Alexandria Ayala

NLC Palm Beach
Palm Beach County School Board

Alexandria’s story is the story of many families in our community and she is running to be an accessible voice for all parents and students in Palm Beach County. As a school board member, and the first Latina ever elected to the board, Alexandria will work tirelessly to OPTIMIZE our students, NOT STANDARDIZE them. Today’s students are indeed tomorrow’s leaders and they deserve an educational experience that prepares them to excel in the 21st century. Alexandria’s experience as a Legislative Aide in Tallahassee, community activist who helped move important issues forward, and now working as a Legislative Aide on the County Commission give her the policy perspective and leadership skills to be a strong advocate on the School Board. She understands how to identify issues, solve problems and work collaboratively to get things done.

Tatiana Baena

NLC Rhode Island
Central Falls, RI Council

Tatiana was born in Medellin, Colombia, and migrated with her family to the United States, arriving in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Almost 20 years later, Tatiana still resides in Central Falls, on the same street where she grew up. Tatiana has been serving as the Director of Enrichment Opportunities at the Central Falls School District for over a year, working to cultivate community partnerships and secure out-of-school time programs for our students. For the past five years, she has stayed active in the city by combining her love of soccer and community to organize the Mundialito Soccer Tournament, which she founded to raise funds to provide non-traditional scholarships to Central Falls student-athletes. Tatiana is a member of the Central Falls Alumni Association and the City Planning Board, serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Colombian American Cultural Society Board of Directors, and was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Central Falls Prevention Coalition for substance abuse awareness and prevention. A 2008 graduate of Central Falls High School, Tatiana went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2012. She belongs to several leadership groups focused on developing and supporting future leaders, including New Leaders Council Rhode Island, Latina Leadership Institute of RI, and Millennial RI. Tatiana is a true Warrior and is looking forward to creating more opportunities for Central Falls' youth to learn and be engaged, leveraging more resources for our community, and empowering our people. 

Pernell Bush

NLC Orlando
Seminole County, FL Commissioner

Pernell Bush, MSW, CNP is a native of Seminole County, raised in the heart of Sanford’s historic Goldsboro community. He attended Seminole County Public Schools (Goldsboro Elementary, Sanford Middle and Lake Mary High) throughout his formative years. His hands-on, result-oriented servant leadership is focused on empowering communities to get the results they deserve. Pernell is an accomplished community social worker and a grassroot servant leader with an excellent history as a community advocate.

With nearly a decade of experience working with nonprofit and government agencies in addressing community needs through civic involvement initiatives. Pernell has proven himself to be a relentless advocate for communities he has served. He has received numerous awards for his leadership, including being named “Veteran of Influence” and “40 under 40” by the Orlando Business Journal as well Health Equity Champion by Florida Department of Health-Seminole County. He has a vision towards the future that improves the quality of life for Seminole County residents.

Pernell graduated from University of Central Florida with his bachelors and masters in Social Work. He is the managing partner and practicing mental health therapist as a State of Florida Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI) at K.E.Y Counseling Solutions and instructor at Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute.

Pernell is not a career politician. Pernell places great emphasis on listening to the needs of community members and stakeholders that he serves. Pernell proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as infantry rifleman, where the importance of teamwork, communication, and mission preparedness were reinforced.

Victoria Clark

NLC North Carolina
DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner

Victoria is the youngest of 3 daughters born to Victor and Vanessa Clark. Her father is an Army veteran and her mother is a high school teacher.

 

Growing up, Victoria’s dream was to become an attorney. She attended North Carolina State University and Cornell Law School, receiving her Juris Doctor at the age of 23.

In addition to practicing law, Victoria discovered her passion of helping people and became active in several community organizations. Realizing she wanted to combine her passion for law with community service, she decided to start her own business. In 2018, she founded Clark Law, PLLC, and became a full-time entrepreneur. Her practice includes representing individuals charged with crimes in the District of Columbia as a court-appointed attorney; representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and mid-size businesses; and representing individuals and businesses in the entertainment industry. She also provides pro-bono and reduced fee legal representation as an attorney member of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. 

 

She lives in Ward 7 with her cockapoo Coconut.

Carlene Patricia Fonseca

NLC Rhode Island
Central Falls, RI City Council

Carlene is running for City Council At-Large to move Central Falls forward by fostering job and housing resources, increasing youth and senior opportunities & advocating for better quality of life for CF residents! Like many families in Central Falls, her parents migrated to the United States in the 1980s from the Cape Verde Islands in search of a better life. Her mother, a factory worker, often working double shifts to make ends meet, instilled in her at an early age the importance of education and giving back to the community no matter how little or how much you had. As a new mother of a baby girl named Reyna, Carlene is committed to ensuring she, alongside, all of our youth in Central Falls have more opportunities in our City.

After graduating #2 in her class and as Class President at CFHS, Carlene earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University and earned a master’s degree in Criminology from the George Washington University.

Carlene went on to work at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Confidential Assistant to the White House Liaison and Program Specialist before moving back to RI. She served as Director of 21st Century programs for the Central Falls School District managing close to half a million dollars of grant funding and currently serves as the Associate Director at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College.

Ruby Lenora Green

NLC Broward
Broward County Public Defender

Ruby Green is an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Public Defender's Office since 2012. She graduated from Florida State University as a first generation college student with honors and with a double major in Criminology and Psychology. She then went on to attend Florida Coastal School of Law and became one of the first students within school history, to bring home a first place victory at a mock trial tournament. She is currently the Treasurer of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Community Pulse Chair of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, member of Broward League of Women Voters and member of the Broward County Bar Association. Inspired by the nay sayers, she is currently working on her first book, a biographical novel and was notably honored as South Florida's Top 40 Under 40 Leaders of today and tomorrow per Legacy Magazine as well as receiving the Presidential Service award from the National Black Caucus. In everything she does she remains steady in her faith.

Christina Henderson

NLC Washington DC
DC Council

Christina Henderson is a dedicated public servant and education policy advocate, with deep experience in, and passion for, promoting more equitable outcomes in DC and nationwide. As a trusted political advisor, Christina has counseled United States Senators, DC Council members, and state and local education officials on an array of domestic policy issues that deeply impact families and children. And as a new mom, Christina’s work has never felt more personal. 

Christina’s career has been guided by the principle that the zip code you live in should not determine your level of success, and she is running for DC Council because she wants to make this idea a reality for all DC residents. Her combination of experience at the local and federal levels of government makes her uniquely prepared to get to work on behalf of the people of DC. 

Christina is deeply familiar with the opportunities and challenges within DC government having served in various capacities from 2012 to 2017. Christina was the deputy chief of staff for Councilmember David Grosso and directed the Council’s Committee on Education, which has budget and performance oversight for all matters related to DC’s public education system and libraries. At the Council, Christina crafted and helped advance over 40 pieces of legislation on an array of issues facing local leaders, including student discipline, DCPS facilities, reproductive health, medical marijuana, and beverage sales at breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Throughout her time at the Council, Christina was recognized for her commonsense approach to policy, a collaborative working style, and centering equity in her work. Today, Christina serves as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) handling education, workforce, and census issues for both the leadership and personal office.

The daughter of an Army veteran and a retired Transport Workers Union Local 100 member, Christina received her BA in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, SC and her Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton University. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a proud founder and board member of the Black Women’s Congressional Alliance, a professional network dedicated to empowering black women who work on Capitol Hill. Christina is also an alum of New Leaders Council DC, the YWCA National Capital Area’s Young Women’s Leadership Council, and Education Pioneers.

Christina lives in Petworth with her husband Nu, their daughter Jordan, and rescue dog Langston.

Yasmine-Imani McMorrin

NLC Los Angeles
Culver City Council

Yasmine-Imani McMorrin is an attorney, equity advocate, and mom. Yasmine is the Associate Director of Student Support at USC Gould School of Law, where she develops programming for the student body to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and overall student wellness. She also attends community meetings, serves on two Culver City government committees, takes her daughter to soccer practice, and spends time with family and friends.

Yasmine would be honored to serve her community as a member of the Culver City Council because she is committed to helping maintain the city’s quality of life for everyone, including our most vulnerable citizens. Yasmine's vision as a Council Member is to ensure that as Culver City develops, we prioritize equity, helping everyone share in our progress. If elected, Yasmine would be the first African-American woman to serve on Culver City Council, a historic milestone that would help further the city’s reputation for inclusive leadership.

Yasmine is grateful for the opportunity to run for public office. Together, we have an opportunity to build on the progressive achievements of the current City Council. Yasmine will work hard, to ensure a more just and equitable future for all Culver City residents.

Christian Motley

NLC Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council

The future depends on our ability build thriving communities where every child can succeed, every family can thrive, and everyone feels they belong. Christian Motley has the right experience to bring community members together around solutions to meet Lexington’s most pressing challenges.

Christian has served in the administrations of both Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama, fighting for quality early childhood education and expansion of cradle to career initiatives aimed at expanding opportunity for under-served students – driven by the idea that every child can succeed. He is proud to have been a part of the team that took a leadership role to advance My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative to create pathways of success for young men and boys of color. In 2015, Christian worked with the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation to improve access to high quality early care and education.

Christian’s advocacy also led him to the Kentucky Education Association, where he advocated to fund our schools, resource educators in the classroom, and fight for retirement security for working families. Today, he works nationally to support place-based efforts to wrap whole communities around the whole child with results-driven practices to achieve better, more equitable outcomes for kids.

Christian serves as a Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentor, board member for Lexington’s On the Move Art Studio and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, and chairman for Lexington’s transit authority. He served as New Leaders Council co-director from 2017-2019.

Christian lives in Lexington, KY just down the road from his beloved alma mater, Berea College.

Kristen Powers

NLC North Carolina
Alamance County Board of Commissioners

Kristen lives in Saxapahaw, where she enjoys living near the Haw River and eating pimento cheese sandwiches at the General Store. As the board chair of Benevolence Farm, a non-profit in Graham, NC, that supports women transitioning from prison, Kristen knows first-hand the importance of serving others and the difference it can make in the lives of those in her community.

It was on her family’s farm off of the Highway 54 corridor that Kristen learned how a small group of dedicated people working together could accomplish the most difficult tasks. It was this work ethic that led her father to encourage her to stop complaining and do something about the problems in her community. She did just that.

From organizing her 3rd grade fundraiser to save the grey wolves, to a high school project to create an organic garden to support local food shelters, Kristen has seen what is possible when we work together with a vision to create a better community.

That’s why this campaign is different. It’s not about one person or set of ideas, but it is about all of us in Alamance County working together to find the solutions to problems that we face everyday. 

Kristen has many achievements. She has won awards, made films, and fought through personal losses and tragedies. And even though these may seem like personal achievements, they were all made possible because of the community that surrounds her and the people in her life. The same is true with campaign. This campaign is about the people of Alamance County. It is about the prosperity and hardships of our loved ones that connect us together. This campaign is about finding ways to move forward together, building a stronger future for us all. 

Jacqueline "Jack" Porter

NLC Tallahassee
Tallahassee City Commission

As a longtime community builder, Jack has worked tirelessly to support communities through bold advocacy and compassionate leadership. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion at Florida State University before working at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, First Region as a legal assistant. She later returned to FSU where she completed her master's degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Administration & Policy. In 2016, Jack was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon Commission on the Status of Women & Girls, where she served for three years. She has received numerous awards and honors, such as being named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women to Know and one of twenty Knight Foundation/8 80 Cities’ Emerging City Champions in 2017. As a commissioner, Jack will fight to represent all of Tallahassee residents, not only the wealthy and connected few who have run City Hall for far too long.

Katherine Stephens

NLC Capital District NY
Schenectady Board of Education

Katherine Stephens is a creator, collaborator, and community builder. She has dedicated her life and career to advocating on behalf of underserved people and finding creative solutions to improve lives. Katherine has an extensive background in community outreach, having built numerous programs that promote engagement, inclusion, and empowerment.

 

Katherine works diligently to create new, creative opportunities for people and communities that face adversity. She has spearheaded successful programs in the arts such as linking Wildwood Programs students with disabilities to choreography and dance workshops with the cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, bringing art therapy programs to adult ESL students with Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, and connecting Schenectady and Albany High School students with the touring cast of KINKY BOOTS to discuss gender and sexuality issues.

 

Katherine is no stranger to public affairs, and shows no fear when diving in to fill gaps or tackle obstacles. No stranger to multi-program line item budgets, she continued to meet increasingly difficult sales and fundraising quotas, allowing her to continue to build her outreach, engaging and serving more people in new ways each and every day. ​

 

Katherine is wonderfully energetic, empathetic, and astute, and will continue to work extremely hard for students and faculty alike to identify and solve problems within the Schenectady City School District. She believes wholeheartedly that strong students build a strong community and hopes to have the opportunity to continue to build a strong Schenectady. ​

 

Her first term on the Schenectady City Schools Board of Education include the following highlights: ​Vice President, second and third year in office; New York State School Board Association "Board Excellence Award" for 2018 and 2019; Lowered the tax levy two years in a row. ​

 

Her other community leadership includes board membership with New Leaders Council Capital District Chapter, and the YWCA of Northeastern New York.

Jake R. Tonkel

NLC Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA City Council

As an environmentalist, feminist, and social justice activist, Jake has learned from and worked with so many great community organizers in San Jose that he sees a bright future for the city. However, he knows there is a system that keeps us divided. It’s time to start building a community where everyone’s voice is heard, where we learn about each other, and feel empowered to act together.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, Jake learned Arabic and organized successful community-driven projects for almost 2 ½ years. Jake worked on health-education initiatives with local doctors, water systems with Engineers Without Borders and started local art, computer science, and environmental programs. 

Jake earned his mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating with honors. In his career as a Biomedical R&D Engineer, Jake has worked to develop minimally-invasive heart valves and arthroscopic surgical equipment, bringing projects all the way from research prototypes to final commercial products.

As a community organizer in San Jose, Jake led the local effort to push for public banks. Through the South Bay Progressive Alliance, a partner of the California Public Banking Alliance, he helped pass AB857 in the California Statehouse and got the City of San José to start studying the option. A local paper, Silicon Valley Metro, gave Jake the title “Local Changemaker” in one of their July 2019 issues as he pushed for responsible investment in affordable housing, education, and the environment replacing funding of fossil fuels, private prisons and for-profit immigration detention centers. He has been endorsed by major progressive figures in the bay area including Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of Richmond, CA, Matt Gonzales, former SF Board of Supervisor and Sally Lieber, retired California State Assemblywoman. 

Amy Wentz

NLC Virginia
Richmond, VA City Council

There has been a gross neglect and lack of engagement for the majority of our District in the City of Richmond. Amy Wentz wants to provide fair representation, access to information and resources, and a seat at the table for all residents. 

Christa Mims

NLC Twin Cities
Minneapolis School Board

Christa Mims is a strategic, thoughtful, empathetic leader who has built her career around empowering diverse and marginalized populations. Christa is committed to amplifying the voice of underserved youth and working to eliminate inequalities from our school system. Her wealth of experience in education, business, and government uniquely positions her to address the large racial disparities our students face daily.  


After earning a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern California, Christa worked as a school director and learning center manager. She also taught English abroad. She serves on the board of the Domestic Abuse Project and was a 2020 New Leaders Council Fellow partnering with a diverse and dynamic group of young progressive professionals. 


Currently, Christa Mims serves Indigenous children and families involved in Hennepin County’s child protection system as a kinship social work while leading the County’s work to reduce racial disparities in education. In her work, she implements long-term strategic plans that are developed through partnering with organizations, schools, youth, and families. She understands the negative impact of our current system on our most vulnerable youth; the students in the Minneapolis public school system face some of the largest racial disparities in the nation with regards to academic outcomes and discipline practices. Christa’s primary goal is to provide teachers, school staff, youth, and families the strategic and long-term support to eliminate these disparities.


In all of her roles, Christa’s mission to ensure the voices of youth and families in the community inform decision-making. This will continue when she represents her district as a school board member. As a proud advocate of color who translates the needs and hopes of children and families into innovative strategies that directly benefit those most in need, Christa models behaviors and actions that empower our next generation of diverse people to be future leaders. 

1050 Connecticut Ave., NW, #66004
Washington, D.C. 20036

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