Janaé Bonsu, National Co-Director
Janaé Bonsu is a Black queer feminist organizer, researcher and fufu enthusiast. She is from Columbia, SC by way of Brooklyn, but lives and builds in Chicago. Janaé is honored to serve as the National Co-Director for BYP100 where she is a commitment to growing and sustaining a leader-full political home for young Black people. She is also a PhD candidate whose research focuses on the relationship between Black women’s experiences of interpersonal and state violence. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @janaebonsu. or contact her at email@example.com.
Chris Bufford, National Membership Chair
Chris Bufford is a community organizer from the south side of Chicago. He serves as the national membership chair for BYP100 where he is excited to spread a Black queer feminist politic within the black community. Chris is committed to realizing his full potential so that he can be of the highest service to Black People. Chris enjoys listening to trap music, watching other people dance, and being in community with black people. Follow him on social media @chris4change and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saye Joseph, Policy & Advocacy Manager
Saye (pronounced as sah-yay) is an immigrant from Saint Lucia, a young budding anarchist, policy nerd, and abolitionist working through a Black queer feminist lens. Saye is passionate about creating tangible steps to dismantling the carceral system and institutions that oppress Black communities. She also looks for opportunities to theorize and include in organizing and policy work a globalized lens when speaking about systems of oppression so that we are more reflective of all Black people in the diaspora. Saye loves playing competitive volleyball, watching Korean dramas, trying new food spots, scrolling on IG, traveling, learning new survival skills, and being in the outdoors. Find her on Twitter @sayejoseph23 and Instagram @saytelly, and contact her at email@example.com!
D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson, National Co-Director
D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson (she/her) is an organizer, trainer, big sister, and godmother of four. Born and raised in Southwest Philly, she moved to Durham from Miami. She attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest historically black institution for higher learning, where she obtained her B.S. in Recreation & Leisure Management, and Florida International University to obtain her Masters in Recreation and Sports Management. While attending FIU, she became active at the height of the murder of Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman verdict with an organization called Dream Defenders, founding the FIU chapter. Dee Dee is a trainer, leader, and respected party thrower here in Durham. She is currently the Co-Director of Ignite NC, which works with mostly Black, mostly queer, young organizers across to state to shift the culture of organizing in North Carolina. She is also Co-Founder of the Durham Chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). Dee Dee has had her hand in efforts and actions such as bringing Participatory Budgeting to Durham, #DurhamBeyondPolicing, Justice for Reefa campaign, Black Mama’s/Black August Bail Outs, and some that shouldn’t be named.
She is also an aspiring movement DJ, named DJ MerQueen Gangsta for the Revolution. She is moving through the world with Libra sun, Aquarius rising, and Taurus moon.
Ashley Nkadi, Communications Manager
Ashley Nkadi is an unfriendly Black hottie from Cincinnati who believes that we got us and we will win. She also believes that eyebrow maintenance is second to Godliness, and loves her mama, being Bliggity Black, Cardi B, cheese, and potatoes in that order. In addition to serving as the Communication Manager for BYP100, she is a Slytherin, writer, strategist, digital wizard, and crock-pot queen (because she burns anything in a skillet). Catch her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, National Organizing Co-Chair
Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn is a young, Black, (sometimes) sensitive dyke with strong opinions & a lot of love for her people. Originally from the Chicago area & currently residing in Harlem, NY, her journey from youth poet to prison abolitionist to student organizer has led her to her current role as National Organizing Co-Chair for BYP100. Hit her up at email@example.com.
Courtney Sebring, Digital Strategist
Courtney Sebring is a young, Black feminist, queer troublemaker and creative from Durham, North Carolina. She is proud to be a grassroots organizer in a community that tears down statues, empties cages, and wins political power. She is committed to a lifetime of centering beauty, joy, and celebration along the way to freedom. Courtney is thrilled to live into her purpose of building mass power among Black people as the Digital Strategist of BYP100. Courtney is also a self-proclaimed DIY queen, and aspiring curator. When she’s not working, you can probably catch her on Pinterest researching her next project. Hit her up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nzinga West, Managing Director
Nzinga West is a Black mama, auntie, and lover/ally of young people. She currently serves as the Managing Director for BYP100 where she is excited to community build with some of the most brilliant Black minds EVER. Nzinga is a pragmatic dreamer who believes that to truly thrive, we must honor all aspects of who we are, while respecting the lived experiences of those in our village. She is a Cancer and like all good crabs, ruled by the moon. Hit her up at email@example.com.