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.

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)

Operations Director

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

Kenyette Tish Barnes
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Kenyette Tish Barnes

(She Series)

National Campaigns Director

Kenyette Tisha “Tish” Barnes, is a political strategist, registered lobbyist, activist, organizer &
mother.

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)

National Paid Leave Organizer

In this position Aisha organizes with Mama's of color in the community to understand the Paid Leave issues in the workplace to help pass legislation.

Annie Paul
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Annie Paul

(She Series)

Political Data Coordinator

As a data analyst, Annie collects and analyzes political data and ensures that Mothering Justice has a strong presence in the community

Felicia Cash
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Felicia Cash

(She Series)

Organizing Associate

Felicia Cash is a lifelong Eastside Detroit Native. She is experienced in urban community revitalization, parent advocacy, program support including implementation and facilitating.

Elishia Jayye Johnson
"When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, We can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures around us" -Bell Hooks

Elishia Jayye Johnson

(They/She Series)

Communications Director

Jayye is a digital media producer and artist from Detroit, Michigan.

Eboni Taylor
“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” - Anonymous

Eboni Taylor

(She Series)

Michigan Executive Director

In this position, Eboni manages the Mamas’ agenda, acts as chief of staff and co-creates Mothering Justice’s strategic plan.

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

Sharon Brewton

(She Series)

Accountant

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

Oriana Powell
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Oriana Powell

(She Series)

Community Engagement Specialist

Oriana works with moms of color, child care providers and allies in the community to advocate policies

Krista McClure
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Krista McClure

(She Series)

Fund & Development Director

A Mother, Developer, and Advocate.
Krista is passionate about her commitment to support those from marginalized communities

Shanayl Bennett
“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.”
-Rumi

Shanayl Bennett

(She Series)

Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice Organizer

Shanayl is a doula and community health worker from Detroit, MI.

Audra Belser
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Audra Belser

(She Series)

Organizing Associate

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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)

Michigan Deputy Director

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

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)

Grassroots Director

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

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

Tatiana Omolo
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Tatiana Omolo

(She Series)

Government & Policy 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.

Alana Gracey
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker

Alana Gracey

(She Series)

Basic Needs Organizer

Alana’s career in social advocacy has been in service to women (mostly of color) who exist in vulnerable states of survival

Arianna Wolfe
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Arianna Wolfe

(She Series)

Communications Associate

A recent graduate from Michigan State University, she utilizes social media to highlight the Mothering Justice brand

Our Board Members 

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