Ayanna is a 5th-generation Bay Area native, mother, wife, friend, mentor, leader, former nomad, and BlackFemaleProject member supporter. As a Human Resource executive, Ayanna is highly in tune with the circumstances Black women often encounter in the workplace.
K.A. (formerly known as Kay-C) lives in the Bay Area and is originally from North Carolina. A self-described professional wanderer, over the years she's amassed a colorful portfolio carving niches in such fields as education, online retail, property management, and the nonprofit sector.
She was introduced to the BlackFemaleProject when a dear friend invited her to join the Fall 2017 roundtable discussion.
Dr. Tameka McGlawn serves as the Executive Director of the University of California Berkeley’s College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN). Dr. McGlawn has provided a servant and transformational leadership approach to urban learning communities for nearly twenty-five years. Having served at every institutional level (K-20), in a myriad of settings and professional roles, Dr. McGlawn offers a unique perspective on student-centered assets and achievement, leadership optimization, equity-based outcomes and intersectionality. Her actionable research interests, where she has served and facilitated professional development, learning and capacity building includes, strategic reform implementation, systemic mechanisms of accountability, culturally responsive pedagogy and leadership, building network-community alliances through innovative collective impact initiatives and Design-Based Implementation Research and Improvement Science.
Dr. McGlawn is a proud graduate of both the CSU San Diego’s Community Based Block Multicultural & Social Justice Master’s Program, and the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California where she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She also holds credentials in Administrative Services and Pupil Personnel Services. An effective consensus builder and action-oriented researcher, Dr. McGlawn brings an ideal synthesis of research savviness, practical application and a deep devotion to increased equity and economic opportunities for all students, their families and communities.
Dr. Nicole Norfles facilitates Council for Opportunity in Education’s (COE) STEM Community of Practice; is co-Principal Investigator on multiple National Science Foundation grants; directs and coordinates multiple U.S. Department of Education grants; and directs COE’s Onboarding Professional Development and TRIO Chicago Collaborative.
She previously served as Education Program Officer with the Oprah Winfrey Foundation; Policy Consultant with Casey Family Programs; Special Assistant to the founding President of COE; and Fellow at the Pell Institute. She co-taught a Michigan State University South Africa study abroad course; a Drexel University online leadership course; and George Washington University courses in educational foundations, leadership, and supervision.
Dr. Norfles presents at numerous national and international conferences, and serves on multiple boards; she received her doctorate from The George Washington University.
“It is powerful to put faces with stories to see and say, I know her story.”
These are the words of Nicole Norfles, Black African American; consummate professional; self-described super power-bearing goddess; and free woman living and working in the DC Metro Area.
Sheryl E Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Davis has been a school teacher and program director working with a diverse group of people from pre-school to senior citizens.
Davis encourages everyone to exercise respect, honor diverse experiences and to be inclusive. Over the last year Davis has been helping to build out an equity framework with community stakeholders and city departments in San Francisco.
Davis earned her BA from San Francisco State, an MPA from the University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
April Fenall is a business professional with a background in Marketing and Communications bringing over 15 years of broad experience working in the retail and service industries and across multiple college campuses in Sacramento. She received a B.A. degree in Intercultural Communications from California State University Sacramento.
She is also the founder of Piikup, a socially responsible delivery hub in the Bay Area that supports food, retail and other businesses with local logistics support. Created in 2015 as part of the solution to strengthen communities and empower and uplift people who are not only looking to change their narrative in need of a first chance and often second chance, but also to help them level up in their technical skills so that they can gain the type of employment that will sustain them.
In her spare time, you can find April mentoring entrepreneurs in the early stages of starting a business or teaching adult learners how to use 21st-century applications needed in the Bay Area and job markets of the future.
When April Fenall first crossed paths with BlackFemaleProject Founder Precious J. Stroud, she was a business owner in the process of learning how to tell her own story in a compelling way; connecting to our storytelling project was timely and serendipitous. “I was excited to be a part of a project that focused on empowering and creating a space for Black women to have a voice,” April shares.