Crysta Bloom (she/her) The Kind Cocoa Mama, is a meditation healer specializing in techniques to "mother ourselves" which bring harmony to our wounded inner child. Crysta is also a child expert with over a decade of experience in classrooms and nonprofit sectors working in early childhood development. She unpacks the ways in which identity affects our mothering approach. Crysta practices gentle, conscious parenting philosophies and explores their intersection with the generational wisdom and trauma of black women. Crysta is also the founder of The Bloom Sisterhood Society, an interdisciplinary artist collective comprised of women of color providing art and healing to girls of color age 13-18yrs.
kd diamond (she/her) is an illustrator, graphic designer, and tattoo artist. She’s illustrated over a dozen books, for adults and children alike. Since 2012, she’s been the Art Director of Flamingo Rampant, a LGBT2Q children’s book imprint based in Toronto. She’s worked in communications and design for nonprofits throughout the country, including The League of Young Voters, The New Victory Theater, and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Diamond firmly believes in using art for social change and education. In her free time, she’s probably on the beach drawing weird wildlife or walking her dog.
Yejin Lee (she/her) is an organizational design aficionado for community-centered nonprofit organizations, a racial justice facilitator and mediator, an equity-informed career coach, and a writer. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector in places like Civic Hall, Student Leadership Network, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and NYC Anti-Violence Project, her roles have spanned community organizing, fundraising, governance, administration, operations, and people operations. Yejin has expertise in helping leaders and institutions recognize and strategically bridge the operational gap between their anti-racist intentions and the lived realities of how power functions in all levels of the organization. Yejin received her B.A. from Boston College in History, American Studies, and African Diaspora Studies.
Dani Lencioni (she/her) has a decade of experience in the nonprofit arts world, with positions in fundraising, programming, education at organizations including the Whitney Museum, The Public Theater, ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) and TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley. Dani is currently a fundraising consultant with AdvanceNYC. Areas of expertise include crafting organizational language and communications, grantwriting, leading projects and teams of all sizes, and building systems and strategies with a focus on organizational health, equity and inclusion. Originally from California, she holds degrees in Theater and English from Santa Clara University.
Betsy Perez (she/her) is a Sexual Wellness coach and educator, playwright, essayist, and performer who advocates for the overall wellbeing of Black adults whom experienced childhood sexual abuse. She marvels in the liberation that sensuality and compassionate witnessing birth through creative expression, and encourages other adults to begin their sexual healing process by sharing hers.
Nichole Washington (she/her) is a visual artist working and living in New York. She creates mixed media works exploring feminine strength, spirituality and identity. In 2016 she graduated from School of Visual Arts where she earned a masters degree in digital photography. Nichole’s work is featured in the inaugural issue of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She has exhibited in galleries around the United States including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Nichole has led hands-on workshops at Casita Maria, Vibe Theatre and Lower East Side Girls Club. nicholewashington.com
Malik Work(he/him) the NYC based actor-teacher-writer-emcee is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz/hip hop conglomerate: The Real Live Show. He has written and starred in a one man show entitled Verses At Work, for which he was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 AUDELCO Awards. He also wrote, starred in, and executive produced a film version of Verses @ Work that was selected by the Hip Hop Film Festival, and won the International Spotlight Award at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. His recent television credits include Broad City on Comedy Central and Blacklist: Redemption on NBC. He has provided voice-over for national network commercials, scripted television, radio, internet, a museum opening in spring 2020, and has written for HBO. He teaches acting, creative writing, Shakespeare, theater arts, hip hop and hip hop theater, locally and internationally.