing.

Nicole Banks
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground" - Frederick Douglass

Nicole Banks

(She Series)

Director of Leadership Development

Nicole, the owner of WhitlowBanks LLC, offers her expertise in administrative support services.

Tatiana Omolo
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Tatiana Omolo

(She Series)

Government & Policy Affairs Director

Tanya Omolo is a dual degree graduate student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work at The University of Michigan.

Brandi Walker
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Brandi Walker

(She Series)

Executive Assistant

With over 11 years of experience in professional Executive Assistant positions, Brandi B. Walker skillfully manages administrative duties and relations with a solid performance in high-pressure environments.

Christina Hayes
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Christina Hayes

(She Series)

Paid Leave Organizer

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Arianna Parker
"You only get one shot at life so be extra."

Arianna Parker

(She Series)

Senior Digital Organizer

A graduate from Michigan State University, Ari utilizes social media to build awareness to the Mothering Justice brand

Our Board Members 

Erika Washington, Chair
​Shamyle Dobbs, Vice Chair
Kelly Garrett, Secretary
Elizabeth Dawes Gay​
Arlyssa Heard 
Nadia Tonova
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