Leadership Team

Danielle Atkinson
Executive Director, Founder

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.

Eboni Taylor
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.

Danielle Slaughter
Fellowship Facilitator – Mamas' University Fellowship

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.

Sam Jorgenson
Fellowship Coordinator – Accountability Academy

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.

Political Team

Tyler Hayes
Political Director

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. 

Annie Paul
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.

Organizing Team

Nkenge Browner
Director of Organizing

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

Aisha Wells
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!

Oriana Powell
Childcare 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.

Administrative Team

Nicole Banks
Office Manager - 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
Accountant

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.

Child Care Team

 

Helen Foster
Child Care Director

As Co-Director, Helen provides childcare for Mothering Justice staff as well as managing the childcare space, curriculum and staffing. She is passionate about providing support for radical families and helping raise the next generation of change makers. Helen is a Detroit native and graduated from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to her position with Mothering Justice she worked in residential foster care, as well as foster care case management. In addition to childcare, Helen is a member of BYP100’s Detroit chapter and foster’s dogs for Detroit Animal Care and Control

Darius "Diiore" Knox

A rock cast into waters creates a ripple of change in its environment, Diiore, born Darius Knox is a Black Queer Feminist Organizer, Childcare Advocate/Caretaker, Educator and Activist for social change. Diiore has been actively involved in community organizing since their high school years but became active in child advocacy and childcare after a stint of teaching kindergarten and 4th grade. Diiore became a part of the Mothering Justice family in Late January 2019, since providing childcare they often find themselves thinking of ways to get children to be able to voice themselves as openly as they can. Their ripple of change in hope is to always fully give love and inspire those they come into contact with, as much as they find inspiration and feel the love from the people who embrace them.

Communication Team

 

Alexis Sims
Communication Director

Alexis Bragg is the Director of Communications at Mothering Justice. In this position, Alexis works to ensure that Mothering Justice is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and member base.  Prior to this position, Alexis worked in marketing for startup businesses and technology companies. Alexis has her B.A. from Michigan State University. She serves in the Yorkshire Woods community on Detroit’s eastside.

Elaishia Outley
Communication Organizer

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
Digital Media Producer

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 completed her M.A. in Communication from Wayne State University. 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.