501(c)(3) Board of Directors
Cathy J. Cohen
Cathy J. Cohen is a Professor at the University of Chicago and author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics. She is co-editor of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader and founded and directs the GenForward Survey. Her articles have been published in numerous journals and edited volumes. In addition to her academic work, Cohen was a founding board member and co-chair of the board of the Audre Lorde Project in NY. She also served on the boards of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) and the Arcus Foundation. Cohen was a founding member of Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM!) and a core organizer for two international conferences “Black Nations / Queer Nations?” and “Race, Sex, Power.” Cohen has served as an active member in numerous organizations such as the Black Radical Congress, ACT UP New York, and African American Women in Defense of Ourselves. She is also the founder and director of the Black Youth Project. Currently, she is helping to direct the new organization Scholars for Social Justice and serves on the Field Foundation board.
Kifu Faruq is a 3rd generation community herbalist who believes that Healing Justice and solidarity economics should be at the center of social justice movement work. She brings with her, 15 years of experience in clinical and community health. Kifu has been co-creating food and land cooperatives, for over 30 years. She’s a trained facilitator in dismantling racism and internalized oppression. Kifu leverages her training, experiences, and relationships to highlight the underfunding of organizations focused on Healing Justice work. Her mandate is to co-create alternative systems to our current food, land, housing, and work economies. Kifu holds a BS in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.
Zakiya J. Lord
Zakiya J. Lord proudly hails from the tiny island of Bermuda. She is a founding board member for OUTBermuda, and presently serves as Deputy Co-Director. In her professional capacity, she has been Astraea’s Regional Development and Engagement Officer since 2015, where she presently works to raise financial and community resources to fuel LGBTQI activism around the world and within the United States. With over 15 years of leadership experience, Zakiya has led teams of individuals and projects in the nonprofit sector; for private institutions; with local governments, as well as for quasi-non-governmental organizations. Her background is as a clinical therapist, with years of direct service in Alabama; and years of management and consulting experience in both Chicago and Bermuda. When Zakiya is not busy looking for worthy Scrabble opponents, you can find her writing snail mail to her loved ones. She and her spouse live in Brooklyn and are raising their 4-year old son, who is Black boy joy… and magic.
S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal
S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal is a Black Feminist and founder of The Moore-O’Neal Law Group, LLC, a black feminist law and policy practice. In 2012, Mandisa received her JD from Louisiana State University Law Center. Currently, a civil rights attorney with a focus on HIV de-criminalization litigation, education and advocacy; family law litigation, education and advocacy; employment and public accommodations discrimination litigation and education; and police accountability litigation and advocacy, Mandisa’s primary organizing support work is with the BYP100 New Orleans chapter. She serves as Litigation Director at Frontline Legal Services, one of few HIV/AIDS organizations in the country led by and mostly comprised of Black people living with HIV/AIDS. She currently serves on the BYP100 501(c)(3) Board of Directors, the Center for Resilient Individuals, Families, and Communities Board of Directors and Lift Louisiana’s Advisory Board and chair of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Mandisa has researched, published and presented on reproductive justice and the law, punitive social policies, and state violence. Her current research project is “A Black Feminist Approach to HIV De- Criminalization.”
Keron Blair is an organizer with close to 15 years of experience working for social change. His work includes campaigns to win marriage equality, raise the minimum wage, expand tenants’ rights, and win rights immigrant. Keron is currently the national co-director of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, the nation’s largest public education advocacy group. Keron also consults on a number of campaigns around the country. The question that guides Keron’s work is, in what ways does this lead to the full liberation of black people? Keron is Black. Queer. Womanist. Poly. Immigrant. Lover. Freedom Fighter.
Nelini Stamp is the National Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Working Families Party. For over a decade, Stamp has worked to build a multiracial, economically-just society through progressive electoral campaigns nationwide and abroad. Stamp began her tenure at the Working Families Party in 2008, door-knocking across New York State for progressives up and down the ballot. An integral leader at WFP for 11 years, Stamp recruits grassroots leaders to run for office, trains political organizers and builds partnerships with candidates, progressive organizations and movement allies across the country and abroad. In every step of her work, Stamp is harnessing the strength of social movements into people power at the ballot box.