Our Team


Michelle K. Massie

Deputy Director

Michelle K. Massie is Vice President of Program Operations at The Moriah Group where she also serves as the Deputy Director of Forward Promise…

E. Bomani Johnson

Associate Director

E. Bomani Johnson is Vice President of External Partnerships at The Moriah Group where he also serves as the Associate Director of Forward Promise.

Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, Ed.D


Dr. Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant is President/CEO at The Moriah Group, an international consulting firm, based in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Bryant has over 20 years of work…


Edrita Dawkins

Program Associate

Edrita supports the day-to-day operations and logistics of Forward Promise.

Andrea Amaechi

Director, Technical Assistance

Andrea directs technical assistance activities for Forward Promise.

Joshua Álvarez

Social Media Manager

Joshua manages Forward Promise’s social media content and campaigns across all platforms and channels.

Chardinae Wilson

Project Manager

Chardinae manages multiple projects of Forward Promise, including our grantmaking and field building events.

Ti Kendrick Hall

Associate Director

Ti Kendrick Hall is Vice President of Communications for The Moriah Group where she also serves as Associate Director of Forward Promise.

Edith Arrington, Ph.D.

Consultant, Research & Evaluation

Dr. Arrington supports Forward Promise with research and internal evaluation of all programs and activities.

Rhonda Williams

Administrative Coordinator

Rhonda is Administrative Assistant to Co-Director, Howard Stevenson, and supports the day-to-day operations and logistics of our University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education office.

Kelli Dulan

Director, Leadership & Learning

Kelli directs the Forward Promise Fellowship for Leaders, leadership development and learning, and coordinates our field building activities and events.

Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D.

Consultant, Research

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development…

National Advisory Committee

Krishaun Branch

Student Recruitment Fellow at Urban Prep Academies

Krishaun Branch has made “All the Difference” during his journey as a millennial and continues to beat the odds. During his early years, growing up on Chicago’s Southside, in a…

William Buster

Executive Vice President at St. David’s Foundation (NAC Chair)

At Dogwood, William leads the Foundation’s Education work and Racial Equity investments, and ensures that Dogwood repeatedly lives up to its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion…

Tshaka Barrows

Executive Director and Founding Member of the Burns Institute

Tshaka Barrows is a founding member of the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). As Executive Director he works closely with the executive director to advance the Burns Institute’s mission to protect and improve…

Quyen Dinh

Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Quyen Dinh is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). Originally formed in 1979, SEARAC was founded by a group of American humanitarians…

Andrew Mulinge

Teacher at Harlem Village Academy

Andrew Mulinge is an educator, sociologist and advocate for equity-based education for all students. His experiences and interests have primarily been focused on researching, developing, and implementing…

Dr. Karina Walters

Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington

Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the director and principal investigator…

Dr. Patrick Tolan

Professor, School of Education and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia

Patrick H. Tolan is Professor at the University of Virginia in the Curry School of Education and in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine…

Tanisha Abernathy Browne

Director of Marketing for the NYC Administration for Children's Services

Tanisha Abernathy Browne is a passionate professional with over 15 years of strategic communications experience in a range of categories, including financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and…

Kalimah Priforce

Headmaster CEO at Qeyno

At eight years old, Kalimah Priforce held a successful hunger strike against his Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library, which drew the attention of a community…

Kisha Bird

Director of Youth Policy at CLASP and Project Director for the Campaign for Youth

Kisha Bird is the director of youth policy at CLASP and project director for the Campaign for Youth (CFY), a national coalition chaired by CLASP. Ms. Bird works to expand access to education, employment…

Dr. Angela Diaz

Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.