Our Team Members
Afia Amobeaa-Sakyi (she/her/hers)
Afia is a nonprofit professional who has worked with national level associations focusing on various issues from education policy reform, to philanthropy, to corporate social responsibility. Working as a thought partner directly with leadership, she serves as a change agent to foster the integration of strategies that will cultivate a sustainable culture to advance towards equity within the philanthropic ecosystem. She is focused on playing a critical role in shaping inclusive and equitable cultures.
Camryn Okere (she/her/hers)
As a problem solver and community activist, Camryn Okere strives to make the potential greatness of industries, organizations, people, products, events, and experiences a feasible reality. When discovering a need in her community, she immediately works to provide support. Her past experiences at companies like Mastercard, the Wall Street Journal, SoundCloud, Bumble, and Valentino have given her a strong foundation to think strategically. Camryn is the Founder of Rem and Company, an organization that advises thousands of small businesses on what is necessary for them to adapt to customer needs as the world around them changes.
Dan Egol (he/him/his)
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Raised in a multi-cultural home with strong ties to both Cuba and Israel, I grew up passionate about social justice, community building, and global affairs. I openly identify as a member of the LBGTQ+ community and am committed to using the many privileges and opportunities in my life to foster equity and belonging.
Hannah Mack (she/her/hers)
I am a public health professional whose day-to-day work is designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions and policies to create health equity, with a focus on maternal and reproductive health.
Jonathan Braxton (he/him/his)
Service and helping others has always been the cornerstone of my family’s beliefs. Growing up in a military family and being African American I feel gave me a unique perspective about current race relations in this country.
However, one thing that I have come to understand is that just because you believe in a perspective does not mean it is the right one. I hope to further educate myself while going through this journey in INW and following my family’s path of service and helping others.
Starting with several charter schools in D.C. I strove to help and support the teachers at would educate the future leaders in our world. Technology quickly has become a part of our daily lives. Something that simply put, has connected the world in an unprecedented way. Working with the three talented founders and board members of INW I hope to use my love of technology and service to help bring the idea of diversity and inclusion to as many communities as possible.
Liz Ramey (she/her/hers)
Board Member, Vice Chair
Liz Ramey is the Director of Operations and Governance at Indivisible, where she has developed organizational policies and procedures grounded in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has held previous positions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Vital Voices, the Civil Service Agency of the Government of Liberia, and the International Food Policy Research Institute, and spent over two years working on adult education programs in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds an M.P.A. in International Affairs from Princeton University, an M.Sc. in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from The George Washington University. She is passionate about supporting inclusive democracy in the U.S. and around the globe.
Minjon Tholen (she/her/hers)
Co-Founder, Principal Advisor
Diversity & inclusion has been a consistent theme throughout my life. As someone who was adopted from Sri Lanka, grew up in The Netherlands and now resides in the United States, my own experiences inspired my passion and deep appreciation for diversity & inclusion from an early age.
Sage Drennon (they/he/she)
Using authenticity as a driving force for experiencing life, Sage (they/he/she) has spent most of their life feeling curious about the world around them. Their curiosity has long been a part of their core approach to navigating IDEAS spaces. Born and raised in Japan until he was 11 then moving to America - Sage has spent a majority of her life actively questioning the systems, structures and institutions around them.
Their passion for knowledge and learning lead them to study Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies at the University of North Florida. After recognizing the deep inequities that perpetuate within education systems, Sage started on their path into the nonprofit industry - working to better align student centered needs with institutions. Sage has held multiple roles in which genesis of the role or programming for the organization was required. Sage started her journey with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition providing case management services to Fathers. Then moving onto Seneca Family of Agencies being tasked with ever evolving and changing responsibilities focused on developing
people, managing projects and direct services to students.
In 2017, Sage began their Master’s course work at Seattle University where they also became the Executive Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. While in this role, Sage provided executive level support to the VP of Diversity & Inclusion along with department-wide oversight of programming, budget management, relationship management and strategy development and implementation. In addition to their course work and full time job, Sage was the Co-Chair of the Arts & Sciences Graduate Council, a Red Talk Student Speaker and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. After graduating in 2019 with their Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership with a focus in Diversity and Inclusion, they went on to work for College Forward as the DEI Manager. Sage's work was focused around organization-wide diversity initiatives along with creating, implementing and evaluating DEI strategy for the organization. They focused on integrating DEI components into all aspects of the organization, ensuring that a DEI lens was used when making decisions, building curriculum and embedded into the ethos of College Forward. Sage also holds a DEI
Leaders Certification from Northwestern University.
Outside of work, Sage can be found playing with his yorkie-poodle Piper, reading, writing poetry,
playing guitar or cooking Japanese food.
Baridilo Dube (she/her/hers)
Grounded in lived and professional experience, Baridilo Dube is a compassionate and results-oriented racial equity consultant. At the center of Baridilo’s strategy is relationship building and she works to center the most oppressed and tangibly improve their circumstances and opportunities. She specializes in equipping teams with the accountability, infrastructure, and relationships proven to create more equitable environments. Most recently, she was the Racial Equity in Capacity Building Specialist at a nonprofit focused on supporting more equitable communities through lasting affordable housing solutions. Baridilo earned her BA in Policy Studies and Sociology from Rice University in her hometown of Houston, TX. She enjoys dancing of all kinds, binge reading novels, and decorating her apartment.
Daisy Rosales (she/her/hers)
Board Member, Treasurer
Born to an immigrant family in the San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up enjoying the food, traditions, creativity, and stories of families from all over the world. I was also exposed to the Bay Area's dramatic inequities at an early age, and have long committed to addressing the challenges that poverty and injustice pose to our social fabric.
Desi Carson (she/her/hers)
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Desi Carson's journey into Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice (‘IDEAS’) work formally began in middle school when volunteerism in numerous community programs became a central part of her life. From local food drives to teaching soccer to special needs students, she consistently saw the need for more hope, compassion, kindness, and love in the world.
An athlete herself, Desi found sports and recreational activities to be a powerful way to bring people together. Throughout her career running campus recreation programs at the University of Virginia and Valdosta State, as well as overseeing larger adult leagues and children's programs through AmeriCorps, Desi found creative and meaningful ways to infuse IDEAS principles into every facet of her work. This passion naturally dovetailed into other pursuits to bring people together and support those in need, including creating large-scale community events, holding queer-friendly talk spaces on college campuses, operating anonymous mental health hotlines, speaking at conferences and on panels examining the role of intersectionality in advancing IDEAS, and directing multiple sports at the Special Olympics.
Always determined to bring her varied interests together, Desi now holds the position of Director of Programs and Partnerships at IDEAS Generation as well as the title of Business Manager for PsychoHairapy. At IDEAS Generation, Desi leads the design and implementation of the organizations’ leadership and community development programs designed to connect, support, and elevate the next generation of IDEAS leaders. She also spearheads the organizations efforts to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with other IDEAS-minded leaders and organizations to scale collective impact.
Her specialties lie in writing, speaking, coaching, and program development centered around intersectionality, mental health advocacy, human-centered compassion, and a commitment to radically redefining professionalism. There's never a dull moment with Desi and she loves connecting with new people, so don't hesitate to reach out!
When she’s not working, you’ll find her either traveling with her partner or playing with her adorable pets.
Janice Chan (she/her/hers)
Growing up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City, I took diversity for granted. It wasn’t until much later, having spent a lot of my adult life living and working in spaces that are not like the communities I grew up in—and meeting people who have never known anything else—that I realized how much. Too many of us are navigating a world not built for us, and too many of us are missing out on that richness and beauty of a world where we can all come as we are and feel welcome.
I take that into my work as a proud generalist who spans multiple disciplines. Through my consultancy, Shift and Scaffold, I help small and mighty teams to collaborate more effectively by aligning their processes, programs, governance, and infrastructure to their mission, their theory of change, and their realities. I also teach, facilitate, and provide 1:1 coaching. Outside of work, I enjoy writing, sketching, traveling, eating new foods, building community, and making playlists.
Kim Walker (she/her/hers)
Dr. Kimberly (Kim) Walker is the Senior Director, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy-serving organization with five offices across the United States. In this role, she manages Arabella's internal DEI strategy and works towards a more diverse staff, a more inclusive culture, and a more equitable future. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and Trinity Washington University. Her research and teaching focuses on leadership, organization development, collaboration, and power dynamics. Her prior work, primarily in the non-profit sector, focused on capacity building in areas including homelessness, orgIanization development, and learning and development. She has a Master's in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Master's in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University, and a Master's in Leadership and Change from Antioch University in addition to her doctorate. In her free time, Dr. Walker is an avid marathon runner, traveler, and reader. A native of Cleveland, OH, she now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog.
Lore Espinoza (they/she)
Learning and Development Manager
Informed by their own experiences as a queer international student at Middlebury College, Lore Espinoza focused their professional interests towards fostering better practices within academic institutions and creating programs that advanced the needs of multicultural student populations. Understanding the role physical and mental health play in people’s lives and the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ populations to access health services, Lore completed a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health, Policy, and Practice at the George Washington University in 2015. As part of their capstone project, Lore designed and implemented cost-free workshops for Bogota’s LGBT community and examined the healthcare access barriers experienced by transgender homeless women in the city. Time and again Lore has excelled at developing culturally sensitive workshops on gender, sexuality, and anti-racist practices, creating safe learning spaces, and grounding DEI concepts to multicultural and transnational contexts. Most recently, Lore received an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to complete a Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies; and they graduated with Distinction in October 2020. For their master’s thesis, Lore’s passion for health and education, combined with their transnational experiences as a fat womyn, let them to engage in an autoethnographic queer and decolonial practice that sought to destabilize traditional narratives of fatness, while understanding how race, class, and religion have played a role in said narratives.
Rich Eisenberg (he/him/his)
Board Member, Secretary
A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice has been a theme throughout Rich Eisenberg's career. Today, he practices law at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP, a small Washington DC law firm that specializes in advising progressive nonprofit organizations and whose core values include strengthening citizen advocacy, achieving social and economic justice, expanding civil rights, and promoting environmental stewardship. His overall practice focuses on the wide range of tax, campaign finance, election, lobbying, and privacy laws applicable to tax-exempt organizations. Rich particularly appreciates how this work enables him to help progressive clients accomplish their important missions while complying with applicable laws and minimizing their legal risk.
Rich began his legal career as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a large law firm based in New York. While there, he handled asylum matters for the firm’s pro bono client Immigration Equality. After three years at Paul Weiss, Rich joined President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign as an in-house attorney and then served as an appointee in the general counsel offices of the Air Force and the Army during the Obama Administration, where his work included a focus on policies to increase diversity and inclusion in the military.
Rich grew up in southern New Jersey in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and then obtained a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He currently lives with his husband and their shiba inu in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Ymani Hawkins (she/her/hers)
“Mental wellness is the linchpin of IDEAS work.
Without it, there can be no individual growth,
organizational change, or true systemic evolution.”
Ymani Hawkins is a diversity and mental wellness coach who marries mental wellness techniques, psychological principles, and evidenced based therapies with DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) best practices.
As founder of the consultancy, DEEP-ish, Ymani addresses implicit bias, microaggressions, racial trauma, racial battle fatigue, and psychological unsafety via self-care awareness, emotional intelligence strategies, and mindfulness techniques. Ymani’s insights have been shared with business, arts, and media sectors as well as religious institutions and nonprofits. Past clients include Meetup, Unqork, New York University, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Horizon Media, IMANEE, and The Living Church.
Previously, Ymani served as a diversity consultant for Holistic Inclusion Consulting and The Equity Leadership Group, delivering talks, training and coaching for primary educational systems and environmental agencies. Prior to that, she worked as a psychotherapist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. In this role, she has treated patients of all ages with anxiety disorders, depression, and other cognitive and behavioral diagnoses. She has also delivered outpatient treatment services to adults experiencing severe mental illness such as dissociative disorders, psychosis, schizoaffective disorders, and schizophrenia.
Ymani holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University (NYU); a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interpersonal Communication Studies from Kean University; has performed ethnographic research in Siargao, Philippines, and studied Communications in Athens, Greece. She possesses certifications in cultural awareness, suicide prevention, crisis response, applied suicide intervention, and mental health first aid. Among her achievements and activities, she is the immediate past co-president of NYU’s Black Women’s Social Work Coalition (BWSWC), founding co-president of the Silver Black Alumni Network (SBAN), and a member of the Society of Emotional Intelligence (SoEI) International. Ymani endeavors to use her unique perspective of the world to drive sustainable change in the mental wellness and DEI space.