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

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.

Nicole Norfles

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.