Danielle Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with organizations such as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection and ACORN. In 2012, Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization. Atkinson has led organizing efforts to raise the minimum wage in both Florida and Michigan. Mothering Justice also led the fight to get earned paid sick time in Michigan. Her work organizing mothers won her the 2013 Michigan Organizer of the Year Award. Atkinson received bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from Pfeiffer University and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, with her husband Frank and their six children.
Michigan Executive Director
Eboni Taylor is the Michigan Executive Director of Mothering Justice. In this position, Eboni manages the Mamas’ agenda, acts as chief of staff and co-creates Mothering Justice’s strategic plan. Prior to this position, Eboni co-wrote the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan’s 2017-18 Public Policy Manual and worked as a public policy fellow at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, where she managed special public policy projects affecting neighborhoods and children. Eboni has her B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She serves on the board of directors for the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy and the Eastside Community Network. Mrs. Taylor is also a Community Change Power50 fellow. She lives in Detroit with her supportive husband and precious sons.
Aqeela Muntaqim is the Michigan Deputy Director of Mothering Justice. As a mother of 4, Aqeela understands the hardships many parents face with poverty, lack of child care, and lack of adequate paid leave. Prior to this position, Aqeela worked in corporate America as a business consultant and communications strategist for Human Resources. To better serve her family, she decided to branch out and become an entrepreneur further fulfilling her passion to leave people and places more beautiful than she encountered them. Aqeela is the founder of Nurturing Connections where she provides support, education and resources to parents as a certified lactation specialist. Aqeela is currently pursuing her certification as a Doula and believes that all black families and birthing people deserve high quality care from birth workers who look like them. Aqeela is excited to join the Mothering Justice team and help uplift more black mamas to speak their truth, shine their light and take up space to make their voices heard!
Tyler Hayes is our Political Organizer. Tyler manages our Canvass Team and works with our Political Director to ensure we connect our mama's with the nations political agenda. Tyler received her B.A. in Political Science and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional from Western Michigan University in 2017. Tyler loves working with the community to improve the homeless rate of mothers with children. She's also passionate about educating millennials about the political world with her podcast. Tyler is excited to be apart of Mothering Justice staff and looks forward to all the great work that will be done.
Political Data Analyst
As a data analyst, Annie collects and analyzes political data and ensures that Mothering Justice has a strong presence in the community with other organizations and Mamas. Annie has a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies and Legal Studies from Western Michigan University; her background is in political organization and mobilization. She was the Deputy Paid Canvass Director for Haley Stevens in M-11 before working as an organizer on a campaign for Queens District Attorney in NY. Annie’s passion is criminal justice reform; she worked as an intern on the Cooley Law School Innocence Project where she witnessed the exoneration of Ladura Watkins, a Detroit man who served 42 years for a crime he did not commit.
Tanya Omolo is a dual degree graduate student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work at The University of Michigan. Her early childhood years were spent living in Moscow, Russia, and Mombasa, Kenya, before moving to California. Growing up in a multi-cultural and multi-racial family fueled her interest in global racial and gender disparity. She completed her B.A. in Sociology at Pomona College, focusing on racial and gender formation. Her current research and policy focus predominately concentrates on the intersection of racial and gender inequality within global and domestic political systems and communities. She is passionate about stripping regressive policies that allow systemic violence, sexism, and injustice to persist. Tanya aims to use her social work and public policy degree to create social change by growing and empowering people from within community and social systems through community-based discourse, policy education, and political advocacy.
As organizing director, Nkenge coordinates community conversations with mothers of color to understand what the community needs are, using their life experience to determine what we ask of legislators. Nkenge has an extensive background in community organizing. She served as fundraising chair for Black Live Matter Detroit. She co-organizes a national community baby shower that specifically serves black mothers. Before coming to Mothering Justice, Nkenge was employed as a prevention specialist for Intimate Partner Violence and advocated for trafficking survivors who experienced homelessness in Detroit. Nkenge believes that being a black woman is a political experience within itself and organizing mothers of color will create the equitable society activist dream of
EPST/Paid Leave Organizer
Aisha Wells is the Paid Leave Organizer for Mothering Justice. In this position Aisha organizes with Mama's of color in the community to understand the Paid Leave issues in the workplace to help pass legislation. Before working at Mothering Justice, Aisha has interned at the NAACP helping with the freedom fund dinner and monthly membership meetings, and has advocated for her special needs son (Alex) since 2006. Aisha plans to start her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Management in the fall of 2020. Aisha's passion is to support and advocate for families with special needs children. She believes that the key to life is to follow your passion and purpose and the success will follow!
Child Care Organizer
Oriana works with moms of color, child care providers and allies in the community to advocate policies that work for all of Michigan's families and promote the economic advancement of women. She is a proud native Detroiter living in Southwest with her daughter, nieces and nephews. She has previously organized around long term care support for elders and people living with disabilities. She is very active in early education and worker rights movements. She uses her expertise as a Black Mama to take leadership in her community and fight for the liberation of all Black People.
Operations Director & Movement Fellowship Facilitator
Nicole the owner of WhitlowBanks LLC, offers her expertise in administrative support services. She has an extensive background in administrative services, technical writing and corporate training. Nicole is a native of Detroit, MI.Nicole advocates in her community through volunteering her time with organizations. She has volunteered with Detroit People’s Platform, Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Michigan, Detroit Parent Network, MOSES, The Community Church of Christ and others.
Sharon Brewton received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1982 from Wayne State University. Upon graduation my first professional position was Internal Bank Auditor for First of America, my tenure lasted ten years. Sharon subsequently worked for Gregory Terrell, CPA, periodically, over a period of twenty years performing audits of non -profits and governmental agencies. This experience motivated me to desire a career in the non-profit area. Sharon is currently enjoying semi-retirement which is the best of both worlds for me. It allows me to take care of my grandson and enjoy singing in a national gospel choir and my church choir. Her part time position as an Accountant, for Mothering Justice, continues to fuel my passion for social justice and civic engagement and work with a young, enthusiastic, gifted group of women.
GwenJordan (They, Them, Their)
Human Resources Director
Gwen Jordan has twenty years of human services and community development experience, focusing on organizational and community development systems. Their principles, beliefs, and practices to create social change for all racial, ethnic, gender, gender nonconforming, and economic groups developed early. These experiences continue to guide them at Mothering Justice as the Director of Human Resources.
Fund Development Director
A Mother, Developer, and Advocate. Krista is passionate about her commitment to support those from marginalized communities, and/or those who identify themselves as a minority. At Mothering Justice, Krista is able to take action on her passions by working in fund development. She has the desire to remove societal barriers and impact those who face disparities in an efficient and collaboratively impactful way. Outside of Mothering Justice Krista is the Inspired Director and Founder of Detroit Parent Collective.
Mamas' University Fellowship Facilitator
Danielle is a Doctoral student (on hiatus) in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Georgia State University. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Georgia State, respectively. She is a Detroit native currently residing in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, and their pet turtle. Danielle is passionate about the intersections of parenting and social justice. She shares her experiences navigating motherhood while finding her place in the academy on her website, Mamademics. In 2016, Danielle branched out and created her first online course, RaA 101: Exposing the Three P’s – Privilege, Prejudice, and Pride. She also has a forthcoming essay, “Academia Didn’t Have a Place For Me, So I Made My Own Academy,” in Independent Scholars of the World, an anthology focusing on scholars who have left the academy. She is also working on a book proposal for a memoir focusing on her childhood and parenting.
Accountability Academy Facilitator
Sam’s roots are in Chicago. They spent time in their 20’s working in harm reduction efforts, on the south & west sides, simultaneously working in childcare. Eventually they earned a teaching certification in Early Childhood Ed. As a teacher in Head Start programs on the south side of the city Sam once again saw Black womxn on the front lines in the fight for economic, racial & environmental justice. After moving to Michigan Sam sought to become involved in liberation work and find ways to support other white folks working towards anti-racism. In 2018 they were a part of the first cohort of Mothering Justices’ white woman school, and canvassed for Earned Paid Sick Time. As a queer identifying person with young children Sam deeply recognizes and seeks to embody efforts that lead to the liberation of all people, along with reparations for Black and Indigenous people.
Elaishia Outley is a freelance Communications and Public Relations Consultant who works with Mothering Justice in order to promote and increase their brand awareness within their community and nationwide. Elaishia believes that only through open and honest communication people can begin to truly understand one another and work to resolve issues whether they are personal or business. Elaishia has landed coverage in several print and broadcast outlets including, Fox 2 News, NowThis Media, and C and G News. Her personal works have been featured in Huffington Post, AFPD magazine, and Detroit Metro Times. In addition to her PR experience, Elaishia dedicates her time to learning videography, web design, and graphic design.Elaishia holds a BA in Public Relations from Wayne State University.
Elishia "Jayye" Johnson
Jayye is a digital media creative and artist from Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Media Arts from Michigan State University in 2016 and received her M.A. in Communication from Wayne State University in 2018. At Mothering Justice she is responsible for the development and production of content for our digital sites and platforms. She has been working in the digital media field for over 5 years. Her professional media experience ranges from working at a tv station, a video marketing agency, filming and editing videos for music artists, and freelance video and photography work. Jayye's photography work has also been featured in galleries in Detroit. She has a passion for the synergies between creativity, art and technology and she is happy to be able to produce engaging content for Mothering Justice.