BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tamika D. Mallory is a nationally-recognized leader, currently being heralded as a next-generation champion of the Civil Rights movement. A fiery and outspoken champion for social justice, Ms. Mallory has been called the “Sojourner Truth of Our Time” by JET magazine and publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett. Ms. Mallory is the President of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning and event management firm based in New York City, as well as the Community Affairs Director at Radio 103.9 FM - a Cumulus station. In 2014, Ms. Mallory was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and served as co-chair of the NYC initiative, Gun Violence Awareness Month. Most recently, in her role as Board Member for The Gathering for Justice, Ms. Mallory has been supporting the efforts of Justice League NYC to reduce racial disparities in policing. She has been featured on CNN, TV One, MSNBC, News One and many other mediums as a leading voice on key social justice issues. On 10-10-15, Tamika served as Co-Director of the 20th Anniversary of The Million March, JusticeOrElse.
Michael Skolnik is a 21st century civil rights leader. As the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with over 6.5 million viewers per month, Michael is a leading voice for young America. A trailblazer of social media with 120,000 followers on twitter, Michael has led national conversations about the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of violence in Chicago, America’s relationship with race and the Obama presidency, amongst many other topics. Michael regularly discusses the aforementioned topics, current events, and how they affect his generation on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN, to name a few media outlets.
In his role as Political Director, Michael and Russell focus their work around three core themes: gun violence, entrepreneurship and education. As President of GlobalGrind, Michael leads a website that serves a multi-racial segment of the 18-34 population, covering entertainment and celebrity news, lifestyle content, fashion, style, music and politics.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance. He is also active on the Leadership Council of Gen44, the Democratic Party’s group for young professionals, and was an official surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign.
Michael is the founder of Dot2Dot, an annual summit of one hundred of the millennials most important leaders, who gather to engage in a conversation about the future of the generation. Prior to his work for Russell Simmons, Michael spent over a decade as an award winning film director and producer. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television. He is proud father of Mateo Ali.
Alida Garcia is a political & public affairs strategist for electoral & issue advocacy campaigns with an expertise in Latino civic engagement, and Latino infrastructure building in non-Latino institutions. She currently is the Director of Coalitions & Policy for FWD.us, a tech advocacy organization founded by Mark Zuckerberg focused on passing comprehensive immigration reform and spurring innovation in technology to increase citizen participation in the legislative process. She served as the National Latino Vote Deputy Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign whereby she focused on developing the national Latino vote program in the 11 priority battleground states, which ultimately produced the highest Latino voter turnout in Presidential campaign history. Some of Alida’s portfolio included: a primary focus on Colorado, which had the highest support level from the Latino community in a battleground state (87%); launching Latino strategies in nontraditional states such as Iowa and New Hampshire; and developing innovative digital strategies specifically geared towards engaging Latino youth on Obama for America digital platforms. Alida was extensively involved in Los Angeles politics as the right hand for Austin Beutner, Deputy Mayor and founder of Evercore Partners, where she worked in economic development for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Office of Economic and Business Policy. Additionally, she chaired California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Young Professionals, Latino efforts and vote count efforts, and was the California Latino Vote Deputy Director for President Obama’s 2008 Campaign. Prior to LA politics, Alida was an associate at K&L Gates LLP where she focused on commercial disputes and employment litigation. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School.
Jesse L. Martin is an actor, writer and producer, most noted for his starring roles in the Broadway and film version of Rent, as well his 10 seasons as Det. Ed Green on NBC’s long running Law & Order, and memorable roles on Ally McBeal and NBC’s Smash. Jesse now stars on the CW’s cult hit show The Flash and is currently editing a film that he wrote and directed, The Letter Carrier. Jesse sits on the Board of Trustees of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation.