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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
https://justiceunity.org

I have built a career spanning over 28 years in the NGO sector serving in various executive management capacities, most notably, as a grant-maker serving on banking and community development consortiums to develop affordable housing; a Public Policy lead on homelessness; an executive director of a multi-service national housing model; and a creator of 501 (c) (3) entities.

Currently, I am working on a documentary film, which investigates the making of "The Runaway Slave Project" developed by William Perkins and being used in Cornell University's "Freedom on the Move" program. Additionally, I am a co-founder of a local news nonprofit, Public Square, with two other Black women, which places community, civics, liberation, and sustainability at the center of the newsroom.

I hold a Master's degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. I was born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and remain very involved in the NGO sector on various issues. Currently, I am the lead on the Resiliency and Regenerative Initiative for disaster relief in the aftermath of the recent volcanic eruption of La Soufriere on April 8, 2021.

I hope you will allow me to may lend my experience to add value to the future of WBAI.

I am pleased to be running as a part of the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign and ask that you follow this rank order to maximize the value of your vote (it is not a reflection of the value placed of any of us individually).
1. Errol Maitland
2. Hazel Pinder
3. Geoff Munroe (Bounubti Kamenthou)
4. John Brinkley
5. Harriet Hines
6. Josie Gonsalves
7. Sarah Klepner
8. Cerene Roberts
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  Over two decades of executive management of non-governmental organizations.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The opportunity to create programming that brings local voices into global spaces.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  More access for global community programming.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  1) Programming
2) Funding distribution
3) Branding
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  Establish an advisory board [friends of WBAI] to focus on funding public media.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  As a resident of New Jersey by way of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, I bring a commitment to grassroots organizing for racial, economic, and climate justice. I am the founder of a local nonprofit news organization, Public Square, committed to amplifying local voices in global spaces through a co-production model of journalism.
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